Should Your Law Firm Open a Branch Office? Questions Law Firms Should Ask Before Opening Branch Offices
A. Harrison Barnes
Harrison Barnes

Law firms around the world have opened thousands of new branch offices over the past decade. While many of these branch offices have been successful, numerous branch offices have also suffered failure. Every American, Asian, or European firm that seriously competes for work from multinational corporations is considering or has already pursued plans to open a branch office.

This article discusses important factors firms need to consider before opening a branch office and some of the common obstacles they are likely to encounter along the way. As will be discussed later in this article, one of the most important tasks a firm can undertake to ensure the success of a branch office is to hire attorneys from the local area.