Bloomberg Law
Oct. 30, 2019, 8:55 AM

D.C. Nonlawyer Partner Rule Spurs Interest as States Mull Change

Sam Skolnik
Sam Skolnik

Eleanor McManus is a public relations expert and former CNN journalist, and also a partner at Washington law firm Davis Goldberg & Galper. Yet she isn’t a lawyer.

Some law firms in the nation’s capital have incorporated non-legal experts as co-owners, capitalizing on a unique District of Columbia Bar rule modification that could be instructive as changes to the same rule are considered elsewhere.

“To give the best legal advice, we needed the best PR mind,” said Davis Goldberg & Galper partner Adam Goldberg. “Her value here is equal” to the other partners.

The D.C. Bar rule change, implemented decades ...

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