Legal Blogger Dan Packel,  who writes The Law Firm Disrupted for, interviews Calibrate CEO Jennifer Johnson...

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson

I was speaking earlier this week to Jennifer Johnson, CEO of management consulting and executive search firm Calibrate Legal, for an article I’ve got in the works on the growing presence of non-lawyer professionals in law firms.

At least, that’s how I started the conversation. Johnson, however, prefers to call them “revenue enablers.”

“It’s become a pejorative term,” she says of “non-lawyers”—one that reinforces the historical hierarchy of haves and have-nots in the industry.

Of course, there are structural reasons that hierarchy persists. Regardless of how well these folks do their jobs, they will never have a shot at an ownership stake in the firm (let’s keep an eye on what the State Bar of California is doing, however.)

Read full article here.