Senior Partners.  A core value of our firm is that senior partners must be personally involved in every matter.  Senior partner involvement dramatically improves the quality of legal advice.  As a result, the client benefits not only from the senior partner’s deeper experience, but also from his broader perspectives (including industry expertise) than a junior partner might have.  By contrast, in large firms, leverage is the key to profitability.  Often, the relationship partner views his or her role as traffic cop, assigning matters to a responsible lawyer based on a variety of factors, some for the benefit of clients (industry or subject matter expertise) and some for the benefit of the firm (availability, proximity or profitability).   Senior partners in large firms have an economic incentive to push work down, to facilitate training, to keep junior partners and associates busy and to maximize profitability.