There are a lot of small and mid-sized law firms that rely on relatively few clients. These client relationships are typically consolidated among an even smaller subset of top performing lawyers. It is not unusual for us to encounter a firm of twenty lawyers serving less than 20 or 30 clients that are managed by three or four partners. We have also worked with firms of more than 50 lawyers working for 6 or 7 groups of clients controlled by as many partners. In these instances, the loss of a client or a partner is potentially a destabilizing event.