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Becoming a Cosmopolitan Lawyer

27 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2011 Last revised: 22 Nov 2015

John Flood

Griffith University - Griffith Law School; University College London; University of Westminster - School of Law

Peter D. Lederer

University of Miami - School of Law

Date Written: May 1, 2012


We track the rise of the cosmopolitan lawyer during the main period of globalization through the experience of an early partner in Baker & McKenzie, the world’s largest and most global law firm. The method is based on oral history. The paper considers two case studies in counseling and advising illustrating the role of the lawyer and clients in the construction of complex deals. In addition, we examine the role of education, career, and cosmopolitanism.

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Keywords: career, lawyer, law firms, globalization, legal education, cosmopolitanism

JEL Classification: B31, F23, J44

Suggested Citation

Flood, John and Lederer, Peter D., Becoming a Cosmopolitan Lawyer (May 1, 2012). Fordham Law Review, Vol. 80, No. 6, 2012. Available at SSRN: or

John Flood (Contact Author)

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University of Westminster - School of Law ( email )

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Peter Lederer

University of Miami - School of Law ( email )

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