What Have Lawyers Done for American Business? The Case of Baker & Botts of Houston Article

Lipartito, K. (1990). What Have Lawyers Done for American Business? The Case of Baker & Botts of Houston . 64(3), 489-526. 10.2307/3115737

cited authors

  • Lipartito, K

fiu authors

abstract

  • Although lawyers made crucial contributions to the development of business, scholars have said little about their role. As the following article explains, lawyers fought restrictions on business growth, worked to make laws uniform, and helped to establish legal rules in the areas of corporate reorganization, finance, and regulation. Pioneering a new type of organization—the large firm—they moved beyond the realm of legal doctrine and acquired the political influence, local knowledge, and community connections needed to reform the nation's decentralized legal system in ways that fit the demands of national-scale business. © 1990, The President and Fellows of Harvard College. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • January 1, 1990

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

start page

  • 489

end page

  • 526

volume

  • 64

issue

  • 3