When it comes to Green Business, do we think of law firms as needing ‘greener’ business practices? There is no manufacturing going on and no direct emissions from plant equipment. Yet some Bay Area law firms are leading the way to greener business. What does that mean for a law firm?
Larger city law firms tend to be very print and document intensive. Some law firms like Farella Braun & Martel of San Francisco have committed to making ‘green’ part of their core business values. For them that means implementing stronger recycling programs for paper, supplies, and electronic technology.
Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP is another Bay Area law firm committed to Green Business. For them that also means establishing practice groups around Green Business law. Example of their ‘green’ law practice groups include natural food law, green building law, and renewable energy. They have also set up an area of their website that discusses their commitment to green business.
The legal profession has a long standing reputation for being extremely paper intensive businesses and engaging in wasteful practices. These Bay Area firms are taking the lead in what might be called the ‘greening of U.S. Law Firms’. By taking the lead, these firms will help set examples for other law firms to follow not only in greener internal operations, but taking advantage of the growing need for green law practice areas.