When you hire me, you get me. When you call, I answer. When you write, I reply. I don’t have a staff of dozens doing your work, and I like it that way. When the need arises I may team up with lawyers and other advisors who, similar to me, “free lance” in their own speciality area. But at the end of the day when you are receiving my work product, you know it is mine and you know you’ll get answers from me when you call.
I realize there are those rare engagements where the needed manpower demands the services of the larger, international law firms. (If I’m engaged as your “private general counsel,” I’ll even help you retain and manage an appropriate firm for these larger engagements.) But the “smaller deals” and the ordinary day-to-day legal matters? Trust me, the partner you hire is not the one that will be doing your work, and he or she won’t have any answers for you when you have follow-up questions. But you’ll be expected to pay for the time it takes to get those answers anyway.