Shark in the water: "Womble Carlyle launches niche firm to assist developers"

Published:Friday, August 28, 2009

Hmmmm.  Large law firms in the mitigation banking business?  It’s a free country, and they probably will help the industry in some respects, but it makes me feel uncomfortable.  Assuming the firm would be doing permitting work for the client, as well as selling them wetland mitigation, I can foresee conflicts of interest.   It’s a little like a having a criminal lawyer also sell you a bail bond.  They are simultaneously defining the problem for you — and selling you a solution, one traditionally provided by other professionals.  I support the trend toward the professionalization of the mitigation industry and its’ practitioners, as opposed to folks in other fields “doing-it-on-the-side,” as they say.

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