David M. Barnard is a founding partner of Blaqwell, Inc, one of the premier consultancies to the legal industry. He has worked as a consultant for nearly ten years and has served numerous law firms in the United States, Canada and Europe.
At Blaqwell David focuses on law firm strategy, structure and operations. He has also worked on some of the largest recent law firm merger transactions.
A graduate of the University of Witwatersrand (B.Sc., LLB), David qualified as an attorney in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1972 and soon afterwards joined Linklaters in London, becoming a partner in 1980. For nearly 15 years, he managed the North American operations of Linklaters from its New York office. David retired from Linklaters in 2000.
David is an experienced managing partner and an international attorney, having worked in the areas of corporate law and international finance. He was one of the co-founders of Linklaters' International Finance practice and has worked on financial transactions around the world.
David is active in international legal and business academic circles and has helped organize colloquia and exchanges of ideas on the future of the legal profession. In addition to consulting, David is a lecturer-in-law at the Columbia Law School, where for six years he taught a course on International Financial Transactions and where he continues to teach The Anatomy of Large Law Firms.