Lawyers at Novak Druce + Quigg are traveling to London to pick up extra degrees. Through a partnership with the Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, six attorneys at the Houston intellectual property firm have earned master’s of business administration degrees, and another two lawyers are in the two-year program at Oxford.
Tracy Druce, the firm’s executive partner, says the MBA education at Oxford provides the firm’s lawyers with international business knowledge that’s helpful in representing international clients. “The MBA program is particularly valuable for the start-ups and the companies in their infancy,” says Druce, who says he earned an MBA jointly with his law degree from Texas Tech University School of Law. Managing partner Greg Novak earned his MBA from Oxford in 2007.
Druce says the firm helps associates and young partners from the firm get into the Oxford program and assists them with payment of tuition and costs. The MBA program calls for the lawyers to spend one week in London every two months, he says.
The firm also sponsors a research center at the business school, the Novak Druce Centre for Professional Service Firms, which looks into management of professional service firms.
The firm has 80 lawyers in Houston, Washington, D.C., the Silicon Valley, San Francisco and West Palm Beach.
-- Brenda Sapino Jeffreys