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Convergence: Is It Just a Numbers Game?
Establishing and Maximizing Corporate Legal Resources
Maximizing the benefits realized from internal and external legal resources requires an understanding of a multitude of factors. The ultimate goal should be to identify and retain the correct resource for the task at hand.
In-House Counsel, Executive Must Play Strong Role: To Win in Litigation, All Players Must Take the Field
When facing litigation, a company must put its best foot (and ideas) forward. To do so, it should ensure that all relevant perspectives on the issues and the facts in question come into play.
Legal Expenses are a Controllable Cost of Doing Business
Any company that faces legal challenges or needs the assistance of lawyers to effectuate its business objectives should desire to do so at the least expense feasible.
Litigation Planning and Budgeting – The Use of Task-based Budgeting to Manage Litigation
Disputes and litigation, which are often viewed as a cost of doing business and largely beyond control, do lend themselves to greater management.
Project Management – Clients Demand It
As corporate clients exerted ever-greater pressure for lower or more controlled costs, their law departments focused increasingly on pushing outside counsel (and their in-house counterparts) to apply to the use of legal service techniques developed in project management.
Strategic Strengths: The Basis of an Efficient Design for a Corporate Legal Function
To manage legal service effectively so as to achieve maximum benefits at the lowest reasonable cost requires a process of identifying and deploying the right resource for each identified task or assignment.
The Development of the Corporate Law Department and Its Consequences
The legal market focused on corporate clients has undergone considerable change over the past couple of decades. Most of that change originated in demands by the in-house legal community.
The Evaluation of Cases is a Critical Element of Litigation Management
The “process” costs of managing litigation receive a great deal of attention. While such costs can be controlled, a larger target of companies’ efforts to reduce or control expense consists of the outcomes of disputes and litigation.
What Is the Most Important Task of In-House Counsel?
Of the many responsibilities of in-house attorneys, one of the most significant (if not the most important in many situations) relates to the selection and retention of outside counsel for each matter entrusted to the in-house attorneys.
Disputes and Litigation: Tame the Two-Headed Beast
In order to manage disputes and litigation effectively, a corporate law department must ensure that its efforts dovetail with those of the company’s compliance program.
Acquisition Professionals and In-house Attorneys are a Team
Successful teams often evidence nimbleness among their members. In an industry such as real estate, where rapid reaction to market opportunities can distinguish those who prevail from those who do not, this may be even more significant.
Partner or GC?: The move from law firm partner to general counsel is not always the best choice
The selection of an attorney to serve as a company’s general counsel can further a company’s business goals significantly if the selection is well considered and draws from a pool of candidates with demonstrated strengths for the role.
Prudential Begins a Convergence Program
Managing all environmental matters involving the real estate investments of a large insurance company requires considerable effort on the part of many individuals.
Constructing Standard Metrics of Your Law Department’s Value
Today’s corporate law department must not only manage the law-related affairs of its company well, it must also demonstrate to management’s satisfaction that it is doing just that.
Records Management And The Role Of The Law Department: Some Musings
The management of corporate records has received considerable attention since a series of corporate scandals that led to the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
Staffing Flexibility Addresses Client Needs and Delivers Greater Value
In their efforts to realize greater value from the work of their outside counterparts, many in-house lawyers have pursued convergence programs and otherwise restructured their use of external resources.