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Carla Del Bove
Carla Del Bove is President and Founder of CDB Communications, an independent public relations agency specializing in content development, media relations and overarching PR Strategy. In her current role, Ms. Del Bove provides strategic public relations and content development support to the LexisNexis Business of Law Software Solutions (BLSS) portfolio of products. Ms. Del Bove also serves as a regular contributor to the LexisNexis Business of Law Blog. She frequently covers a gamut of topics related to managing the business aspects of the legal profession and relevant issues facing today’s law firms and corporate legal professionals. Ms. Del Bove brings nearly two decades of strategic communications expertise to her role. Her media relations efforts have landed her clients in a number of leading, national publications including: The Boston Globe, Forbes, Law360, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal & Law Blog (The Wall Street Journal’s legal trends and issues blog). Prior to founding CDB Communications, Ms. Del Bove worked at among the top global public relations agencies including: Arnold Worldwide, MSL Group and Porter Novelli. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism from Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire.

ILTA/InsideLegal Study Indicates Legal Tech Budgets on the Rise

Study Indicates Legal Tech Budgets on the Rise

A new study conducted by the International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) in conjunction with InsideLegal suggests a majority of law firms, 53%, report an increase to their technology budgets in 2016. In spite of this, survey respondents cite issues of security management, user adoption, risk management/compliance and email management as their “Top IT challenges in 2016.” The 2016 ILTA/InsideLegal Technology ... Read More »

3 Business Insights Learned from the DuPont Model

3 Business Insights Learned from the DuPont Model

Corporate legal departments don’t need to pay hundreds of millions in outside legal fees and have a DuPont size legal team to desire greater efficiency, Tom Sager, partner at Ballard Spahr LLP and former general counsel at DuPont, shared this insight during an Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) webinar on the topic. According to Mr. Sager, in 1992 during his ... Read More »

Clients Willing to Hire for Litigation and Corporate Work, Says New Report

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View full graph A new CounselLink report suggests clients aren’t likely to retain new law firms this year. However, as they say, there are exceptions to the rule. The 2015 CounselLink Year-End ELM Trends Report concludes a majority of clients, 56 percent, plan to stay with their incumbent firms. Interestingly, the tide changes for those clients seeking counsel in two particular ... Read More »

M&A Surges, Outside Hiring Cools: ELM Trend 2015 Year-End Highlights

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Mergers & Acquisition activity is often subject to big ebbs and flows. And, that’s what we are seeing now. While Q1 2016 is showing a rather quiet period for M&A, 2015 was a boom year for M&A according to the just-published CounselLink Enterprise Legal Management (ELM) Trends 2015 Year-End Report. This new report shows that that fees paid for M&A ... Read More »

P&C Insurance Carriers Favor Flat Fees; Not All AFAs Apply

P&C Insurance Carriers Favor Flat Fees; Not All AFAs Apply

Property & Casualty (P&C) carrier legal and claims departments prefer using flat fee-based alternative fee arrangements (AFA) over any other type of alternative billing method, says a new survey, the third in a series conducted by the LexisNexis® CounselLink® team. Eighty-two percent of P&C carrier legal and claims departments say flat fee AFAs are most effective in terms of helping ... Read More »

Study Suggests 4 Corporate Legal Trends on the Rise

Study Suggests 4 Corporate Legal Trends on the Rise

The ACC Chief Legal Officers (CLO) 2016 Survey suggests internal corporate legal spend now surpasses outside legal spend. According to the study, CLOs reported 53 percent of their budget is now dedicated to internal spending, while just 47 percent is allocated to outside counsel. Issues of compliance and ethics were named among top concerns with regulatory requirements and data breaches ... Read More »

Practical Tips for Using Outside Counsel Guidelines

Practical Tips for Using Outside Counsel Guidelines

The cornerstone of a productive client and outside counsel relationship starts by setting clear and consistent expectations for the legal department at the outset of the client engagement. So says, Kelly Spratt-Szarzynski, senior strategic consultant on the LexisNexis® CounselLink® team. This involves developing an outside counsel guidelines document that formally communicates the legal department expectations.  These guidelines apply to all ... Read More »

The Client Wow Factor in a Digital Law Firm Transformation

The Client Wow Factor in a Digital Law Firm Transformation

Randolph Coleman impresses his clients by fielding client inquiries about older cases in seconds rather than days. He keeps the information at his fingertips but also ensures the data is protected with enterprise-grade security. It might seem like a tall order for some firms. However, what makes Mr. Coleman and his Jacksonville, Florida-based law firm, The Coleman Law Firm PLLC, ... Read More »