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Chas Schmidt
Chas Schmidt is a freelance copywriter and frequent contributor to the Business of Law Blog. A former Senior Copywriter for the Business and Litigation Software Solutions (BLSS) division of LexisNexis, Chas honed his strategic writing skills in a variety of previous roles on both the corporate and agency sides of the marketing communications fence. He is the former creative head of an ad agency in Durango, Colorado, holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University and plans to one day live off the grid in the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Video Preview: Latest CounselLink Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report

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From the time the first edition was published in October of 2013, the CounselLink Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report was unique in its approach. Unlike industry studies based on surveys, the data for the Trends Report was derived from a detailed analysis of invoices processed through the CounselLink ELM solution. Instead of drawing its conclusions from what corporate law departments ... Read More »

Happy Holidays

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The LexisNexis Business of Law Blog staff and contributors, along with the entire LexisNexis Software Solutions team, thank you for your continued interest and support this past year. We extend our heartfelt seasons greetings and our hope that you enjoy a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. We look forward to continuing to share legal industry news, insights and important ... Read More »

Happy Thanksgiving

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Note: The Business of Law Blog will return on Monday, November 28, following a brief Thanksgiving holiday hiatus. No matter how you look at it, we all have much to be thankful for—friends, family, freedom and the rule of law, to name just a few of the many things that come to mind. The LexisNexis Business of Law Blog is also thankful ... Read More »

Covering the Bases – Hyperion Benchmarking Identifies Key Contributors to Legal Tech Adoption

Covering the Bases – Hyperion Benchmarking Identifies Key Contributors to Legal Tech Adoption

“Build it and he will come.” Although the now-classic maxim may have rung true in the movie, “Field of Dreams,” that’s certainly not always the case in real life. Consider, for instance, a new ballgame in which the “he” (or she, for that matter) is a lawyer, and the destination is adoption of his or her organization’s latest legal technology ... Read More »

Rethinking the Legal Ops Model: A Flight Plan for the Future

Rethinking the Legal Ops Model: A Flight Plan for the Future

“Mayday, Mayday, Mayday.” Writing in an article in Corporate Counsel last week, Dan Currell, director of client solutions at Novus Law and Aaron Kotok, legal practice leader at CEB, assessed the state of legal department operations. Their conclusion? The current operating model for legal operations is on a collision course with failure. “The operating model for most of today’s legal ... Read More »

Blog On

Blog On

A blog post about an online article about law firm blogging, with a link to an article containing blogging tips for lawyers? As far as we know, a little mise en abyme never hurt anyone, so let’s do this. An article by Jennifer Williams-Alvarez on the digital edition of Corporate Counsel caught our attention the other day. In it, the ... Read More »

UPS Challenges Outside Counsel to Deliver Value

UPS Challenges Outside Counsel to Deliver Value

Like the men and women behind the wheels of the company’s parapatetic brown delivery trucks, the self-described “lean on the inside” legal department at UPS, Inc. knows a thing or two about getting from point A to point B. That’s especially apparent when it comes to vetting outside counsel. “Frequently, we are looking for firms that are creative in billing ... Read More »

LexisNexis Partnering with CLM to Present Spotlight Session in NYC October 6

LexisNexis Partnering with CLM to Present Spotlight Session in NYC October 6

LexisNexis CounselLink, in partnership with CLM, has arranged to present an exclusive Spotlight Session of interest to claims and legal departments–how to use the department’s own data to achieve its strategic goals. Presented in conjunction with the 2016 CLM Women’s Leadership Forum in New York City on October 6, the free pre-conference Spotlight Session will detail how claims and legal ... Read More »

Selecting and Managing Outside Counsel — Sage Advice From the Trenches

Selecting and Managing Outside Counsel -- Sage Advice From the Trenches

An article published recently on ACC Docket.com and jointly authored by Scott Rosenberg and Dan Safran of LegalShift, LLC and Jim Wilber of Altman Weil, presented a handful of techniques for selecting and managing outside counsel. With extensive experience in implementing law department strategy and operational efficiency improvement projects for legal departments, the trio has witnessed first-hand the challenges general counsels face when ... Read More »

GSK, AFAs and the Continuing Evolution of Legal Billing

Continuing Evolution of Legal Billing

In an article, published last Wednesday on Law.com, author Jennifer Williams-Alvarez relates how the pharmaceutical giant, GlaxoSmithKline, has virtually eliminated hourly billing across its outside counsel panel, worldwide. With 84 percent of the work performed by outside counsel for GSK in 2015 billed under alternative fee arrangements, the company has reportedly reduced its legal spend without sacrificing the quality of ... Read More »