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5 Guidelines for Developing Corporate Legal Best Practice

5 Guidelines for Developing Corporate Legal Best Practice

There’s a good case to be made that leading companies avoid benchmarking the competition.  By definition, a company that follows what the competition is doing cannot be the leader. That’s in part, the gist of Mike Haysley’s point in a pitch published in the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel titled I Don’t Know What You Should Be Measuring, But You Do: Best ... Read More »

5 Tips for Streamlining Your Legal Department

5 Tips for Streamlining Your Legal Department

How can we do more with less? If you’re an in house attorney you’ve likely heard that phrase ad nauseam, but the truth is, today’s corporate legal departments are under intense scrutiny to save money and add value to the business. While this seems like an uphill battle, there’s plenty of proof out there that it can be done—and done ... Read More »

The New and Evolving Legal Department Operations Role

The New and Evolving Legal Department Operations Role

Corporate legal operations manager or director is one of the most important new legal roles emerging in corporate legal departments. From the emergence of e-billingin the early 2000′s, to the explosion of eDiscovery around 2005-2006, to the expansion of financial and accounting practices and controls following the 2008 economic collapse, law department operations, or LDO, has played a pivotal role ... Read More »

Five Ways to Jeopardize a Corporate Legal Project

Five Ways to Jeopardize a Corporate Legal Project

There are clearly ways corporate legal staff can build influence in a corporate legal department, but it is equally important, to avoid factors that can undermine your efforts.  These pitfalls will not only ruin your project, but also damage your reputation in a way that destroys, at least temporarily, your influence in your department. In order to better describe these ... Read More »

Seven Ways to Influence Change in Your Legal Department

Seven Ways to Influence Change in Your Legal Department

Many corporate legal leaders find that they are far more successful in developing a vision than in turning it into a reality. While these legal visionaries are able to articulate a new and exciting way of practicing law, or managing the business of law, the true challenge often arises in affecting change within their department. While each legal department and ... Read More »

Driving Better Corporate Outcomes with Matter Management

Driving Better Corporate Outcomes with Matter Management

Note:  Sections of this post were adopted from an article titled:  How Matter Management Works for Legal Departments which ran in the August/September 2013 issue of Today’s General Counsel. The value proposition of automated matter management, in the context of enterprise legal management (ELM), is nested in visibility.  Visibility into all relevant information pertaining to a specific matter including: Establish ... Read More »

Compliance: No Mystery on the Corporate Counsel Agenda

a review of current corporate legal department surveys one distinct pattern emerges: compliance is keeping corporate lawyers awake at night.

Depending on who is answering the question, estimates for the legal market in the U.S. alone range from $100 billion to $300 billion. Needless to say, it’s a wide gap and as it tends to be with studies, the results usually center on the parameters: what’s included versus what is excluded. What the industry might be able to agree on ... Read More »

6 Emergent Trends from a Corporate Legal Department Conference

6 Emerging Trends from a Corporate Legal Department Conference

Bald Mountain stands in stark contrast to the gentle green foothills where Northern Virginia begins to cede terrain to the edges of the Blue Hill Mountain range.  With an elevation of about 770 feet, it provides a commanding view of the surrounding area. Examining trends in the legal industry from higher vantage point, as Toby Brown suggested, seems like sage ... Read More »

Good Counsel: Think, Act and Achieve like a Legal Visionary

Good Counsel Think Act and Achieve like a Legal Visionary

Groundhog Day.   It’s a day in February.  It’s the title of a movie. It has become cliché for reliving the same day over and over again. It may well be a fitting description for the legal industry.  This is the narrative presented by attorney, author and entrepreneur, David Galbenski, in a key note presentation during the 2014 LexisNexis CounselLink Annual ... Read More »

How One Legal Department is Doing More with Less

How One Legal Department is Doing More with Less

How does a three person IP legal department go from using 200 outside law firms to just 30 in six months, while saving the company nearly $100K annually in legal costs? No, it’s not magic. Rather, it is the result of embracing innovation and finding new ways to add value to the company. That’s exactly what Pennsylvania-based Kennametal’s legal team ... Read More »