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Survey Friday:  Fortune 1000 GCs and Cautious Optimism  

Fortune 1000 GCs and Cautious Optimism

No matter the line of business getting things done generally has three key prerequisites:  budget, people and resources. The Consero Group recently conducted a short survey with 57 GCs that included questions along these lines and published this report:  Consero’s 2014 General Counsel Data Survey.   The study is our post for this week’s Friday Share. While the sample size ... Read More »

What are the Going Law Firm Rates by Practice Area?

What are the Going Rates by Law Practice Area

What rates can corporate counsel expect to spend for outside counsel by practice area?  The chart nearby, while complex at first glance, encompasses an enormous amount of data with an at-a-glance view of what the going rates are for legal services by practice area in United States. The data stems from our latest trends report which was released this past ... Read More »

ELM Trends:  Corporate Legal Continues Law Firm Consolidation

Law firm consolidation

It takes just ten law firms.  That seems to be the preferred number of law firms for many corporate legal departments. By year’s end in 2013, more than half of corporate legal departments had consolidated at least 80% of their corporate legal work with 10 or less firms, according to the newly released LexisNexis Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report (ELM). The ... Read More »

SlideShare Friday:  9 Trends Impacting Paralegals

SlideShare Friday 9 Trends Impacting Paralegals

The ABA Journal recently reported compensation for paralegals is on the rise with managerial positions in law firms earning just under $80 per hour.  The average hourly rate earned however, was substantially less, running between $34 and $37 per hour.  According to the data, paralegals at law firms tend to earn slightly more than those working for corporate legal departments. ... 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 »

Infographic Friday: Billing Rates Up 4%, But So Are Discounts

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Note:  The following is a guest post by Larry Bodine; the infographic, as customary with our Friday Share series, follows below.  Law firm billing rates are up in all firm sizes – especially at “top of the market” megafirms – but then, so are discounts, according to a pair of influential surveys of the legal profession. Fees at megafims have ... Read More »

Study tells a Story about Law Firm File Sharing

leixsnexis law firm file sharing

If data could speak for itself…it might tell a story. The story that unfolded from a survey of law firms we published today goes like this: File sharing is increasingly important in law firm collaboration and while those firms are keenly aware of the consequences of IT security risks, unencrypted email – reinforced with a statement of confidentiality – remains ... Read More »

Friday Share: New Survey finds Admins Rule Law Firms

ALA polling buttons

More than just the glue that holds law firms together — administrative personnel arguably “rule” law firms.  This according to a new LexisNexis survey conducted this week at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference & Exposition. Attendees of the conference that visited the LexisNexis booth were invited to remove a button from a jar in order to cast their vote.  A ... Read More »

9 Takeaways from the Altman Weil Law Firms in Transition Study

Law Firms in Transition, Altman Weil

Altman Weil recently released an updated Law Firms in Transition Study – a sweeping 131 page report – that paints a rather challenging portrayal of the competitive legal landscape for large law. Consider the following reactions in the press: >>>Law360: “The lessons for BigLaw of recent years about tougher competition, commoditization of legal work and billing trends are sinking in ... Read More »

Slowly Being Fired: 3 Tips for Law Firm Business Development

BTI consulting, law firm business development, law firm CRM

“Corporate counsel drop 7 firms from their law firm rosters,” emphasizes BTI Consulting Group in its just released report on Corporate Counsel Management Strategies.  And the news gets more challenging:  “Overall legal budgets remain relatively flat and any increases seen are going straight to internal resources.” Add to client pressure on billing rates, which may have been frozen or even ... Read More »