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How Corporate Legal Can Implement AFAs without FUD

AFAs Matters by Industry

Alternative fee arrangements (AFA) sometimes invoked FUD – or fear, uncertainty and doubt. There’s always risk in trying something new or different, however, we have in among our corporate legal department clients a sizable volume that have found success. Recently, our own Brandi Gunn presented a very compelling, clear and concise webinar that presented the fundamentals of AFAs.  The slides ... Read More »

3 Tips for more Effectively Managing Legal Spending

3 Tips for more Effectively Managing Legal Spending

The general counsel needed a report. The corporate legal department had spent more than $20 million on external legal fees in the previous year, and he needed to know how much of that was spent specifically on litigation, where it was spent, and why. He tasked Mary Stich with generating a report which would allow him to identify areas to ... 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 »

BTI Consulting: US legal market exceeds $100 billion

US legal market exceeds $100 billion

More than 600 people attended BTI Consulting’s webinar titled “BTI Market Outlook and Client Service Review” according to Michael B. Rynowecer, the consulting firm’s president and CEO.  Both the slides and a recording of the webinar are provided below.  It’s easy to understand why: the webinar, which ran about 90 minutes, was filled with metrics and data about the legal ... Read More »

8 Distinctive Characteristics of the Billion Dollar Legal Department

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Looking across the entire sample in the 2013 Law Department Metrics Benchmarking  – the data indicates corporate legal departments employ roughly 8.3 fulltime employees, including 4.7 attorneys in the corporate legal department for every $1 billion in revenue. This looked like an interesting segment of the survey sample, so we drilled down on the data specific only to those respondents from largest companies.  Twenty-eight survey respondents ... Read More »

Measuring What Matters About Matters

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Recently, LexisNexis CounselLink published its first Enterprise Legal Management Trends Report. One of the key metrics included in the report is blended average matter rates, which I think warrants more discussion. When I talk to most managers of legal departments or their procurement partners, their efforts to manage rates usually focus on individual timekeepers. It’s time to look at the big ... Read More »

Proving Value – Looking Beyond the Wallet

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One of my favorite topics during meetings and presentations with General Counsel is measuring the value of legal departments. In my experience, nearly everybody in a corporation recognizes that the legal department adds value, but very few have concrete ideas regarding the right metrics to quantify that value. The default result has all the metrics focused on cost, thus perpetuating ... Read More »