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Contributing Writer
This bio page is used to publish submissions by contributing writers. We welcome contributions from the legal community and are especially keen for contributions from our customers. Please review previous submissions published here and the “About Us” section to get a sense for what topics work for this blog. All posts must be original content not published elsewhere for at least 30 days. To submit an idea for consideration, please email blsssocial@lexisnexis.com.

Procurement to Play Bigger Role in High-End Legal Work

Procurement to Play Bigger Role in High-End Legal Work

“Legal delivery has gone from ‘In a relationship’ to ‘It’s complicated,’’ said Mark Cohen, founder and CEO of Legal Mosaic, during the Buying Legal Council Professional Sourcing and Management of Legal Services conference. Attorney, legal tech writer and CodeX Fellow, Monica Bay, recently reported Mr. Cohen’s insights for Above the Law. She noted procurement is about to play a bigger ... Read More »

Survey: eDiscovery Pros Predict Increased Spending in 2016

Discovery Professionals Predict Increased Spending in 2016

Six out of 10 eDiscovery professionals have a positive outlook for spending on eDiscovery this year, predicting gross revenues in their segment of the industry will be higher in six months. This was one of the headline findings from the inaugural eDiscovery Business Confidence Survey, conducted by ComplexDiscovery, a leading industry blog The survey was launched in February and was ... Read More »

Study: AFAs Proliferate for P&C legal matters

Study AFAs Proliferate in P&C Claims and Law Departments

Alternative fee arrangements (AFAs) use is rising among property and casualty (P&C) insurance carrier legal and claims departments, according a new survey, the third such survey in a series, by the LexisNexis® CounselLink® team. The use of AFAs moved up from 69 percent in August 2015, to healthy 76.9 percent. In other words, nearly 80 percent of this segment of ... Read More »

5 Best Practices for Corporate Legal amid Globalization

5 Best Practices for Corporate Legal amid Globalization

Nearly 90 percent of companies are moving into new global territories, as we speak, according to Head of Legal Operations and Chief of Staff at Uber, Susan R. Packal. She expressed her ideas in a contributed piece for the ACC Docket, which was syndicated on the Hyperion Research website. In other words, corporate globalization is officially booming. “The evidence for ... Read More »

The Deep Discount Attorney and other Cautionary Tales

The Deep Discount Attorney and other Cautionary Tales

At the beginning of the year, we shared big ideas from Ann Guinn: Infographic: 9 Ways to Run a Small Law Firm as a Business.  More recently, she presented these insights during a webinar titled: The Happy Lawyer’s Guide to Running Your Firm like a Business. While much of her discussion covers the 9 keys to running a firm like ... Read More »

3 Keys to Powerful Analytics in eDiscovery

3 Keys to Powerful Analytics in eDiscovery

The use of data analytics in the eDiscovery workflow continues to accelerate. According to a survey of in-house legal departments conducted by the Coalition of Technology Resources for Lawyers (CTRL), a majority of legal departments (56%) reported that they were using data analytics to address eDiscovery obligations. Specifically, the survey found that the top three uses for data analytics in ... Read More »

Corporate Legal: Where the Magic is Happening

Corporate Legal Where the Magic is Happening

To tag on a famous marketing slogan – the corporate legal department today, is not the legal department our parents might have known.  With the swing of the in-house-outside counsel pendulum, legal departments have increasing support from the businesses – but also higher expectations to be strategic partners. Legal departments are more carefully selecting the work that comes in, and ... Read More »

5 Legal Spend Questions with Stuart Maue

Stuart Maue

That legal department budgets have faced increased scrutiny in the last several years isn’t new. However, how corporate legal has responded is usually interesting. The LexisNexis® CounselLink® business recently teamed up with St. Louis-based Stuart, Maue, Ltd., which provides outsourced legal bill review capabilities.  The CounselLink product is well-known for the strength of its automated bill review capabilities to review ... Read More »

10 Useful Corporate Legal Blog Posts

How Corporate Legal Can Predict a $1.3b Budget within $80k

Editor’s Note:  The original content published here has been removed and in place we offer you the following which proved popular with corporate legal and legal operations professionals.   1. Study Suggests 4 Corporate Legal Trends on the Rise Most legal departments are in the 3rd or 4th level along the legal operations maturity model.   It’s the “beginning of the middle” as D. Casey ... Read More »

Winning Small Law Clients: Tips from a Shoe Salesperson

Want to Win More Clients Watch a Shoe Salesperson, Says Survey

Law firms can learn a thing or two about client service by emulating a Nordstrom shoe salesperson, says a new ABA Benchmark Client Intake Study. The survey, which aims to get a real sense for what prospective clients experience when trying to engage with a law firm, concludes law firms are missing the client service mark in a big way. ... Read More »