Legal Operations: Page 2


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    Operating your legal team as an internal service business

    You might not have your own P&L, but acting as if you do positions in-house attorneys as a go-to resource for the organization, Ari Buchler of ZMC says.

    By July 29, 2022
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    Leveraging the recession to optimize your legal team

    Organizations facing cost constraints can be open to initiatives that better use in-house attorneys even if there’s upfront cost, general counsel and legal ops specialists say.

    By July 28, 2022
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    Building a legal ops team? Start here

    Mary O'Carroll: General counsel should make their first operations hire by the time their legal team is five-members strong and look for a strategic thinker. 

    By Mary O'Carroll • July 27, 2022
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    Prudential's GC encourages in-house counsel to try new roles

    Ann Kappler says attorneys developing a broad range of legal skills and knowledge about different parts of the business sets them up for long-term success.

    By July 26, 2022
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    Leveraging legal ops to improve outside counsel results

    To the extent law firm professionals feel they’re an extension of the in-house team, the work product stands to be better, a management specialist says.

    By July 21, 2022
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    Legal talent platform Priori announces $15M financing round

    The company connecting in-house teams with outside counsel plans to use the funding to speed its growth and enhance its technology.

    By July 20, 2022
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    How a fintech product can help legal teams review deals

    Company leaders say Claira enables in-house teams to focus on higher-order tasks rather than rote work.

    By July 18, 2022
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    Bad-deal fear keeps in-house teams from seeking alternative fees

    If billable hours go over budget, the firm gets the blame; if a novel payment arrangement leads to higher costs, the legal department looks bad.

    By Sam Mellins • July 15, 2022
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    New DocuSign legal chief hopes to advance company's growth

    Jim Shaughnessy said he will prioritize promoting the company’s CLM products and aim to collaborate effectively with other new executives. 

    By July 12, 2022
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    A new GC's first 100 days action plan

    Lennar Title’s Suzette Torres said relationship building and project prioritization are at the top of her to-do list.

    By July 11, 2022
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    Most legal departments are small in size, benchmarking report says

    A recent report also found that larger companies have a smaller percentage of lawyers on their legal teams and a higher percentage of paralegals compared to other businesses.

    By July 8, 2022
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    The case for bringing ediscovery in-house

    Legal departments can reduce costs and risk by operating ediscovery systems internally, Casepoint officials said.

    By July 6, 2022
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    For legal ops chief, job one is getting lawyer buy-in

    Project management details must take a back seat to trust-building, says Ashley Adams of Contentful. 

    By July 5, 2022
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    Large cities saw highest law firm rate hikes in the U.S.

    The rates law firm partners in the U.S. charged clients last year rose an average of 3.4%, according to a LexisNexis CounselLink report. 

    By July 5, 2022
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    Flurry of M&A activity helped push outside counsel rates higher

    The LexisNexis CounselLink report also highlighted that the rate differential gap between the largest law firms and the next tier down grew wider than ever before.

    By June 29, 2022
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    Start with predictable spend to change minds that legal is only a cost center

    Every in-house team has matters with well-defined outlays. Make those your easy wins to show control is within your reach, a budget specialist says.   

    By June 22, 2022
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    Enterprise employees don't view legal departments as good business partners

    Inefficiency, inflexibility and slow response times were cited as the major reasons why employees hold poor views of in-house legal teams’ business friendliness. 

    By June 22, 2022
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    More in-house departments using retainers to pay law firms

    The use of a blended hourly rate is another type of alternative fee arrangement that has increased, according to a benchmark report that looks at 2022 trends in legal department operations.

    By June 14, 2022
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    Humility, team-focus key to in-house attorney hires, CLO says

    Especially for early-stage, fast-growth companies, there’s little room for me-first people, no matter how good they are at law, according to Tim Parilla of LinkSquares. 

    By June 10, 2022
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    Going live doesn't make CLM a success, says former Microsoft legal ops chief

    If people aren’t using your contract lifecycle management program, or using it the way it was intended, you’re not getting what you want out of it, says consultant Lucy Bassli.

    By June 3, 2022
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    Downturn puts spotlight on spend, says Stripe legal ops chief

    The company’s legal team is hoping to introduce more alternative fee structures to help gain more balance in outside law firm costs. 

    By June 1, 2022
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    New metrics portal aims to help legal teams prove their value

    The free online resource enables legal departments to answer key questions and craft compelling narratives based on data.

    By May 31, 2022
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    How a law firm can provide general counsel services to legal departments

    Epstein Becker & Green attorneys with deep in-house experience assist and mentor a wide array of GCs.

    By May 27, 2022
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    Legal matter management said to work best when you start small

    Solving a few problems before implementing a comprehensive technology tool can create efficiencies that aid buy-in, according to legal ops pros.

    By May 23, 2022
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    Carbon offsets trader tapped fund sponsor's contacts for law-firm search

    Spooz, Inc.’s in-house lawyers have securities experience but not the cap-and-trade niche the company is moving into.

    By May 23, 2022