Outside Counsel

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    Longtime Portland Trail Blazers GC says relationship-building was key

    In-house legal leaders don’t always need to play hardball to produce positive results, according to Ben Lauritsen, who worked in the NBA for 13 years.

    By March 24, 2023
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    How legal teams are tapping flexible talent amid tight budgets

    Litigation and claims management professionals are in high demand on Consilio’s TalentConnect platform, as are contracting pros. 

    By March 21, 2023
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    Class-action defense spending eclipses $3.6 billion

    Labor and employment cases, as well as consumer fraud matters, generated the lion’s share of company expenditures, a Carlton Fields survey found.

    By March 13, 2023
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    Sysco accuses litigation funder of trying to dictate legal strategy

    Burford Capital in response calls the situation unique because the food distribution company breached the terms of the original contract.

    By March 10, 2023
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    Severance ruling should be taken with ‘grain of salt,’ Baker McKenzie says

    Attorneys at the global law firm suggested the NLRB’s recent decision does not have as sweeping implications for employers as some may think.

    By March 8, 2023
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    Post-COVID litigation contributing to high outside counsel costs

    It’s not just inflation and in-house digital transformation strategies that are driving higher law firm rates; litigation demand is up, too, say analysts. 

    By Suman Bhattacharyya • Feb. 27, 2023
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    Law Firm Financial Index hits new low, Thomson Reuters reports

    Demand for legal services was down nearly 4% compared to a year ago, and attorney productivity declined even further than that.

    By Feb. 24, 2023
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    For the lawyers, the Super Bowl can be super fun

    Given the chance to help shape the big event, attorneys donate hours of work to ensure the hotels are ready, the sponsors fulfill their pledges and the music doesn’t upset the licensing companies.

    By Feb. 22, 2023
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    Many legal timekeepers didn’t see rates rise in 2022, report says

    The statistics highlighted in a recent Wolters Kluwer analysis could provide legal departments with insights to challenge law firm rate increase requests rather than assume their inevitability. 

    By Feb. 16, 2023
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    Labor and cyber disputes are top in-house litigation concerns

    Legal departments are also bringing more litigation work in-house and a significant percentage plan to hire more litigators this year, a report found.

    By Feb. 7, 2023
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    Structuring win-win alternative fee agreements

    Although legal departments should always drive the conversation, law firms should proactively approach clients with innovative fee structures options.

    By Kris Satkunas • Feb. 1, 2023
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    Legal talent platform launches law firm

    Axiom Advice & Counsel will provide corporate legal services to a wide array of corporations while operating as an alternative business structure in Arizona.

    By Jan. 23, 2023
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    Diversity of outside law firms not tracked by most GCs, survey finds

    Meanwhile, those legal chiefs who do closely monitor the make-up of their external law firms said they have seen some DEI progress.

    By Jan. 19, 2023
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    Law firm rates rose nearly 5% in 2022 even as demand slowed

    Firms appear to be counting on rate increases to maintain profitability in 2023, but there are signs of client pushback, a report found.

    By Jan. 13, 2023
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    2023 outlook: Slower economy will pressure GCs to cut spend, operate more efficiently

    General counsel are expected to rely on legal operations specialists to help them increase in-house departments’ value to the broader organization.    

    By Jan. 11, 2023
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    Former NFL attorney details his work on league’s sports betting deals

    Doug Mishkin, a new partner at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, will bring his in-house experience handling the league’s sports gambling-related transactions to bear.

    By Jan. 9, 2023
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    6 in-house legal trends to watch in 2023

    Legal chiefs will be expected to do more with less even while operational costs rise and compliance risks grow.

    By Robert Freedman and Lyle Moran • Jan. 6, 2023
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    Tackling labor and employment issues with a structured team solution

    For legal departments experiencing or trying to head off attrition, implementing a structured team approach is invaluable.

    By Charlie Sandel • Nov. 28, 2022
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    How Hearst uses Priori’s outside counsel decision-making platform

    Legal ops professionals at Hearst said the extensive data provided about its external counsel speed up the process of finding the right lawyers for specific tasks.

    By Nov. 16, 2022
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    153% cost difference between NYC, Phoenix lawyers

    On a national average basis, the typical law firm partner hourly rate is $749, up about 6% from two years ago, according to data based on actual billing amounts.

    By Oct. 13, 2022
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    Legal departments want to hire tech-savvy law firms

    Companies increasingly desire outside counsel that effectively use legal technology to boost efficiency and productivity, a recent report found. 

    By Oct. 5, 2022
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    21 large law firms join growing diversity initiative

    Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule Certification program features firms that commit to promote underrepresented counsel to partner and leadership positions.

    By Aug. 19, 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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    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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    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