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Five Critical Questions Every Client Should Ask Law Firms About Budgets

Posted in Legal Department Management

Although dramatic changes in law’s economic landscape have conferred far greater bargaining leverage and purchasing power on clients, in budget discussions with outside law firms, many in-house counsel just aren’t asking the right questions. Clients simply cannot optimize budget planning and management without  knowing the answers to these five questions: Has the Budget Process Included Input… Continue Reading

ValoremNext: A Better Mousetrap…And Beyond

Posted in Legal Department Management

Two lawyers well known for their innovation, and perhaps for their iconoclasm, are going beyond trying to invent a better mousetrap. Today they trotted out the design for a new mouse. Jeff Carr and Pat Lamb have long collaborated on efforts to reshape the law firm-legal department relationship, and in so doing have not hesitated… Continue Reading

Curing Communication Babel, Part II

Posted in Legal Department Management, Legal Project Management

An Only Slightly Disguised True Story   Legal Department Head of Litigation: “Sam, I swear I’m about to kill you guys, or at least fire you. You keep sending us these urgent demands for decisions and information with totally inadequate lead time. We get settlement requests, notices of hearings, pleadings and documents for review, and… Continue Reading

Memo to In-House Counsel: Minimizing Communications Babel, Part I

Posted in Legal Department Management, Legal Project Management

If it did not depict so much dysfunction, the incessant mud-slinging between in-house counsel and law firm lawyers about abysmal communication would be almost laughable. Instead it reveals a continuing and unresolved component in the law firm-client relationship, a serious and costly barrier to effective collaboration. Bad Communication:  Who’s to Blame? For years, every client… Continue Reading

GCs: Are You Looking in the Right Direction for an Efficient Legal Department? (Part 2 of 3)

Posted in E-billing, General Counsel, Legal Department Management, Legal Spend, New Normal, Outside Counsel

Supposedly, General Counsel everywhere have gotten the memo: tough economic times demand better, more business-like management of legal departments and outside vendors. So, are you moving assertively toward becoming a sharper, better-informed manager, or do you run what respected consultant Rees Morrison calls a “passive pusillanimous law department?” In our last post we talked about… Continue Reading

Brave New World: The Drive Toward Efficient Legal Department Management (Part 1 of 3)

Posted in E-billing, General Counsel, Legal Department Management, Legal Spend

  Slip ‘em some truth serum (or a few scotches), and most General Counsel will tell you their jobs are getting tougher in today’s global economy. For decades it was enough to be a knowledgeable lawyer with superb legal judgment.  Today, however, top management requires them to be both great lawyers and savvy members of… Continue Reading