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No Place to Hide

Posted in Alternative Fee Arrangements, General Counsel, Legal Project Management, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

Having completed Legal Project Management training in two corporate legal departments, I finished this week at the intersection of Sutter and Market Streets here in San Francisco, but for many of my General Counsel clients it’s the intersection of apprehension and opportunity.  For some clients, this is alien and uncomfortable territory. The balance of power… Continue Reading

Getting an “A” from the ACC – Revisiting the Report Card One Year Later

Posted in General Counsel, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

One year ago, I penned a post about the ACC Lawyer Rating system, below.  After all the economic dust has settled, I would not change a word.  Pamela Woldow Posted October 28, 2009 at 12:11 am. The ACC’s new lawyer rating system – created by and for corporate counsel — is just coming out of the gate. And, thank heavens that… Continue Reading

Whole Hog

Posted in General Counsel, Legal Project Management, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

  I’m at the intersection of Main and Lamar out here in Dallas, but I’ve just spent time talking to some senior-level rainmakers who are out there in denial. First, although the balance of power between law firms and their clients has shifted, they think they still call the shots — when in fact it’s… Continue Reading

Warning Bells

Posted in General Counsel, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

I spoke last week about Litigation Management best practices to an audience of 35 of America’s largest companies, a group representing many major industries – pharmaceutical, auto manufacturing, retail, financial services, transportation, construction, food.  Most of these companies have a good reason to be interested in improving their litigation management, because they face hundreds of… Continue Reading

Stop Complaining & DO Something!

Posted in General Counsel, Legal Project Management, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

Along comes the Am Law Daily article today, Reality Check: In Setting Billing Rates, Location and Size Matter; Experience…Not So Much, to tell us what many corporate counsel suspected or have experienced over the last 24 months with outside counsel.  Legal bills from 2007 through 2009 (that includes 5 quarters during the Great Recession, folks)… Continue Reading

Legal Project Management: A Trend at the Tipping Point

Posted in General Counsel, Legal Project Management, Legal Spend, Outside Counsel

This article, co-authored with Douglas Richardson, originally appeared at the PM Hut blog on May 13, 2010. Reprinted with permission. RFPs, AFAs and Client-driven Paradigm Shifts Tipping Point C includes such viral trends as convergence programs (in which the number of outside counsel an organization employs is examined and often sharply reduced, and in which… Continue Reading