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Former ACC President Frederick Krebs Joins Clearspire

Posted Sep 21, 2011 9:56 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The former president of the Association of Corporate Counsel will be working at the nontraditional law firm Clearspire.

Frederick Krebs joins Clearspire on Oct. 1, where he will be strategic corporate counsel adviser, according to a press release.

Clearspire is organized as two separate entities. Clearspire Law, the law firm, outsources all business activities to the second entity, Clearspire Service Co., which specializes in business process management. The law firm seeks to keep fixed costs down, allowing it to undercut fees of established law firms, according to the Washington Business Journal. It allows lawyers to work at home and doesn’t emphasize attorney rainmaking.

The press release notes that, under Krebs’ leadership, the Association of Corporate Counsel created its ACC Value Challenge advocating changes to the traditional law firm model. The challenge inspired the creation of Clearspire, which will translate the challenge’s mandates into practice with Krebs’ help, the release says.

Krebs “will also provide strategic direction as Clearspire expands and act as a liaison and public thought leader in the corporate legal space,” the release says.

Krebs will continue to have an advisory role at the ACC, teach at Georgetown Law School and manage his consulting practice.

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