In-house Counsel

860 ABA Journal In-house Counsel articles.

Delaware loses long-held No. 1 ranking for business-friendly legal climate to South Dakota

A periodic survey of corporations by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s legal-reform arm found that Delaware has lost its No. 1 ranking for being business-friendly in legal matters, dropping to…

Is diversity all talk? (podcast)
Diversity at law firms, especially at the higher levels of partnership, continues to be a hot topic of discussion. But is that all that it is, a discussion item?
How to create a winning law firm RFP
Ari Kaplan spoke with Silvia Hodges Silverstein, the executive director of the Buying Legal Council, the international trade organization for legal procurement, and John De Forte, a London-based consultant to law and other professional services firms.
General counsel rank higher on 2 leadership attributes than other non-CEO executives
General counsel score higher than non-CEO executives on two leadership attributes—characterized in part by cautiousness—that are the most prevalent leadership characteristics found among top executives, according to research by executive leadership firm Heidrick & Struggles.
With law firms lagging in diversity, how can GCs be a force for change?
Updated: Despite decades of lip service to the importance of diversity in the legal community, the upper ranks of most law firms still fail to accurately reflect the gender and ethnic makeup of practitioners or the population at large.
General counsel will share data on their law firms; is it cause for BigLaw concern?
General counsel at more than 25 major companies plan to share data on their law firms in an effort to learn whether firm size and practices, such as value billing, have any effect on satisfaction and results.
Credentials or outcomes: What’s the fairest way to assess lawyer performance?
When we meet with law firm managing partners and senior partners, we often ask them how well they understand their metrics.

Do you understand your firm’s profits per partner?
Yes.

Do you understand how many hours you and other partners have billed and what billing rates are?
Yes.
How prepared are law firms for cyber breaches? And how often are firms being attacked?
On the same day that a massive ransomware attack hit DLA Piper, cybersecurity startup firm LogicForce released a chilling report that found that law firms are still woefully unprepared for all sorts of cyber threats.
Regulators enlist corporate lawyers in joint response to cyberattacks

Responding quickly to an identity theft, ransomware or other computer attack means having a plan in place. And as participants in the National Institute on Cybersecurity Law learned, that includes…

Legal tech startup devoted to corporate legal services raises $10.5M
A new legal technology company that intends to “transform the delivery of corporate legal services” has raised $10.5 million in initial funding.
New report finds corporate legal departments are awash in work and concerned about costs

Updated: Corporate legal departments are busier than ever, which has led to an increase in work for in-house attorneys and outside counsel, according to a new study released Tuesday from…

Ravel Law unveils new tool that measures law firm success

A courtroom batting average for law firms is one feature of a new analytical toolkit from the Ravel Law research firm.

On Wednesday, Ravel unveiled its Firm Analytics suite,…

Setting the CLOC forward on operational excellence

Last year, I wrote about the first meeting of CLOC, the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium, which had come together driven by a number of Silicon Valley (and other) legal…

General counsel say bold moves like HP’s diversity mandate are necessary to achieve lasting change

Achieving diversity in BigLaw has proved an uphill battle for advocates of inclusion. But many general counsel—who are uniquely positioned to influence the dynamic of legal teams—have chosen to direct…

Why are legal operations pros important to corporate law departments?
Ari Kaplan speaks with Connie Brenton, chief of staff and director of legal operations at NetApp, and president and chairman of the board of the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.

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