Law Department Management

Get Commodity Work Done by Biglaw on the Cheap

Does your outside counsel shun commodity work? If they do, there are certainly other large law firms who have figured out a way to do it – and do it cost-efficiently: “In a recent survey,…




What to Expect as a New GC

Paul Williams at MLA Global gives his thoughts, as well as those of two GC colleagues, on what a new GC should do when hitting the ground at an organization: “The switch from a non-GC…


GE Exec: $1,000 Per Hour Lawyers Have Climbed 75%

$1,000 here, $1,000 there – pretty soon you’re talking about real money: “Our outside counsel costs are increasing – faster than the rate of inflation. If we look at lawyers whose rate are $1,000 an…



In-House Law Departments to Keep Growing

If you’ve noticed the headcount in your law department growing, you are not alone: “There’s a clear trend in Big Law practice of corporations building more capable legal departments that are less dependent on law firms, but…


On Making Law, Sausage and Legal Bills

The story of a new service, Viewabill.com, that promises to increase billing transparency and, as a result, improve relationships between clients and law firms: “Amazingly, as more than 100 firms have dipped into ViewaBill, the…


Texas Hourly Rates – Go Big or Go Home

If you have outside counsel in Texas, you can rest assured that their hourly rates are as outsized as those in many other large states: “Hundreds of Texas corporate clients have seen fees go up…


ACC Recognizes 12 Value Champions

Want to increase efficiency and contain legal department costs? Sometimes it helps to see how others are achieving success.  The Association of Corporate Counsel recently announced 12 Value Champions that are worth a look: “General…