Law departments of all sizes invariably need outside counsel on a regular or project basis. Whether it is to fill gaps in expertise or to handle a material transaction or litigation matter, outside counsel can be a critical part of the provision of quality and efficient legal services to an organization. With the abundance of ever-expanding law firms looking to provide services, selecting outside counsel can be a daunting task and one that is often left in the hands of an organization’s in-house legal team. Fortunately, James Stapleton of LEAP Legal has provided a series of articles that can help guide you in your search:
- One of the first steps in selecting outside counsel is understanding how law firms exert control in the legal vendor selection process and also understanding how law firms want you to select a new law firm.
- With these perspectives and those of the in-house legal team in mind, get James’ perspective on Selecting Law Firms to Propose on Your Work.
- Once you have your list of law firms, many in-house legal departments will develop a request for proposal to be sent to those that made the initial cut. Legal RFPs vary widely – read James’ thoughts on what to include in a RFP for Outside Counsel.
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