One of the greatest challenges in managing a legal department involves coordinating multiple law firms to generate the best outcomes at the lowest cost. Finding your company's solution to this problem may begin with a simple question: Fewer firms? Or more?
The trend is toward convergence--drastically reducing the number of outside firms and networking or "partnering" them into a cooperative framework. Common sense suggests that at least some convergence is an obvious path to efficiency. However, we benefited by moving in the opposite direction.