As the editor of InsideCounsel, I sometimes have the opportunity to speak to different groups of people about the corporate in-house legal profession. For the most part, I discuss what we at InsideCounsel are observing within the profession—be it a shift in the regulatory environment, the increased use of alternative fee arrangements or simply the greater use of various best practices, to name a few. Since the beginning of the year, that opportunity has come up twice, and I happily obliged.
At these two events—both catering to legal marketing professionals—I moderated panels of general counsel who discussed building and maintaining healthy relationships with their outside firms. At InsideCounsel, we have covered the relationship between in-house and outside counsel for years. In fact, in our March issue, our cover story, “Small Wonder,” focused on best practices for GCs looking to hire small or regional law firms. So the topic was appropriate for me, and timely for the speakers as well as the audience.