For five years, the Law Department Operations Survey has tracked the changing role of the LDO manager. Back in 2008, those who held the position were just seeking a seat at the table and recognition for their value to the legal department. Fast-forward to 2012, where most respondents to this year’s survey say they are involved in strategic initiatives that reach far beyond legal.
“This speaks to the increasing value that LDO managers bring to their organizations,” says Brad Blickstein, principal at the Blickstein Group, publisher of the survey. “One impact is the evolving relationship between LDOs and other corporate functions. A vast majority of LDOs interact with HR, IT and Finance on at least a weekly basis.” The chart below illustrates that emerging dynamic.