Facts & Figures: Businesses spending more on both in-house and outside counsel

From legal salary discrepancies to Douglas Arnsten’s sentencing, an inside look at the numbers that count

Flagging Faith

Much of the American public has already lost faith in the executive and legislative branches of government, so perhaps it’s no surprise that many people have doubts about the judiciary as well. In its first poll for the Defense Research Institute, Langer Research Associates found that less than 10 percent of respondents were “very confident” that civil courts were fair, while more than half admitted that they themselves would be biased against corporations if serving on a jury.

Imprisoned Embezzler

The long saga of Douglas Arntsen is finally over, as the former Crowell & Moring associate was sentenced to jail Thursday for embezzling money from his former clients. Beginning in 2009, Arntsen stole millions of dollars from several escrow accounts that the firm maintained and spent the cash on expensive meals, sports tickets and strip clubs, according to prosecutors. The party ended in 2011, however, when authorities arrested Arntsen following his flight to Hong Kong. Read on for the numbers behind his sentencing:

Spending Surge

According to a recent HBR Consulting survey of 260 companies, in 2010 and 2011, businesses spent more on both in-house legal departments and outside counsel than they did in the preceding two years. More than half of the companies surveyed reported that they had added more staff lawyers in the two years covered by the survey. See more of their responses below:

Mounting Mergers

Jobs Jump

Stagnant Salaries

It’s no surprise that lawyers at private law firms earn more than public sector attorneys, but recently released research from the Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) further highlights that gap. According to the NALP, starting salaries for attorneys in the public sector have just kept pace with inflation over the past decade, potentially discouraging debt-ridden law school grads from entering the field.

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