The rules of running a world-class legal department have changed. Legal departments are expected to run like a business. There has been a movement toward operating more efficiently and helping the business achieve a competitive advantage. Until recently, however, legal departments haven’t had a specific role or individuals with the expertise to help general counsel achieve these objectives and deliver strategic value. Enter the Legal Operations Executive.
Last month in Chicago, a one-and-a-half-day conference was held with expert legal operations executives from across the nation. The conference was organized by the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) and Huron Legal and was guided by a steering committee of leading legal COOs.