New year & new you: In-house lawyer as in-house innovator

Here’s a quick checklist to see how you’re doing with streamlining internal processes to make in-house work more productive

How are you doing on those New Years’ resolutions? As an in-house lawyer, you might consider adding a few new skills to that list, like process engineer, project manager and innovator. Let’s face it: Legal departments are cost centers, and inside counsel face increasing pressure to do more with less. To succeed this year — and beyond — savvy legal business partners will be looking at new ways to optimize.

Even simple solutions, some already in your hands, can allow your legal team, with a modest investment of time and creativity, to customize and configure existing tools and processes to better serve your internal clients. Here’s a quick checklist to see how you’re doing. If you find yourself nodding at any of these questions, it might be time for a change.

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Ron Wills

Ron Wills is the senior director of legal affairs and head of governance, risk & compliance at McAfee, a global network security company.

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Varun Mehta

Varun Mehta is the Vice President of Legal & Compliance Solutions at Clutch Group, a global provider of litigation, investigation, compliance, and other legal services...

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