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Building a world-class legal vendor management program starts with identification and goals

By David Cambria, Aaron Van Nice  |  April 10, 2014

Optimization only results when the general counsel and LDO make productive changes to the internal and external relationships that consist of the right mix of in-house professionals, outside counsel and clients.

End of a trend and the shifting of LDO functions

By Brad Blickstein  |  January 27, 2014

In the years since 2008, the operations function has gained respect and many general counsel expect their “LDO” (an abbreviation that did not exist when we started) to deliver process, efficiency and cost savings to the law department.

Inside the rise of law department operations

By Connie Brenton  |  January 27, 2014

Beyond the numbers, you know you are winning when you feel the culture shifting, or as Matt Fawcett put it, when you can say “welcome to the modern world.”

Survey Results

Adding value quantitatively and qualitatively

Among all the value that law department operations managers bring, it’s often easiest to focus on the financial aspect, as the 6th Annual Law Department Operations Survey demonstrates.

Bottom line remains top of mind

Five years after the beginning of the financial crisis, the bottom line remains top of mind for legal department operations managers and their teams
View the Full 2013 Law Department Operations Survey Report Online

Above and Beyond

An Expanded Job Description Has Many Law Department Operations Managers Providing Input, Expertise Organization-Wide, Latest Survey Finds

Based in Legal, with Enterprise-Wide Influence

View the Full 2012 Law Department Operations Survey Report Online

Playing the Hand They're Dealt

Lean Times are Testing Law Department Operations Managers, Forcing Them into Tough Trade-Offs and Out-of-the-Box Strategies, Latest Survey Findings Show

Business Pressures Put the Onus on Operations

View the Full 2011 Law Department Operations Survey Report Online | Photos from the 2011 LDO Roundtable

Managing the Litigation Hold Process

By creating a “duty to preserve” electronically stored information (ESI) in the discovery phase of a legal matter, the new Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) forced us to rethink how document retention policies are applied to electronic files.

When the Only Constant Is Change

Law Department Operations Directors Rise to the Challenge

Demonstrating Value in a Challenging Environment

View the Full 2010 Law Department Operations Survey Report Online

Amid the Crises, a Chance to Shine

Legal Department Operations Managers Find Their Skills More Critical than Ever

Law Department Managers

Thinking Strategically, Acting Programmatically

A Position and a Survey 20 Years in the Making

Operations Directors Earn the Right to Sit at the Table

Coming of Age

The Changing Role of the Law Department Operations Director

About the LDO

Providing a Place for Law Department Operations

The Law Department Operations Survey was first created to give legal departments a consistent platform to benchmark themselves and shed light on the emerging profession of law department management.

Gauging the impact, trends and priorities of 21st century law department operations is the purpose of The Law Department Operations Survey and this online portal. Now in its sixth year, this unique survey focuses solely on the operations function and seeks to provide benchmarks that are useful to the largest law departments.

Created and supervised by InsideCounsel and Blickstein Group, in consultation with an advisory board from Fortune 300 companies and headed by David Cambria, Senior Director, Enterprise Information Management, CDW, Huron Legal has contributed as the name sponsor since the inaugural survey.

For more information on the full survey or to purchase the full results package, please contact Brad Blickstein at brad@blicksteingroup.com.

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