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The ins and outs of amicus briefing: Fitting the puzzle of amicus briefs together in a case

By Mary-Christine (M.C.) Sungaila  |  March 5, 2015

Amicus briefs, carefully crafted and designed to intertwine but not overlap with either the party's brief or other amici, can fill in important aspects of the story on a case and help obtain discretionary review as well as a victory on the merits.

Tips for new GCs: Managing law department information

By Matt Hobbs  |  March 2, 2015

As a new GC, you need to understand if your organization has a records management schedule and if the electronic content is being actively managed in an enterprise content management system.

Insurance for business litigation risks: Managing multiple policies

By Amy Elizabeth Stewart, Whitney Warren  |  February 27, 2015

The scope of coverage for business tort claims varies widely from policy to policy and may overlap in multiple policies. As such, policyholders should undertake a careful analysis to identify all policies potentially triggered by a business tort claim in order to give timely notice.

Survey Results

Facing New Challenges and Opportunities

Since the inception of the Law Department Operations Survey seven years ago, we have carefully tracked the fresh challenges faced by LDO directors. As the 2014 survey clearly shows, managing data and cybersecurity - particularly once companies send their highly sensitive, confidential data to law firms - remains a growing concern.

Creating Predictability and Security in an Increasingly Unsafe World

Past issues facing LDOs have ranged from establishing the credibility of their role to grappling with budget crises. However, as LDOs have proven their worth and the economy has slowly emerged from the long recession, new worries have presented themselves.

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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
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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

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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

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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 seventh year, this unique survey focuses solely on the operations function and seeks to provide benchmarks that are useful to the largest law departments.

The yearly survey is created and supervised by InsideCounsel and Blickstein Group, in cooperation with Huron Legal. The advisory board, headed by David Cambria, Global Director of Operations - Law, Compliance and Government Relations, Archer Daniels Midland Company consists of LDOs from Fortune 300 companies and consults on the survey. Huron Legal has contributed as the name sponsor since the inaugural survey. This year's gold sponsors are Bridgeway, Serengeti, a Thomson Reuters business and Datacert | Tymetrix. This year's silver sponsor is Mitratech.

For more information on the full survey or to purchase the full results package, please contact Brad Blickstein at

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