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Making strategic planning part of your legal department operations

By M. Patricia Oliver  |  April 21, 2015

A healthy strategic planning process ends up becoming a sustainable part of how individuals and the team as a whole behave and want to operate into the future.

What contingency fees aren’t good for

By Christopher Bogart  |  April 16, 2015

Like any good lawyer, I’d answer the question, “When can I ask outside counsel for a contingency?” with more questions.

Cyber-liability insurance: Understanding what you have and what you may need

By Andrew Lustigman, Jeremy M. King  |  April 9, 2015

Addressing exposure requires an understanding of the scope of the insurance your company currently purchases and an understanding what additional protections may be available in the marketplace based upon the type of business the company does.

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

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 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 brad@blicksteingroup.com.

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