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E-discovery: What is the optimal model for corporations?

By Connie Brenton  |  October 23, 2014

According to Science Daily, 90 percent of the data in the world has been created in the last two years. That is a sobering statistic for corporations trying to control the cost and risk of their litigation discovery.There are multiple ways to bring order to this chaos, but which is...

More self-service legal: Get your firms to give you what you want

By Brad Blickstein  |  September 25, 2014

The business people in your company have a disdain for the expense and inefficiency of calling the law department for every little thing and so should you.

Survival of the efficient

By Chris DiMarco  |  August 22, 2014

The ability to handle the selection of technology, management of processes, efficiencies, training and outside counsel has become key to the success of law departments. Increasingly, that has meant hiring a dedicated legal department operations (LDO) executive.

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 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, Thomson Reuters Serengeti and Datacert | Tymetrix.

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

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