law departments

  • Survival of the efficient

    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.

  • Full disclosure

    The Commission looks closely at financial statements, down to the smallest footnote, putting more pressure on true financial metrics, but also on the explanations for matters ranging from revenue to risk.

  • Pivoting your career back to a law firm

    Most of the time, the next step will be an in-house position elsewhere. But there is a significant uptick in the number of inside counsel who are returning to law firms. And not as the worker bees.

  • Poised for prominence

    With the help of executive recruitment firms BarkerGilmore; Major, Lindsey & Africa; Heidrick & Struggles and Evers Legal, we compiled this year's list of 100 women poised to assume the position of GC in the next three years.

  • Calculating ROI to drive change

    Consider a compliance system that identifies potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. Its value may be hard to quantify without a statistician and a lot of assumptions, but it is substantial and should be considered in some fashion.

  • Getting the highest possible value from legal services: Can procurement help?

    When you work together with procurement professionals using market benchmarks and an ELM platform that captures your historical matter data, it can support your efforts to improve outcomes, operational efficiency and pricing.

  • Need benchmarking? Take the 2014 LDO survey

    Now in its seventh year, it is the only survey dedicated to benchmarking the operations of legal departments in areas including staffing, technology, e-discovery, cost management, metrics/reporting, and relationships with outside counsel.

  • Beginning with the end in mind

    This article will focus on defining success and the role that a solid technology platform can play in measuring success and providing the data needed for leadership to make informed decisions.

  • What's hot? Take a look at compliance jobs

    Compliance jobs are steamy hot, and they come in many forms. The most rapid headcount growth is occurring within heavily regulated industries, such as financial services and health care.

  • AFA programs: In name only or for true cost reduction?

    Having a strategic program and ensuring that the law department lawyers are effective in the business of managing the AFA matters is essential to AFA effectiveness.

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