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Forming a Seamless Relationship: Tactics for Facilitating Collaboration Between Inside & Outside Counsel

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With mounting pressure on corporate legal departments to reduce spend, and law firms increasingly looking to differentiate their practice, there are specific strategies that counsel can incorporate to increase efficiency, and make the relationship as seamless as possible. Working together, these strategies can benefit both inside and outside counsel. A focus on process, communication and technology is crucial, which will all be explored in this webinar.

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Forming a Seamless Relationship: Tactics for Facilitating Collaboration Between Inside & Outside Counsel

  1. 1. Forming a Seamless Relationship Tactics for Facilitating Collaboration Between Inside & Outside Counsel November 2nd, 2016 #CounselCollab
  2. 2. LLMinc.com Introductions Greg Casas Partner Don Knight Application Manager Lindsay Stevens VP of Technology lstevens@llminc.com #CounselCollab
  3. 3. LLMinc.com Agenda • Quit Reinventing the Wheel: Knowledge management • Think Like a Project Manager • Bids, Billing and Budgets • A Catalyst for Collaboration: AFAs • In Lockstep: Litigation & Investigations • Legal Holds & Custodian Interviews • Collection • Case Strategy • Reporting on the Relationship • Q&A #CounselCollab
  4. 4. LLMinc.com Quit Reinventing the Wheel: Knowledge Management We created a very cooperative operation. There were never disputes over territory or efforts to prove the superiority of one firm’s approach – just true collaboration to achieve the best possible outcome. - Alan Modlinger, Counsel & Director, Merck Modern Counsel, Inside Looking Out • Make use of templates and playbooks for transactional work or to share with outside counsel • Make answers available to internal clients • Self-service training • Standardize RFP process • Implement technologies that facilitate shared document resources #CounselCollab
  5. 5. LLMinc.com #CounselCollab
  6. 6. LLMinc.com Think Like a Project Manager • Appoint main contacts for the matter from each side • Discuss strategic and/or financial plans • Define and adhere to guidelines for outside counsel • Use technology that can help centralize communication & provide real-time status • Produce regular, documented status reports Over communication is good – NO SURPRISES! #CounselCollab
  7. 7. LLMinc.com Bids, Billing and Budgets • Define and adhere to billing guidelines for outside counsel • Submit detailed budgets and track spend against them • Benchmark and forecast for more certainty in the future • Use RFPs, bids and fee arrangements to match the right type of work to the right pricing and firm #CounselCollab
  8. 8. LLMinc.com A Catalyst for Collaboration: AFAs • Forces more preparation • Fosters communication and collaboration • Creates accountability and trust • Provides budget certainty for both parties #CounselCollab
  9. 9. LLMinc.com In Lockstep: Litigation & Investigations Legal Holds & Custodian Interviews Collection Case Strategy #CounselCollab
  10. 10. LLMinc.com Legal Holds & Custodian Interviews Identify legal hold targets and custodians Create and provide templates for legal hold notices Create templates with survey questions for custodian interviews #CounselCollab
  11. 11. LLMinc.com Collection Create a data systems map Targeted searches and terms to cull data Identify key/hot documents #CounselCollab
  12. 12. LLMinc.com Case Strategy Generate a chronology of the case immediately Make identifying witnesses and experts collaborative Get inside counsel involved in outlines and depo prep #CounselCollab
  13. 13. LLMinc.com Reporting on the Relationship • After action reviews of litigations • Firm and project evaluations post engagement (scorecards) • Communicate and educate on values important to the team • Diversity and inclusion • Frequency of reporting • Qualitative categories not captured in other metrics • Document metrics internally for future decisions • Rates and future bid estimates and comparisons #CounselCollab
  14. 14. Questions? Thanks for joining us! Stay in touch! www.LLMinc.com connect@llminc.com @LLMinc #CounselCollab
  • NinaHutchinson

    Mar. 31, 2017

With mounting pressure on corporate legal departments to reduce spend, and law firms increasingly looking to differentiate their practice, there are specific strategies that counsel can incorporate to increase efficiency, and make the relationship as seamless as possible. Working together, these strategies can benefit both inside and outside counsel. A focus on process, communication and technology is crucial, which will all be explored in this webinar.

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