Outside Counsel Management

Your General Counsel is a critical part of your company’s management team. In addition to handling most if not all of your company’s day-to-day legal work, the right General Counsel can serve as an important strategic advisor. Even with an excellent General Counsel in place, some companies continue to use outside counsel for some of their legal work. For these companies, the General Counsel should play a vital role in managing the outside counsel relationships in order to achieve superior results, as efficiently as possible. Even if your company has a General Counsel, or an entire legal department, your company may benefit from having an experienced lawyer help manage its outside counsel so that the General Counsel can focus on other important legal issues associated with running the company. Also, even if your company has an established relationship with an outside law firm, your company may benefit from having an experienced lawyer help manage its outside counsel to get the most “bang for the buck” in that relationship.

To effectively manage outside counsel, your company needs an experienced lawyer who understands law firm economics and the law firm business model, and someone who can leverage that knowledge and experience to your advantage. Steve Groom, of Dedicated General Counsel, has a proven track record and reputation for effectively managing law firms so that his clients get the most “bang for the buck” in their legal spend. He has served in executive and general counsel roles with four publicly traded companies and has practiced law with three prominent law firms. Steve has lectured for thirty years on how to effectively manage outside counsel.

Steve also creates guidelines for outside counsel to communicate and establish your expectations of counsel in representing your company, in staffing work assignments, and in billing for matters handled. Steve is effective in creating mutually beneficial relationships with your law firms. Because Steve has worked with many of the law firms in the area and knows them well, he brings a respectful and collaborative presence to his relationships with outside counsel, not antagonistic — all with the goal of getting the most for your company in its relationship with outside counsel.

We can help you with:

  • Managing Legal Spend
  • Guidelines For Outside Counsel
  • Alternative Fee Arrangements (instead of hourly-rate fees)
  • Requests for Proposals
  • Law Firm Performance Metrics
  • Budgets for Legal Matters
  • Litigation Management
  • Negotiation Training
  • Dispute Resolution (participation in over 2000 mediations).

Some Questions to Ask:

Q. I like my law firm, but is there a way to make my legal spend more predictable?

Q. How do I know if I am paying reasonable and necessary fees for my legal work?

Q. How will your services and fees differ from the traditional law firm services and fees?

Q. Will my company end up paying “extra” fees for having Dedicated General Counsel manage my traditional law firm?

Dedicated General Counsel would be honored to help your company.

Learn more about Dedicated General Counsel and Steve Groom. Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions, read testimonials from others with whom Steve has worked, and contact us today to learn how Dedicated General Counsel can help manage your outside counsel, so that you can focus on what you do best – running your business.

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What
People Say
“Steve has a broad base of experience representing publicly-traded organizations, financial institutions, and businesses. He is well-versed in both the practical aspects of managing business risks, as well as litigation (including strategies for litigation avoidance).”
Julian L. Bibb, III
Attorney
Franklin, TN

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