WEBCAST: The Legal Shift: How Changes Within The Corporate Law Department Are Impacting Their Relationship With Law Firms
Date/Time Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:00 PM GMT/UTC
Duration 60 Minutes
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Henderson Bio
Smolik Bio
Grady Bio

Presented by ACC's Law Department Management Committee and Sponsored by Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Over the last two decades, corporate clients have responded to rising cost pressures and legal complexity by growing the size of their legal departments and bringing more work in-house. During this time period, the number of in-house lawyers has nearly tripled, increasing from 38,000 in 1997 to 102,000 in 2015. Larger legal departments have also coincided with the rise of the subfield of legal operations, which uses data, process, and technology to reduce costs, improve service delivery, and better manage corporate risk. Although these changes have dramatically shifted the balance of power in favor of corporate clients, law firms remain a crucial resource for specialized legal knowledge and expertise. The challenge for chief legal officers and senior staff is developing a set of management principles that maximize the value of both in-house and outside counsel resources.

Toward that end, this panel considers the limits of continuing the legal department “build” strategy and methods for managing outside that have the potential to stimulate innovations that improve cost, quality, and speed of delivery.


William D. Henderson, Professor of Law, Indiana University
Ken Grady, Lean Law Evangelist, Seyfarth Shaw


Mark A. Smolik, General Counsel, CCO, DHL Supply Chain Americas


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