Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel
Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel
June 25, 2002
Partner Richard Donovan has co-authored chapters in a four volume book entitled "Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel," published by the American Corporate Counsel Association and West Group. Partner Robert Haig is Editor-in-Chief of the book, which also features chapters by the General Counsel of numerous Fortune 500 companies. More than 80 highly favorable reviews of this book have been published, and many additional reviews are underway.

This 80-chapter book covers all aspects of corporate law department management and operations and all phases of the relationships between inside and outside counsel from pre-engagement planning to post-engagement evaluation with respect to litigation, transactions, counseling, legal opinions, and other matters. Coverage proceeds chronologically through the relationship focusing on enhancing the quality of performance of both in-house and outside counsel, improving the outcomes of the relationship as well as increasing the cost-effectiveness of engagements for both sides.

"Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel" offers analysis, practical advice, models and examples, detailed checklists and forms on all aspects of the relationships including such matters as selection of outside counsel, planning and budgeting, the allocation of work and responsibility, fee arrangements and billing procedures, management of the law department, staffing of engagements, benchmarking, compliance, dispute avoidance and resolution, conflicts of interest, and the use of technology. Other chapters focus on the successful handling of particular kinds of legal matters.