Putting Socks on an Octopus: Managing Outside Counsel


Managing one attorney is not easy. Managing outside counsel, particularly a large firm, can be particularly challenging. Sometimes it is easier to put socks on an octopus.

However, this important relationship needs to be managed effectively if its value is to be fully realized and its cost minimized. This requires a frank and open conversation about the relationship up-front as opposed to working out problems while counsel is engaged in a matter, or worse, after the fact.

This article discusses 10 recommendations for strengthening the partnership between inside and outside counsel. Many of these recommendations assume the existence of a strong relationship partner at the firm who focuses not only on the tasks at hand, but also on the relationship in which the tasks are carried out.

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Published In: Professional Practice Updates

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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