In House Counsel & Firms Turn to Secondments

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This article addresses innovative ways that law firms can help clients and keep good attorneys despite the economic downturn. One method is secondments or placing law firm associates in a legal department for a set period of time. This method accelerates associate training and cements relationships with corporate legal departments.

Secondments (placing law firm associates in a legal department for a set period of time) started to crop up more often over the last two years as corporate legal departments were hit with budget cuts and hiring freezes, said Pamela Woldow, principal and general counsel of legal management consultancy Altman Weil Inc. Now, law firms facing their own financial troubles are seeking them out, she said.

“All of a sudden the law firms had good and well-trained people that they couldn't keep fed with work, and they were affirmatively reaching out to their corporate clients to say, 'Could you support this person, or share the cost of this person with us?'” Woldow said.

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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.

© Pamela Woldow, Legal Leadership | Attorney Advertising

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