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ACC Value Champions: Benefits Extend Far Beyond Numbers

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Guest Blogger: Catherine J. Moynihan is Director of Legal Management Services at ACC, where she helps inside and outside counsel advance skills in managing the legal function. @CathJMoyn The ACC Value Champions are managing the heck out of legal spending — analyzing cost drivers, converging law firms, in-sourcing, targeting key goals, resourcing flexibly — in… Continue Reading

Ten Rules for Proving Your Value

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Being valuable is like being a lady.  If you have to tell people you are, you aren’t. – Margaret Thatcher In-house counsel must be focused on providing value in today’s corporate legal environment. Failure to do so likely will have adverse consequences for your career. So, I offer these 10 “rules” to help you prove… Continue Reading

The Value Champions Strike Back

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Sequels are quite underrated, particularly the second one in the series.  Think about it. We all remember the first iterations of blockbuster movies, as if they were the gold standards, while most sequels are forgettable. Still, sometimes, the sequel outdoes the original. Lists of good sequels abound, but any such list has to include “The… Continue Reading

Choice of Counsel As Risk Management

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Guest Blogger: Cheryl Solomon was the global general counsel of the Gucci Group, based in London, England, from 2004 to 2011.  She relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011 and is currently acting as general counsel to Kidlandia Inc., a technology start-up with its own cartoon characters (called Kreechurs) focused on providing deeply… Continue Reading

Why Alternative Fee Arrangements Aren’t the Answer

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Guest Blogger: Cheryl Solomon was the global general counsel of the Gucci Group, based in London, England, from 2004 to 2011.  She relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011 and is currently acting as general counsel to Kidlandia Inc., a technology start-up with its own cartoon characters (called Kreechurs) focused on providing deeply… Continue Reading

Opportunity Lost

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Guest Blogger: Emily Jelich is vice president and associate general counsel at Royal Bank of Canada in Toronto, Canada. Jelich heads both the global capital markets legal team and the global dispute management legal team, which include team members in Canada, the US, UK and Hong Kong. She is a member of the ACC Value… Continue Reading

Revenge of the Value Champions

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Do you remember the end of the iconic movie, Revenge of the Nerds, when Lewis takes the mic from Gilbert and suggests that more of us are nerds than jocks? The pretty cheerleader exclaims she’s a nerd too; most of the crowd joins Lewis, Gilbert and his nerd fraternity brothers in an effort to end… Continue Reading

It’s No Surprise: It’s All About Value

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ACC’s 2011 Chief Legal Officer Survey was unveiled at this year’s Annual Meeting in Denver. The annual survey and the resulting AM CLO session offered important insights for in-house counsel. I can’t tell you, though, that I was surprised by the results or discussions that followed. They included: CLOs are concerned with regulatory issues that… Continue Reading

Uncovered: HP’s In-house Counsel Training Program Part 4

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Guest Blogger: Gail Su is a graduate of Harvard Law School and is currently counsel on the intellectual property transactions team. Prior to joining HP, Su attended Harvard Law where she served as the president of the Harvard Asia Law Society, as well as conference chair for both the Asia and Pacific American Law Students… Continue Reading

Uncovered: HP’s In-house Counsel Training Program Part 3

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Part III. Follow along in this four-part blog series featuring a timely and provocative look inside Hewlett-Packard Company’s innovative new legal talent development program. This blog takes a look at the training program from the perspective of a participant: recent graduate and HP new hire, Dargie Bowersock. Dargie is a 2010 graduate from the Northwestern… Continue Reading

Uncovered: HP’s In-house Counsel Training Program Part 2

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Part II. Follow along in this four-part blog series featuring a timely and provocative look inside Hewlett-Packard Company’s innovative new legal talent development program. This blog takes a look at the training program from the perspective of an HP staff member, Susan Goodhue. Susan is Vice President and Associate General Counsel, IP Transactions in HP’s… Continue Reading

Uncovered: HP’s In-house Counsel Training Program Part I

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  The latest addition to our “value practice” blog series features a timely and provocative four-part discussion on training legal talent, all focusing on different aspects of Hewlett-Packard Company’s innovative new legal talent development project. This series will provide an in-depth look into HP’s post-law school training for new lawyers, with entries on how HP… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-Firm Relationship: Part VIII

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Post 8    Having Our Final Say on Alternative Fee Arrangements Week 8. Each week via the In-house ACCess blog, follow the promise and pitfalls of forming a new value-based client-firm relationship. This blog pairing explores how to improve the value returned using a different approach to managing litigation work.  As General Counsel of Kayak,… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-Firm Relationship: Part VII

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 Post 7 Making Time for Value Week 7. Each week via the In-house ACCess blog, follow the promise and pitfalls of forming a new value-based client-firm relationship. This blog pairing explores how to improve the value returned using a different approach to managing litigation work.  As General Counsel of Kayak, Karen Klein provides legal counsel… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-Firm Relationship: Part IV

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 Post 4 Adaptable Fees to go along with the Legal Work Flow Week 4. Each week via the In-house ACCess blog, follow the promise and pitfalls of forming a new value-based client-firm relationship. This blog pairing explores how to improve the value returned using a different approach to managing litigation work.  As General Counsel of… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-Firm Relationship: Part III

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 Post 3 When the Fees Align  Week 3. Each week via the In-house ACCess blog, follow the promise and pitfalls of forming a new value-based client-firm relationship. This blog pairing explores how to improve the value returned using a different approach to managing litigation work.  As General Counsel of Kayak, Karen Klein provides legal counsel… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-Firm Relationship: Part II

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Post 2 Alternative Fee Arrangements, Time Well Spent Week 2. Each week via the In-house ACCess blog, follow the promise and pitfalls of forming a new value-based client-firm relationship. This blog pairing explores how to improve the value returned using a different approach to managing litigation work.  As General Counsel of Kayak, Karen Klein provides… Continue Reading

Client-Firm Value Series – Kayak Software Corporation and Valorem Law Group LLC Discuss Their Unique Approach to Litigation Work: Part I

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Welcome back to our “value practice” blog series featuring real-time and real-life value conversations between an in-house counsel and their trusted law firm.  For those of you new to this series, ACC hosted our first client-firm blog pair last year with Ken Grady from Wolverine Worldwide and Lisa Damon from Seyfarth Shaw, which focused on… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-firm Relationship: Part XVI

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Post 16  Our Successes, Lessons Learned and Parting Thoughts Week 16. Each week via the In-House ACCess blog, follow the promise and pitfalls of forming a new value-based client-firm relationship. ACC Value Challenge steering committee member Ken Grady, General Counsel and Secretary of Wolverine World Wide, offered to profile his selection and start-up process of… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-firm Relationship: Part XV

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Post 15 The Current State Week 15. Each week via the In-House ACCess blog, follow the promise and pitfalls of forming a new value-based client-firm relationship. ACC Value Challenge steering committee member Ken Grady, General Counsel and Secretary of Wolverine World Wide, offered to profile his selection and start-up process of launching a trademark portfolio… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-firm Relationship: Part XIV

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  Post 14   Making it Work: A Value-Fee Partnership   Week 14. Each week via the In-house ACCess blog, follow the promise and pitfalls of forming a new value-based client-firm relationship. ACC Value Challenge steering committee member Ken Grady, General Counsel and Secretary of Wolverine World Wide, offered to profile his selection and start-up… Continue Reading

A Value-based Client-firm Relationship: Part XIII

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  Post 13 Compensation, Conversation and Collaboration Week 13. Each week via the In-House ACCess blog, follow the promise and pitfalls of forming a new value-based client-firm relationship. ACC Value Challenge steering committee member Ken Grady, General Counsel and Secretary of Wolverine World Wide, offered to profile his selection and start-up process of launching a… Continue Reading