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Retaining Knowledge During Today’s Great Talent Migration

There’s a bit of geopolitically triggered whiplash going on in the market for legal talent. After more than a decade of easy money and fiscal stimulus, the global economy was dealt a COVID-19 curve-ball. As the virus took hold across the world in 2020, governments pumped untold amounts of money into their countries to keep

News, September 27, 2022
News, September 27, 2022

Retaining Knowledge During Today’s Great Talent Migration

There’s a bit of geopolitically triggered whiplash going on in the market for legal talent. After more than a decade of easy money and fiscal stimulus, the global economy was dealt a COVID-19 curve-ball. As the virus took hold across the world in 2020, governments pumped untold amounts of money into their countries to keep

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News, September 13, 2022

Is The NYT Jones Day Take-Down Actually A Take-Down?

It’s not often that you open up the New York Times and see a major investigative story on a Biglaw firm. But in late August, the NYT Magazine ran a sprawling story on how Jones Day purportedly reshaped the American judiciary by masterminding and orchestrating the appointment of a massive number of conservative judges, including no less

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News, August 25, 2022

The rise of the ethically empowered corporate legal team

Corporations must look inside to define their own value system with respect to managing external counsel. Following this, the company is prepared for technology to help drive that alignment.

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article
News, August 22, 2022

There Are Only Law Firms That Have Been Hacked And Those That Will Be

What do the legal departments of Volkswagen, Ikea, Jones Lang LaSalle, Citibank, and Caterpillar all have in common? Some amount of their legal work in Russia may have been made public this summer by hactivist group Anonymous’ action against Russian law firm Rustam Kurmaev and Partners, also known as RKP Law. I had written in Harvard Business Review about

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Lawyer-selection
News, August 8, 2022

Why Finding Lawyers That Match Your Values Is So Hard

Last week, Sean wrote about the importance of values and ethics of the law firms providing services for corporate counsel, noting that, “97% percent of corporate counsel leaders told us they would take action if they discovered a law firm they were working with did not meet their ethical or values criteria.” This brings up interesting questions

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ethics
News, July 25, 2022

97% Of General Counsels Agree: #Winning Isn’t Everything

I’ve written previously about the rising importance of ethics in the selection of external counsel. Now I’ve got fresh proprietary data to back it up. I’m continuously hearing that law departments want greater alignment with their external law firms. It’s no longer good enough for Biglaw partners to do good work and serve as golf buddies. Corporations

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World Globe
News, July 11, 2022

The 4 Reasons Every Law Firm Wants To Do Geopolitics — And How To Know Who To Trust

Why are law firms increasingly getting involved in geopolitics? As Joe Andrew, the founding global chairman of Dentons quipped in our recent sit down: “A good lawyer knows the law but a great lawyer knows the judge.” One could interpret that adage as implying a personal relationship between the attorney and the judge that is somehow more deterministic

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News, June 27, 2022

The Commonwealth – an engine for Legal Innovation?

In the past decade, the Commonwealth has evolved from a way for the U.K. to create its own economic and soft-power spheres of influence with former colonies into a larger organization focused on trade among its members. Where on your passport would stamps from the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) meeting originate? If you

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Sanction
News, June 13, 2022

From Russia — With Lawyer Sanctions

What’s most interesting is that lawyers from Jones Day, Morgan Lewis, DLA Piper, Cooley, and other major firms are now forbidden from entering Russia — for life. In a little-noticed act, Russia indefinitely banned over 1,000 U.S. citizens from entering the country a couple weeks ago. In a big departure from traditional sanctions tit-for-tats, many of them were lawyers. Why did

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News, April 29, 2022

With Palantir Foundry Hence Aims to Improve Legal Buying

Hence’s co-founders are not your average legal techies. Sean West was in a senior role at famed geopolitical risk consultancy, the Eurasia Group, and Steve Heitkamp, who used to work at ‘Big Data’ analysis pioneer Palantir, has spent years focused on security and political risk, including for the US Department of Defense. Moreover, as tech news site Vox noted in 2020,

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