Making the Most of Your Legal Department Operations

Creating competitive advantage involves balancing tools, process and culture.

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Creating competitive advantage involves balancing tools, process and culture.

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What's being said

  • B.C. Marks

    Excellent article. CLOC is a trend setter. I encourage everyone involved with legal operations to attend their May 2-4 conference in San Francisco.

  • N. Civitello

    Great article. Thanks for writing.

  • Jeff Franke

    Ultimately, Legal Ops professionals are helping GC‘s to run more efficient and effective legal departments. As company leaders look to GC‘s to be trusted advisors and lead both legal and non-legal company initiatives, GC‘s need legal ops people to manage a broad set of core competencies, including budgeting, vendor mgmt., tools implementation, cross-functional alignment, data analysis, and a lot more. GC‘s don‘t have the time for this heavy lifting, and most lawyers don‘t have the interest, time, or diverse, multi-disciplinary skills/knowledge to support operations matters. Legal ops professionals also bring a cross-departmental view to managing legal‘s business issues.

  • Jeff Franke

    Ultimately, Legal Ops professionals are helping GC‘s to run more efficient and effective legal departments. As company leaders look to GC‘s to be trusted advisors and lead both legal and non-legal company initiatives, GC‘s need legal ops people to manage a broad set of core competencies, including budgeting, vendor mgmt., tools implementation, cross-functional alignment, data analysis, and a lot more. GC‘s don‘t have the time for this heavy lifting, and most lawyers don‘t have the interest, time, or diverse, multi-disciplinary skills/knowledge to support operations matters. Legal ops professionals also bring a cross-departmental view to managing legal‘s business issues.

  • Emily Teuben

    Great article! Lisa brings up a good point about being aligned with your GC. That‘s incredibly important.

  • Nick Brestoff, Founder and CEO, Intraspexion

    I agree with Brad Blickstein‘s approach: "A better strategy is to understand where the most pain is, determine what must be fixed in order to ease that pain, and then find the technology solution to support that fix."

  • Stephanie Corey, Flex

    Agreed - great article. Without collaboration, I would be far less effective in my role. And I love Lisa‘s comment about being aligned with your GC. It doesn‘t work otherwise...See everyone in May at the CLOC conference!!!

  • Mary O‘Carroll, Google

    Great article! I‘m really excited about how groups like CLOC are collaborating and moving the entire industry forward. The Institute‘s tentative agenda/sessions just went up on the site and there is tons of good stuff! I look forward to connecting there! org/session-summary/

  • Mary O‘Carroll, Google

    Great article! I‘m really excited about how groups like CLOC are collaborating and moving the entire industry forward. The Institute‘s tentative agenda/sessions just went up on the site and there is tons of good stuff! I look forward to connecting there! org/session-summary/

  • Connie Brenton

    The shift in the expectation of the General Counsel‘s role has given rise to the Legal Operations role - a role that focuses on the business, on efficiencies and on cost savings. On May 2-4 in San Francisco the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) is holding it‘s Inaugural CLOC Institute where legal ops executives will be sharing best practices. Check it out at CLOC.org.

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