§;Flat fee arrangements for various types of litigation – annual arrangements with various firms for
handling work on a flat fee basis; payments are on a monthly basis
OTHER VALUE PRACTICES IMPLEMENTED BY THE LAW DEPARTMENT
§;Ebilling – adds value by enhancing efficiency, reducing legal staff time reviewing and managing bills, and
improves data collection and reporting
§;Centralized in-house ediscovery – Ford handles ediscovery in-house via a centralized team that reports to
a senior in-house lawyer; prior to handling ediscovery in-house, the law department had an outside firm
manage its ediscovery
§;Secondments – associates from some of the firms the law department works closely with have participated
in secondment arrangements. In specific, the law department has implemented secondments in the IP
and tax areas; some have been at no cost to the law department and some at a reduced fee. Length of
secondments has been six months.
§;Insourcing – the law department insourced its ediscovery work
ESTIMATED COST SAVINGS
MOST VALUABLE PRACTICES; PROVIDED GREATEST RESULTS
The value practice that has probably provided the greatest results to date is use of flat fee retainers for litigation work.