Strengthening preventive law and anticipatory efforts
ACC Guide to Managing
Outside Counsel – 2011
Target specific issues that are important to your company, and collaborate with
outside counsel to craft a series of training sessions. Examples include:
Hot topics and legal developments concerning:
•;emerging trends in litigation (types of cases, plaintiff bar
•;growing enforcement or regulatory actions from different
•;recent judicial decisions and opinions, and their impact
on defense strategies.
Training modules to help business people better perform their jobs, e.g.
•;effective communications guidelines, and
•;employment law training for HR Managers.
TIP: Preventive law efforts often need communications and information support to be
effective. Include the following in your law department actions to provide updates to shape
behavior for better results, as well as to help your external providers by providing opportunities
for lawyers and practice teams who are interested in showing you what they can do, in the hopes
that you will keep them in mind for the future.
•;Document repository (e.g. organizational charts, legal department policies and
procedures, list of corporate subsidiaries for litigation disclosure)
•;“On-boarding” guide for external counsel who are new to the engagement
•;List of preferred vendors (court reporters, jury research firms etc.)
•;Knowledge management tools to store and access work product