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How to Get the Best Advice From Your Outside Counsel - From Someone Who Has Been on the Inside

by Julianne R. Davis
Lane Powell PC - Portland Office

October 7, 2013

Previously published on October 2, 2013

In-house lawyers rely heavily on their outside counsel to give them legal advice that is concise, clear and up to the minute, making the relationship one of great importance. Indeed, it is outside counsel’s job to do his or her best to make the in-house lawyers look good in the eyes of company management by providing thoughtful and insightful advice. In order to accomplish that goal, outside counsel needs to take the client’s business goals into consideration when offering advice and guidance. In-house lawyers are almost always too busy to sit down and undertake the thorough analysis necessary to consider all legal ramifications to a particular problem or set of circumstances. As such, it is incumbent on in-house lawyers to communicate what the potential impact is on the business for each assignment they allocate to outside counsel.


The views expressed in this document are solely the views of the author and not Martindale-Hubbell. This document is intended for informational purposes only and is not legal advice or a substitute for consultation with a licensed legal professional in a particular case or circumstance.

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