• How to Get the Best Advice From Your Outside Counsel - From Someone Who Has Been on the Inside
  • October 7, 2013 | Author: Julianne R. Davis
  • Law Firm: Lane Powell PC - Portland Office
  • 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.