Cost Cutting Continues at Biglaw

April 15, 2009

innovatorslaw_logoIn the past six months, a majority of AmLaw100 firms have announced both layoffs and delays in start dates for the class of 2009 (in some instances, by as much as a year).  There have also been rumors that salary cuts are on the way, though much speculation that no one wants to go first.  Well the rubicon has been crossed.  Womble Carlyle, a firm with 530 lawyers and a large presence in the Southeast, has announced that it will cut some associate salaries by 10 percent. Read the rest of this entry »

Why “The Middle Office”?

April 4, 2009

worldisflat1As the world becomes flatter, opportunities abound for companies to move work to the most cost effective location.  After World War II, shipping and air transportation made it possible for manufacturing to develop in overseas markets.  More recently, the creation of the internet has made it possible for back office functions like accounting to shift off shore.

As  companies continue to look for ways to control expenses, the next wave of outsourcing involves more sophisticated business functions (i.e. Business Process Outsourcing).  Legal Process Outsourcing, or the outsourcing of legal work, is simply one of the newest trends in BPO. Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to The Middle Office

April 1, 2009

If you blog long enough, eventually you will create a spin off.   It happens on television; so why not in the blogosphere.  For a few months, I have been writing about the growth of legal process outsourcing on my blog CounseltoCounsel.  But the time has come for LPO to get more attention.  It deserves it’s own blog.  And so, today, I launch The Middle Office.

The Middle Office is a spinoff of my blog CounseltoCounsel.  In the past year, I have seen an increasing number of articles in the legal and popular press about the growth of LPO.  Since CounseltoCounsel focuses on career issues facing the legal industry, it was only natural to talk about the implications of LPO.

In this space, I will continue to write about what LPO means for the careers of American lawyers.  But I will also address industry trends, practical considerations in employing LPO, as well as criticisms of the practice.

logo-ipengine2This blog is brought to you courtesy of IPEngine, an early stage LPO that is focused on the delivery of IP services (prior art searches, patent prosecution, freedom to operate studies, etc.)  While I plan to address the use of LPO in a non-IP context, this  blog will focus principally on the development of LPO as it affects the practice of IP law and the effective delivery of IP services.

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