Corporate Counsel Should Drive Innovation

Originally published for Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute on April 7, 2015

Last week, I addressed lawyers and law firms, with a message about their interaction with clients.

This week, I address the leaders of corporate law departments, with a message about their interaction with lawyers and law firms.

My message for corporate counsel: Take an active role in how your outside law firms are approaching innovation. The pace of change has been too slow. It is in your interest to help speed it up.

The needs of the corporate clients constitute the most fundamental driver of change in the legal profession. Almost all analysis of why a paradigm shift is underway begins with clients’ need to do “more with less.”

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