It Takes Two to Tango: The In-house Counsel's Guide to Effectively Leveraging Outside Counsel

June 26, 2007 – June 27, 2007
Ivor Cary Armistead III
Randall W. Bodner , Jane D. Goldstein


Breakfast & Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Program: 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.

In-house counsel from leading companies and a group of experienced attorneys from Ropes & Gray will share professional insights and address challenging issues aimed at maximizing the effectiveness and value of the inside-outside counsel relationship. This program will provide practical ideas for creating a productive relationship that advances your organization's interests, whether you are bringing outside counsel into your boardroom, working on a major transaction, or working with them to manage complex litigation.


AVOIDING ROCKY STARTS: Forming Better Relationships with Outside Counsel

  • Structuring effective engagement letters
  • Applying conflict waivers appropriately
  • Demanding value in billing; alternative billing; and avoiding invoice surprises

RUNNING SMOOTHLY: Delegating, Communicating and Setting Expectations

  • Managing outside counsel effectively to ensure successful project completion
  • Helping counsel help you
  • Avoiding surprises, disappointments and recriminations

TAKING IT TO THE "NEXT LEVEL": Leveraging Outside Counsel for Greater Success

  • Getting more value from outside counsel
  • Using outside counsel more strategically
  • Asking for what your organization deserves from outside lawyers--in a constructive way


Bob Licht
Vice President, Chief Corporate Counsel, Biogen Idec

Diane Lopez
University Counsel, Harvard University

Joe Nevins
Associate General Counsel, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Cary Armistead (Moderator)
Partner, Ropes & Gray

Randy Bodner
Partner, Ropes & Gray

Jane Goldstein
Partner, Ropes & Gray

Awaiting confirmation from one additional in-house counsel.

A certificate of attendance will be provided.

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