Your company may not have the need, or often, the resources to hire full-time in-house legal counsel. Nonetheless, most emerging companies are looking for a way to obtain economical legal advice on contracts and transactional matters, employment issues, intellectual property strategy, overseas transactions, due diligence, joint ventures, financing and other matters. The answer is to hire a business minded attorney like myself to work on a part-time basis as your outsourced general counsel for a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-time in house legal executive or utilizing outside law firms. As outsourced general legal counsel, I usually operate as a member of your business management team, rendering strategic advice, participating in conference calls and servicing your day-to-day legal needs. I typically spend some time at your place of business in order to meet with key personnel and ensure a comprehensive understanding of your business. I also manage your company's extraordinary legal affairs that justify the use of outside legal experts (e.g., independent audits, SEC filings, out of state litigation, hiring of foreign and local counsel, tax matters, patent issues, etc.). I have years of years monitoring and challenging the billing practices of law firms. Large and Mid-size law firms are usually not the most efficient and economical means to cover the day to day needs of small and growing companies. Most law firm attorneys simply do not have the depth and breadth of legal and business experience necessary to function as an effective general counsel. It takes years of experience to know how to manage the complex array of legal matters that arise in various industries. Moreover, it takes an accomplished individual with the right personality to work creatively and productively with your non-legal executives. I have that experience.
Examples of services we perform for our clients: Management of transactional, intellectual property and litigation matters including strategic planning consultations as needed. Rapid respond to crisis and immediate-need issues. Assistance in settling employment and payment disputes including the drafting of demand and other types of correspondence. Drafting and regular review of joint venture, non-disclosure, vendor, employment, leasing and other contracts used regularly by your business. Very short turnaround on document review, assessment of potential business arrangements, and intellectual property issues. Performance of continuous business practice risk assessment. Assistance in meeting regulatory compliance requirements. Management of outside counsel in specific matters. Review of all outside counsel legal bills and challenge of excessive charges.