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Law Firm General Counsel as Sherpa: Challenges Facing the In-Firm Lawyer’s Lawyer

17 Pages Posted: 16 Aug 2009 Last revised: 12 Nov 2009

Susan Saab Fortney

Texas A&M University School of Law

Date Written: October 1, 2005

Abstract

This article addresses the increasing trend in law firms appointing general counsel. Part I of this article provides an overview of the frequency of law firms employing the services of general counsel and the different roles general counsel may assume in law firms. Part II outlines the duties of general counsel in advising the firm on matters related to firm structure. Part III observes that general counsel may play an important role in helping law firms choose the most appropriate method to compensate its lawyers to achieve the desired results. Part IV stresses the importance of the preventative measures general counsel should take to help law firms avoid employment claims. The conclusion argues that general counsel has the potential to benefit law firms by acting as a guide through various legal and organizational challenges.

Keywords: law firms, general counsel

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Fortney, Susan Saab, Law Firm General Counsel as Sherpa: Challenges Facing the In-Firm Lawyer’s Lawyer (October 1, 2005). Kansas Law Review, Vol. 53, No. 4, 2005. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1452867

Susan Fortney (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University School of Law ( email )

1515 Commerce St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102
United States
817-212-3902 (Phone)

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