Ethical Considerations When Using a Legal Process Outsourcing Provider

In today's economy, many companies are turning to Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) providers because of their ability to offer fast, efficient legal services at a lower cost. However there are a number of ethical considerations that are unique to LPO companies, including risk of disclosure of confidential information, inadvertent waiver of attorney-client privilege and client consent requirements. However, the primary issue has to do with the unauthorized practice of law, since many of the individuals performing the work at the LPO firm may not be licensed to practice law in the appropriate jurisdiction or may not be lawyers at all.

Best Practices for Using a Legal Process Outsourcing Provider

Before you start working with a Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) company, there are a number of steps you need to take. These include: Evaluating the quality and reliability of the company; Investigating the company's background and reputation; Performing reference checks; Asking about the company's hiring and training policies; Vetting the qualifications of the individuals performing the work; and Meeting with core management staff.

What are the Best Practices for Assigning Tasks to Various Levels of Attorneys?

When assigning tasks to various levels of attorneys, there are two factors to consider. If you're strictly talking about budgeting, it's actually easier to use an average billing rate for the firm, only because it makes the budgeting simpler. Firms can generally provide that or give you some pretty good guidance. Rather than going through each task and figuring out the hours and then figuring out which attorney performed each task, you can just take the hours times an average rate. That makes life a lot simpler and it's a perfectly valid way of preparing a budget.

Why Many Law Firms Are Turning To Legal Process Outsourcing

An emerging trend in the field of law is the use of Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO). A driving force behind this is the ever-increasing volume of data that needs to be looked at in routine litigations and investigations. The cost of managing this data, in many senses, has gotten out of control. A lot of corporate legal departments have had their budgets cut, especially over the last two years. Many corporate legal departments and law firms are struggling to find ways to do as much or more with less and many have turned to LPO providers.

How Are Email Strings Handled in Privilege Logs?

Some courts, although very few of them, have addressed the issue of email strings in privilege logs, so it’s important to look at the current state of the law on that topic. The trend is that each email string is looked at as [...]

Ethical Cost Recovery, Data Hosting, and Cloud Computing

A LexisNexis® Complimentary CLE Accredited* Webinar - September 20, 2011. Law firms of all sizes benefit from the advent of “cloud computing” and data hosting technologies. These services provide enormous cost-saving advantages, as well as encourage increased client engagement and provide better opportunities for backing up and storing information. Cloud computing and data hosting [...]

Shin on Camera Access in Trial

John Shin, Vice President and General Counsel of Courtroom View Network discussed the recent trend of camera and video access in trial during the Mass [...]

Stack on Communicating with Juries

William Stack is senior counsel for Exxon Mobil Corp. and has tried hundreds of mass tort cases on behalf of the company. Stack spoke on [...]

Smith on Underwriting a Cyber Risk Policy

Jennifer G. Smith, Esq., CIPP, of Lockton Companies LLC spoke during the "Social Media Maze: Liability in Behavioral Advertising and Social Media" session at the [...]