Business of Law

Convincing the CEO and Board To Keep
Costs Down With Outside Counsel

, The Legal Intelligencer

Q. I could use some advice for the following dilemma. I am general counsel of a publicly traded company and have been getting killed on fees by a major law firm that has close ties to members of our board of directors. We have been hit with a big piece of litigation and I would like to hire a small firm that I am confident will do a good job and will keep costs in line. I am having a hard time selling this to our CEO and suspect I would ultimately face a brick wall with the board, under the theory that this

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