In recent years many corporate law departments have hired chief operating officers. Yet they don’t always have this title, and they don’t all function in the same way. ALM Legal Intelligence, an arm of the company that publishes Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer, wants to quantify this important development. We’d like to know how many companies employ them and what tasks they perform. We’d like to ask you to help by clicking here and taking our survey at the bottom of the page. An article summarizing the results of the survey will appear in a future edition of Corporate Counsel.

The survey consists of 14 questions if your company has a COO function in the law department, and just 3 questions if it does not. We expect this survey to take no longer than 10 minutes to complete.

We request that you fill out the entire survey, including the preliminary information about your name, contact information and company. We also welcome your written comments in the spaces provided. We will not identify you or your company when we report the results, unless we obtain your permission first.

The deadline for participation is July 3. If you would like to download the survey and send in a hard copy of your answers, please click here.

If you have any questions or thoughts about this survey, please contact Jennifer Tonti, ALM’s senior research director, at