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When most in-house counsel describe their job, the description usually includes language to the effect of: “No two days are alike and I never know the next surprise that will come across my desk.” There are, of course, nice surprises and unpleasant surprises. Of the unpleasant surprises, perhaps none is more unwelcome than a larger-than-expected legal bill. To minimize these surprises, corporate legal departments are increasingly using alternative fee arrangements (AFA).