Law firms hoping to snag Del Monte’s legal business are facing added scrutiny these days.

The food giant earlier this year began questioning firms about their part-time and flexible work policies, making it clear that it wants at least some part-time attorneys handling the company’s matters and that it will track those attorneys’ progress through the law firm ranks. The message, said Del Monte Foods Co. General Counsel James Potter, is that firms should tout part-timers as a selling point, not as a dirty secret.

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