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1. Designate one person in your department to handle bills and pursue savings. 2. Set a strict and uniform billing policy for outside counsel. 3. Forbid rate increases and changes in assigned teams without prior approval. 4. Require outside counsel to prepare budgets for all specific matters and cases. 5. Cut the overall number of firms you retain. 6. Develop a cadre of preferred providers by region or practice area. 7. Investigate reverse-auction Web sites. 8. Explore electronic billing services. 9. Make lawyers’ natural competitiveness work for you; grade outside counsel regularly. 10. Share the grades with all of the firms you retain.

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