Expanding the traditional law firm-client relationship, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe has entered an agreement with Lucent Technologies that formalizes the exchange of lawyers between the two and eventually will allow the client to take part in the law firm’s recruiting and hiring decisions.

The agreement recognizes and institutionalizes a practice most done on an ad hoc basis at many firms: secondment of attorneys. Orrick attorneys will spend months working in house at Lucent, while Lucent attorneys will complete stints at Orrick.