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Ford: Teamwork Is Job 1

More than 20 other Fortune 500 legal departments filled out our lengthy, wide-ranging Best Legal Department questionnaire that asked about their work in 2004 and 2005. Some departments sported remarkable diversity, others boasted wonderful pro bono programs, or displayed deft management of outside counsel. We decided to honor three departments as runners-up. But the six judges were unanimous about the winner: None of the other entries impressed us as deeply or in so many ways as Ford.
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The Three runner-up law departments, in no particular order: