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From left to right: David Nichols, Nathan Brown and Alan Bryan at the 15th annual Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Symposium in Philadelphia. Photo by Dan Clark/ALM From left to right: Alan Bryan, Nathan Brown and David Nichols at the 15th annual Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Symposium in Philadelphia. Photo by Dan Clark/ALM

Walmart Inc. sells billions of pounds of bananas every year. In one month, however, the legal department will spend more than what the company sells in bananas, Alan Bryan, senior associate general counsel, told a crowd of attorneys on Tuesday at the 15th annual Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Symposium in Philadelphia. That major cost, he said, prompted the need for the legal department to develop a legal operations function and control spending.

Dan Clark

Dan covers cyber security, legal operations and intellectual property for Corporate Counsel. Follow him on Twitter @Danclarkalm.

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