The increasing prioritization of environmental, social and corporate governance issues for corporations—and similarly, the rise of Big Law practice groups to meet the demand—is requiring a somewhat novel intimacy between in-house teams and their outside counsel.

ESG groups are becoming increasingly ubiquitous among Big Law firms. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher; Hunton Andrews Kurth; Seyfarth Shaw and Schiff Hardin have launched ESG groups in recent months pulling together multidisciplinary teams from offices all over the world.