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As I prepared this month’s column for “Employment Matters,” my editor Jonathan Ringel suggested I write on this month’s theme, “managing outside counsel.” After he rejected my topic that in-house counsel should simply manage outside counsel by granting all of my clients’ demands, I realized that my thoughts on this topic were too far from neutral. It then struck me that a true neutral—a mediator—would be in an ideal position to provide this advice. I reached out to several well-respected employment mediators and asked what they’d advise inside counsel to do when managing outside counsel handling a case. Their responses were enlightening:

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