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The law department is no longer exempt from executive budget scrutiny and budget cuts. Incremental law firm rate increases, lack of transparency in spend data, and “I’m a legal practioner not a business manager” mentality is not acceptable in the “new normal” age. The chief legal officer and/or the general counsel must proactively demonstrate to executive leadership how the law department, like any other corporate department, is becoming more efficient in this post-recession economy.

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