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The growth of corporate legal operations has been a common discussion topic in recent years, one that’s been felt from tech providers to law firms and more. Still, to Brad Blickstein, the publisher of the Law Department Operations (LDO) Survey, which is now in its 10th year, the ops explosion is still awe-inspiring, given that he was calling in personal requests to take the first survey in 2008.

“I feel like normally, the number of people who took a survey isn’t a terribly interesting data point. But to go from 34 to 128 in 10 years says a lot about what’s changed in legal ops over that time,” Blickstein said in an interview with Legaltech News.

The 10th anniversary LDO Survey, available for download through Above the Law, focuses largely on the differences in law department operations from 2008 through now. For instance, the survey analyzed the top challenges faced by the operations office: In 2008, the top two challenges were positioning oriented, namely how to identify opportunities for business improvement (67 percent) and show the value of the position to the corporation (53 percent). Now, the top two challenges are more business oriented, namely how to drive and implement change (42 percent) and to contain costs (32 percent).

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Zach Warren

Zach Warren is the editor-in-chief of Legaltech News. Based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Zach has been with LTN since 2015. He can be reached at [email protected]

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