The disclosure of internal DLA Piper emails that referred to churning a client’s bill drew the attention of the legal world last week, but several in-house counsel said that while the emails were disturbing, their release would not likely affect client/firm relationships or the billing review process because clients are already demanding more transparency from firms.

“The flippant tone of the emails at issue is certainly surprising,” said David Brill, the president of the Association of Corporate Counsel’s Greater New York Chapter. “But the underlying issue [of bills reflecting work performed] has been front and center for in-house lawyers for some time.”

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