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On average, corporate law departments source intellectual property-related work to outside counsel and alternative service providers (ASPs) more often than when compared to their sourcing strategy for all legal matters in aggregate, according to the results of the spring edition of ALM Intelligence and Morrison & Foerster’s General Counsel Up-at-Night survey and report (Figures 1 and 2 below). And if the sentiment expressed by the survey respondents continues to hold, increased economic and political uncertainty across the globe could result in even more IP work being sent to outside providers.

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Steve Kovalan

Steve is the Director of Research at ALM Legal Intelligence where he writes and presents on matters related to the business of law. His areas of emphasis have previously included law department operations, lateral partner hiring, cybersecurity, and information and knowledge management. Prior to joining ALM Intelligence, he served as a Senior Analyst at both Deltek and Thomson Reuters. Steve holds a Juris Doctor from the West Virginia University College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from West Virginia University. Born and raised in West Virginia and a current resident of Northern Virginia, Steve is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.

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