Case Studies


Case #1 Biotechnology

Challenge: General Counsel for growing biotechnology company does not have the budget to hire staff, but needs an attorney to support the company’s business as it continues to grow.

Solution: Assigned Counsel provided an experienced former in-house attorney from the same industry as a temporary attorney three days a week at the company’s location. General Counsel is now able to focus more on executive-level issues while overseeing day-to-day matters. A great match which is still going strong today!

Case #2: Pharmaceuticals

Challenge: A pharmaceutical client needed a junior attorney comfortable with entry-level work combined with in-house experience.

Solution: Assigned Counsel presented the client with the resume of a lawyer who had recently completed her LLM at Georgetown University. Prior to returning to obtain that degree, she worked abroad as a legal manager at a major retail food corporation and was familiar with the variety of matters a law department handles. It was a perfect fit!

Case #3: Nonprofit

Challenge: Needing help to cover a maternity leave, this busy not-for-profit sought a senior-level transactional attorney to handle commercial contracts, IP licensing and trademark matters and to liaise with outside counsel on behalf of the client.

Solution: Assigned Counsel provided an attorney with 20+ years of experience handling business acquisitions, commercial contracts and IP matters as an Assistant General Counsel of a large not-for-profit. The full-time temporary nature of the relationship was perfect for both client and contract attorney!

Case #4: Corporate Counsel/Banking

Challenge: The General Counsel of a bank client needed periodic coverage for general civil litigation, including pleadings and settlement agreements, as well as transactional matters. This coverage resource would allow the General Counsel to be able to keep up with bankruptcy proceedings and negotiations. The General Counsel did not want to take on a a permanent hire when he knew the work load would peak and fluctuate.

Solution: Assigned Counsel presented a local mid-level contract attorney candidate able to step in immediately on a part-time basis to review loan documents and manage litigation files, enabling the General Counsel to keep on top of the bankruptcy case load. This represented just the right balance for the General Counsel.

Case #5: Regulated Industries

Challenge: Our Client is an SEC and NASD regulated entity that wanted to enhance electronic recordkeeping and compliance in time for an upcoming audit.

Solution: Assigned Counsel placed a temporary attorney experienced in electronic document management systems. The contract attorney assisted the compliance department with timely installation and implementation of a new system in compliance with regulatory standards. Law department staff can continue to focus on core corporate matters knowing that this specialized effort has been addressed.

Case #6: Corporate Counsel: Financial

Challenge: A real estate finance company was in the middle of a merger transaction and the legal department was overwhelmed with due diligence requirements needed for closing.

Solution: Assigned Counsel placed a team of six contract attorneys with expertise in general corporate and transactional matters at the company’s headquarters. The attorneys worked for two months collecting, reviewing and overseeing coordination and transmission of documentation needed for the sale, freeing staff counsel for day-to-day matters.

Case #7: Corporate Counsel: Internet Sales

Challenge: An Internet product sales corporation needed help managing responses to an ever-growing number of patent claims. With reduced staff, it became increasingly difficult for the small law department, headed by a patent attorney, to meet deadlines in a timely fashion. Nevertheless, there was a preference to hold expenses down by handling as much of the work as possible in-house with either an on-site attorney or one working remotely.

Solution: Within 24 hours of receiving the request, Assigned Counsel presented a seasoned IP attorney. The contract attorney, who would work off-site, had her own response templates, which would facilitate prompt action. The client was impressed with the contract attorney’s work product model and the reasonableness of Assigned Counsel’s bill rate. The contract attorney was pleased that the engagement allowed her to maintain the work-life balance and flexibility she desired. A win-win solution.

Case #8: Corporate Counsel: Manufacturing

Challenge: A manufacturing company was the defendant in a class action lawsuit which would overwhelm staff attorneys with discovery requests and fact-finding.

Solution: Assigned Counsel provided a temporary attorney experienced with in-house management of class action suits. The temporary attorney handles all matters related to class action at the company’s location under direction of the in-house litigation head. The temporary attorney also acts as primary contact with outside counsel saving staff attorneys from needless work-flow interruptions. A great cost-effective resource.