In The News

August 4, 2017 – JD Supra
The Death of the Billable Hour: Is Microsoft Ushering in a New Era for Law Firms?

Analysis of Microsoft’s intention to move 90% of their work to alternative fee arrangements, with comments by Brad Blickstein

June 1, 2017 – Corporate Counsel
Inside Liberty Mutual’s Legal Tech Transformation

How one century-old legal department is leveraging data, deploying tools and changing corporate culture to prepare for the future of law, with insights from Brad Blickstein. [Subscription may be required.]

May 30, 2017 – Legaltech News
Don’t Forget Small Data: Inside GE Select Connect

Intimidated by Big Data? GE’s law department believes it found a simple answer. [Subscription may be required.]

May 9, 2017 – Corporate Counsel
Late Bloomers? Corporate Legal Lags in Tech-Related Savings, Study Finds

Coverage of the Inaugural Blickstein Group-Exterro Study of Effective Legal Spend Management. [Subscription may be required.]
Above The Law

May 9, 2017 – Above The Law
Legal Operations Takeover? Live Conversation From The 2017 CLOC Institute

Law firm, legal ops, and legaltech experts—including Brad Blickstein—come together for a conversation live from CLOC

February 13, 2017 – Legaltech News
4 Key Legal Operations Lessons from This Year’s LDO Survey

This year’s survey sees shifts in e-discovery handling, metrics use and more. [Subscription may be required.]

December 21, 2016 – The Times of London
Survey: hourly billing not dead yet

A report by Blickstein Group, the international research consultancy, showed that adoption of alternatives to hourly billing was “still relatively low”. “The hourly billing rate is still very popular,” the researchers said, “and predictions of its demise are premature.”

December 20, 2016 – Inside Counsel
The Billable Hour Just Won’t Die, Report Finds

While alternative fee arrangements are gaining popularity, data recently collected by the consultancy Blickstein Group Inc. shows that discounted hourly billing rates are still much more common than AFAs [subscription may be required].

December 16, 2016 – Law 360
BigLaw Fails To Bend To GC Billing Needs, Survey Says

Corporate legal departments in 2016 had little faith in law firms to be change agents and drivers of innovation in a climate where departments are increasingly seeking cost-effective alternative fee arrangements, according to results of a survey recently published by Blickstein Group [subscription required].

December 15, 2016 – Corporate Counsel
The Billable Hour Just Won’t Die, Report Finds

While alternative fee arrangements are gaining popularity, data recently collected by the consultancy Blickstein Group Inc. shows that discounted hourly billing rates are still much more common than AFAs [subscription may be required].

December 9, 2016 – Reinventing Professionals
Survey Reveals Key Developments in Law Department Operations

Discussion between Brad Blickstein and host Ari Kaplan about the genesis of the Blickstein Group and the Law Department Operations Survey, the issues the survey addresses, how the role of legal operations professionals has changed, and the surprising results of his research.

December 7, 2016 – Legaltech News
Anything is Game: 3 Key Cybersecurity Concerns for Department Operations Staff

More than three-quarters of law departments are responsible for or meaningfully influence their companies’ cybersecurity. Here’s what to watch for [subscription may be required].

November 28, 2016 – Corporate Counsel
Findings from the Ninth Annual Law Department Operations Survey

Taking on New Levels of Responsibility and Gaining Respect

October 14, 2016 – Legaltech News
The New Law Firm Investment Opportunities

ABSent outside investment, does true innovation even stand a chance? A look at the ABA’s Commission on the Future of Legal Services. [subscription may be required].

September 6, 2016 – Legaltech News
Where Is All the Data? Only the Shadow (IT) Knows

Law department operations professionals are in the perfect position to take the lead on mitigating Shadow IT risks. [subscription may be required].

August 12, 2016 – Legaltech News
Gaining the Power of Metrics Means Looking At More than Just Legal Spend

Rather than simply focusing on metrics around spending, find data points that help the company avoid disputes and other legal issues. [subscription may be required].

June 23, 2016 – Legaltech News
Next Generation ELM Must Be About Process, Collaboration, Automation

Brad Blickstein provides insights from last month’s Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) on the future of enterprise legal management. [subscription may be required].

May 5, 2016 – Legaltech News
Law Firm Confidential: Getting a Grip on Your Breach Response

Law firm breaches are a wake-up call for department operations professionals. [subscription may be required].

April 7, 2016 – Legaltech News
In-House Counsel Have Long List of Info Gov Initiatives: Study

Amid the growing amount of data breaches comes greater focus on enterprise-wide information governance, including comments by Brad Blickstein [subscription may be required].

March 24, 2016 – Legaltech News
Making the Most of Your Legal Department Operations

Creating competitive advantage involves balancing tools, process and culture, including comments by Brad Blickstein [subscription may be required].

March 4, 2016 – Seyfarth Lean Consulting Blog
In-House Counsel Survey Roundup

The Blickstein Group Law Department Operations Survey was listed as one of Seyfarth Lean Consulting’s Five Favorite In-House Counsel Surveys

December 1, 2015 – Bloomberg BNA Big Law Business
Corporate Law Departments Keep Hands Off eDiscovery

Law departments are not bringing predictive coding in-house or hosting data on internal servers per the Eighth Annual Law Department Operations Survey, including comments by Brad Blickstein.

November 24, 2015 – Legaltech News
More In-House Law Departments Have Formal Metrics: LDO Survey 

Legal departments are running more like a business, and the latest figures prove it, including comments by Brad Blickstein [subscription may be required]

November 23, 2015 – Blickstein Group Press Release
Law Departments Starting to Embrace Metrics and Reporting, Says Eighth Annual Law Department Operations Survey

Blickstein Group today made available the results of its Eighth Annual Law Department Operations Survey.

November 3, 2015 – Legaltech News
Quality Control: Fostering Higher Quality Data For Better E-Discovery

Read about the insourcing of enterprise e-discovery software, including comments by Brad Blickstein [subscription may be required]

September 21, 2015 – Legaltech News
Law Department Operations: What Comes Next in the Evolution of ‘For Services Rendered’?

Read about shifts in how law firms offer and deliver services, including comments by Brad Blickstein [subscription may be required]

April 28, 2015 – Corporate Counsel
Measuring Legal Department Success: 3 Key Metrics

Read about Key Performance Indicators, including comments from Brad Blickstein [subscription may be required]

October 1, 2014 – InsideCounsel
Self-service legal: Give the people what they want: Part 2
By Brad Blickstein

The business people in your company have a disdain for the expense and inefficiency of calling the law department for every little thing and so should you.

August 22, 2014 – InsideCounsel
Self-service legal: Give the people what they want: Part 1
By Brad Blickstein

Why not give the people what they want? By leveraging today’s technology, some companies allow businesspeople to write their own contracts and other documents with no intervention from the law department. The trend is called “self-service legal.”

July 24, 2014 – InsideCounsel
Calculating ROI to drive change
By Brad Blickstein

Consider a compliance system that identifies potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations. Its value may be hard to quantify without a statistician and a lot of assumptions, but it is substantial and should be considered in some fashion.

June 27, 2014 – InsideCounsel
Need benchmarking? Take the 2014 LDO survey
By Brad Blickstein

Now in its seventh year, it is the only survey dedicated to benchmarking the operations of legal departments in areas including staffing, technology, e-discovery, cost management, metrics/reporting, and relationships with outside counsel.

May 22, 2014 – InsideCounsel
Predictive coding: It’s not just for discovery anymore
By Brad Blickstein

Predictive coding can be extremely useful and powerful in a discovery context by dramatically reducing the size of review sets. But the tools can be used in many other ways, and law departments would be wise to start considering them.

April 23, 2014 – InsideCounsel
Ten years down the road
By Brad Blickstein

On QuisLex’s 10th anniversary, Ram and I sat down to discuss how the legal industry has changed, specifically how technology has been spurred by and resulted from those changes.

February 24, 2014 – InsideCounsel
Future horizons: The outlook of technology in law
By Brad Blickstein

The International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) recently published Legal Technology Future Horizons Transformational Forces, its leadership study on the future of technology in law.

January 27, 2014 – InsideCounsel
End of a trend and the shifting of LDO functions
By Brad Blickstein

In the years since 2008, the operations function has gained respect and many general counsel expect their “LDO” (an abbreviation that did not exist when we started) to deliver process, efficiency and cost savings to the law department.

December 13, 2013 – InsideCounsel
Bottom line remains top of mind

Five years after the beginning of the financial crisis, the bottom line remains top of mind for legal department operations managers and their teams, including comments from Brad Blickstein.

November 22, 2013 – InsideCounsel
What managers and GCs should know about technology in the law department

Though the survey targeted numerous practice areas, some of the most important findings revolves around the assessment and implementation of technology, including comments from Brad Blickstein.

November 22, 2013 – InsideCounsel
Why collaborating on technology is important for in-house counsel
By Brad Blickstein

Perhaps the biggest benefit of communication technology—from the printing press to the Internet—is the democratization of information.

March 26, 2013 – InsideCounsel
Strategies for leaner legal departments: Part 2

How to cut external costs and get the most from your service providers, including comments by Brad Blickstein.

February 26, 2013 – InsideCounsel
Strategies for leaner legal departments: Part 1

How your department can maximize internal efficiency and resourcefulness, including comments by Brad Blickstein.

February 23, 2013 – Crain’s Chicago Business
The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act isn’t new – but beefed-up enforcement is

FCPA, which stands for the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, has been one fine acronym for law and consulting firms benefiting from stepped-up enforcement of the law, including comments by Brad Blickstein.

June 2011 ILTA’s Peer to Peer
New Competition for Your Clients’ Work
By Brad Blickstein and Michael Bell

Read Brad Blickstein’s Peer-to-Peer article on the growing role of legal process outsourcers.

January 26, 2011 –  E-Discovery Zone
Special Report Audiocast

Hear Brad Blickstein on the archived E-Discovery Zone Special Report Audiocast on E-Discovery Marketing.

February 1, 2011 – InsideCounsel
10 Tips To Strengthen Relationships with Outside Counsel

Read “10 Tips to Strengthen Relationships with Outside Counsel” including comments from Brad Blickstein.