The Stout Legal Management Consulting team assists corporations in executing legal obligations more efficiently, with an emphasis on risk management and cost containment. We work side by side with legal departments, their IT and business partners, outside counsel and third party providers to improve operations on process, data management, utilizing technology and data analytics. We help clients ensure that the right people perform the right work within their company culture, and position the legal department for success in the eyes of executives and of team members themselves.
Our services focus on achieving tangible results and enduring change. We serve both as advisors and as experienced, scalable hands-on resources. Specific areas of expertise include:
Discovery Strategy, Process and Case Management
Our experts provide disciplined discovery planning, proactive communication, experienced judgment and consistent reporting to support individual cases. Acting as an advocate and extension of the in-house team, we promote standard practices while accounting for unique case needs to maintain consistency that can be leveraged for other matters. We coordinate across legal, IT, discovery vendors and outside counsel to keep parties aligned and to appropriately manage risk and cost.
Discovery Program Management
Our experience shows that when an effective case management approach can be replicated across the legal department’s portfolio of matters, the efficiencies have a multiplier effect on defensibility and cost reduction. We have decades of in-house discovery experience and a track record of implementing multiple, successful models for managing discovery across industries and corporate cultures. We help clients think through how to best merge discovery processes, enabling technologies and supporting resources. We recognize the need for continuous improvement and evolution and accordingly provide performance metrics to drive accountability and demonstrate ongoing success with discovery operations.
We assess litigation and operational processes to identify activities that most adversely impact risk and cost. We help clients to prioritize what needs to be addressed and to create plans for resolution in the short and long term. Incorporating company culture, our experience, and industry benchmarks, we develop recommendations for improving overall operations. We provide prioritized findings and an actionable implementation roadmap that guides and enables clients to pursue initiatives and improve business performance.
Spend Analysis and Cost Reduction
Our legal business experts provide clients with insights and experience to aid in running the legal department as a business. We help identify opportunities to operate more effectively within the department itself and across business partners, as well as with outside counsel and third party providers. We analyze spend and operational data, along with peer industry benchmarking data, to provide recommendations on areas for potential savings.
Representative changes may include shifting or consolidating work, sourcing through preferred provider programs, organizational redesign, implementing alternative pricing structures, and enhancing business reporting to better manage costs. We assist in creating cost models with dashboards and key performance indicators that position departments to better manage the sourcing of work based on real metrics.
Technology Assessment, Selection and Implementation
Automation of legal business processes is important to achieving cost savings and increasing productivity. We take a comprehensive approach in reviewing technology needs across the legal department. We assess the existing processes and tools as the foundation to make recommendations for the future technology plan. We engage sponsors and key users across levels to ensure appropriate vision and priorities are established for decision making.
Our consultants leverage both implementation and actual user experience with leading solutions to help clients reconcile internal business requirements with available technology capabilities. We fill an important role between software vendors and corporate legal and IT departments so that clients have a smoother technology deployment.
We don’t just install software. We use our legal department experience and proven workflows to reduce the time needed to implement technology and to ensure enduring, positive change. Because our focus is specific to corporate legal, our approach to change management and training encourages adoption and ongoing use long after the implementation. Additionally, we help our clients maintain appropriate compliance and performance metrics through reporting that effectively manages change.
We assist with the following technologies:
- Legal Hold
- Data Collection, Processing and Hosting
- Discovery Review Platforms
- Project Management and Workflow
- Electronic Billing
- Matter Management
- Contract Management
- Document Management