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Outside Legal Counsel - Corporate Counsel Services

Corporate Counsel Services

Our attorneys are regularly asked to supplement as outside general counsel and as a trusted adviser for clients who do not have in-house legal resources. This is typically a seamless relationship, especially after we have spent time getting to know your business. As outside general counsel, we serve as the clearinghouse for your legal needs, helping identify issues and ensuring that legal problems are handled by the best resources possible, both inside and outside our firm.

Many of our clients find that relying on their corporate attorney to provide this service helps avoid the inefficiency that arises when they have to bring a new issue to a lawyer who does not know their industry or their culture well.

For companies that have internal counsel, our corporate attorneys regularly work hand-in-glove with in-house counsel. We understand that in-house teams have enormous responsibilities and are under ever-increasing demands to control costs while providing sound advice on tight deadlines. While our firm stands ready to assist with bet-the-company crises, we are equally prepared to provide flexible legal resources to help manage more routine legal affairs at times when your in-house team is fully engaged in other critical cases, transactions or emergencies.

Those flexible services include:

  • Reviewing customer or supplier contracts
  • Assisting with internal and external compliance requirements
  • Supporting acquisitions and sales of businesses or business units
  • Advising on specialized legal areas such as international trade, antitrust or intellectual property matters

With more than 70 former in-house counsel working in various areas of law, we can build a team that understands the day-to-day needs of legal departments and how to help support their needs.

Clients rely on us to bring effective legal project management, cost certainty, and proven process and technology to their legal needs. One of our tools, BT ValueWorks, is our suite of innovative legal operations solutions that bring greater value, efficiency and predictability to the delivery of legal services.

Practice Leaders

Robert Stead

Robert R. Stead

Grand Rapids Managing Partner, Corporate Counsel Services Co-Chair

Grand Rapids, Southeast Michigan

P 616-742-3995

F 616-742-3999


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