Quote of the Day - Necessity knows no law; I know some attorneys of the same.
Corporate counsel apparently need a new solution to an age-old problem: too much work, not enough time, and too little money. Sharon Caffery of Philly's Duane Morris proposes her own job: National Coordinating Counsel. Threre's another name for it: outside corporate counsel. The qualificatioins seem to fit most large firm attorneys, but that assumption would be misleading. Not all large firm attorneys work in large firms. Some used to work in large firms. Some now work in small firms or in their own firms.
Some are a lot less expensive than large-firm attorneys. Some even have tried cases (some, but certainly not all large-firm attorneys are paper tigers - motion attorneys who rarely go to court). Some large firms put entire teams that include junior, inexperienced attorneys who cost as much as former large-firm attorneys now working at smaller firms.
The idea of National Coordinating Counsel may be a great solution for strapped, in-house counsel. Large firm attorneys are not the only source for that solution. Look around, look beyond the standard solutions. Creativity comes from more than one place. It may reside in small firms.