I recently attended a meeting of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association. The topic was “What Everyone Needs to Know about the Care and Feeding of In-House Counsel,” with the tagline “Especially Associates and Young Partners.”
Although the audience was mostly IP lawyers, the intelligence shared by the panelists was valuable and actionable for attorneys interested in doing business with in-house counsel. In general, the session was also relevant for any professional who wants to provide outstanding client service.
The panelists were: Janene Bassett, VP, Litigation, Fox Group Legal; Keith Newburry, VP & Chief IP Counsel, Edwards LifeSciences; Craig Holden, Lewis Brisbois, formerly in-house counsel at MGA; Kevin DeBre (Moderator), IP & Technology Transactions Practice Group Chair, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles.
The panelists explored various areas of outside/inside counsel relations. In coming blog posts, I’ll touch on each of these key topics. For this first blog post, I’m going to focus on the panel’s advice on communicating effectively with in-house counsel. Here’s the scoop.
Don’t count on in-house counsel explaining how they’d like you to communicate with them. They expect you to know things like the following:
In my next blog post, I’ll share more good advice from the panel regarding building relationships and working with in-house counsel.
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