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Flipping Ratios: How to Control Outside Counsel Spend & Bring Work Back In-House

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 51 minutes
Recorded Date: February 04, 2020
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  • Methods for optimizing your use of outside counsel to reduce costs
  • The types of work that can be brought in-house or pushed to legal service providers to reduce costs
  • Ways to utilize data to drive meaningful insights and legal spend savings

Runtime: 51 minutes
Recorded: February 4, 2020


For years, the Office of the General Counsel was charged with the management of outside counsel and legal spend. That’s still a responsibility today, but forward-thinking Legal Operations teams are using technology, smart processes and analytics to flip the ratio of in-house to outside counsel spend, shift work back in-house, or even expand their legal services ecosystem to include a broader array of more efficient providers. In this session, learn the meaningful insights you can use to optimize the selection of outside counsel, enforce the terms of engagement, and control costs.

This program was recorded as part of's Legalweek Conference on February 4th, 2020.

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Dave Deitering

VP of Global Support

Dave Deitering has been with the Mitratech business for over 8 years in a variety of roles. Currently serving as a client success advocate overseeing the client support and cloud services teams, supporting over 1000 clients with teams and data center operations across the globe.

Previously, Dave worked for over 3 years in the product management team at Mitratech for the flagship TeamConnect product line, helping oversee a number of successful product releases that further TeamConnect's position as the premier enterprise legal management platform.

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Kate Orr

Senior Innovation Counsel
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Kate is key member of Orrick’s innovation team. She works closely with clients and attorneys to implement novel products, streamlined processes, and technology solutions, all with an eye for higher quality and more efficient service.

Kate also leads CaseStream, Orrick's homegrown case management system, which streamlines the day-to-day management of litigation and transactions. The Financial Times recognized CaseStream as the #1 most innovative New Product and Service in 2017.

Kate represented commercial clients in complex trial and appellate litigation throughout the United States at Orrick. She remains active in numerous pro bono matters and was awarded the first annual Orrick Pro Bono Award. Kate also served as an adjunct professor of Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy at the University Maryland School of Law.

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Constance Mockaitis

Director of eDiscovery Operations

Constance Mockaitis is the Associate Director of eDiscovery Operations in the Legal Operations Department of AbbVie Inc. Constance is the primary liaison for eDiscovery issues across the enterprise and is also responsible for identifying and implementing process improvement and reengineering opportunities for the eDiscovery team. She facilitates the working relationship between Legal IT and members of the Legal Division in refining processes related to AbbVie’s Legal Hold Order Tracking System and AbbVie’s in-house enterprise wide ESI collection and preprocessing tools. Her hands-on approach to the development of workflows, mitigation of risk and the management of the processes at the execution level has allowed her to successfully manage, implement and govern information for a multinational corporation.

Constance also works on cross-functional teams that include members of Legal, Records Management, Privacy, Information Security, Corporate Policy and IT Technical Delivery Teams to craft Information Governance strategy and procedures. Constance promotes compliance with IG requirements (e.g. appropriate retention and defensible destruction, privacy and security) and helps formulate strategy and developing plans to increase the value and visibility of information across the organization.

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