2013 Blickstein Group/InsideCounsel Survey Reveals Strong Influence Law Department Operations Have Over Cyber Security Issues and More

2013 survey provides legal departments with a benchmarking platform to identify emerging trends in legal department management. Key findings in compliance, metrics, eDiscovery, legal spend.

Jan 30, 2014, 09:00 ET from Summit Professional Networks

CHICAGO, Jan. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The results of the 2013 Law Department Operations Survey, produced by Blickstein Group and InsideCounsel, a Summit Professional Networks publication, have been released showing the growing influence legal departments are gaining in many areas including compliance, metrics and reporting, and in driving and implementing law department management strategy.

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The Sixth Annual Law Department Operations Survey is a partnership between Blickstein Group, Inc. and InsideCounsel, the leading publication for in-house counsel, and is produced in cooperation with Huron Legal. Led by an in-house legal advisory board chaired by David Cambria, Director of Global Operations – Law, Compliance and Government Affairs at Archer Daniels Midland Company, the survey provides legal departments with a consistent platform to benchmark themselves, identify emerging trends in legal department management, and better understand how the largest companies are handling department operations.

While cost-saving initiatives are still a strong focus for LDOs in the findings, the survey also brought forth some new areas of focus. "Almost 95% of respondents stated that their law departments are primarily responsible for, or meaningful influencers over, the company's cyber security issues," said Brad Blickstein, principal of Blickstein Group. "Further, 29% of respondents stated that they believe their law firms' cyber security provisions need improvement in order to protect client data, and 2% said their firms are not effective at all."

The survey, the results of which were published in InsideCounsel's December issue, includes data compiled from many leading corporate legal departments and was designed by an advisory board of legal department operations directors.

The LDO Survey was sponsored by Huron Legal, Bridgeway and Serengeti. To view the 2013 supplement, visit InsideCounsel.com/LDO.

For more information on the full LDO results package, contact Brad Blickstein at brad@blicksteingroup.com.

About InsideCounsel and Summit Professional Networks 
Published by Summit Professional Networks, InsideCounsel is the award-winning monthly magazine serving general counsel and other top-in house legal professionals.  Summit Professional Networks supports the growth and vitality of the insurance, financial services and legal communities by arming professionals with the knowledge and education they need to succeed at every stage of their careers.  We provide face-to-face and digital events, websites, mobile sites and apps, online information services, and magazines giving professionals multi-platform access to our critical resources, including Professional Development; Education & Certification; Prospecting & Data Tools; Industry News & Analysis; Reference Tools and Services; and Community Networking Opportunities.  For more information, visit www.summitprofessionalnetworks.com.

About Blickstein Group, Inc.
The Blickstein Group specializes in helping businesses serve corporate legal departments. Its principal, Brad Blickstein, has spent almost 20 years working with in-house counsel, first as founder and president of Corporate Legal Times (now known as InsideCounsel) and, since 2003, with the Blickstein Group. Visit www.blicksteingroup.com.


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