Our attorneys have spent many years partnering with in-house counsel or have served as a client's "outside general counsel." In addition, several attorneys in the firm have experience serving in the role of in-house counsel themselves. Therefore, we understand the unique challenges facing members of inside legal departments and we understand that our assistance to in-house counsel must be seamless and fully integrated with the client's organization so that, in effect, we become an extension of the client's legal department.
Barley Snyder strives to provide our clients with practical counseling and guidance through an intimate understanding of our clients' ownership structures, industries, businesses and strategic business plans. Our attorneys regularly fulfill the role of a business counselor to both our in-house counsel "clients" and their "internal clients".
Our Role as Outside Special Counsel
At times, companies find that they need legal help on a broader, more consistent basis than the typical outside attorney relationship can provide. Thus, attorneys at Barley Snyder have served as special counsel for clients during a surge of activity, transitions in personnel or with a special project. In this role, we support the client's existing inside legal resources seamlessly. We provide outside special counsel services, offering our clients great flexibility in the type of arrangement best suited to their needs, including:
We understand that, to be effective in our role, we need to be knowledgeable about the client's business, responsive and available. Depending upon our role with a client, our points of contact within the client organization may differ. In some cases, we may serve primarily as counselor to the high-level decision-makers within the company and/or to in-house counsel. In other cases, we may have contact with personnel throughout the client's organization.
We have found, over the years, that our clients recognize significant benefits from using our attorneys in this special counsel capacity because:
As part of this type of arrangement, we are open to establishing an alternate fee arrangement to provide advice and support in requested areas on an as-needed basis. In some cases, this type of arrangement consists of a fixed fee for a defined scope of work. These alternative billing arrangements are designed to achieve predictability for budgeting and provide a client's legal and management teams with access to legal counsel without concerns with respect to charges for individual tasks.
The following describes some examples in which Barley Snyder served as outside special counsel for our clients:
Association of Corporate Counsel
Barley Snyder has supported the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) for several years by serving as a sponsor and presenter. The attorneys of Barley Snyder are familiar with and strive to abide by the ACC Value Challenge Covenant with Counsel.
Women In-House Counsel Group
Two of Barley Snyder's female partners recognized the unique challenges facing female members of in-house counsel. In response, they have formed the Women In-House Counsel Group which serves as a network and resource. Contact Kim Decker (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information on upcoming events.
Barley Snyder looks forward to helping you be successful in your role as in-house counsel. If you would like more information, please contact Paul Mattaini or Kim Decker at Barley Snyder for details.