Corporate Counsel Concierge
Corporate Counsel Concierge is an innovative approach GWB uses to provide legal services to clients who prefer to focus their time on running and growing their businesses rather than being distracted by legal issues. Under this approach, GWB provides a client with a point of contact to manage and navigate the client’s legal matters. The firm finds this approach particularly beneficial for emerging businesses with meaningful legal matters but without an in-house legal department. At the same time, clients with in-house counsel would benefit from this approach. Corporate Counsel Concierge provides in-house counsel departments additional on-demand capacity, allowing in-house counsel to focus on other projects. Additionally, Corporate Counsel Concierge can be extremely useful to in-house counsel when matters arise involving a niche area of the law or extends to parts of the country where more specific and localized experience is appropriate.
GWB typically assigns a primary attorney or, depending on the circumstances, a team of attorneys, who will help manage legal issues within the organization. GWB finds the relationship works best when the primary attorney makes regular, on-site visits to the client, even working a certain number of days per month at the client’s location. This arrangement increases the client’s access as issues arise and allows the client’s employees to become more familiar with the legal team, freeing up the client’s key decision-makers to focus on the business without having to be a gate-keeper for every legal issue. A tremendous benefit to this relationship also comes from the very specific knowledge it gives GWB about the client’s business and how it operates, which is often a challenge when bringing new counsel “up to speed” about the internal workings and business goals of a client.
This approach also gives the client access to the experience and knowledge of GWB attorneys in the firm’s numerous practice areas, as well as the years of service as general counsel for companies of differing sizes across a variety of industries. The firm has found that this arrangement is particularly useful in assisting clients with the following kinds of matters:
- General business issues and ongoing advice
- Commercial contracts, licensing agreements and strategic transactions
- Non-disclosure agreements, trade secrets, covenants not to compete and non-solicitation agreements
- Employment matters, including hiring, retention, termination, employee handbooks, and workers compensation
- Vendor contracts and relationships
- Insurance and risk management
- Intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, and technology
- Managing litigation matters, including responding to subpoenas and information requests from other litigation
- Emergency response and preparedness
Access to GWB’s network of attorneys, law firms, industry groups, professional organizations, and legal profession contacts is another advantage for Corporate Counsel Concierge clients. This is especially the case where a matter involves a niche area of the law or extends to parts of the country where more specific and localized experience is appropriate. While GWB has more than 60 attorneys in four offices in the Carolinas and with licenses in several other states, the firm is also connected to and has leadership positions in numerous prestigious national and international legal associations. This depth allows GWB attorneys to form the best legal team for a particular situation, which, in turn, permits the client to continue running the business while we “quarterback” the legal matters.
GWB is committed to delivering top-quality legal services with predictable, value-driven billing arrangements. The firm’s fee structures for Corporate Counsel Concierge include the possibility of flexible alternative fee arrangements that are designed to create the best fit for the clients the firm serves. A sample of the billing arrangements used at GWB in the past includes:
- Predetermined daily, monthly or annual rates
- Project-based rates
- Fixed rates
- On-demand services at a pre-determined hourly rate