By David Yurkerwich / Navigant


The Chinese intellectual property sector has been changing and growing for years, but few people would tell you so. The country has long been labeled as an IP rights violator and generally carries a bad reputation in its handling of copyrights. But Chinese companies are becoming more aggressive in building patent portfolios.

Continue Reading  New Risks – and 3 Tips – for Patent Holders in China: Chinese companies have aggressively grown their portfolios

Kevin Caulfield, a product line director at Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions, understands that general counsel don’t want their departments to be viewed solely as cost centers. Many of them strive to show how they can be good business partners with other parts of their organization by focusing on initiatives that will help reduce costs and generate revenue. To Caulfield, one of the ways this can be achieved is through enterprise legal management technology. Although many long-established corporate legal departments have already made good use of this technology, he says, there are many growing companies that still may not realize the benefits of an enterprise legal management solution. His remarks have been edited for length and style.

Continue Reading Is It Time to Automate? Eager to avoid being seen as cost centers, law departments are increasingly leveraging technology

Ransomware. Just the word itself is enough to chill the hearts of everyone from personal users to IT professionals to senior executives. May 12th’s massive attack took down hundreds, perhaps thousands, of companies and unknown numbers of individuals and institutions, including the United Kingdom’s healthcare systems (with possible impacts including critical patient care and historical medical records).

Continue Reading How to Protect Your Company from Ransomware Attacks

“Text mining” refers to software that can find patterns in text and extract meaning from them. It offers plenty of useful applications. For instance, law departments can benefit from text mining any time they collect a fair number of comments from surveys. I have used it myself for client projects.

Here’s how it might be useful for you. Let’s assume that a large number of your internal clients completed a satisfaction survey. One question was open-ended: “Overall, what would you like to say to the law department?” As a complement to coding those remarks by hand, text-mining software can spot commonly used words, classify the comment as favorable or unfavorable and even tease out thematic topics.

Continue Reading Text Mining Can Help You Drill Down

Interview with Brian Bauer / PHENIX Investigations, Inc.


Brian Bauer, chief executive officer of PHENIX Investigations, Inc., took an unusual path to a career in corporate investigations. He didn’t come from a career in law enforcement, as so many investigators have. But his background helped him hone an approach that has served him well during his two decades in business. And it’s one that a lot of businesses would do well to emulate. It’s all about the clients. The interview has been edited for style and length.

Continue Reading Corporate Investigations Made Easy: How one firm lets the clients call the shots

Interview with Frank A. Segall and Scott H. Moskol /Burns & Levinson 


Frank A. Segall and Scott H. Moskol co-chair the cannabis business advisory group at Burns & Levinson, where they have built an unusual practice helping individuals and companies involved in the marijuana industry navigate the complex and rapidly changing legal and business environment. MCC talked to them about the growth and opportunities in this new area of the law. The interview was edited for style and length.

Continue Reading Growing Their Own: How one firm is working to bring the cannabis business into the mainstream

By Kristin Calve, publisher of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Last week, as I headed out to CLOC’s 2017 Institute, I had to wonder what to expect. In my many years in legal media, I’ve been to my fair number of events ­– but never to one for legal operations professionals. My husband (and our company’s co-founder), Joe Calve, interviewed Jeff Franke before the show, so I had a good sense of what the CLOC team hoped to achieve. Franke’s interview basically called for nothing short of a revolution!

This event – only the second annual meeting in the organization’s history – would bring together groups of people who have long been excluded and told, “No, we cannot do it that way.” Jeff Franke made it clear that he, Connie Brenton and Mary O’Carroll have decided not to wait for change to come. They are aiming high and working to make it happen now. So the real question as I headed out to Las Vegas was: Can they pull this off?

I spent most of my time at the Institute in sessions and talking to legal operations professional from all over the country. There were so many sessions it was difficult to choose. I had to split my time in order to see as many as possible. One thing was noticeably different about this event. The attendees were fully engaged in the content. They watched the presentations closely (not while texting and emailing) and asked very specific and thoughtful questions. Between sessions, attendees networked among themselves, compared notes on sessions and engaged with legal service providers in the exhibit hall. It genuinely felt like a community, which was surprising given how new it all is, and how many people remarked to me that this was their first year attending.

Another notable observation: Many law departments sent multiple people. Some companies sent three, four or even five people. That’s quite an investment!

By the end of my four days, I was convinced that CLOC is on to something big. I believe that they have created a genuine community. And since we were in Vegas, I’m willing to put down a bet. I say that before they’re done, they will succeed in changing the way many of us in the legal community do business. Any takers?

Click here to read the full text of Mary O’Carroll’s closing remarks.

Metropolitan Corporate Counsel invites you to participate in a Complimentary Webinar on Tuesday, May 23rd at 11:00am EST to learn about 10 Key Considerations When Selecting an e-Billing and Matter Management Solution.

Today more than ever, corporate legal departments are looking to do more with less. Managing invoices manually, tracking matters in spreadsheets, or using disparate point solutions that each solve a single problem, will no longer be sustainable practices.


This webinar, led by Kevin Caulfield and Lisa Weremeichik of Wolters Kluwer, will help those involved in corporate legal software and vendor selection better understand the benefits of e-Billing and Matter Management technology, and identify and explore the key considerations when choosing a system for your business.

By attending this webinar, you’ll come away with:

  • Insight on the value of an integrated e-Billing and Matter Management system
  • Best practices on getting started with your investment
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  • Those who register will also receive a link for on-demand viewing in case you are unable to attend the live event.

We welcome you to forward this invitation to any of your colleagues who may find it to be of interest.

Webinar Details

Title: 10 Key Considerations When Selecting an e-Billing and Matter Management Solution.

Date: Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Time: 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time



Interview with Laura King / Clifford Chance

Laura King has been a lawyer at Clifford Chance for more than 20 years, initially based in Canada. She later moved to London, where she practiced capital markets law and was promoted to partner in 2001. A few years later, however, her career took an unexpected turn. The firm adopted a centralized approach to HR and asked King to lead the effort as a member of its global management team. And that’s why she recently found herself working on a book showcasing some of the firm’s top women lawyers. MCC interviewed her by telephone and email. These communications have been edited for length and style. Continue Reading Diversity by the Book: Why one firm decided to dabble in publishing to demonstrate its support of women