How do the top corporate legal departments set themselves apart from the crowd? The same way good businesses or law firms do. Look for creative ways to solve problems. Set high ethical standards. Use a collaborative approach, even when working with outsiders. Harness technology so its providing insight and not just data. Of course, the devil is in the details. For many more of those, check out the profiles of the Connecticut Law Tribunes Corporate Legal Departments of the Year.
As general counsel of MassMutual, Mark Roellig runs a large, in-house legal department that seeks to position itself as a strategic asset for the business.
So what's the best way for an in-house legal department to save its company money while working to get things done in as efficient and effective a manner as possible? By building a strong in-house legal team, and working closely with outside law firms.
Pratt & Whitney's former general counsel spent many hours builings the Pro Bono Partnership, which out to major Hartford corporations like Aetna and The Hartford to create a stronger Connecticut presence.
Over the past six years, The Hartford's Enterprise Compliance group has been built into a 300-employee section of the law department focused on upholding The Hartford as a business of integrity.
The Connecticut office of United Healthcare's legal department doesn't like to brag. But the lawyers and other staff members have developed a database they think gives them a leg up on the competition.