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Building Your Legal Team in the United States

Helen Howard United States, In-House

When to Recruit Your First Lawyer in the US

The US is a huge market and many companies are expanding their operations here at the moment to maximize global profit and revenue. A company generally decides to bring their legal resources in-house when their external legal fees for US legal work exceed around USD300000 per annum. The cost/benefit analysis of legal spend appears fairly straight-forward as a lawyer can represent a significant cost saving on a long term basis, given that law firm rates are very high.

However, it is not always the case that recruiting a lawyer leads to an initial reduction in external legal fees. An in-house lawyer can critically examine legal practices and processes and potentially uncover issues that have previously been ignored or dealt with at a basic level, which can increase the work that needs to be briefed out to law firms. 

Download our full report below for all the starting information you need to recruit your first lawyer in the US or get in touch with our team on the ground here.