[Watch This:] Litigation for the Non-Litigious Company

Earlier this week, law firm Womble Carlyle posted their entire Litigation for the Non-Litigious Company video series on JD Supra.

In each episode, Womble attorneys Sonya Pfeiffer and Press Millen delve into a different aspect of business litigation, making sense of the issues for anyone who cares about the financial and legal health of their company. For your convenience, we’ve collected the entire series below. Watch this:

The Money Pit

Everyone knows that litigation can be expensive. By following specific steps, companies can effectively control costs, add value to what they’re paying for and most importantly, avoid the money pit:

Letting Litigation Drive the Business

The appropriate resolution of litigation is a business decision that
needs to be based on the business objective of the company in light of
its market, its products, its customers, management, etc:

The Time Suck

Litigation can be a major time suck for company lawyers. Instead of
doing the key legal tasks they need to perform for the company, the
tasks of monitoring, supervising and just plain worrying about
litigation can become close to a full-time job in themselves. This trap,
moreover, is not easily avoided:

Who’s On My Team?

Experience says that the most important factor in determining the
success of a given piece of litigation is teamwork. Teamwork includes
both the team of lawyers assembled to handle the case and the teaming
between the law firm and the client:

Getting Eaten Up By Other Costs

Attorneys’ fees are hardly the only cost in litigation and
those other costs, if not given sufficient attention, can eat up a
company as well:

Paying to Re-invent the Wheel

In general, law firms handling a piece of litigation have usually faced
the same or similar issues previously in earlier litigation for other
clients. To the extent that is the case, clients should benefit not only
from the experience in the heads of their attorneys, but also from their
written archival work product:

Getting Nickel-and-Dimed

Clients should be concerned if they are getting nickel-and-dimed by their law firm:

Failing to Learn from Litigation

A company facing litigation should make a commitment up front that when
the litigation is over — no matter whether the result is good or bad —
it will make a systematic effort to understand why it happened and how
it could be avoided (or at least minimized) in the future:

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