Entrepreneurs, fast-growing companies and large corporations understand the benefits of having on-hand, an experienced attorney with intimate knowledge of their business and a firm grasp of the complexities of state and federal laws & regulations, to guide their day-to-day decision-making as their “legal quarterback.” Many start-ups and mid-sized organizations feel that full-time – or even part-time – dedicated legal counsel is a luxury they cannot afford or discover that their legal spend on individual matters has become untenable. As a result, these companies negotiate and sign binding contracts or navigate blindly through the maze of rules and regulations affecting their business, without the benefit of a “legal quarterback,” hoping for the best. Large corporations often discover they do not have on staff an attorney with the combined business experience and subject-matter expertise for a short-term project or a part-time need. The liabilities incurred or profit opportunities missed can end up costing them their business.
Hiring full-time in-house counsel or establishing an in-house legal staff can add significant costs to the bottom line and the administrative burden can be daunting. Fortunately, Culhane Meadows provides clients with a superior way to secure accessible legal counsel without breaking the bank. A Culhane Meadows attorney (or team of CM attorneys) is hired to act as your general counsel (or legal department) and delivers the benefits of hiring an in-house general counsel. By keeping our overhead low, leveraging technology and maintaining total flexibility with respect to billing arrangements, Culhane Meadows provides unmatched value, especially when compared with salaried in-house lawyers or engaging traditional law firms with rigid billable hours models or associate attorneys who obtain on-the-job training on your dime. Our lawyers help you develop strategy – being proactive instead of reactive about planning the legal component of your company’s goals.
The general counsel services provided by Culhane Meadows include drafting, negotiating and regular review of your commercial agreements, corporate governance and restructuring and employment matters, as well as overseeing sophisticated transactions (M&A, ERISA, IP) or litigation, along with strategic advice on operational matters. We also help you set goals for legal projects, shape legal budgets and manage some or all of your outside attorneys. And, in the case of specialized outsourced general counsel, Culhane Meadows will coordinate with both management and professional service providers. When you require specialists outside your organization for a specific activity, we are your company’s connector – knowing who to call, how to effectively manage, and supervise them to manage costs. Even large corporations with well-staffed legal departments routinely rely on Culhane Meadows to handle overflow work, special projects and particular subject-matter (SME) needs. Best of all, numerous Culhane Meadows partners have practiced in-house at multinational corporations and internationally recognized law firms and know how to seamlessly integrate with your business. Our attorneys’ senior-level experience and business acumen equip us to anticipate and promptly respond to all of the day-to-day matters, short-term projects and long-term transitions confronting your business. This experience is available to you on an hourly basis, on a project basis or on a monthly basis – the choice is yours, all at rates that will make you look like a cost-cutting hero! Contact Culhane Meadows to see the benefits of retaining partners with significant and broad experience as your outsourced general counsel.