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Kilpatrick Townsend’s Outside General Counsel Services (OGCS) Team supports small to middle‑market clients by combining an “in‑house” delivery model with the knowledge and resources of a world‑class, full-service firm with over 150 years of experience. Our OGCS Team can fill the role of the in-house general counsel, or supplement the solo general counsel or small in-house legal department. We partner seamlessly with our OGCS clients to provide business-oriented legal support that solves problems and drives growth by reducing complexity, managing risk, and adding predictability to outside legal expenses.
Comprehensive In-House Coverage
Our typical OGCS model covers, or supplements, the work usually performed by in-house counsel, including:
Responsive, On-Demand & Practical
The OGCS Team is purpose-built to serve clients with legal needs whose volume or level of sophistication requires meaningful oversight, but who are not ready or able to establish an in house legal department, or who have a general counsel or small legal team that needs additional support. For these clients, a core member of our OGCS Team serves as a single point of contact for the management team or general counsel, fielding questions, giving advice, and providing assistance. In the background, a dedicated multi-disciplinary group of OGCS lawyers works at the direction of this team member to support the client’s legal needs.
Our core OGCS Team members are responsive, engaged, and practical, and many have significant prior experience as executives, general counsels, or members of in-house legal departments. They communicate in business terms, reducing complicated issues to the core elements that drive decisions, and provide answers and recommendations, not just options and analysis. Our dedicated OGCS lawyers are committed to putting the client first, and are selected for their responsiveness and expertise with contracts and commercial agreements, corporate governance, labor and employment, litigation and dispute resolution, legal compliance, intellectual property, and other key service areas.
Features and Benefits
When a client whose rapidly-expanding managed IT services business needed to free up management bandwidth to continue to grow, we tailored an outside general counsel arrangement to meet their needs. Using a client-friendly fee structure, a seasoned and knowledgeable corporate attorney acts as the client’s contact and go-to legal resource, overseeing a dedicated team covering the client’s basic corporate, commercial contract, data privacy, and intellectual property legal needs.
As the primary legal resource for a highly successful outdoor lifestyle and media company, our representation covers the full portfolio of legal services. Consistent with the principles of our OGCS model, we have worked hand-in-hand with our client to provide a basket of well-defined services managed by a small group of lawyers under a retainer arrangement. We supplement that work with project-based and specialized engagements provided on a traditional hourly basis.
Justin B. Heineman