Not all companies and agencies can hire their own general counsel or legal department. But that does not mean they have any less of a need for regular legal advice. Hiring outside general counsel provides small and mid-sized businesses and start-ups the ability to have an experienced attorney for all their legal needs whenever they may emerge without the cost of hiring full-time staff attorneys.
The general counsel attorneys at Willoughby Humphrey & D’Antoni have long served as trusted outside legal advisors for our clients. We have worked with legal departments across the spectrum from state agencies to Fortune 500 companies. We have helped them with a variety of matters, from ordinary contract review and drafting, to employment issues, to shareholder disputes, to risk management, to regulatory matters, to mergers and acquisitions, and to conducting and managing wide-ranging litigation.
As outside general counsel, we bring that experience and knowledge to your company. Our attorneys can provide you with comprehensive legal support on all issues affecting your business every day. We work with key executives and staff to design and implement legal strategies which advance your business objectives. We are just a phone call away to provide needed legal and strategic advice.
Having outside general counsel frees you from having to self-manage legal obligations and engaging a lawyer each time an issue comes up before it is too late. We are already here for you.
By having us as your outside general counsel, you have lawyers at the ready who already know you, know your business, and know your goals. We work hard to build your trust and confidence so you can build your business.
As outside general counsel, we are:
Outside counsel can be more efficient and cost-effective than hiring in-house counsel. Hiring in-house counsel requires pay, benefits, and administrative support. And in-house counsel still frequently engages outside lawyers for additional help. Having outside counsel in place eliminates these burdens.
In-house legal departments are often stretched thin. A deal can come unexpectedly. A lawsuit can be filed, or you may need to sue someone. An issue may arise that in-house counsel is unfamiliar with. Or there may be an overflow of work because your business is growing. We serve as an extension of your in-house counsel or help as needed. Either way, outside counsel can be an invaluable partnership for your in-house legal department.