The Changing Legal Landscape in the Wake of COVID-19

As the global population grapples with the unprecedented health and economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, law firms have an opportunity to modify how they conduct business and service their clients. Read more

Coronavirus & Business Interruption Disputes

The effects of COVID-19 (coronavirus) have swept across the US and most other countries. While the initial focus was on learning about the coronavirus and our public health systems’ response to it, the trickledown effect of coronavirus-initiated lawsuits didn’t take long to make its way into the U.S. court system. Read more

EI vs. AI

Our reality today has been propelled into a realm of possibilities, solutions and innovations we could never have imagined if it weren’t for artificial intelligence. AI helps us immensely improve our productivity and quality of work. While the emergence and innovations accompanied with AI opens many doors leading us forward, it is necessary to emphasize the integral importance and potential of our EI, emotional intelligence, as well. Read more

Manage or Be Managed

Imagine having the minds of over two-hundred robust lawyers and technical engineers working together in a high-intensity, fast-pace office, around-the-clock, juggling dozens of extremely sensitive projects, corresponding with clients and outside counsels from all over the globe. Now imagine being in charge of managing all of them. Read more

Recruiting and Retaining the Best Legal Talent in the World

From Cobra’s inception in 2007, its commitment and careful attention to building the best team has been the foundation of the company’s success and standing within the legal industry. Twelve years later, in a highly competitive alternative legal services provider market, Cobra’s team continues to deliver and delight its clients. Read more

Where I’m From

When crafting this post, I was considering a number of different topics that are relevant to legal operations professionals. From eDiscovery to contract management to aligning value for allocation of resources, I thought about all the current projects we’re working on with our clients and how I could tie that all together. Read more

Creating and Driving Value for Consumers of Legal Services

The news is full of predictions for change in the business of legal services. Disruptive technologies, new entrants to the market, demand for legal process improvement, and ensuring that data integrity and security are solid are all important issues but detract from the main driver. The lack of perceived value derived for the consumers of legal services is the driving force. With the rise of the legal operations function within corporate legal departments and the subsequent demand for receiving more value and innovation from their outside counsel, optimizing the delivery of legal services has become the main focus. Read more

CLOC 2019: BEYOND LEGALOPS 1.0

Today we’re talking with Doug Kaminski, EVP of Cobra Legal Solutions and a veteran of legal industry conferences spanning over two decades, about the recent Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC) Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

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Tabletop War Games

This week I participated in a simulated cybersecurity incident exercise—a tabletop War Game—with Austin’s chapter of the Information Systems Security Association. Participants in the War Game each represented parts of a business responding to a cyber incident, including the C-suite, Legal, Engineering, Public Relations, and Customer Service (I played the General Counsel). We were given the facts of the incident real-time as they “happened” and we responded real-time with recommended actions and advice. The audience played the role of the general public, peppering us with customer complaints and investor questions to complicate our deliberations and actions. Read more

Work Smarter, Not Harder

Work smarter, not harder. Many of us aspire to this seeming utopia where machines do the most painfully boring parts of our job, while we do only what brings the most glory, accolades, and excitement. Working smarter is a personal passion of mine because, while I love my work, I also want to maximize time spent with the other love of my life: my family and traveling the world with them. Read more