Outsourcing of Legal Services

April 15, 200912:00pm
Washington, DC
ABA Section of International Law Spring Meeting 2009
Washington, DC

Wednesday, April 15, 2009
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Outsourcing of Legal Services

The outsourcing of legal services is the latest trend in the global outsourcing industry and a result of law firms' efforts to decrease expenses and improve their efficiency. A recent study predicts that the value of legal outsourcing to India alone will grow from USD 80 million today to USD 4 billion in 2015. This program examines both the business case for outsourcing legal services offshore and the legal and ethical issues to be observed by the outsourcing lawyer in connection therewith such as (i) confidentiality and disclosure obligations; (ii) quality control and supervisory responsibilities; and (iii)conflict checks and billing, under the rules of various jurisdictions. We will also address particular concerns raised in litigation, including ethical issues in the U.S.

Program Chairs:
Mohammad A. Syed, King & Ballow, Nashville, TN
Markus Bauer, Rechtsanwalt, Frankfurt, Germany
Ingrid Busson, Calyon, New York, NY

Moderators:
Milton B. Whitfield, Haynes and Boone, LLP, Washington, DC
Dan Savit, H5, New York, NY

Speakers:
Markus Bauer, Rechtsanwalt, Frankfurt, Germany
Stephen A. French, Legalbill, Brentwood, TN
Mark W. Heaphy, Wiggin and Dana, New Haven, CT
Ashish S. Prasad, Discovery Services, LLC, Chicago, IL

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