Last month at the Legaltech Show in New York, I had an opportunity to meet with a variety of legal executives at top legal software and service providers. When I asked them to identify important trends in the market, nearly all of them mentioned the growth of legal operations, or as Dan Carmel, CMO of iManage, put it to me, “The profile of the customer is changing.” Industry insiders I’ve spoken with estimate that more than half of the Fortune 500 companies employ at least one person in legal operations, while some estimates are much higher. Consider that the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium’s (CLOC) conference last year had around 500 attendees while this year they are expecting closer to a thousand attendees at their conference in Las Vegas.
One of the pioneers of the legal operations movement is Mary O’Carroll, head of legal operations at Google and part of the executive leadership team at CLOC. On Wednesday March 1, Mary will join me to discuss some of the key developments in legal operations and how companies can use best practices to transform their business. The ReplyAll conversation, which is sponsored by kCura, developers of the eDiscovery platform Relativity, is not a live-chat that takes place during a set period of time, but a real life conversation that will develop organically over the course of the day. To follow along as the conversation unfolds, drop your email in below.