Benefits of Collaboration in Lawsuits and Transactions

AuthorDennis Kennedy - Tom Mighell
Benefits of Collaboration
in Lawsuits and
Although the day-to-day practice of many lawyers tends to
focus on working with documents of one form or another,
most documents are part of a larger project. Legal projects
commonly fall into broad categories of lawsuits (dispute reso-
lution) or transactions (deals and planning). In fact, many firms
are divided into separate litigation and transactional groups.
Lawyers in large firms work in teams on litigation and
transactional matters, with partners, associates, paralegals,
assistants, and other staff comprising the team. Even in the
smallest firm, today’s cases typically involve some kind of
team, even if only a lawyer and paralegal. However, as we
have noted, if you focus only on the internal team, or who is
on “your side,” you will miss the number and variety of people
collaborating on a matter.
In a lawsuit, you may find yourself working with clients, wit-
nesses, experts, opposing counsel, vendors, service providers,
judges, court personnel, and others. As a simple exercise, take a
few moments to write down the list of all the people you worked
or dealt with in your last lawsuit, whether it settled or went to
trial. You’ll be surprised at the length of your list. For those of
you who are routinely engaged in e-discovery, that list no doubt
grows, as vendors, experts, consultants, IT staff, and records
managers become more involved in litigation, and trial lawyers
must learn to work with these individuals to ensure that discov-
ery is properly handled throughout the life cycle of a lawsuit.
In fact, litigation departments are increasingly hiring dedicated

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