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General Counsel and Secondments

LeClairRyan provides companies of all types and sizes with general counsel and secondment legal services, allowing our clients to receive high-end counsel without incurring the overhead expense of a conventional in-house legal department.

Our attorneys have deep experience in a full spectrum of practice areas, including commercial contracts, general corporate services, intellectual property protection and management, labor and employment, litigation and arbitration management, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, regulatory compliance, taxation, and many others.

LeClairRyan’s general counsel and secondments team is composed of attorneys with decades of in-house counsel experience for entities such as a Fortune 200 consumer packaged goods company, major national bank, well-known university, regional healthcare system, nonprofit, and numerous local, state and federal government agencies.

Members of our team provide clients access to a custom-designed legal department encompassing the diverse skill and experience found across LeClairRyan’s comprehensive practice areas and national footprint. Whether a business needs one lawyer, or a team of lawyers, the LeClairRyan advantage is scalability to the business’s needs.

We learn about the company from inside-out – its history, vision, mission, objectives and challenges. Our team creates a blueprint to address the company’s legal issues proactively. The general counsel or secondments team member functions as the point person in implementing the plan and is available on demand, ready to draw on the services of any team members needed to handle whatever issues arise.

Members of our team serve or have served as outside general counsel, or been seconded to a variety of companies, including a technology and service entity, diversified holdings company, healthcare system, financial services company, national retailer, consumer products distributor, electric energy cooperative, national insurer’s excess claims group, local chamber of commerce, early state technology company, franchisor, federal government contractor, international corporation, medical diagnostic equipment manufacturer, healthcare technology company and construction specifications distributor. Attorneys throughout the firm serve as general counsel to small and medium-sized businesses every day.

Secondments: On-site Legal Counsel

LeClairRyan offers part-time or full-time seconded attorneys to companies needing to augment their existing in-house legal departments. Whether to provide support for a complex project, manage a major litigation, or help the general counsel resolve the issues filling his or her in-box, our seconded attorney will:

  • Become a part of our client’s legal team on location
  • Fully understand our client’s business and company culture to ensure clear and concise work product and effective communication
  • Assist in strategic business and legal decisions
  • Provide efficient, expert legal services

Overall, secondments offer our clients the following benefits: 

  • On-site services from a trusted professional
  • Total legal support and integration with our clients’ business
  • Development of stronger relationships with in-house legal staff and business teams
  • Staffing flexibility and scalability depending on the volume and complexity of legal work
  • Pricing based on our clients’ business needs, including alternative fee arrangements

Engaging outside general counsel or secondments legal services is a financially savvy way to get the legal counsel your business deserves at a price it can afford. Regardless of which option is most appropriate for your organization’s legal needs, LeClairRyan’s attorneys are your trusted advisor and partner.