January/February 2020

Ethics

Are Your Outside Counsel Guidelines Ticking Time Bombs?

Lucian T. Pera

In many law offices, quietly tucked away among the oldest documents in individual client files, are ticking time bombs.

Some are small. Some are large. Many are completely unread.

It’s long past time to send the bomb disposal unit out to find them. It’s also time to get organized by identifying, cataloging and defusing them as they come into your office.

What Are OCGs?

Over the last five years or so, more organizational clients have begun to use outside counsel guidelines (OCGs) or broadened their use of them. More recently, many clients have used these guidelines, and equally onerous cybersecurity questionnaires, as tools for imposing all manner of technology security obligations on lawyers and firms.

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