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How Lawyers Can Navigate Change in Company Leadership

Alexandria Andresen Lutz


  • The article provides six initial steps for lawyers to deal with a change in leadership within their client's company, including communicating with new leadership, reviewing and updating relevant agreements and documents, staying informed on the company's direction, communicating with the client's internal legal team, being flexible and responsive, and continuously educating oneself.
How Lawyers Can Navigate Change in Company Leadership
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When there is a change in leadership within a client’s company, you need to adapt and respond promptly and professionally. Use these six initial steps e to deal with a change in leadership within your client’s company.

1. Communicate with the New Leadership

Contact the new leadership to introduce yourself and establish a professional relationship as soon as possible. You need to understand the new leadership’s priorities and goals for the company.

2. Review and Update Relevant Agreements and Documents

Review and update any agreements and documents that may be affected by the change in leadership, such as contracts, NDAs, and other legal agreements.

3. Stay Informed on the Company’s Direction

Stay informed about the company’s direction and any changes in strategy or priorities that may come with the new leadership. This can help you anticipate and respond to any legal issues.

4. Communicate with the Client’s Internal Legal Team

If you are outside counsel for the company, the client likely has an internal legal team. You should communicate with them and work together to ensure a smooth transition and continuity of legal services.

5. Be Flexible and Responsive

Change in leadership can bring unexpected developments, so you need to be flexible and responsive to any new legal needs or challenges that may arise.

6. Continuously Educate Yourself

It’s important to stay informed and educated on changes in laws, regulations, or best practices that may impact the company or its industry and share that information with the new leadership.