In-House Counsel Move To Realign Value With Rates

Law360, New York (May 14, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- There are just two reasons the general counsel at Sprint Nextel Corp. seeks outside legal services: either he needs the expertise or he needs the extra staff. Otherwise, it’s all in-house.

“I'm in a situation where outsourcing is more expensive than in-sourcing; law firms are anywhere from 50 percent to 300 or 400 percent higher than my internal rates,” said Charlie Wunsch, general counsel and corporate secretary at the Chicago area-based telecommunications firm.

“I don't think I'm unique,” he said. “I don't think I'm particularly low...
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