April 01, 2011

In this article, Jenner & Block Partner Gregory M. Boyle and Associate J.H. Jennifer Lee discuss the recent increase in law firm hiring of contract attorneys as an effective means for controlling costs in litigation. The authors suggest that, in light of the time crunches under which the hiring of contract attorneys often arises, it is critical for attorneys to understand in advance the ethical considerations that apply to work performed by contract attorneys. They then outline “best practices” that may help litigators “leverage the cost savings of contract attorney services and deliver legal services in a manner that comports with the obligation to provide ‘competent representation’ consistent with the ‘legal knowledge, skill, thoroughness and preparation’” required in ABA Model Rule 1.1.