Originally Published in Bloomberg BNA | July 25, 2014

July 23 — Most chief litigation officers in the financial services and insurance industries report having sufficient resources to manage their company’s legal work internally, according to a new survey by Consero Group.

Eighty percent of those surveyed said they are not delegating more work to outside counsel than they did 12 months ago, according to the July 9 survey. Consero conducted the survey in May 2014 among 44 leaders of Fortune 1000 company litigation departments.

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BETHESDA, Md- (July 24, 2014) – Fifty-one percent of General Counsel reported an increase in budget over the last twelve months, according to a new survey by Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives. The results were reported as part of the General Counsel Data Survey, compiled by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Bloomberg Businessweek | July 24, 2014 | By Paul M. Barrett

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Big Law—the business of providing legal services via independent professional partnerships—is going through a rocky period. Consolidation and culture change are the themes of the day. The inability of famous brand names, such as Patton Boggs, to survive on their own, not to mention the implosion of august partnerships such as Dewey & LeBoeuf and Howrey, speak to tumultuous times.

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BETHESDA, Md- (July 23, 2014) – Eighty percent of Chief Litigation Officers in the financial services and insurance industries say they are not delegating more of the company’s legal work to outside counsel than they did 12 months ago, according to a new survey by Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives. The results were reported as part of the Financial Services & Insurance Litigation Data Survey, compiled by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Corporate Counsel | July 23, 2014 | By Sue Reisinger

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Although most chief litigation officers in the financial services and insurance industries said their companies have a good relationship with regulators, at least 40 percent labeled that relationship “negative,” according to a new survey by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Supply Chain Management Review | July 17, 2014 | By Patrick Burnson

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Sixty-five percent of Shared Services executives from Fortune 1000 companies do not believe their vendors are sufficiently focused on minimizing risk, according to a new survey by Consero Group.

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Originally Published in Huffington Post | July 10, 2014 | By Erika Mark

A first job brings an inevitable whirlwind of experiences: successes, failures, and everything in between. Battling through the daily grind can make it hard to realize how your work is contributing to your professional development. However, it is important to recognize that these experiences are much more than just a way to pay the rent; they are great opportunities to build an arsenal of tools that will support you through your entire career. Keeping this idea in the back of your mind can make the day-to-day less mundane, while also helping you proactively lay groundwork for future endeavors. Below are some skills young employees should pursue and exercise in their first jobs to give themselves a clearer path to professional success.

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Originally Published in Inside Counsel | By Paul Mandell | July 9, 2014

As any general counsel will tell you, managing an in-house legal team requires support, whether the department has hundreds of employees or merely one. A large budget for more staff and technology can certainly help, but the most valuable forms of support come simply from developing effective partnerships with the other functions of the company. For those general counsel looking to ease their efforts without the benefit of a bigger budget, consider the following suggestions to develop transformative internal partnerships.

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Forum is First Consero Event in Bethesda, Md

BETHESDA, Md- (July 8, 2014) – Consero Group, an international leader in creating high-level, invitation-only events for senior executives, today announced the 2014 Government IT Forum to be held July 27-29 at Bethesda Hyatt Regency in Bethesda, Md.  This marks the first time Consero is hosting a Forum in its home city.

Best known taking on the traditional events industry with a novel events model designed to deliver greater value to attendees, Consero has grown exponentially since its first Forum in 2010, and is hosting over 20 Forums across the U.S. and Europe in 2014. The Forums, which take place over a three-day period and attract attendees from around the country and world, have been held in destinations such as Florida, California, Texas and London.

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Originally Published in Huffington Post | By Zach Overking | July 1, 2014

When you first entered the working world after college, chances are you made mistakes that taught you about who you are, who you want to be, and what it takes to be successful. These mistakes are a natural part of professional development; any successful businessperson has made his or her fair share of errors in building a career. The takeaways from these mistakes, however, are some of the most important lessons you will learn as you pursue your professional journey. Here are three skills I have developed from my own mistakes along the way, which continue to guide me in my path forward.

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