Legal project management (LPM) helps clients and legal-services providers answer a straightforward question: how can we plan, manage and resolve legal matters successfully, on time and on budget?

As in-house counsel face increased pressure to reduce or justify legal costs, they in turn demand more proactive project management and quality service from their outside lawyers and law firms. At Hunton Andrews Kurth, our LPM team works closely with firm attorneys and professionals to deliver the following core benefits:

  • Better alignment of client and firm goals
  • More informed risk sharing and alternative fee arrangements
  • Improved budgeting and cost containment
  • Greater predictability in task management, timelines and deliverables
  • Increased flexibility in the face of scope changes
  • More effective communication between in-house and outside legal teams

At Hunton, LPM is more than a good idea — it’s something to which we’ve committed considerable time, resources and training. Our team has developed a broad range of technological tools, templates and checklists and we are well versed in industry best practices. Eleven members of our pricing and practice management groups have been certified in Legal Project Management by the LPM Institute and two hold belts from the Legal Lean Sigma Institute. We work closely with practice management, business intake and business development professionals across the firm to deliver value, transparency and predictability to our clients.

The Basic Steps of Legal Project Management

At its most effective, LPM works across the lifecycle of a matter or matters:

  • Engagement/Initiation, during which we identify key stakeholders, objectives and expectations; define scope of work; determine suitable fee arrangements; and establish initial budgets
  • Planning, during which we outline tasks and timelines; assign resources; and agree on a communication and change management plan
  • Execution, during which we actively manage the matter(s); monitor activities and expenses; address scope and budget changes; and regularly communicate project status
  • Evaluation/Closing, during which we conduct project analyses, internal and external feedback sessions; and document lessons learned

We know that the strongest business relationships are built on trust, communication and shared successes. We are committed to helping clients achieve results by deploying one of the industry’s most effective tools: legal project management.