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Special Counsel was founded in 1987 as a legal talent provider and has grown exponentially over the last three decades. Forecasting client and industry demand, Special Counsel has not only cultivated its core talent and recruiting services but also developed its technology expertise and resources, becoming what it is today: a full-service leader in legal consulting, attorney recruiting, legal talent, legal technology, and eDiscovery solutions with a growing international footprint. “For years clients have sought our advice on legal industry trends, projections, and strategy, in addition to staff augmentation and executive search,” says Laurie Chamberlin, president of Special Counsel. “They are now looking beyond our talent insights to partner with us on customized, creative—and often technology-centric—approaches for addressing their broader business goals.”
As the legal solutions business unit of the world’s leading HR solutions partner, the Adecco Group, Special Counsel is comprised of four pillars representing uniquely different service offerings: EQ, Parker + Lynch Legal, SCI, and D4.
Special Counsel’s attorney recruiting division, Parker + Lynch Legal operates at the gold standard for placing top candidates, from associate level to general counsel, in prominent law firms and corporate legal departments.
On the legal talent recruiting front, SCI builds on its large network of legal support talent to help companies and law firms hire legal support professionals and legal technology specialists for contract and permanent positions.
Complementing the three aforementioned offerings is EQ, Special Counsel’s legal consulting division that focuses on solving challenges in data breach response and analysis, IT and cybersecurity, information governance, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), litigation and trial consultants, managed review, and outsourcing.
Special Counsel partners with leading technology companies like Relativity, providing cybersecurity and outsourcing services to help organizations reap maximum benefits of the latest technology—allowing clients to better manage their data, make effective decisions, and mitigate risks. Furthermore, the recruiting resources and coordination amongst the full suite of Special Counsel’s legal talent and technology services ensure that full-scope solutions are uniquely tailored to clients’ needs.
“All four divisions of Special Counsel are distinct, but share the same core values. They enable us to be a flexible partner equipped to provide right-sized solutions and specialized resources on a case-by-case basis, and equally important, they allow our internal talent to hone their expertise while fostering collaboration across the larger organization,” states Laurie.
What sets Special Counsel apart is its commitment to customer service through a consultative approach. By employing a POD model on the delivery side, the company provides every client with a separate team to help solve their unique problems in the most efficient manner. “We believe that our strength not only comes from our size but from our commitment to doing business with transparency, flexibility, and integrity. We believe that our partners should feel a tremendous sense of ease when working with us, which, in turn, will help us feel fulfilled,” adds Laurie.
Today, with the ever-growing size of data becoming the biggest hurdle for organizations, Special Counsel leans on its vast industry experience to help clients identify, collect, and review data in a timely and cost-effective manner. With regard to information security, Special Counsel is constantly enhancing its data breach offering. “We have developed proprietary workflows to bend Relativity in a way to meet the needs of data breach review. In the same vein, we will continue developing solutions around data breach that will be market differentiators, allowing us to lower our prices without compromising on quality,” concludes Laurie.