They Aced the Stress Test

Winner: The financial meltdown gave The Hartford's lawyers a chance to prove their worth

, Corporate Counsel

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When the bottom fell out of the market, the lawyers at The Hartford Financial Services Group rushed to put together a $2.5 billion deal in four days. As impressive as their dealmaking under the gun is, a more important reason they won Corporate Counsel's Best Legal Department award is what they do when they're not having a near-death experience. They have a multitude of systems to manage the work, and they challenge the stereotype of stodgy, innovation-averse attorneys.

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