3M Outside Counsel Suit 'Troublesome' to Many General Counsel

, Corporate Counsel


GCs are noting with concern the nasty legal fight between 3M and its one-time outside counsel, Covington & Burling. The company is suing the firm for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract.

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What's being said

  • Joe Dreitler

    GC's may say they are shocked or won't use C&B, but they will continue to use them or many other BigLaw firms who, if given the chance, would do the same thing C&B did.
    Why? To cover their backsides in their company by being able to say they hired the best. In other words, too many GC don't have enough confidence in their relationships with their own CEO to say if a case tanks, look, we hired really good lawyers at half the cost and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.
    Why would a big firm do this to a large client? It's called feeding the beast and anyone who understand BigLaw knows that firms first and foremost are looking for their next big meal to feed that beast. Where do clients rate? Well, not anywhere close to feeding the beast or profits per partner.

  • Dean

    I will never use Covington after this.

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