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Your guide to some of the top law firms specializing in outsourcing.

by HROT Staff

Looking for legal counsel in your outsourcing negotiation or renegotiations? Confused by new compliance regulations and laws regarding outsourcing? The firms below all have expertise in advising on outsourcing contracts and will help make your navigation through the world of outsourcing legalese a little legal-easier.

TOP OUTSOURCING LAW FIRMS

Alston & Bird  

Atlanta, GA alston.com 404-881-7000  

This full-service law firm has more than 600 attorneys and practices in outsourcing plus seven other areas. Its BPO attorneys are trained in large, strategic outsourcing negotiations that focus on long-term relationships that create value through cooperative agreements and processes.   

 

Baker Botts  

Houston, TX bakerbotts.com 713-229-1234  

Specializing in advising on outsourcing transactions for more than 15 years, Baker Botts has extensive experience in analyzing, structuring, negotiating, and completing a wide variety of outsourcing transactions, including HRO, FAO, and ITO. They represent a number of industry-leading service providers including EDS, ACS, Accenture, Deloitte Consulting, Perot Systems, and First Data.   

 

Bierce & Kenerson  New York, NY biercekenerson.com 212-840-0080  This firm provides legal services for all stages of the outsourcing lifecycle. Representing both buyers of outsourcing services and HR service providers, it is involved in planning, implementation, and ongoing outsourcing relationship development.   

 

Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner  

New York, NY brownraysman.com 212-895-2000  This is a general practice law firm with more than 240 attorneys advising clients in corporate transactions, outsourcing, real estate, employment law, intellectual property, and e-commerce law. The firm does deals for both outsourcing customers and established outsourcing providers. Its attorneys involved in outsourcing are skilled in all types of outsourcing transactions: technology, business processes, human resources, manufacturing, and services.   

 

Cooley Godward  

Palo Alto, CA cooley.com 650-843-5000  

Handling complex outsourcing transactions throughout the world, Cooley Godward offers a wide variety of services in the outsourcing area, with specialties in IT, telecommunications, and BPO transactions. Specialists are located in multiple offices in North America and the firm has strategic relationships with leading lawyers in the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia.   

 

Goodwin Procter

Boston, MA goodwinprocter.com 617-570-1000  

Headquartered in Boston with offices in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, DC, this U.S.-based firm conducts a national practice with more than 500 attorneys, serving clients across a broad range of industries.   

 

Gowling Lafleur Henderson  

Toronto, ON, CAN gowlings.com 416-369-7200  

One of the largest and most diversified law firms in Canada, the firms 600-plus attorneys and other professional business advisors provide a wide array of clients with advice, negotiation support, and document preparation for their outsourcing agreements. The firm has handled many of the largest outsourcing deals in Canada.   

 

Hughes & Luce  

Dallas, TX hughesluce.com 214-939-5500  

Hughes & Luce has vast experience in labor and employment law, employee benefits, outsourcing, and technology issues. It represents national and international clients in numerous industries including technology, telecommunications, transportation, energy, financial, insurance, and foods and beverages.   

 

Hunton & Williams  

Richmond, VA hunton.com 804-788-8200  

One of the worlds 40 largest law firms with more than 850 attorneys in 17 domestic and international offices, the firm has been growing aggressively during the last year to expand its offerings. Areas of specialty include BPO and ITO.   

 

Jackson Lewis  

New York, NY jacksonlewis.com 212-545-4000

Jackson Lewis has expertise in advising the PEO (professional employer organization) industry on matters of legal compliance with all levels of labor and employment regulations and conducts HR/legal audits of employment practices. Located in multiple offices across the United States with almost 400 attorneys.  

 

Jones Day  

Atlanta, GA jonesday.com 404-521-3939

This company is one of the nations largest and most diversified law firms, maintaining 2,000 lawyers on staff in 25 locations. These attorneys serve the contractual needs of clients on issues of business law, labor and employment law, and outsourcing. It has provided significant legal representation to more than half of the Fortune 500 companies.

 

Kirkland & Ellis

Chicago, IL kirkland.com 312-861-2000

With more than 900 attorneys in five U.S. offices and one U.K. office, Kirkland & Ellis partners with clients worldwide to obtain results in complicated litigation, corporate, intellectual property, bankruptcy, tax, and counseling matters. More than 50 lawyers from various disciplines work on outsourcing transactions and have extensive experience in outsourcing matters involving information technology, business process, application process, and application service provider matters.

 

Latham & Watkins

Los Angeles, CA lw.com 213-485-1234

This global firm with more than 1,500 attorneys in 21 offices around the world has been busy building up its BPO practice during the last year.

 

Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw

Chicago, IL mayerbrownrowe.com 312-782-0600

This law firms outsourcing advisory group includes more than 50 attorneys, more than 20 of whom are partners in the practice. It is recognized as one of the top outsourcing advisory firms and as a specialist for the most complex outsourcing deals. It will take on all kinds of business process and IT/telecommunication outsourcing transactions. The firms lawyers will assist in preparing RFPs, evaluating proposals, and negotiating outsourcing agreements.

 

Mackenzie Hughes

Syracuse, NY macklaw.com 315-474-7571

One of the most respected business law firms in New York has recently invested in growing its BPO practiceattracting attorneys and business professionals who specialize in the area.

 

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy

New York, NY milbank.com 212-530-5000

With 500 attorneys and a reputation as a leading advisor on BPO and ITO, this firm has provided counsel on hundreds of complex outsourcing deals. John Halvey, one of the firms New York attorneys, is considered a leading outsourcing advisor due to the number of articles and books hes written on the processes and trends in outsourcing.

 

Morgan Lewis

Philadelphia, PA morganlewis.com 215-963-5000

Morgan Lewis has recently invested heavily in their growing outsourcing practice (hiring several attorneys and marketing managers from renowned outsourcing firms). They have more than 200 labor, employment, and HR attorneys in their 19 offices in North America, Europe, and Asia.

 

Preston Gates Ellis

Seattle, WA prestongates.com 206-623-7580

Advising on global FAO, HRO, and BPO deals, with offices in North America and a strong presence in Asia.

 

Seyfarth Shaw

Chicago, IL seyfarth.com 312-346-8000

Seyfarth Shaw has a staff of 500 lawyers operating out of nine offices in major cities. The firm specializes in business law, contracts, labor and employment law, employee benefits, and the impact of outsourcing in these important areas. Seyfarth Shaws practice reflects virtually every industry and segment of the nations business. Pillsbury Winthrop

 

Shaw Pittman

Washington, DC shawpittman.com 202-663-8000

This newly merged giant (formerly Pillsbury Winthrop and Shaw Pittman) will become one of the nations top 20 law firms. The combined firm will include approximately 900 lawyers in 16 international offices, and will offer practices in outsourcing (BPO and ITO in particular), capital markets, corporate finance, litigation, IP governmental regulation, and real estate.

 

Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal

Chicago, IL sonnenschein.com 312-876-8000

Sonnenschein primarily represents providers of outsourcing services and has been influential in guiding several of the largest outsourcing deals. Whether it works for provider firms or the buyer organization, Sonnenschein stresses the importance of creating a win-win situation for all parties. The companys emphasis is on creating a collaborative negotiating environment in which long-term, mutually beneficial outsourcing relationships can thrive.

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