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Some Combinations Should Have Been Created Sooner

Sometime the solution to an age-old problem is right under our nose. Why didn’t we realize it earlier? Because honestly, we  default to “same old” more than we’d like to admit.  But then that aha moment hits, and you can never imagine things any other way. 

That’s how it is with this combination. Law Firm (ElevateNext) + Law Company (Elevate) + Law Department. The trifecta. The hand-to-the-forehead “of course!”  The today and the tomorrow.  The peanut butter + jelly + milk.

 

If America can put a man on the moon, why can’t we solve the routine matters law departments have?

True solutions involve design, process, technology, people and more. That’s the small-step-for-mankind we bring to tackling your Business As Usual needs.   ElevateNext handles the “practice of law” piece, and Elevate Services helps us deliver everything else. Ta da. Moonshot.

Change is hard. But not if you approach it correctly.

Individually, the routine stuff may seem small, but all together, it takes its toll on the law department. Let us do the heavy lifting. We have a process for that!

There is Love in evoLution.

We love helping our clients evolve.

Why ElevateNext?

We Are Not Special. 

Most lawyers like to think they are special, snowflakes of sorts. Their work, they feel, is so incredibly unique, nobody else can do it. Nobody.

At ElevateNext, we don’t think we are special.*  As a result, we don’t seek to do your “special” work: the bet-the-company litigation, that major deal, the headline grabbers or the need-to-brief-the-Board-every-week issue. We don’t use the words “bespoke” or “customized” on our website.  That’s because the true measure of whether our work is going well is that you and your staff no longer have to devote time or attention to it. Out of sight, out of mind. With us, your two most valuable assets, your time and attention, can be focused on the special matters and the places where you make a difference.

We live for the routine work. Some call it run the company matters, while others refer to it business as usual (or BAU) work. Whatever you call it, we add the most value to the volume of stuff that is bogging down the law department.  We handle the matters that are taking up way too much in-house time, and that eats up way too much of your budget because your traditional outside firms simply aren’t handling it well.  The more routine, the more mundane and seemingly never-ending work, the more we love it.

It’s not just because we are good at BAU work.  It’s because we built ElevateNext to handle these types of matters by developing processes that root out inefficiency and assure consistent, predictable results. Processes for matters that benefit from being handled the right way, every time, over and over again. Our partnership with Elevate allows us to use data and automation and the right people in the right geographic location to radically reduce costs, bring down cycle time and delight our customers. Every. Single. Time.

So please, don’t ask us to handle your Supreme Court argument. We know we could hit it out of the park, but we’d much rather delve into how to handle responding to all of the third-party subpoenas or government inquiries the company is getting.  Oh, don’t worry – we will happily refer you to another attorney – one who is, well, very, very special.

(*don’t tell our mothers, please.)

Industry Rebels

ElevateNext was founded by Nicole Auerbach and Patrick Lamb, two legal industry rebels with a track record of seeing around corners and identifying where the legal industry needs to be going. They founded Valorem Law Group in 2008 to bring alternative fee arrangements to the mainstream. By 2016, they were one of the 22 firms named “best at AFAs” in the country. In keeping with tradition, ElevateNext was named one of the “Best Firms at AFAs” in June, 2020. Described as “punching above their weight,” Nicole & Pat decided to throw another right hook at the legal industry by forming this WBENC-certified majority woman-owned firm (say that 10 times fast) to partner with Elevate Services, a globally acclaimed, full-service law company, to create a new choice for the delivery of legal services for both law departments and law firms. Pow.  Knockout!

Industry Rebels

ElevateNext was founded by Patrick Lamb and Nicole Auerbach two legal industry rebels with a track record of seeing around corners and identifying where the legal industry is (or will be) going. They founded Valorem Law Group in 2008 to bring alternative fee arrangements to the mainstream. By 2016, they were one of the 22 firms named “best at AFAs” in the country. Described as “punching above their weight,” Pat and Nicole decided to throw another right hook at the legal industry by joining forces with Elevate Services, a globally acclaimed, full-service law company, to form a new model for the delivery of legal services. Pow. A knockout!

One Stop Solution

Once upon a time, in a galaxy close, close at hand, law departments sent the vast majority of their work to outside counsel. Then things changed and the trend was to bring more work (and staff) in-house. But when the Great Recession hit, companies began unbundling legal services and using outside service providers for things like document review, technology, staffing, operations, consulting and more. But that diffused outsourcing model required the law departments to play the role of cruise directors who had to manage multiple outside law firms (none of whom were aligned with one another) with multiple outside providers, which led to inefficiency and not always the greatest results.  

The Business As Usual matters are the ones that most often fall through the cracks. Individually, they are not the highest dollar value, but in the aggregate, they certainly can be. And if internal staff is handling them, the amount of time and effort being devoted gets overlooked, even if that staff could be better utilized on higher value endeavors.

The COVID-19 crisis that has now beset us has resulted in substantially  reduced legal budgets, with the same or even more work, but with reduced headcount.  Simply getting discounted hourly rates from outside counsel will not be the answer. Handling your BAU matters differently makes sense.  

Enter ElevateNext + Elevate Services.  We seamlessly combine the practice of law with technology, process and lower cost alternatives across the globe so we can achieve substantial cost savings, efficiencies and better outcomes, faster, with no “cruise directing” needed. One stop. 

Let’s Chat

Yeah, this is different.  And the legal industry doesn’t exactly flock to “different”. Instead, it generally crawls, kicking and screaming, and usually  because recessions and viruses have forced the change.  But this is the future.  Companies are in dire need of combining the practice of law with flexible staffing, technology,  budget certainty and customer service. Lower costs, faster resolutions and better outcomes. So let’s talk it through. We’re good with different. In fact, we thrive in it.