Virginia Griffith


Virginia Griffith is an attorney with 20 years in the legal profession, having previously worked with ALM Media, LLC and Thomson Reuters working closely with corporate legal departments in support of their legal operations and regulatory programs.


Brian Arbetter

Brian Arbetter has over three decades of experience as an equity partner in several of the largest law firms in the US and world.  He has expertise in a myriad of legal practice areas, including labor and employment, commercial contracts, litigation, transactions, regulatory, privacy, international and compliance, among others.  He also has extensive experience in leadership of Bar and non-profit Boards.  He is admitted in California, Illinois and New York and has practiced before courts and administrative agencies in almost all fifty states, as well as numerous countries outside of the US. As General Counsel & VP Compliance/Law Firm Relations, Brian oversees LBR’s legal and compliance issues and is the primary representative to all law firms with which LBR partners.

This program is approved for CLE credit in the following states: NY, TX, PA, CA, IL, AR, NV.

This program is pending CLE credit in the following states: TN, OH, MN, NC, WA, GA, IN, KY, MO, CO.

This program is pending CLE credit for self-application by the attorney or for reciprocal CLE credit in the following states: AZ, CT, FL, ME, MT, NJ, & ND.

This program is appropriate for newly admitted attorneys and experienced attorneys.

Outside Counsel Spend Management for In-House Counsel: Best Practices for Drafting and Enforcing Billing Guidelines


Event Description

The rising costs of outside legal services pose a significant challenge for legal teams across various industries. Outside counsel billing guidelines offer numerous benefits for organizations looking to manage their legal expenditures effectively. These guidelines serve as a critical tool in fostering transparency, efficiency, and financial control over legal services provided by external lawyers or law firms.


Join us on Tuesday, December 12 2023 at 12 pm ET/9 am PT for the next edition of our IHC Spend Management Series, as’s Virginia Griffith and Brian Arbetter will provide strategies to navigate the current landscape of rising outside legal costs, with a focus on establishing effective billing guidelines.


Discussion topics include:


  • Establishing Effective Billing Guidelines: Learn how to create and implement billing guidelines that are clear, enforceable, and aligned with your organization’s financial objectives, leading to more predictable legal spending.
  • Invoice Review Best Practices: Discover techniques for thorough invoice reviews that can identify billing inefficiencies and discrepancies, ensuring that you only pay for services that align with agreed-upon terms.
  • Enforcement Mechanisms for Billing Compliance: Understand the importance of enforcing billing guidelines and how to apply effective mechanisms to ensure outside counsel compliance, reducing the likelihood of overcharging and unauthorized expenses.

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for both experienced and new in-house counsel who manage outside counsel and/or review and approve outside counsel invoices.


There is NO COST to attend this program!

This program is FREE, thanks to our gracious sponsor,! If you can’t make it to the live program, the recording will be available for viewing via our paid CLE library, In-House Connect On-Demand!

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