October 10, 2014 Sponsored content presented byInside Out Legal, LLC Fee arrangements structured to fit client’s needs By Daniel I. Dorfman Stephanie A. Genuardi was seeking an innovative solution as she faced a career crossroads last year. Soon, she realized the answer was at the tip of her keyboard in this day and age of easy remote access. With the assistance of a business partner, Asha Mathai, the women created Inside Out Legal, LLC, a new FBE certified firm that provides legal services to corporate clients of all sizes throughout Illinois with an emphasis on clients in the health care and higher education fields under uniquely structured fee arrangements that are dependent on the client’s particular needs. “I love the practice of law but I couldn’t do the daily commute anymore,” she says. Genuardi had grown weary of the two hour drive and she concluded it was not a necessity. While she still drives to offices anywhere in Illinois when called upon, much of the work that Genuardi and her colleagues perform now can be done from their homes or other locations. By taking this approach, Genuardi who worked as in-house counsel for a large academic medical center for seven years and spent another year as in-house counsel with a Fortune 500 corporation, is now able to cultivate her talents without the challenges of working for one organization each day, which works for her as she is constantly presented with fresh challenges. It is also a plus for the organization that brings in the Inside Out Legal, LLC talent as it receives a fresh perspective on their legal issues. “The idea came about through my observation as an in-house lawyer of the challenges related to juggling the various competing priorities of a legal department with a set number of staff,” Genuardi says. “There are constantly new high priority legal needs that present themselves to in-house attorneys who already have set day to day responsibilities. I saw a need for a firm like Inside Out Legal, LLC that is able to step in when the in-house department might otherwise be swamped with unexpected issues and provide assistance in managing the increased demands on the department.” With that goal in mind, Genuardi has assembled a group of lawyers who can take the pressure off the in-house counsel of an organization by helping in a variety of ways including managing the daily overflow of the in-house legal department and helping with special projects either remotely or on location at the client’s request. An added benefit of the job is she can’t help but notice the smiles on people’s faces when she or one of her colleagues walks in the door. “We are stepping in and helping to handle the day to day transactional work,” Genuardi says. “We are definitely greeted with open arms. Our unique pricing packages are also attractive to corporate clients. When our client’s recognize the value in the services we provide, they are very happy to have us step in.” Genuardi is thrilled the Inside Out Legal team has been able foster solid collaborative relationships with organizations that have asked them to come in to assist. “We understand the inner working of the staff and the institutions,” Genuardi says. “We like to familiarize with the staff, not just the attorneys, but the other relevant members of the institution thereby increasing the overall efficiency of our services..” Genuardi believes the Inside Out Legal, LLC model can serve as a microcosm of modern society where working from a central office is not the necessity as it was in generations past. “I see this as a trend not only in the legal industry but also in the corporate and professional community. Companies are finding talent who may not be able to work from the office headquarters because of location. With current technology, there is no longer the requirement to work in the same building to achieve the same goal,” Genuardi says. “By operating remotely we are able to cut down on overhead such as maintaining a building and attractive office space and we can concentrate on finding talented attorneys while passing on savings to the client.” To better suit her clients, Genuardi believes she has also come up with a unique billing platform that allows the client to recognize increased savings depending on the package selected. Inside Out Legal, LLC also provides services on a traditional hourly rate for those who are not interested in one of the other billing arrangements. As the firm started out, Inside Out Legal, LLC initially focused on higher education and health care, two areas Genuardi knows well through her years of practice. “Both of those industries are very well regulated and they are large industries so I knew I needed some assistance in creating the brand and the firm,” Genuardi says. “I reached out to Asha Mathai who was one of my law school friends practicing in the higher education industry and the two of us have built Inside Out Legal, LLC from the ground up.” But Genuardi is excited Inside Out Legal, LLC is expanding its practice area to include general corporate clients and litigation services. The firm is off to a solid start and Genuardi takes great pride in easing the pressure of in-house counsel by providing access to a variety of attorneys, most with prior in-house experience, who are able to appreciate and help solve the unique daily challenges faced by in-house legal departments.