An audit, by nature, is an adversarial process. In-house legal counsel has been outside counsel’s advocate AND adversary. Asking your legal department to play both roles harms beneficial communication needed between outside legal counsel and your business.

Traditionally, in-house counsel has had the difficult job of effectively explaining the client’s business to outside attorneys, as well as the responsibility to gather all facts and evidence needed for the defense or the prosecution of legal claims. She has also had to justify to company executives the effectiveness of the outside lawyering. Finally, she has been the cost-benefit manager, devoting hours to billing review, letter writing, phone calls, and face to face meetings to discuss and resolve problem legal bills (usually without litigation experience).

By allowing GBK Consulting to manage your outside litigation for less than what most lawyers charge, your in-house legal department will be free to concentrate on the legal tasks that strengthen and expand your business.

Working closely with his team of lawyers, Ray Kriegbaum can manage all your outside litigation strategy, and maintain cost controls. He has worked over the years with a small army of litigators and other lawyers that included Dennis Block of Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft, Harvey Pitt (former S.E.C. chairman) while he was with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, and Alan Isaacman of Isaacman, Kaufman, and Painter as well as law firms located in Colorado, Washington, D.C., New York, New Jersey, Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma, and Los Angeles.

He has maintained relationships with attorneys specializing in the following areas of law:

-Copyright (name and likeness, rights to publicity, and musical performance)
-Securities litigation
-Mergers and acquisitions
-Corporate governance
-1st Amendment
-Television broadcast
-Breach of contract

If appropriate, Ray may arrange legal services for his clients.