Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 10, 2011
Outside GC, the pioneer and national leader in on-demand in-house legal counsel services, today announced its expansion into the New York and Washington, DC metro areas.
“Having proven our model in Boston and having built a reputation for providing our clients with the highest caliber in-house lawyers for a fraction of the cost of traditional law firms, we decided it was time to expand into other markets” said Jon Levitt, co-founder and principal of the firm. “We chose New York and DC in large part because of their growing technology and media sectors, which sectors have always been focal points for us.”
Leveraging their successful, innovative model of hiring only legal veterans with both top-tier law firm and in-house experience, Outside GC has teamed up with Micah Green of Stratique Partners, former SVP Strategy and Business Development at AOL, to drive expansion into these cities.
“I immediately saw the value that Outside GC could bring to the tech and media markets in New York and DC, having worked both as an attorney and as a business development executive relying on experienced counsel,” said Green. He continued, “Outside GC’s model of providing top-notch attorneys with substantial in-house experience at substantially reduced rates meets a critical market need. Early-stage tech companies need appropriate support for their deal-making, financing and hiring functions. High-growth companies need business-savvy legal support, often before they are ready to hire a full-time in-house counsel. Larger, established companies need more flexible solutions to bolster their in-house resources. Outside GC allows companies at all of these stages to have an experienced in-house lawyer, as and when needed -- delivering high-quality legal support and helping companies keep costs way down. I’m confident that Outside GC will be very successful in the NY and DC markets.”
The NY and DC-based Outside GC teams include Laurie Bennett, whose legal career began at NY flagship firm Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and who then served in-house at publicly traded Investment Technology Group, Inc.; and Stacey Heller, whose career included serving in the commercial and bankruptcy groups at two leading law firms in the Baltimore/DC metro area, followed by in-house positions at Qwest Communications, E.Spire Communications and RLJ Development (a company owning a portfolio of over 100 hotels worth over a billion dollars).
“We’re very pleased with the teams we are building in both markets and are actively looking for more attorneys,” said Bill Stone, Outside GC co-founder and principal. He continued, “attorneys with both substantial law firm and in-house experience, combined for more than ten years in practice, are candidates for our team, particularly if they have meaningful media or information technology experience.”
Outside GC’s New York clients include Phreesia, Full Picture, Horizontal Systems, The Wonderfactory and Little Pim. Andrew Ockner, CFO for Full Picture, expressed great enthusiasm for Outside GC’s value proposition: “Getting outstanding legal support is really important for a growing company” explained Ockner. “With Outside GC, we are getting the attention of a seasoned executive, as well as a terrific lawyer, and are paying around 1/3 of what most of the large law firms charge. We’ve also engaged Outside GC’s sister firm, Patent GC, with great success to handle our growing IP portfolio.”
About Outside GC
Founded in 2002 by Jon Levitt and Bill Stone, Outside GC’s mission is to provide senior in-house legal counsel on an on-demand basis to emerging and large companies alike, at very competitive rates. The company’s offerings include negotiating and drafting customer, vendor and distribution agreements; debt and equity financing transactions; employee matters; dispute resolution short of litigation; and merger and acquisitions. Outside GC has over 25 attorneys in Massachusetts, Connecticut, the DC area, metro New York and Colorado. Outside GC’s sister firm, Patent GC, provides on-demand patent and trademark law services through a partner-only team of former in-house IP lawyers. For more information, please visit http://www.outsidegc.com or contact Outside GC at (617) 737-5000.