Outside GC Announces Expansion Into Chicago Market

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Outside GC, the pioneer and national leader in on-demand in-house legal counsel services, today announced its expansion into Chicago, Illinois with the addition to the team of Chicago-based legal veteran, Oren Azar. Chicago marks the latest expansion of Outside GC, which was founded over a decade ago and provides former in-house general counsel attorneys to act as on-demand corporate counsel to clients in Boston, New York, Washington, DC and Denver, Colorado.

“We are very pleased to welcome Oren to the Outside GC team and are very excited to bring the benefits of on-demand general counsel to the Chicago market,” said Bill Stone, Managing Member of Outside GC. “Our recent expansion into the New York and Washington markets has exceeded our expectations even in this challenging economic climate,” he continued. “Increasingly, companies are looking to drive higher value from their legal counsel, and our combination of very experienced attorneys working at rates that are generally a fraction of traditional law firm rates seems to be gaining us recognition as we’re meeting a significant and growing business need.”

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 legal and business executive Oren Azar to drive the firm’s expansion into Chicago. Mr. Azar’s in-house experience includes senior roles at Walgreen Co., Joy Global Inc. and Peerless Systems Corporation. Prior to moving in house, he worked at major law firms for over 15 years, most recently as a partner in the New York and Singapore offices of Shearman & Sterling LLP.

“Having spent my career both at large law firms and then as in-house counsel, I could immediately see the unique value that Outside GC’s model brings to both early-stage and established companies of all sizes” said Mr. Azar. “For growing companies in the increasingly entrepreneurial Chicago area, I and others on the Outside GC team can act as the de facto general counsel, guiding the legal affairs of the company, but at a total cost well below the overhead of hiring a full-time GC. For law departments at large and mid-size companies, Outside GC provides flexible staffing options but with a level of sophistication and experience that considerably exceeds staffing and temp firm options.” Mr. Azar continued, “I’m very excited about joining this impressive team of attorneys and becoming the first member of Outside GC’s Chicago-based team.”

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; immigration services; dispute resolution short of litigation; and mergers and acquisitions. Outside GC has over 40 attorneys in Massachusetts, Connecticut, DC, New York, Colorado and Illinois. 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.

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