CA STATE OF MIND

WHAT CORPORATE COUNSEL SAY ABOUT DOING BUSINESS IN CALIFORNIA

  • Litigation
    climate more
    difficult than
    in other states

    In almost every case, litigation is perceived to create greater challenges in
    California than in
    other states. Employment, environmental/ regulatory and commercial litigation stand out.

    • 67% Employment
    • 59% Environment/
      regulatory
    • 43% Commerical
      litigation
  • Words most often used to describe view of legal environment

    Some words were unprintable—but by far, most agree—California’s legal environment, like its peaks, is challenging.

    • Burdensome 65%
    • Complex 44%
    • Cumbersome 40%
  • In choosing outside counsel, buyers value
    • 65% Overall proposed litigation costs
    • 58% Thoroughly
      explore options other than trial
    • 69% Knowledge of their business and industry
    • 72% Responsivness
      with calls
      returned in
      24/hrs

    (Not all of these qualities can be proven before being engaged; thus “up in the clouds.”)

  • Why pursue litigation?
    • Odds of success 73%
    • Exposure/ Potential winnings 72%
    • Effect on future revenues or profits 60%
  • After litigation, buyers shift evaluation to
    • 55% Stuck to the
      budget
    • 72% Responsiveness
    • 91% Results
      achieved

    (Performance is known now, therefore experience is shown “solid as a mountain.”)

  • Statewide Coverage

    is important to 81% of buyers at least some of the time.

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MEDIA CONTACT
Melanie Conrad, Marketing Assistant
925.930.6600
mconrad@archernorris.com

ABOUT THE SURVEY A new Archer Norris white paper, “The Reverse California Gold Rush,” explores the results of a recent survey of in-house counsel. In it, they reveal their thoughts on a number of important issues. Archer Norris lawyers Elizabeth McNulty and Peter McGaw delivered a powerful message about a key topic, California’s regulatory climate, at ALM’s General Counsel West conference. Read on to find out how law firms can partner with corporate counsel to ensure an investment in doing business in the Golden State pans out.

  • The business litigation climate in California
  • A diverse group of industries were represented in the business litigation survey
  • High-level decision makers responding to the California business litigation survey

ABOUT ARCHER NORRIS With 100+ business-savvy litigators and transactional lawyers admitted to practice in 15 states, Archer Norris lawyers can be found all over California and throughout the country, wherever our clients need us. We think you will like the competitive edge you gain by partnering with Archer Norris.