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Lawyers and law firms need project management.  Many lawsuits, legal cases, treaties, negotiations and other legal activities are or can be viewed and managed as projects.  They have all of the characteristics of projects: start and finish, objectives, resources, stakeholders, time and quality constraints, communication and risk issues, etc. Development of new laws, treaties and international legal cases can be quite large projects, easily benefiting from established project management processes and knowledge.  Some law firms are beginning to embrace professional project management as a way to both simplify case management as well as increase the probability of success.  This page is intended to capture program/project management resources specifically aimed at those involved with legal matters.


Association of Corporate Counsel (2017) – The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) is an entity created to aid and empower members in their daily jobs of representation of corporations. ACC is a vibrant and prolific professional association with chapters all over the world, representing over 40,000 corporate counsels. ACC furthermore sponsors 19 committees in different areas of law. The Association provides educational and networking tools in a vast spectrum of areas, including project management. For more about ACC, go to http://www.acc.com/ Conduct a search on the terms “project management” for even more. (Castagna)

United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (2017) – Description of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, a useful resource for those working on cross border or multinational legal projects. For more, go to http://www.uncitral.org/ (Castagna)

The International Chamber of Commerce and Court of Arbitration (2017) – Description of the International Chamber of Commerce and the International Court of Arbitration, potentially useful resources for those involved in international legal cases or projects. For more, go to https://iccwbo.org/about-us/who-we-are/ (Castagna)


Guides, Rules, Standards

Recommendations to assist arbitral institutions and other interested bodies with regard to arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules (2013) – Recommendations of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law on managing arbitration under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules. To read, go to https://www.uncitral.org/pdf/english/texts/arbitration/arb-recommendation-2012/13-80327-Recommendations-Arbitral-Institutions-e.pdf (Castagna)

How to Assess Legal Risk Management Practices (2008) – Matrix with checklist suitable also for project legal risk management of entities of the Association of Corporate Counsel. For more, go to http://www.acc.com/advocacy/valuechallenge/toolkit/upload/Assess-Legal-Risk-Management2.pdf (Castagna)

Articles, Blogs, Expert Opinions

Litigation Risk Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution (1986) – Bird’s eye view of Bruce L. Beron on the management of legal risk in ADR, published originally by Dispute Resolution. For more, go to http://litigationriskmanagement.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Litigation-Risk-Management-and-ADR.pdf (Castagna)

A Developing Science: Key Issues in Legal Project Management (2013) – An article from Of Counsel authored Jim Hassett and other contributors on current issues of legal project management. For more, go to http://www.legalbizdev.com/files/KeyIssuesInLegalProjectManagement-OfCounsel.pdf (Castagna)

Legal Project Management. An evolving process (2016) – An article of Jim Hassett published by Managing Partner in February 2016, on the best practices to implement project management in law firms. For more, go to http://www.legalbizdev.com/files/LPMLegalBizDevManagingPartnermagazineFeb2016x.pdf (Castagna)


Papers, Reports, Studies

Project Management in International Arbitration (2016) – Paper by Ben Giaretta, on the use of Project Management techniques in International Arbitration, published in the McGill Journal of Dispute Resolution, Volume 3 (2016-2017), 66-85.  For more, go to https://poseidon01.ssrn.com/delivery.php?ID=658002065071096125105108065088067098030040014018086061111065127075070096018069094030030053038123014014001022072114076125101096046002025038074084121114066125086099029054017095006028005089098028111099028013075100089085110084072104110089127098099115084089&EXT=pdf (Castagna)

Lai, T. (2019). The Rise of Legal Project Management: Importance of project management to law firms, PM World Journal, Vol. VIII, Issue II (February). Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/pmwj79-Feb2019-Lai-the-rise-of-legal-project-management.pdf

ICC Commission Report: Managing E-Document Production (2012) – A publication on e-document and case management in arbitration, taking into consideration the inherent need to preserve flexibility and cost efficiency. For more, go to http://www.icc-portugal.com/images/documentos/comissao_de_arbitragem/Managing_e-document_Report.pdf (Castagna)


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