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2023 Chief Legal Officers Survey

The 2023 ACC Chief Legal Officers Survey, conducted in partnership with Exterro, seeks to better understand the role of the CLO in the modern business environment. The survey covers four general topics: the role and reach of the CLO, the value of the legal department to the company, the political and regulatory landscape, and the outlook for the legal department in the coming year. 


General Counsel Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Survey

The General Counsel DE&I Survey was launched in September 2022 to assess the impact and sentiment of GC and CLOs from around the world in diversity, equity & inclusion.

This survey report includes feedback from 232 participants from all over the world on (i) the GC and CLOs' individual progress to impact the legal team in this area, (ii) the wider organizational progress in DE&I initiatives, and (iii) the progress made by law firms in offering diverse teams.


ACC Foundation: 2022 State of Cybersecurity Report, An In-house Perspective

The Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Foundation, in collaboration with Ernst & Young, LLP, is pleased to present the 2022 State of Cybersecurity Report, An In-house Perspective. The results reveal that the legal department plays an increasingly important role in cybersecurity strategy and that the chief legal officer (CLO) is often front and center. 

The data included in this report represents 265 organizations across 17 industries and 24 countries, providing a comprehensive understanding of how legal departments of different sizes engage in cybersecurity matters.


The State of Corporate Litigation Today Survey Report

ACC, in partnership with Everlaw, is pleased to present this timely survey report, capturing insights from 202 in-house counsel and legal operations professionals on how legal departments handle different aspects of the corporate litigation process.

The report aims to better understand the outside counsel selection process for litigation matters, the tools that departments are using for litigation workflows, the most common cost containment strategies, and how litigation needs are expected to change over time.


Trends in Legal Transformation and Technology Report

ACC, in partnership with DISCO, is pleased to present this survey report that captures insights from 278 law department leaders and legal operations professionals on how they have engaged in transformation within their departments, the kinds of initiatives they have focused on with respect to their investigations and litigation work, the barriers experienced, and the keys to success.


2022 An Inside Look at Legal Entity Management Practices

Given the current global environment of heightened regulatory and reputational risks that organizations face, effectively managing legal entity governance is becoming a focal point. ACC, in collaboration with Deloitte Tax LLP, presents this report with the purpose of understanding the existing team structures, procedures, and practices that organizations have in place to manage complex compliance and regulatory obligations.


2022 Chief Legal Officers Survey

ACC and Exterro, the exclusive ACC Alliance Partner for eDiscovery, data privacy, and cybersecurity, present the 2022 Chief Legal Officers Survey. With 861 participants, this is one of the largest studies of CLOs available in the market. The results reveal a rapidly evolving and dynamic corporate legal environment where CLOs and their departments are playing an even greater role to shape and influence the broader business. 


2021 Legal Technology Report for In-house Counsel

ACC and Exterro, the leader in Legal GRC software, are pleased to present our 2021 Legal Technology Report for In-house Counsel. In today's in-house legal department, technology is no longer just a nice-to-have. With growing amounts of data to review, a variety of third parties — law firms, service providers, internal business units, etc. — to work with, and an evolving set of e-discovery, compliance, incident response, information governance, and data privacy requirements, corporate counsel must leverage technology to adequately protect and serve their organization.


Collecting Online Data for eDiscovery & Litigation Readiness Report

ACC and Pagefreezer are pleased to present the Collecting Online Data for eDiscovery & Litigation Readiness Report, which aims to understand how legal departments are dealing with the substantial growth in new data sources that most companies have experienced over the last few years, and to identify key challenges. The results reveal important quantitative insights into the maturity of Information Governance (IG) programs and the extent to which legal departments are prepared for the discovery process involved in potential litigation.


2021 ACC Legal Operations: Who Uses What Legal Technology?

This report provides a summary of the use of technology within legal departments, based on a survey conducted in autumn 2020 at the behest of the Tools & Technology Interest Group of ACC Legal Operations. Like its 2018 predecessor, this survey report also facilitates conversations among ACC Legal Operations members about the utility and effectiveness of the technology tools that they are using by including a directory of participants who are willing to be contacted, as well as a comprehensive list of companies using specific tools.


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Explore ACC's Research Archive to learn about other interesting topics covered in previous reports, such as global corporate legal practices, in-house trends, law department management, and much more.



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