CHARLESTON, SC—Womble Bond Dickinson Charleston Office Managing Partner Jim Myrick spoke with Charleston CEO on working with in-house counsel during litigation. This video is the third in a series of Charleston CEO videos with Myrick addressing commercial litigation issues.
In his 30+ year career as a litigation attorney, Myrick said he has learned that working with in-house counsel involves building personal relationships. Outside counsel should serve as a trusted business advisor whose goals are aligned with the company’s, he said.
“You’ve got to forge that partnership very early—you’ve got to be able to trust one another,” Myrick said. “You have to be able to talk about a conflict or problem or a direction together so that you are both rowing in the same direction.”
He also said outside counsel must add to the in-house counsel’s efforts, not duplicate them.
Also, click below to watch other videos in this series:
- #1 – Alternative Dispute Resolution, particularly arbitration ;
- #2 – Current trends and strategies in commercial litigation .
Jim Myrick is a veteran litigator with more than 30 years of experience in commercial, personal injury, product liability, environmental and land use disputes. Myrick has argued appeals before the South Carolina Court of Appeals, the South Carolina Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He currently serves a Managing Partner of the firm’s Charleston office and is a member of Womble Bond Dickinson’s Firm Management Committee.