Working with a big firm.
We had a six-figure annual legal spend and still felt like a second class citizen with the big firms.
Billable hours, bad incentives and blank cheques. The longer the firm takes, the more you pay in fees.
Lawyers at big firms have hundreds of clients and priority goes to the big ones who help hit 2000-hour targets.
External firms are too far removed from your business to efficiently address your operational needs.
Working with a Fractional GC.
Fractional General Counsel (GC) was designed for fast-growing businesses that need reliable legal counsel at a better price.
Fractional GC plans starting at as little as $2,500 per month, with 90-day rollovers and no surprises.
Embedded talent, on-demand legal and the peace of mind you have a lawyer dedicated to your business.
Industry expertise, prior in-house experience, and strategic legal leadership added to your team.
85% of legal departments place controlling their outside counsel costs as their highest priority — Thompson Reuters
How It Works
1. Meet our talent.
We recruit top lawyers with big law and in-house experience to find you the perfect fit.
2. Design the role.
Collaborate with your Fractional GC and determine the scope of your 90-day pilot.
3. Launch your pilot.
Our team will help you get fully integrated with your Fractional GC to ensure success.
Our Fractional Legal Talent
Goodlawyer has a diverse network of lawyers with experience working at top international law firms and in-house at global enterprises.
in specialized practice areas added monthly
average customer review about a Goodlawyer
average experience in big firm or in-house roles
customer satisfaction is 3.5x industry average
Over 50% women or from equity-deserving groups
0% client churn
after completion of 90-day Fractional GC pilots
Our lawyers have worked at:
Flexible Engagements and Pricing
With Fractional GC you get expert legal counsel at less than half the hourly rate of big firm lawyers with 10+ years of experience.
10 hours per month
Start with on-demand legal support for recurring legal needs like contracts, HR and governance.
20-30 hours per month
Scale with dedicated legal support for growing teams, new products, & industry compliance.
30+ hours per month
Strategic legal leadership to manage high-volume needs & establish proper legal infrastructure.
We're getting far more value from the Fractional GC model than we have in the past with other legal providers...
The flexibility and accommodation to our business is refreshing, and the additional support of Goodlawyer's team has been a wonderful bonus.
CEO, Phantom Compliance
Frequently Asked Questions
As an embedded team member, a Fractional Counsel is there to create and serve a longterm business relationship, not a one-off transaction. Fractional Counsels integrate into your organization and get to know your team to become an expert in your business — producing actionable and specific legal advice that supports better business decisions.
They can improve internal operations and strategy by proactively mitigating risks before issues arise and can even replace the senior law firm partner as the CEO’s primary counsellor participating in decisions that touch both law and business.
When you hire a Fractional Counsel on Goodlawyer, we work hard to tailor the options we present you based on your business’ specific legal needs. From corporate governance, regulatory compliance, employment and more, your Fractional GC is hand-picked to cover as many of your legal needs as possible.
The Goodlawyer network spans from coast to coast and has lawyers with specialized expertise in most areas of law. If your Fractional GC encounters an issue outside their area of practice, they can bring in any Goodlawyer in our network to get the job done.
*Additional fees may apply if the project is out of scope for the Fractional mandate.
All Fractional GC mandates come with a 90-day rollover window where you can use any unclaimed hours.
We conduct monthly check-ins with you and your Fractional GC throughout the 90-day pilot project. If your legal needs increase or the pilot is underestimated, we can make the required adjustments to the terms of the Fractional mandate for the next month.
A Fractional GC is embedded into your team to proactively manage your legal needs whereas a law firm retainer engages an outside counsel to react to your legal needs and requests.
The longer version — Your Fractional GC dedicates part of their week entirely to working with you and your business. They join your team to absorb and assume responsibility for legal operations from your executive team, contribute to key business decisions and issues, AND to manage specialist engagements with outside counsel.
When you pay a law firm a retainer, you are essentially paying to keep a law firm on standby to respond to major events that trigger your need for legal help. Unless you actively request them for help, your external lawyer will not proactively support your recurring legal operations, volunteer strategic value-added advice or design processes and procedures that better equip your team to efficiently manage common legal challenges. As a result, your business’s operational legal functions remain the core responsibility of your executive team, making them reactive, inefficient and more costly.
Our top priority for Fractional mandates is to ensure an undeniably good fit between your business and your lawyer. One of the biggest benefits of Fractional Counsel is the compounding effect of having a dedicated lawyer who becomes intimate with all the nuances of your business.
We work hard to present you with appropriate options the first time, but if for whatever reason you need to change lawyers, we can make it happen. Our network is diverse and robust, odds are good we’ll find you the one!
Once you’ve selected your lawyer and confirmed the 90-day pilot, our Operations team will work with you and your Fractional GC to get fully integrated following our proven best practices. Typically, the first steps are setting your Fractional GC up with a company email address, scheduling a weekly recurring touchpoint, providing your minute book, and scheduling your first 30-day check-in with Goodlawyer.
Every pilot mandate is different and custom tailored to your needs. There is always an onboarding period where your Fractional GC gets set up with your business and caught up with your legal history. Then refinements are made to the scope of the Pilot and your Goodlawyer gets to work.
Throughout the 90-day Pilot, the Goodlawyer Operations team will check in and ensure your project is on track for a successful outcome. The Pilot will close with an overall review to ensure there are no adjustments required before continuing the Fractional Counsel mandate.
Of course. Your Fractional GC will be able to take a lot off their plate (and save you a ton in legal fees) but they can also take responsibility for managing and working alongside those external legal providers.