NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 3, 2010) - Practical Law Company, Inc. (PLC), a leading provider of practical know-how for business lawyers, continues to help effect change within the legal industry with the launch of PLC Law Department, its online, content-based service for US legal departments.

According to PLC Law Department Head Karen Sheehan, "In-house lawyers are often called upon to advise their clients across a wide range of practice areas. In one day, they may find themselves negotiating a lease, developing a social media policy and handling a complex corporate transaction. We created PLC Law Department to give them access to a bank of knowledge that will enable them to deliver guidance quickly, accurately and affordably."

Known for years within legal circles for offering unique online content in Europe and worldwide -- and recently cited as "one of the most inventive legal-field operations in the nation" by ABA Law Practice -- PLC Law Department extends PLC's arsenal of unique, practical resources to U.S. legal departments and will transform the way in-house counsel operate. PLC launched its first U.S. services for law firms with great success in January 2009.

"PLC is committed to helping legal professionals -- whether in legal departments or law firms -- practice more efficiently," explains Jeroen Plink, CEO of PLC U.S. "Our U.S. Law Department service has been designed specifically for in-house counsel and will enable law departments to improve efficiency, do more with less and control costs."

PLC only hires attorneys with experience at the world's leading law firms and legal departments. Building on this, PLC Law Department has teamed up with a panel of more than 20 top law firms that collaborate with PLC's attorney editors to produce and maintain their resources. Panel firms are recognized experts and the go-to law firms in their respective practice areas.

"We are honored to be working with our prestigious panel firms to meet the challenge of allowing our in-house clients to truly do more with less," says Plink. "Service providers must be willing to change with the times and PLC Law Department is a great example of what can be achieved when dedicated companies get together to effect positive change in the marketplace."

An Alliance Partner of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC), PLC is offering free trials of PLC Law Department to in-house counsel. The initial trial also includes a one-year subscription to Practical Law The Journal, the print companion to PLC's online services. For more information or to sign up for a trial, visit

PLC's Panel Firms

-- Alston + Bird LLP (Tax)
-- Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP (Capital Markets)
-- Dorsey & Whitney LLP (Labor & Employment)
-- Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP (Intellectual Property & Technology)
-- Holland & Knight LLP (Environmental)
-- Howrey LLP (Antitrust)
-- Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP (Alternative Dispute Resolution)
-- Jackson Lewis LLP (Labor & Employment)
-- Kelley Drye & Warren LLP (Commercial and Litigation)
-- Kirkland & Ellis LLP (Bankruptcy and Private Equity)
-- Latham & Watkins LLP (Capital Markets, Corporate Governance and
   Private Equity)
-- Littler Mendelson P.C. (Labor & Employment)
-- Loeb & Loeb LLP (Commercial, Intellectual Property & Technology)
-- Morrison & Foerster LLP (Capital Markets and Corporate Governance)
-- Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Labor & Employment)
-- O'Melveny & Myers LLP (Litigation)
-- Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A. (Business Entities and Real Estate)
-- Seyfarth Shaw LLP (Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation)
-- Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP (Capital Markets, Corporate Governance,
   Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and Mergers & Acquisitions)
-- Sive, Paget & Riesel P.C. (Environmental)
-- Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP (Employee Benefits & Executive
   Compensation, Environmental and IP & Technology)
-- Thompson Hine LLP (Intellectual Property & Technology)
-- Vinson & Elkins LLP (Labor & Employment)
-- Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (Antitrust, Bankruptcy, Corporate Governance,
   Litigation, Private Equity and Tax)
-- White & Case LLP (Alternative Dispute Resolution)


Practical Law Company (PLC) is a leading provider of practical know-how for business lawyers. Started in the U.K. in 1990, PLC's clients include approximately 85% of the UK's largest 500 law firms; 70 of the AmLaw 100 firms; and over 1,700 legal departments worldwide. PLC's recently launched U.S. services are created and maintained by its team of editors with significant front-line experience practicing at the world's leading law firms and corporate legal departments. PLC is a proud winner of a 2009 InnovAction Award for innovation in the delivery of legal services. PLC online:

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