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Five publicly-traded companies that consult heavily to legal departments

In the cottage industry that serves legal departments, full of small companies, a very few live in mansions. Those heavyweights are publicly-traded service providers. In that elite group, a handful provides a range of forensic, technological, and management consulting services.

In this group are CRA International (Nasdaq: CRAI), FTI Consulting Inc. (NYSE: FCN), Huron Consulting Group (Nasdaq: HURN), LECG Corporation (Nasdaq: XPRT) and Navigant Consulting (NYSE: NCI).

If a legal department finds an opportunity to retain a consulting firm and one or more of these firms are on the list, it is possible to learn a great deal more about them than about privately held competitors.