For example, Aon scatters approximately 250 legal professionals in 17 countries, McDonalds has lawyers in 19 countries, and Carrefour has lawyers in even more – 30 countries. But those aren’t the most spread out. BP operates at least 36 offices with lawyers, HSBC has some 650 lawyers worldwide in 40-some countries, and Royal Dutch Shell’s diaspora department has offices in more than 50 countries (See my post of Aug. 6, 2008: McDonalds; May 27, 2007: Carrefour; April 23, 2007: BP; March 17, 2006: HSBC; and Dec. 14, 2005: Royal Dutch Shell, approximately 650 lawyers worldwide.
Mere pikers, these, since apparently Cisco has 230 total legal staff in 72 countries (See my post of March 26, 2008: Cisco.).
That sample of legal departments represents but a portion of the geographically-dispersed legal departments. Scores of law departments likely have outpost offices of lawyers in more than ten countries. Moreover, the number of departments with multiple out-of-main-country offices is rising constantly as well as the number of their remote offices. Here are several others found on this blog (See my post of Jan. 28, 2007: JDS Uniphase had 30 lawyers in four countries; Feb. 1, 2007: Cummins had 21 in-house lawyers as well as 9 paralegals and administrative personnel in five countries; April 18, 2005: Barclay’s lawyers, based in 17 countries; Jan. 1, 2006: GE Consumer Finance in 2006 included more than 110 lawyers in 21 countries; and April 17, 2007: Johnson & Johnson had lawyers in more than 35 offices around the world.).