Since 2008, Rees Morrison, Esq., has been the President of General Counsel Metrics, LLC (GCM). Based in Princeton, NJ, Rees has since 1987 consulted solely to law departments: operational reviews, cost control, re-engineering, structure and organization assessments, client satisfaction, technology, benchmarking, and other issues. Rees has assisted more than 300 law departments around the world.
Previously, Morrison was a partner at Thomson/Hildebrandt for six years, Altman Weil for five years, and Arthur Andersen for four years, before which he served as the Consulting Assistant to the General Counsel of Merck. Before that Morrison was a Director in the Law Department Group of Price Waterhouse, vice president of two software firms, and an associate at Weil Gotshal & Manges and two other law firms.
Graduating from Harvard College in 1974 (magna cum laude), Morrison earned his law degree from Columbia Law School (1978) and an LLM from New York University (1984). He taught at Cardozo Law School and moderated the Lexis Counsel Connect Law Department Management discussion section.
He is a Certified Management Consultant, a member of Scribes, a fellow of the College of Law Practice Management, and has been on the Board of Advisors of Corporate Counselor, Law Department Management, and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. A Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, he has participated in the ABA’s Law Practice Management Section and ACC’s Law Department Management Committee.
Morrison founded the monthly, Managing Litigation Costs. He has addressed more than 160 groups in his career, co-chaired 11 law-department management conferences and has published more than 160 articles and 20 columns. Among his six books are Law Department Benchmarks: Myths Metrics and Management (Glasser LegalWorks 2nd ed. 2001); Client Satisfaction for Law Departments (Corp. Legal Times 2003); and Law Department Administrators: Lessons from Leaders (Hildebrandt Inst. 2004). Morrison started the Association of Consultants to Law Departments.
He hosts the blog LawDepartmentManagementblog.com, having written more than 7.300 posts. In 2009 he founded General Counsel Metrics, LLC, the provider of the largest and best benchmark data on law department staffing and spending.