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Continued: Nashville law firm looking to hire lawyers in Twin Cities

  • Article by: DAVID PHELPS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 7, 2013 - 5:09 PM

Driving that demand, Eidnes said, is a desire by companies and law firms not to be overstocked with unproductive attorneys.

“In good times and bad, corporations have been trying to get their legal costs under control and that’s not going to change even if things get rosy again,” Eidnes said.

While Counsel on Call seeks corporate clients, it sometimes works with other law firms in providing staff for specific projects usually at the behest of their corporate clients.

“The way we measure success is in savings for clients. We do that by keeping overhead low,” said Blaes, a former compliance attorney for U.S. Bancorp.

Indeed, Counsel on Call’s Minneapolis office is a small windowless office with a desk and a chair in an office building near Lake Calhoun.

“We’re up and running and ready to go. At the moment, it’s me,” Blaes said last week.

David Phelps • 612-673-7269

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  • Michael Blaes is setting up a new office for Counsel on Call at the Calhoun Business Center, Thursday, September 5, 2013 in Minneapolis, MN. The Minneapolis legal market just got a tad more competitive with the arrival of Counsel on Call, a consortium of independent attorneys who contract with corporate clients to provide specific legal services. The national firm sees ample opportunity in the Twin Cities with its bevy of Fortune 500 companies dotting the landscape. (ELIZABETH FLORES/STAR TRIBUNE) ELIZABETH FLORES •

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