Legal Team Optimization

Legal Team Optimization

Lakewood Legal Innovation was formed in 2020 by Tamara Meyer after a diverse 30+ year corporate and legal career in which she served in senior leadership roles, including General Counsel, in both public and private companies.  Tammy uniquely brings an experienced in-house perspective to her advisory work, with a deep understanding of the challenges and needs of in-house teams and their clients.  In each of her in-house roles, Tammy developed and led large-scale reviews of legal service models to innovatively align them with corporate strategy and risk profiles, often during times of significant transformation.  Tammy specializes in recruiting and growing in-house teams into trusted business advisors.  She has built and led several best-in-class teams with a heavy focus on business partnering / acumen, optimizing resources, instilling “smart risk” /  “get to yes” principles and driving metrics discipline.  She also understands the law firm service model from over a decade of law firm practice and from building and managing global outside counsel teams.

Tammy is passionate about this work and has delivered outstanding results, including increasing the effectiveness, speed and quality of legal advice, streamlining processes, calibrating work (both inside and outside) to ensure proper staffing for risk levels / resources and generating millions of dollars in sustainable savings. She also advises on change management and cultural enhancements within legal teams, legal risk assessment skills and coaches legal talent.  She has led several team integrations after mergers and other corporate transactions.  Her work has led to awards from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (“Best of Blues” Award for Litigation Innovation) and the Daily Business Review’s 2019 Florida Legal Department of the Year honor while with WellCare Health Plans.

Drawing from this experience, Lakewood Legal Innovation focuses on consulting for strategic in-house Legal and law firm leaders looking to innovatively build or review their service models to ensure outstanding and cost-effective business results and a high performing team culture.  We assist teams of all sizes and stages of development, from planning for the optimal first in-house team, to enhancing existing operations and adapting teams to industry or corporate change. We assist law firms in better understanding in-house needs and dynamics to become more successful in engaging and retaining clients.  Representative services include:

  • Development of first-time in-house models, with staffing / counsel selection assistance
  • Review and calibration of department service models to optimize resources and align work innovatively and cost effectively with corporate strategy and risk
  • Significant cost-saving initiatives, including automation, vendor selection and management methodologies, creative outside counsel partnerships and in-sourcing of costly outside spend
  • Team cultural enhancements for better recruiting and retention of talent
  • Innovative training on “Getting to Yes”™ / “Smart Risk”™ to help lawyers become trusted business advisors
  • Integrating and optimizing legal departments for mergers and other corporate transactions, including talent review, service model development and change management support
  • Personal or team coaching for successful and meaningful in-house careers and development
  • Law firm advisory services and coaching on better partnering with in-house teams


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Drawing from a 30+ year, nontraditional career as a senior corporate legal and business leader, litigator, and CPA, I started a consulting practice in 2020 focusing on two distinct and exciting areas of significant expertise. Lakewood Legal Innovation leverages my experience as a General Counsel in assessing, structuring, growing, and retaining best-in-class legal teams and legal service models to guide innovative in-house and law firm leaders and their teams. Lakewood Strategy helps clients execute high-stakes advocacy, crisis, and influencing strategy for regulatory, legislative, and competitive challenges. I committed to these areas because, when done well, I know first-hand the meaningful impact the results deliver for clients, stakeholders, customers, and teams.
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