Counsel On Call, the Nashville-based legal services and business advisory firm founded in 2000 by Jane H. Allen, has promoted Dennis McKinnie to serve as president.
The move follows the company’s recent opening of managed services centers in Atlanta and Dallas.
McKinnie (pictured) has served Counsel On Call as an executive director and has led the firm’s Atlanta office since 2005.
"Dennis is a proven leader and, alongside our clients, has helped develop many of the groundbreaking services we offer," said Allen, who is now Counsel On Call’s chief executive officer and will also serve on its board of directors.
"He is a true pioneer in our profession and has a concrete vision of how we can help our clients stay ahead of the curve to meet the legal and fiscal demands of tomorrow,” she added. “We're excited about what he offers in this position to our employees and our clients."
McKinnie previously has served as general counsel for two publicly traded software companies, practiced in the intellectual property litigation group at Powell Goldstein LLP (now Bryan Cave LLP) in Atlanta and served as staff counsel to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Counsel On Call’s two new managed services centers —one in the Buckhead area of Atlanta and the other in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas — each hosts up to 150 attorneys who, according to the company, typically work in teams dedicated to one client on discovery, contracts, diligence, employment and other large-volume matters.
“Managed services” is a term used to describe legal work that requires multiple attorneys and typically some form of project management.
Counsel On Call said the facilities represent multimillion-dollar, long-term investments and feature National Security Agency-level security measures, the latest technology tools and flexible space.
The facilities join Counsel On Call's Nashville managed services center, which opened in June 2011.
"Our focus on creating the best process, tracking the correct metrics and deploying the best attorneys for the job lends itself well to the current atmosphere and the future of the legal profession," McKinnie said. "It also provides our attorneys with more choices regarding how and where they practice law, which is an important part of our mission.