Strategic Planning for Corporate Legal Departments Ascent

Navigated by our team of experienced problem solvers with deep industry and functional expertise, Mountaintop’s Strategic Plan Ascent for Corporate Legal Departments helps in-house legal teams develop customized strategic plans that are aligned in measurable ways with business initiatives to create a competitive advantage for the Company and empowers them to enhance their role from just a legal function to a business strategist and partner.


  • Legal Department Teams
  • Driven Attorneys
  • Emerging Leaders
  • In-House Counsel


Each Strategic Plan for Corporate Legal Departments is a bespoke process that will be customized to suit your corporate Legal Department’s needs and, if so desired, easily incorporated into your department and team retreat. Mountaintop will handle the research, analysis, planning, and facilitation of your Strategic Plan. We will need your team’s input regarding key background information and to participate in working sessions to help evaluate solutions. Upon the presentation of your final, written Strategic Plan, we will wrap up this Ascent with a presentation of our Becoming a Trusted Business Advisor Training Ascent to support the team’s implementation and ongoing success of your strategic planning efforts. This interactive training is conducted in a 90 to 120-minute format and incorporates a formal presentation, group discussion, and interactive group exercises. We train attorneys to go beyond great lawyering by adopting a commercial mindset and thinking like strategic, solution-oriented business advisors, and give your team the skills and confidence they need to become effective team members and enhance performance. This Training Ascent can also be exchanged or customized to suit your team’s needs.


At the summit, your team will be able to:

  • Align their strategies to deliver advice in a way that manages risk while pursuing opportunity
  • Communicate, collaborate, and innovate with the business to drive business outcomes and contribute to your Company’s profitable growth
  • Leverage a practical, detailed Plan for success that aligns with the Company’s business objectives, and includes specific priorities and follow up actions

What’s Covered

Strategic Plan

We would work closely with your team to craft a Legal Department strategy memorialized in a Strategic Plan that includes specific priorities and follow up actions, with metrics and timelines to measure progress. This process would include:

  • One-on-One Consultations with key members of your team
  • Facilitated team and small group discussion of the Department’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats
  • Group development of annual goals and detailed Action Plan to address identified opportunities and concerns, and align with the Company’s objectives
  • Strategic Plan document, that could include:
    • Team Overview
    • Department Strategy & Implementation Plan
    • Key Metrics
    • Team & Department Resources Evaluation
    • Training Ascent Recommendations

Becoming A Trusted Business Advisor
Our Becoming A Trusted Business Advisor training will empower your team to leverage the following competencies:

Thinking Like A Strategic Business Partner

  • Cultivating a commercial mindset that aligns with Company business goals
  • Using your skills and influence to create value for your business clients
  • Problem solving in a way that advances business objectives
  • Planning and executing to drive the Legal Department’s performance and accountability
  • In-Session Exercise: Action Planning Exercise
  • Homework: Action Plan Development

Building Effective & Trust-Based Client Relationships

  • Using trust as the foundation of successful client partnerships
  • Getting to know your clients by stepping into their shoes
  • How to show your client focus
  • Communicating your expertise and the value you bring to the business
  • In-Session Exercise: Client Profile (using Mountaintop’s proprietary templates)
  • Homework for Participants: Client engagement activities

One-On-One Coaching Sessions are available, at an additional cost, to reinforce this Ascent. Please contact us for more information.