Jeff's Story

Entrepreneurship is my family's business.  My great-grandfather came from Sweden to the United States and started 5 different companies in Detroit including, The Michigan Tool Company.  My grandmother and grandfather owned a business.  My father has started 3 companies.  My uncles have started up companies.  And my cousin has a started a company.  In 2016, it was my turn.  Starting a company has always been something I wanted to do but I needed to find the right niche, with the right timing, and the right people.

Nimble Services was created to be the solution to oft-repeated pain points: too much work, not enough time; routine work that is better off outsourced; legal process consulting; and professional development.  We combine technology, six-sigma process and the right-sized legal resources to deliver a high-quality product at a reasonable price.  

During the past 15 years as a lawyer in very different settings and roles, I often found that I was trading one problem for another.   As the General Counsel at Swagelok, a $2 billion global industrial manufacturing company, I was charged with the task of building a law department, managing the legal needs of the company, and scrutinizing how and where legal spend occurred.  Many times, I found myself thinking: there has to be a better way.

As an in-house lawyer at Eaton, a Fortune 200 global industrial manufacturing company, in addition to my responsibilities for mergers and acquisitions around the world, one of my roles was to handle law department operations metrics.  In this role, I was able to help drill down on various ways to reduce legal spend, identify our key performance indicators, and use project management to guide performance, including mergers and acquisitions.  Even still we were often in the position of having in-house lawyers spending too much time on routine and low value tasks.  I found myself thinking: there has to be a better way. 

While working at a national law firm, I learned the importance of customer service, expectation and project management.  I saw how difficult it can be to meet the needs and demands of the firm while producing excellent legal work and providing the best customer care.  Low value work needed to be done in order to solve higher value problems, but an hour of low value work costs the same to a client as an hour of high level work.  We often received complaints from clients that the bills were too high and the deliverables took too long.  I found myself thinking: there has to be a better way.

We found a better way.  Nimble Services was created to alleviate these issues.  We make HR & Legal Simple.

Jeff Barlow