Outside Counsel Applicant Information

For firms interested in working with Walmart as outside counsel, submit a completed New Firm Request Form via email to New.firm@walmartlegal.com. Only applications submitted via email will be considered.

Selection of Prospective Counsel

Walmart Legal attempts to select outside counsel on a competitive basis and considers several factors, including:

  • The experience of outside counsel in the type of legal work required to be performed.
  • The geographic location of outside counsel.
  • The capacity of outside counsel to handle the anticipated volume of work.
  • Whether the fees or rates proposed by outside counsel are competitive in comparison to other firms’ rates. Whether the proposed rates reflect discounts.
  • Whether provision of legal services by outside counsel would constitute or give rise to an actual or potential conflict of interest or the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Walmart is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion, both internally and in our outside counsel hiring practices. Firms that handle Walmart’s legal work must embrace diversity and integrate it as a key component of its business model. Walmart reserves the right to terminate its relationship with any firm that does not comply with these requirements.

To assist us in identifying diverse firms, we partner with the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), USBLN Disability Supplier Diversity Program (DSDP), NAMWOLF and other organizations across the country. Learn more about our requirements for diverse suppliers.

We are equally committed to promoting balanced work arrangements, such as those set out in our internal Flex-Time Policy, which allows our attorneys to work a flexible or reduced-hours schedules, work from home, or job share. We believe such arrangements promote attorney retention, facilitate the implementation of alternative-fee arrangements, and create a more balanced work environment. As with diversity, firms handling Walmart work are required to implement Flex-Time policies that the law firm deems appropriate for the firm and its U.S.-based attorneys. Walmart reserves the right to terminate its relationship any firm that does not comply with these requirements.

List of Prospective Counsel

If Walmart Legal determines that the information submitted by outside counsel in its application is complete and does not indicate the existence of any conditions that would bar retention of the firm by Walmart, we will enter the firm on our List of Prospective Counsel.

Neither submission of the application by outside counsel nor review of the materials by Walmart Legal guarantees that the firm will be added to the List of Prospective Counsel.

Once a firm is added to the List of Prospective Counsel, outside counsel must update its application every two years in order to remain on the list. A firm on the Prospective Counsel List may not represent that it has been “approved” as outside counsel for Walmart.

You will be notified of the status of your application by Walmart’s Legal Administration team.