Many litigators have been taught to engage in trench warfare and to win at all costs in defending companies and corporations in litigation. In these tough economic times, it is more important than ever for in-house counsel to take a step back and make sure their outside attorneys and litigation teams are proactive, are efficient, and are looking for cost-effective solutions. This article suggests some practical tools you can use--or consider using--to decrease defense costs and to increase the chance of concluding a case sooner rather than later.