In-House

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    Why This First-Time General Counsel Focuses On Authenticity

    In a recent interview with Law360 Pulse, Vertical Bridge's new general counsel — who said she's proud she grew up in a working-class family in the Florida Keys — recalled realizing quickly in her career that her success came when she showed her "true self."

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    Meridian Capital Taps Former Top Regulator As New CEO

    Meridian Capital Group announced Tuesday that it has appointed top banking executive and former financial regulator Brian Brooks as its CEO and chairman amid a breakdown in the firm's relationship with Freddie Mac.

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    Trailblazing SEC Commissioner Roberta Karmel Dies At 86

    Roberta Karmel, a well-regarded legal scholar who pushed back against early-career sexism to become the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's first female commissioner, died over the weekend at the age of 86, according to the law school where she taught for decades.

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    Ex-Worthington Steel Legal Chief Named Corning's New GC

    New York-based glass and ceramic company Corning announced that the former legal chief at Worthington Steel has been named its new general counsel and senior vice president.

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    Proxy Snapshot: Bank Of New York Mellon

    The Bank of New York Mellon Corp. has filed its 128-page proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in preparation for its 2024 annual meeting. The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. April 9 at 240 Greenwich St. in New York City.

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    Google, Everlaw Vet Joins Zendesk As Chief Legal Officer

    Customer service software company Zendesk has welcomed as its new chief legal officer an attorney who was in-house counsel at Google for nearly nine years, formerly worked at cloud-based e-discovery platform Everlaw and spent time as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP earlier in her career.

  • Ex-CLO Must Arbitrate Firing Suit Against Gambling Co. GAN

    Online gaming and sports betting company GAN Ltd. has won its bid in California federal court to force its former chief legal officer into arbitration over claims in his wrongful firing complaint alleging his termination was motivated in part by his whistleblowing and objections to a hostile work environment.

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    Approach The Bench: Justice Stewart Blasts Partisan Races

    Ohio Supreme Court Justice Melody Stewart has some choice words for a colleague who chose to challenge her reelection bid rather than run for the seat he occupies now.

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    NYC Pharma Co. Taps Veteran Drug Industry Atty As GC

    Siga Technologies Inc., a New York City-based pharmaceutical company, has found its general counsel in an experienced in-house attorney whose career includes roles at Phathom Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Pfizer Inc.

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    K&L Gates Adds Ex-Suncor Atty To Energy Team In Seattle

    K&L Gates LLP has announced it is expanding its environment, land and natural resources practice capabilities in Seattle with the addition of a seasoned partner with two decades of diverse environmental policy experience including private practice, in-house and government work.

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    Ex-Tesla Legal Chief Earned $2M As Sunnova Energy's GC

    The general counsel of solar company Sunnova Energy International Inc. earned $2 million in total compensation last year, according to a proxy statement filed Monday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Sunday Ticket Plaintiffs Rip NFL For 'Privileged' Name Games

    The plaintiffs in the antitrust class action against the NFL over its Sunday Ticket broadcast package have accused the league of hiding behind a front-office executive, with an inaccurate job title, to claim that vital documents were privileged and did not need to be disclosed.

  • Ripple's Legal Chief Says SEC Wants $2B In Remedies

    The CEO and legal head of blockchain firm Ripple Labs said Monday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission plans to seek $2 billion in fines and penalties over the firm's failure to register institutional sales of its XRP token, but the firm plans to strike back at the high dollar amount.

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    Bonus, Stock Awards Lead JetBlue GC's Nearly $5M Earnings

    JetBlue Airways Corp. general counsel Brandon Nelson earned nearly $5 million in total compensation for 2023, which nearly quintupled the sum of the previous year due to bonus and stock awards, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    Maryland Hospitality Co.'s GC Announces Summer Departure

    The longtime general counsel of Maryland-based DiamondRock Hospitality Co. has announced his plans to retire at the end of June, according to a Monday announcement.

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    For DXC General Counsel, It's Retire, Pivot, Go

    General counsel William Deckelman Jr. isn't so much retiring from DXC Technology Co. as he is going out on his own to ride the Generative AI wave into the future.

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    Former GC To Lead Tech And Innovation At Miami Boutique

    A former general counsel and chief people officer for several companies has joined boutique law firm Caldera Law in Miami to lead its new technology and innovation practice.

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    John Deere Hires Eastman Chemical Exec As New CLO

    A former Eastman Chemical Co. executive will join John Deere next month as senior vice president, chief legal officer and worldwide public affairs, the agricultural machinery manufacturer said Monday.

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    DraftKings' Chief Legal Officer Earned $6.6M In 2023

    DraftKings Inc.'s chief legal officer earned a total compensation package valued at just under $6.6 million in fiscal year 2023, down significantly from the year prior because he received less equity awards.

  • GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Federal antitrust prosecutors have added Apple Inc. to the list of Big Tech companies it is suing for anti-competitive behavior; and a law firm general counsel explains how he put guardrails into the firm's AI policy.

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    Women Attys Navigate Shifting Expectations Over Makeup

    Some women attorneys say makeup helps them feel more polished and confident at work, but they acknowledge that the desire to express themselves this way is often dictated by the legal industry's idea of what's appropriate, forcing them to navigate ever-shifting expectations in a field once shaped by men.

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    Reed Smith Maritime Pro Goes In-House At Shipping Financier

    After spending years representing New Orleans-based shipping financing company Maritime Partners LLC, a Reed Smith LLP attorney has taken the working relationship a step further, joining the company as its new chief legal officer, he told Law360 Pulse on Friday.

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    Cineworld Hires Post-Ch. 11 GC, Executive Suite

    Cineworld Group, one of the world's largest movie theater chains, has announced it recently welcomed a new general counsel, chief financial officer and other senior executives following the company's exit from Chapter 11.

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    AlTi COO With Atty Background Takes On President Role

    Wealth and asset manager AlTi Global Inc. announced Friday that it is enlisting its chief operating officer, who is also an attorney, to oversee the company's wealth management and strategic alternatives businesses as its president.

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    Judges And Law Scholars Divided Over AI Standing Orders

    Several federal judges have issued standing orders blocking or putting guidelines on the use of artificial intelligence over accuracy issues with the technology, but a few legal scholars have raised concerns that the orders might discourage attorneys and self-represented litigants from using AI.

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Expert Analysis

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • Opinion

    NY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal Author Photo

    New York should revise Question 26 on its bar admission application, because requiring students to disclose any prior interaction with the criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, who have a history of being overpoliced — and it violates several state laws, says Andrew Brown, president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

  • How Dynamic Project Management Can Help Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms looking to streamline matter management should consider tools that offer both employees and clients real-time access to documents, action items, task assignee information and more, overcoming many of the limitations of project communications via email, says Stephen Weyer at Stites & Harbison.

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