In-House

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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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    Attorney Executive Tapped For Leadership Role At Aspira

    Aspira Women's Health Inc., a company focused on the development of gynecologic disease diagnostic tools, has expanded its senior leadership team with the addition of an attorney and doctor as its new president.

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    Cybersecurity Biz Hires Ex-Zoom GC As Its First CLO

    Cybersecurity startup Abnormal Security Corp. has landed as its first-ever chief legal officer an attorney with extensive in-house experience, including a three-year stint as Zoom Video Communications Inc.'s general counsel.

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    Aflac Legal Chief's Total Pay Rose To $4M In 2023

    Aflac Inc. compensated its longtime top legal leader more than $4 million in 2023, marking the second year her pay increased since earning $3.6 million in 2021, according to the company's most recent securities filing. 

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry began spring with a busy week of BigLaw moves as firms expanded practices and shifted headcounts. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Corning CLO's Compensation Increased To $5.7M

    Corning Inc. paid its executive vice president and chief legal and administrative officer more than $5.7 million in 2023, a $632,000 increase over the package he received the previous year, according to a recent securities filing.

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    Polsinelli Adds In-House Biotech IP Atty In Boston

    An experienced in-house biotechnology attorney has joined Polsinelli PC's intellectual property department as counsel in Boston.

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    Compensation For Cigna GC Dropped Slightly To $5.2M In '23

    The top attorney for Connecticut-based health insurer Cigna Group saw her compensation package drop slightly in 2023 to $5.21 million from $5.23 million in 2022, according to a recent securities filing.

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    Compensation For Murphy Oil GC Climbs To $3.4M

    Houston-based energy company Murphy Oil paid its general counsel $3.4 million in total compensation last year, amid what it called "another year of strong production and excellent execution" for the company in a securities filing Thursday.

  • HR Tech Startup Borderless AI Arrives With $27M Investment

    Borderless AI, a startup with a human resources platform for legal and other corporate teams, launched from stealth mode on Thursday with a $27 million seed round.

  • Ex-OneCoin Attorney Says 1 Year In Prison Is Enough

    A Bulgarian woman who held the title of legal and compliance executive at the fraudulent OneCoin cryptocurrency exchange asked a Manhattan federal judge to credit her for the year she'd spent in prison in harsh conditions and not sentence her to any more jail time.

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    Proxy Snapshot: Johnson & Johnson

    Johnson & Johnson, a major medicine and medical technologies company based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, has filed its 136-page annual proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in preparation for its annual meeting. That meeting will be held virtually online on April 25.

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    Hinshaw AI Policy Embraces New Tech, With 'Guardrails'

    As generative AI platforms rapidly advance, law firms are hastening to develop policies that address ethical and legal concerns arising from the new technology — including the latest firm to jump into the fray, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. Here, Law360 Pulse talks with general counsel Steven Puiszis about Hinshaw's new policy and how it took shape.

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    RBC Top Atty Sees Role Expand As Strategy Officer Exits

    Royal Bank of Canada confirmed Wednesday that its top attorney has taken on an expanded role as a key strategy executive with the financial institution prepares to leave.

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    Top Attorney For Bristol-Myers Squibb Earned $5.9M In '23

    The longtime general counsel for biopharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb earned more than $5.9 million in compensation for last year, a figure that was down slightly from $6.1 million in 2022 but still buoyed by her work on its recent CEO transition and other matters.

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    DXC Taps Former NetApp Exec As New GC

    The former chief strategy officer for software company NetApp is joining DXC Technology Co. as its new general counsel, with the current top attorney for the IT services provider planning to retire later this month.

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    Former Rutgers GC Tapped As New President Of American U.

    A former top attorney for Rutgers University in New Jersey and onetime associate with Morgan Lewis has a new title elsewhere in the world of higher education — president of American University.

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Expert Analysis

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Successfully Switch Practices? Author Photo

    Associates who pivot into new practice areas may find that along with the excitement of a fresh start comes some apprehension, but certain proactive steps can help tame anxiety and ensure attorneys successfully adapt to unfamiliar subjects, novel internal processes and different client deliverables, say Susan Berson and Hassan Shaikh at Mintz.

  • A Road Map For Creating Law Firm Sustainability Programs Author Photo

    Amid demands from clients and prospective hires for greater sustainability efforts, law firms should think beyond reusable mugs and create programs that incorporate clear leadership structures, emission tracking and reduction goals, and frameworks for reporting results, says Gayatri Joshi at the Law Firm Sustainability Network.

  • Why Firms Should Help Associates Do More Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    Associates may hesitate to take on the added commitment of pro bono matters, but such work has tangible skill-building benefits, so firms should consider compensation and leadership strategies to encourage participation, says Rasmeet Chahil at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Confronting The Stigma Of Alcohol Abuse In Legal Industry Author Photo

    The pandemic has likely exacerbated the prevalence of problem drinking in the legal profession, making it critical for lawyers and educators to address alcohol abuse and the associated stigma through issue-specific education, supportive assistance and alcohol-free professional events, says Erica Grigg at the Texas Lawyers' Assistance Program.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Have Duty To Push For Immigration Court Reform Author Photo

    Attorneys must use their collective voice to urge federal lawmakers to create an Article I immigration court outside executive branch control, helping address the conflicts of interest, political influence and lack of adjudication consistency that prevent migrants from achieving true justice, say Elia Diaz-Yaeger and Carlos Bollar at the Hispanic National Bar Association.

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    ​​​​​​​Ask A Mentor: How Can 1st-Year Attys Manage Remote Work? Author Photo

    First-year associates can have a hard time building relationships with colleagues, setting boundaries and prioritizing work-life balance in a remote work environment, so they must be sure to lean on their firms' support systems and practice good time management, say Jenny Lee and Christopher Fernandez at Kirkland.

  • 5 Ways To Lead Lawyer Teams Toward Better Mental Health Author Photo

    Attorney team leaders have a duty to attend to the mental well-being of their subordinates with intention, thought and candor — starting with ensuring their own mental health is in order, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • How Your Summer Associate Events Can Convey Inclusivity Author Photo

    As law firms begin planning next year's summer associate events, they should carefully examine how choice of venue, activity, theme, attendees and formality can create feelings of exclusion for minority associates, and consider changing the status quo to create multiculturally inclusive events, says Sharon Jones at Jones Diversity.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Negotiate Long-Term Flex Work? Author Photo

    Though the pandemic has shown the value of remote work, many firms are still reluctant to embrace flexible working arrangements when offices reopen, so attorneys should use several negotiating tactics to secure a long-term remote or hybrid work setup that also protects their potential for career advancement, says Elaine Spector at Harrity & Harrity.

  • What I Wish Law Schools Taught Women About Legal Careers Author Photo

    Instead of spending an entire semester on 19th century hunting rights, I wish law schools would facilitate honest discussions about what it’s like to navigate life as an attorney, woman and mother, and offer lessons on business marketing that transcend golf outings and social mixers, says Daphne Delvaux at Gruenberg Law.

  • 4 Ways To Break Down Barriers For Women Of Color In Law Author Photo

    Female lawyers belonging to minority groups continue to be paid less and promoted less than their male counterparts, so law firms and corporate legal departments must stop treating women as a monolithic group and create initiatives that address the unique barriers women of color face, say Daphne Turpin Forbes at Microsoft and Linda Chanow at the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession.

  • Opinion

    We Need More Professional Diversity In The Federal Judiciary Author Photo

    With the current overrepresentation of former corporate lawyers on the federal bench, the Biden administration must prioritize professional diversity in judicial nominations and consider lawyers who have represented workers, consumers and patients, says Navan Ward, president of the American Association for Justice.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Retire Without Creating Chaos? Author Photo

    Retired attorney Vernon Winters explains how lawyers can thoughtfully transition into retirement while protecting their firms’ interests and allaying clients' fears, with varying approaches that turn on the nature of one's practice, client relationships and law firm management.

  • Why I Went From Litigator To Law Firm Diversity Officer Author Photo

    Narges Kakalia at Mintz recounts her journey from litigation partner to director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the firm, explaining how the challenges she faced as a female lawyer of color shaped her transition and why attorneys’ unique skill sets make them well suited for diversity leadership roles.

  • For Asian American Lawyers, Good Mentorship Is Crucial Author Photo

    Navigating the legal world as an Asian American lawyer comes with unique challenges — from cultural stereotypes to a perceived lack of leadership skills — but finding good mentors and treating mentorship as a two-way street can help junior lawyers overcome some of the hurdles and excel, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

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