In-House

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    Akin Hires Top BIS Commerce Department Counsel In DC

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has hired the former U.S. Department of Commerce's chief counsel for the Bureau of Industry and Security, who has joined the firm as a partner in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Tuesday.

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    FBI Looks Within In Naming Its Next GC

    The FBI said Tuesday that it has elevated one of its attorneys, who has worked in the government sector for a large part of his career, to serve as the agency's general counsel in Washington, D.C.

  • Comp For PPG's Top Atty Climbed By Over $1M Last Year

    Anne M. Foulkes, senior vice president and general counsel for Pittsburgh-based paint and coating supplier PPG Inc., increased her compensation by more than $1 million from a year ago, bringing in a total of $2.3 million, according to the company's financial proxy filing released last week.

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    Cooley Launches Congressional Investigations Practice

    Cooley LLP is boosting its Washington, D.C., presence with the launch of a congressional investigations practice led by the former chief counsel to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, the firm announced Tuesday.

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    Mobile Gaming Co. Skillz GC Departing After Less Than A Year

    The general counsel for mobile game platform Skillz Inc. is stepping down from his role less than one year after joining the company.

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    Trade Show Co. Emerald Says GC To Depart Next Month

    The general counsel and chief operating officer of trade show operator Emerald Holding Inc. are departing in the upcoming months, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    Jefferies GC Saw Comp Stay Steady In '23

    Investment bank and financial services company Jefferies paid its longtime general counsel $5 million in 2023 — almost the same amount he saw the previous year — according to a recent securities filing.

  • FCC Panel To Focus On AI's Consumer Impact

    The Federal Communications Commission set a consumer advisory panel back into motion Tuesday, with the impact of artificial intelligence on the telecom industry as a top priority.

  • Lloyd's Confirms Claire Schrader As General Counsel

    Lloyd's of London said on Monday that it has appointed Claire Schrader as general counsel on a permanent basis after she held the position temporarily when her predecessor stepped down in August.

  • Workday Deputy GC Wants Atty's Bias Suit Tossed

    A deputy general counsel for Workday urged a California federal court to dismiss her from a Black former subordinate's claims of harassment, retaliation and discrimination, arguing that the Maryland-based worker was improperly seeking the protection of California state laws.

  • Carl Icahn, JetBlue Strike Deal For 2 Board Seats

    JetBlue Airways said Friday it has reached a deal with Carl Icahn to place two of the billionaire's handpicked nominees on the JetBlue board, just days after Icahn unveiled a nearly 10% stake in the airline.

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    Hispanic Bar Foundation President Talks DEI In 2024

    Justin Carlson, the chief legal officer and general counsel at Florida-based software company Velocity Solutions, was appointed president of the Hispanic National Bar Foundation in September after years both volunteering and participating in its programs.

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

    Angry with Delaware's Chancery Court, a combative Elon Musk decided to move his SpaceX incorporation from Delaware to Texas. And Sony Pictures general counsel Leah Weil talked about the need for legal leaders to be strong, flexible and resilient as she prepares to leave her post.

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    McCormick & Co. Legal Chief Drew $3M Salary In 2023

    McCormick & Company Inc.'s longtime general counsel Jeffery D. Schwartz earned over $3 million in 2023, mostly driven by a substantial increase in non-equity incentive plan compensation, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    Viridian Lures New CLO With $5M Stock Grant

    The former senior vice president of legal at Sana Biotechnology has jumped to Viridian Therapeutics to serve as its top attorney, with the added bonus of an inducement grant worth over $5 million.

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    Vanderbilt University Medical Center GC To Retire In July

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center's first-ever general counsel and secretary announced this week that he will retire at the end of this academic year, marking the end of a tenure at the institution that began in 2016.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry had another busy week as attorneys made moves and grappled with the implications of artificial intelligence. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Vail Resorts Promotes Deputy GC To Top Lawyer

    Vail Resorts Inc. has elevated one of its in-house attorneys to general counsel, as its top lawyer leaves the mountain ski resort operator.

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    Klein Joins Falcon Rappaport Real Estate Team

    Bruce S. Klein recently joined Falcon Rappaport & Berkman LLP in its New York City office as a partner, bringing more than 35 years of experience in real estate as well as corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.

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    Former HJ Sims Associate GC Rejoins Miles & Stockbridge

    Mid-Atlantic firm Miles & Stockbridge PC announced that an attorney rejoined its real estate and transactional practice as a principal after a stint at investment banking firm HJ Sims and a short period working at a different firm.

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    International Money Express GC Has Departed

    International Money Express Inc., the money transfer company generally known as Intermex, said in a securities filing on Wednesday that its general counsel and chief legal officer has resigned, effective immediately. No reason was given.

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    Warner Music Group Adds Atlantic GC To Central Law Team

    Warner Music Group Corp. elevated the general counsel of its Atlantic division to its centralized management team, making him deputy general counsel of business and legal affairs, the record label conglomerate said Thursday.

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    Vertical Bridge Hires Real Estate Veteran As GC

    An experienced real estate attorney has joined Florida-based Vertical Bridge REIT LLC, a telecommunications infrastructure real estate investment trust, as its general counsel.

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    Outgoing Sony Pictures GC: Don't Be Set In Your Ways

    As she winds down from her decades-long career at Sony Pictures, general counsel Leah Weil recalled major events in the studio's history, including the 2014 cyberattack, that taught her the importance of empathy as a leader.

  • March Trial Set For Samsung Claims Against Ex-IP Attys

    A Texas federal judge has backed a magistrate judge's recommendation to resolve Samsung's claims of misconduct against two of its former in-house intellectual property attorneys through a bench trial.

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Expert Analysis

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage? Author Photo

    Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.

  • How To Thrive As A New Legal Operations Manager Author Photo

    To make their first 90 days on the job a success, new legal operations managers should focus on several key objectives, including aligning priorities with leadership and getting to know their team, says Ashlyn Donohue at LinkSquares.

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.

  • How In-House Counsel Can Prepare For Generative AI Risks Author Photo

    To safeguard against the many risks posed by generative artificial intelligence legal tools, in-house counsel should work with their information security teams to develop new data security questions for prospective vendors, vet existing applications and review who can utilize machine guidance, says Diane Homolak at Integreon.

  • Opinion

    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.

  • Law Firms Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.

  • How To Find Your Inner Calm When Client Obligations Pile Up Author Photo

    In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.

  • Why Process Management Is Critical To Legal Tech Adoption Author Photo

    Corporate legal departments looking to implement new technology can avoid hiccups by taking steps to define the underlying business problem and to identify opportunities for process improvements before leaping to the automation stage, say Nadine Ezzie at Ezzie + Co., Kenneth Jones at Xerdict Group and Kathy Zhu at Streamline AI.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • 10 Steps To Improve Legal Vendor Management Author Photo

    Corporate counsel often turn to third-party vendors to manage spending challenges, and navigating this selection process can be difficult for both counsel and the vendor, but there are several ways corporate legal departments can make the entire process easier and beneficial for all parties involved, says David Cochran at QuisLex.

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