In-House

  • McDonald's CEO Can Be Deposed In Race Bias Suit

    McDonald's Corp. CEO Christopher Kempczinski can be deposed in a discrimination suit filed by a Black former security executive who claimed he was fired because of his race and for speaking out against his former boss during a company meeting, an Illinois federal magistrate judge ruled Tuesday.

  • NRA GC Says LaPierre Sidestepped Some Legal Approvals

    The general counsel of the National Rifle Association defended former CEO Wayne LaPierre as "very open and honest" during testimony in the New York attorney general's fraud trial Tuesday, but said LaPierre at times made consequential legal decisions without consulting him or the organization's board.

  • Does 'Do More With Less' Have A Limit For CLOs, Law Firms?

    A report out Tuesday revealed some legal chiefs don't plan to throw more work to outside counsel because they face cost-cutting mandates and law firm rate hikes.

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    Mercedes USA's Former GC Joins Luxury Electric Car Maker

    Lucid Motors said on Tuesday that it had brought on Mercedes-Benz USA's former general counsel to lead its legal affairs as the young electric vehicle company aims to expand production while grappling with an increasingly competitive market.

  • Compass Minerals' Top Attorney Saw Comp Jump In '23

    The top attorney for salt mining company Compass Minerals International Inc. saw her compensation increase by more than $500,000 in 2023 to more than $2.3 million.

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    DOT Veteran Named Regulatory Policy Head Of Airline Group

    The Cargo Airline Association has appointed a longtime U.S. Department of Transportation attorney as its managing director of safety and regulatory policy, the group said Monday.

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    American Airlines Atty Rejoins Kimberly-Clark As GC

    An in-house lawyer at American Airlines is returning to Kimberly-Clark as senior vice president and general counsel, reuniting with a former boss to collaborate on the consumer goods giant's growth strategy.

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    Compensation For AECOM'S CLO Ticked Upward In 2023

    The top attorney for infrastructure consulting firm AECOM earned nearly $2.6 million in 2023, a slight increase compared to his compensation from the previous year.

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    Dorsey & Whitney Partner Says GC Job Made Her A Better Atty

    Nicole Stanton, who this month returned to private practice at Dorsey & Whitney after a stint as a general counsel, this week shared with Law360 Pulse the cautionary advice that Justice Sandra Day O'Connor gave her, and how she led her legal team through an acquisition while simultaneously battling breast cancer.

  • Ex-CFO Sued By SEC Ordered To Return Fraud-Tainted Bonus

    The former chief financial officer of Synchronoss Technologies Inc. was ordered to return $430,000 in compensation to the company after a New York federal judge found she committed securities fraud by helping the software firm inflate its earnings, netting a partial victory for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    Workday Deputy GC Aims To Escape Atty's Bias Complaint

    A deputy general counsel at Workday pressed a California federal judge to dismiss a company attorney's harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims, saying the attorney hadn't shown links between the human resources software provider's alleged actions and his race and disability.

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    By The Numbers: Law Firms' Slow But Steady DEI Progress

    Law firms have long strived for better diversity in their ranks, but the effort to make a more organized, concentrated push to improve representation is still in its infancy, according to a recent survey of diversity professionals at major U.S. firms.

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    Texas Bar AI Task Force Offers Glimpse At Early Proposals

    A preliminary report from the Texas bar's artificial intelligence task force offered a sweeping look at the challenges and opportunities the technology presents for the legal profession in the state, with possible recommendations touching on attorney ethics, the use of AI in the court system, and other topics.

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    Augmented Reality Could Become A Courtroom Reality

    Augmented reality in courtrooms is years away at best, but recent advancements have inspired legal experts to imagine how this technology might improve evidence presentations in courts.

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    Worthington Steel's GC Departs After Recent Spinoff

    Worthington Steel Inc.'s general counsel recently submitted her resignation, and an attorney who has been the company's assistant general counsel is taking over the post in an interim capacity, according to a company filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    Imperative Care Names O'Melveny Deals Partner As CLO

    Silicon Valley's Imperative Care announced Monday that an O'Melveny deals partner will take over as chief legal officer, joining a revamped leadership team at the medical tech company.

  • Nasdaq Private Market Elevates Veteran Atty To Legal Chief

    Nasdaq Private Market announced Monday that an experienced legal counsel with over 20 years of experience working in the financial services industry has been promoted to the roles of chief legal officer and general counsel.

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    IRobot Shakes Up Top Attys' Roles Amid Broader Overhaul

    In the wake of Amazon ending its $1.7 billion deal to buy iRobot Corp. Monday, the Roomba vacuum maker announced that it will temporarily replace its CEO with its chief legal officer and seek to stabilize the troubled robot company.

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    Gibson Dunn Hires HHS Deputy General Counsel In DC

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has hired Katlin McKelvie, the former deputy general counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as a partner in the firm's healthcare-focused practice group in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Monday.

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    Stevens & Lee Adds Wells Fargo Elder Fraud Protection Pro

    The former head of aging client services for Wells Fargo has joined Stevens & Lee PC's litigation department and its senior investor compliance services team in its Bergen County, New Jersey, office.

  • Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

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    Partners Take the Lead as Law Firm Rates Continue to Rise

    Law firms have continued to raise billing rates in 2023, according to a report released Friday that broke down average billable rates across timekeeper roles, including partners, associates and paralegals.

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    How Clients Are Contributing To Law Firm Well-Being

    Outside counsel are often trained to respond to email at all hours and deliver on requests from corporate clients posthaste, a culture of on-demand service that has played a part in mental health challenges in the profession. In recent years, though, some clients have begun to push for a paradigm shift.

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    Ex-DaVita, Radiology Partners Atty Named Sutter Health GC

    California not-for-profit healthcare system Sutter Health has announced it will soon take on a new general counsel, naming an attorney with more than two decades of in-house healthcare industry experience with DaVita Inc. and Radiology Partners as its top lawyer beginning in February.

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    Ex-Blackboard Atty Hired As Mercury System's Next CLO

    Technology company Mercury Systems Inc. will soon welcome as its chief legal officer an attorney with more than 15 years of in-house experience, including helping steer educational technology business Blackboard Inc. through its sale to education software provider Anthology.

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Expert Analysis

  • Series

    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.

  • Coping With Secondary Trauma From Pro Bono Work Author Photo

    As the need for pro bono services continues to grow in tandem with the pandemic, attorneys should assess their mental well-being and look for symptoms of secondary traumatic stress, while law firms must carefully manage their public service programs and provide robust mental health services to employees, says William Silverman at Proskauer.

  • How Firms Can Benefit From Creating Their Own ALSPs Author Photo

    As more law firms develop their own legal services centers to serve as both a source of flexible personnel and technological innovation, they can further enhance the effectiveness by fostering a consistent and cohesive team and allowing for experimentation with new technologies from an established baseline, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Modernizing Legal Education Through Hybrid JD Programs Author Photo

    Amid pandemic-era shifts in education, law schools and other stakeholders should consider the wide geographic and demographic reach of Juris Doctor programs with both online and in-person learning options, and educators should think through the various ways hybrid programs can be structured, says Stephen Burnett at All Campus.

  • How BigLaw Can Mirror Small Firm Attorney Engagement Author Photo

    BigLaw has the unique opportunity to hit refresh post-pandemic and enhance attorney satisfaction by adopting practices that smaller firms naturally employ — including work assignment policies that can provide junior attorneys steady professional development, says Michelle Genet Bernstein at Mark Migdal.

  • Ditch The Annual Review To Boost Attorney Job Satisfaction Author Photo

    In order to attract and retain the rising millennial generation's star talent, law firms should break free of the annual review system and train lawyers of all seniority levels to solicit and share frequent and informal feedback, says Betsy Miller at Cohen Milstein.

  • How Attorneys Can Narrow LGBTQ Gap In The Judiciary Author Photo

    Lawyers can take several steps to redress the lack of adequate LGBTQ representation on the bench and its devastating impact on litigants and counsel in the community, says Janice Grubin, co-chair of the Judiciary Committee at the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.

  • Employers Must Heed Rising Attorney Stress And Alcohol Use Author Photo

    Krill Strategies’ Patrick Krill, who co-authored a new study that revealed alarming levels of stress, hazardous drinking and associated gender disparities among practicing attorneys, highlights how legal employers can confront the underlying risk factors as both warnings and opportunities in the post-COVID-19 era.

  • Lawyers Can Get Ready For Space Law To Take Flight Author Photo

    While international agreements for space law have remained relatively unchanged since their creation decades ago, the rapid pace of change in U.S. laws and policies is creating opportunities for both new and veteran lawyers looking to break into this exciting realm, in either the private sector or government, says Michael Dodge at the University of North Dakota.

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