In-House

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    Steptoe Hires Amazon Web Services Corporate Counsel

    Steptoe LLP has added an attorney to its government affairs and public policy practice who worked at the firm twice before and most recently spent more than two years as an in-house attorney for Amazon Web Services.

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    Lambda Legal Elects New Board Of Directors Chair

    LGBTQ+-focused legal charity Lambda Legal has announced that the former vice chair of its board of directors has been elevated to the role of chair following an election by the board's members.

  • GE Paid Legal Chief $8M; More Coming In Separation Package

    General Electric paid general counsel Michael Holston over $8 million in 2023 and has prepared a multi-million dollar separation package for Holston and other departing executives who led GE toward its April 2 split into three independent companies, the company revealed Thursday.

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

    New data that showed the job market for experienced general counsel picked up to pre-pandemic levels last year was among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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    New Deputy Chief Counsel Appointed To Pennsylvania Courts

    Pennsylvania's state court management office has tapped an attorney with nearly 15 years of experience advising state officials to serve as deputy chief counsel.

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    Former Trail Blazers GC Joins Schwabe Williamson In Portland

    Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC has hired the former general counsel for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, who is slated to help lead a newly created practice subgroup focused on sports and entertainment clients, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Discover CLO Made $6.6M With $3.4M Signing Bonus In 2023

    Discover Financial Services paid over $6.6 million in total compensation last year to Hope Mehlman, who was appointed its chief legal officer and general counsel at the start of 2023, including a $3.4 million signing bonus, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry marked the Ides of March with another busy week as BigLaw firms expanded their practices and headcounts. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    What GCs Want To See From Firms' New AI Practices

    As artificial intelligence practice groups pop up in law firms around the country, what do general counsel want from their external lawyers when it comes to this burgeoning technology?

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    72-Year Weil Alum, 'True Visionary' Corporate Atty Dies At 97

    Ira M. Millstein, the legendary Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP senior partner who helped save New York City from bankruptcy in the 1970s and used his bipartisan connections to help smooth Ruth Bader Ginsburg's path to the federal judiciary, has died, the firm said Thursday.

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    Ex-Siemens GC To Lead Legal For Fresenius Medical Care

    Fresenius Medical Care, a German-based renal disease medical services and supply company, has announced a new top lawyer, adding a former longtime legal executive for Siemens who most recently served as chief legal officer for Spanish petroleum company Cepsa.

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    Rising Turnover Seen Among Seasoned General Counsel

    After a slow 2022, the job market for experienced general counsel picked up to pre-pandemic levels last year, as companies look to external candidates who have taken on a broader scope of responsibilities, according to a just-released study.

  • Seuss Enterprises Names New Legal VP, Corporate Counsel

    Children's entertainment company Dr. Seuss Enterprises announced a pair of new executive hires with the elevation of former senior corporate counsel Nicole Gates to vice president, legal and the addition of ex-Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP attorney Mike Lancaster as corporate counsel.

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    Pfizer GC Saw Comp Drop In '23 Amid Incentive Pay Difference

    Douglas Lankler, who has been Pfizer's general counsel since 2014, earned nearly $5.5 million in total compensation in 2023, a sharp decrease from the previous year as he and other executives did not receive annual incentive payouts, the company disclosed in a securities filing Thursday.

  • Ex-Oracle Exec Joins Lathrop GPM In Kansas City

    The former chief health compliance officer at computer technology giant Oracle has joined Lathrop GPM's litigation practice as a Kansas City, Missouri-based counsel.

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    Global Payments' Legal Chief Saw Compensation Dip In 2023

    The top attorney for payments processor Global Payments Inc. saw his compensation package dip by about $400,000 in 2023 to just over $4.7 million, a Thursday U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing showed.

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    Krispy Kreme Legal Chief Set To Depart This Year

    The chief legal officer at Krispy Kreme, a seasoned in-house lawyer who has worked at other name brands including KFC, Pizza Hut and PepsiCo, resigned from the doughnut and coffee company with plans to exit in a few months, according to a recent securities filing.

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    From Prosecutor To Firm Owner, Attys Start From Scratch

    Starting your own firm is a gamble for any lawyer, but it can feel particularly daunting for federal prosecutors, for whom leaving a job in the U.S. attorney's office can often feel like starting over completely.

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    In-House Office Snapshot: McKinsey & Co.

    Here Law360 Pulse presents its first Office Snapshot of an in-house legal department. Lawyers at the giant management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. recently developed a program to enhance collaboration across regions and industry practice areas.   

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    Dechert Wants Its Attorneys To Be More Creative

    International law firm Dechert LLP wants its lawyers to unlearn some of what they picked up in law school about being an attorney so they can be more creative and innovative to offer better advice and services to their clients.

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    Ex-Theranos Compliance Head Joins Quarles & Brady In Calif.

    Quarles & Brady LLP announced Wednesday it added an attorney with more than 20 years of in-house experience, including two years with the blood-testing company Theranos Inc.

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    Uber Recruits Ex-NY Chief Judge DiFiore For Safety Board

    Ride-hailing company Uber announced Wednesday it is bolstering its safety advisory board with the addition of Janet DiFiore, the former chief judge of the New York Court of Appeals who abruptly resigned in 2022 amid an ethics probe.

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    Moderna's CLO Saw Growth In 2023 Compensation

    Moderna Inc.'s top attorney earned about $4.3 million in total compensation last year, an increase compared to 2022 but a steep drop from the near $11.5 million she saw in 2021, according to a recent securities filing.

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    Brooks Running Gives Ex-GC COO Role, Names New CEO

    Berkshire Hathaway unit Brooks Running Company announced a pair of executive changes for 2024, with former general counsel Matt Dodge being elevated to chief operating officer after the company decided to name incumbent COO Dan Sheridan the company's new chief executive officer.

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    How This Veteran Hewlett Packard Atty Landed The GC Role

    Rather than focusing on landing the general counsel position, David Antczak found motivation and gratification for the past 13 years by giving his all to leading the organizations he managed within Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. and its predecessor company.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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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    Ask A Mentor: What Makes A Successful Summer Associate? Author Photo

    Navigating a few densely packed weeks at a law firm can be daunting for summer associates, but those who are prepared to seize opportunities and not afraid to ask questions will be set up for success, says Julie Crisp at Latham.

  • How To Successfully Market Your Summer Associate Program Author Photo

    Law firms can attract the right summer associate candidates and help students see what makes a program unique by using carefully crafted messaging and choosing the best ambassadors to deliver it, says Tamara McClatchey, director of career services at the University of Chicago Law School.

  • Opinion

    Judges Deserve Congress' Commitment To Their Safety Author Photo

    Following the tragic attack on U.S. District Judge Esther Salas' family last summer and amid rising threats against the judiciary, legislation protecting federal judges' personal information and enhancing security measures at courthouses is urgently needed, says U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, director of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Recalcitrant Attys Use Social Media? Author Photo

    Social media can be intimidating for reluctant lawyers but it can also be richly rewarding, as long as attorneys remember that professional accounts will always reflect on their firms and colleagues, and follow some best practices to avoid embarrassment, says Sean Marotta at Hogan Lovells.

  • Keys To Digitizing Inefficient Contract Management Processes Author Photo

    Neville Eisenberg and Mark Grayson at BCLP explain how they sped up contract execution for one client by replacing email with a centralized, digital tool for negotiations and review, and how the principles they adhered to can be helpful for other law firms looking to improve poorly managed contract management processes.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

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