In-House

  • Freddie Mac Names CCO Amid Broader Top-Level Reshuffle

    The Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation has named a former Capital One and BNP Paribas risk and compliance veteran as its chief compliance officer after appointing a new chief executive this spring and a new chief financial officer last year.

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    Firms Vie For CFIUS Attys As 'Black Box' Panel Extends Reach

    An interagency government committee that conducts national security reviews of foreign investments has played an increasingly active role in recent years, fueling a battle among top Washington, D.C., practices for attorneys versed in working with the panel, which has a reputation for operating in a "black box."

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    BrandSafway Hires New Chief Legal Officer

    Industrial services company BrandSafway has tapped the top attorney for CHC Helicopter Corp. to become its chief legal officer.

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

    After Morgan Stanley's chief legal officer urged firm lawyers to return to the office, his peers at other major banks spoke out about their plans, and LeClairRyan's former general counsel pled guilty to a criminal obstruction charge. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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    Charges Against Ex-LeClairRyan GC An Outlier For Trustees

    The guilty plea Thursday of an ex-BigLaw general counsel who embezzled some $4 million as a court-appointed trustee is a rarity among criminal actions triggered by bankruptcy cases and will likely raise scrutiny on other lawyers in the sensitive role.

  • NFL's Raiders Name GC To Serve As Interim President

    Amid the mystery of why the president of the Las Vegas Raiders resigned abruptly this week, the pro football team has named its general counsel as interim president to handle the fallout.

  • Biden Names Victoria Kennedy, Other Attys As Ambassadors

    President Joe Biden is nominating Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, to serve as ambassador to Austria.

  • JLL, Shell Top Lawyers On How They Lead Global Enterprises

    Top corporate lawyers at JLL, Shell and Mondelēz during a virtual roundtable Wednesday discussed the challenges and opportunities of working in global organizations, from around-the-clock schedules to the quick pace of changes.

  • Bank CCOs Outline Their Top Emerging Risks Of 2021

    The transition to hybrid work arrangements stemming from the pandemic is among the top emerging compliance risks going into the second half of 2021, a group of big bank chief compliance officers said this week. 

  • Midyear Review: What GCs Need To Know About Data Privacy

    With the passage of a data privacy measure in Colorado, general counsel during the remaining months of 2021 should understand the privacy laws applicable to their company, consider hiring an in-house privacy specialist, and conduct reassessments on compliance because products and rules evolve.

  • NJ Justices Revive Malpractice Suit Against Newark Counsel

    Newark's corporation counsel must face malpractice claims after the New Jersey Supreme Court on Wednesday agreed that a reasonable jury could find that he breached his professional duty when he allegedly advised a client's ex-wife to accept a guilty plea for offenses she did not commit.

  • These Are The 11 Firms GCs Most Recommend In 2021

    Fueled by their exceptional client services during the COVID-19 pandemic, 11 law firms have been spotlighted by general counsel and other in-house leaders as the most recommended outside counsel for their peers, according to a report released Wednesday.

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    Las Vegas GC's Career Partly A Matter Of Lucky Choices

    It's too bad the law doesn't allow Ellen Whittemore, executive vice president and general counsel at Wynn Resorts Ltd., to play the casino games at work because she seems to have a knack for turning the right card. Here, Law360 Pulse speaks with Whittemore about her "accidental" career.

  • Bank GCs Say Office Work Will Remain Key Post-Pandemic

    A handful of top legal officers at major banks had a message Tuesday about their plans to return at least partially to an in-person work environment following the COVID-19 pandemic: There's no replacement for face-to-face interaction. 

  • Pandemic Upended Attys' Retirement Plans, Child Care

    The COVID-19 pandemic has had some older attorneys rethinking their retirement plans and many female practitioners taking on more child care responsibilities, among other impacts on the legal industry, according to findings revealed Tuesday from a forthcoming American Bar Association report.

  • Judiciary Seeks $1.54B For Renovations, Better Security

    The U.S. federal court system has asked Congress for $1.54 billion to beef up security, renovate aging courthouses and overhaul inadequate IT systems, as lawmakers contemplate a massive, multitrillion-dollar infrastructure bill.

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    Winston & Strawn Nabs New Global Bankruptcy Group Leader

    Winston & Strawn LLP announced Tuesday that it has hired McDermott Will & Emery LLP's former global co-head of restructuring and insolvency to take on the same lead role for its global group.

  • Tonix Pharmaceuticals Taps Ex-GC, Covington Atty For Board

    Tonix Pharmaceuticals Holding Corp., a New Jersey-based company that discovers, tests and licenses new drugs to be used to treat neurological conditions, has appointed a former Covington & Burling LLP partner to its board of directors, the company said Monday.

  • SEC Names 5 In-House Attys To Help Shape Agency Policy

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced it has tapped five attorneys to serve in counsel positions on Chairman Gary Gensler's policy staff.

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    V&E Adds Ex-Targa Associate GC As Partner In Houston

    Vinson & Elkins LLP has added as a partner in its Houston office an attorney who previously served as associate general counsel for midstream infrastructure company Targa Resources, the firm announced Monday.

  • Frontline Managed Services Acquires Legal Billing Co.

    Legal industry outsourcing solutions provider Frontline Managed Services said it has continued its recent growth wave with the acquisition of InvoicePrep, a company that handles e-billing and invoice services for law firms.

  • Wall Street CLO Said To Back Office Return For Law Firms

    As law firms contemplate the return of in-person work, the legal chief for one of Wall Street's biggest banks is reportedly encouraging law firms to go back to the office.

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

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's acting enforcement head hinted that funds touting green investments can anticipate a rise in scrutiny, and a report showed $21.5 million of donations from companies and trade associations in recent election cycles backed lawmakers in states considering voting restrictions. These are some of the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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    Ex-States Title GC, Obama Assistant Joins LendingClub Board

    LendingClub Corp. has added as its newest board member an ex-general counsel who served as special assistant for economic policy to former President Barack Obama and senior adviser to the deputy secretary in the U.S. Treasury Department, the company said Thursday.

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    Senate Confirms NCAA's Top Legal Officer To VA Post

    The Senate has overwhelmingly confirmed a former Latham & Watkins LLP partner and the National Collegiate Athletic Association's most recent chief legal officer to serve as deputy secretary to Secretary Denis McDonough at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

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