In-House

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    This was another action-packed week for the legal industry as a mega-merger went live, three firms opened up offices in Boston and another acquired a Denver boutique. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse's weekly quiz.

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    Inside The New DC Boutique 'Reinventing' White Collar

    Upon exiting the government, Christina Zaroulis Milnor, a former assistant secretary at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, said she was drawn to launching a Washington, D.C., boutique group affiliated with North Carolina-based Cranfill Sumner LLP to escape an "artificial" line in the sand that exists in the industry between enforcement defense and whistleblower work.

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    AstraZeneca's Legal Services Head Becomes Legal Tech GC

    The head of legal services at AstraZeneca has departed the pharmaceutical giant to join the artificial intelligence litigation platform Fileread as general counsel and chief strategy officer, the legal technology startup announced Friday.

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    NFL's Top Atty Jeff Pash To Retire After Nearly 3 Decades

    Jeff Pash plans to retire as the NFL's executive vice president and general counsel after 27 years with the league, during which he was a major figure in its most consequential legal developments of the 21st century.

  • US Soccer Nets Ex-SXSW, Heineken Legal Chief As Top Atty

    The U.S. Soccer Federation said Thursday it has recruited a former top attorney at South by Southwest and Heineken as its next chief legal officer.

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    EY's Global Deputy GC To Replace Firm's Global Vice Chair

    Accounting giant EY has appointed David Weintraub as its next global vice chair and general counsel effective July 1, a firm spokesperson said Thursday.

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    If High Court Upends Jan. 6 Conviction, What Happens Next?

    If the U.S. Supreme Court decides prosecutors overstepped by charging a rioter who stormed the Capitol with obstruction, the results will likely be mixed for hundreds of other defendants charged with the same crime, particularly those who have been convicted. That post-appeal uncertainty is nothing new, defense attorneys say.

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    Why This Dallas Company Took On FTC's Noncompete Rule

    When Ryan LLC, a Dallas tax software and services provider, became the first company to sue the Federal Trade Commission last week over its ban on noncompete agreements, it was simply trying to preserve the rule of law — something every tax company needs in order to operate, according to chief legal officer John Smith.

  • Married Big Tech Lawyers Buy Stake In Seattle Mariners

    Husband-and-wife attorneys Brad Smith and Kathy Surace-Smith have purchased shares in Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners, joining a partnership group that includes team legend Ken Griffey Jr., Nintendo of America and Microsoft board member John Stanton, according to the team.

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    Blackstone Funds Tap Ex-Simpson Thacher Atty As Counsel

    The Blackstone Private Credit Fund and Blackstone Secured Lending Fund said their boards have tapped the senior vice president in legal and compliance at Blackstone Credit & Insurance, who had been hired from Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in 2021, to become chief securities counsel, according to Wednesday securities filings.

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    Southwest Airlines Replacing Outgoing CLO With Split Roles

    Southwest Airlines' chief legal officer is resigning after more than a decade as its top attorney, with the company splitting his responsibilities into two roles — general counsel and chief regulatory and corporate affairs officer — following his departure.

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    Best Buy's GC Pulled In More Than $3M In Compensation

    The top lawyer at Best Buy saw a compensation package that reached more than $3.1 million during the company's most recent fiscal year, up from the $2.5 million he previously saw, according to a recent securities filing.

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    Ex-Quinnipiac Univ. GC Takes Conn. Girl Scouts CEO Role

    A veteran in-house attorney who most recently served as general counsel and vice president of human resources at Quinnipiac University has joined the Girl Scouts of Connecticut as its new leader.

  • Microsoft Details How It Addresses AI Risks In New Report

    Microsoft Corp., the leading investor in ChatGPT creator OpenAI, detailed Wednesday in its first-ever artificial intelligence transparency report how the tech giant is working to keep its ballooning stable of AI tools from causing harm in the U.S. and abroad.

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    How College GCs Are Dealing With Drama Of Protests

    New York City police descended on the Columbia University campus late Tuesday to arrest encamped protesters of the Israel-Gaza war, as general counsel for at least 20 universities across the nation grapple with how best to keep students safe while protecting everyone's free-speech rights.

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    CLO, Execs Ousted From Orthopedics Co. Seek Arbitration

    Three executives, including a chief legal officer whose alleged "repeated inappropriate and offensive conduct" led to his firing by spine and orthopedics company Orthofix Medical Inc. last year, have launched wrongful termination arbitration claims in California seeking severance payments and damages.

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    Man United Plays CEO Musical Chairs With Rival's Exec Hire

    English Premier League giant Manchester United announced that chief executive officer and former chief legal officer Patrick Stewart, along with chief financial officer Cliff Baty will leave the soccer club at the end of the season.

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    Match Group's Ex-Legal Chief Earned $7M In 2023

    Online dating giant Match Group's former chief business affairs and legal officer, Jared Sine, who left the company to join GoDaddy in March, earned around $7 million in compensation last year, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    Toyota's New Leadership Structure Adds Duties For Execs

    Toyota Motor North America has announced executive leadership changes, including adding duties for an ex-Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP attorney who has been with the company for more than a decade.

  • The Top In-House Hires Of April

    Legal department hires during the past few weeks included high-profile appointments at Sony Pictures, TikTok and IBM. Here, Law360 Pulse looks at some of the top in-house announcements from April.

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    Yoga Lawyer: A Way of Being In The (Legal) World

    More than a decade ago, a stressful job and a pile of physical ailments prompted attorney Cindy Pensoneau to take a deep dive into yoga. Today, she continues to work as both a lawyer and as a yoga teacher, illustrating the growing role that the ancient mind-body practice can play in improving attorney mental health.

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    GCs Help Companies Close The Gap On Mental Health Efforts

    While they wait for their companies to implement more wellness policies that reach the root causes of employees’ stress and burnout, some general counsel and chief legal officers are filling the gap to help their law teams feel more supported.

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    Here's Why This GC Went Public With Her Bipolar Diagnosis

    Kelly Rentzel, who has held several general counsel positions throughout her career, largely credits her law degree for giving her the confidence to talk publicly about her bipolar diagnosis — which is something she had contemplated for two decades before taking the initial steps that ultimately led her to a lectern.

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    Ex-Edison Energy GC, McDermott Atty Joins Troutman In LA

    Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders LLP is expanding its West Coast infrastructure team, announcing Tuesday it is bringing in a McDermott Will & Emery LLP emerging energy technologies expert who was previously general counsel with Edison Energy Group to be a partner in its Los Angeles office.

  • MDC's Top Attorney Resigns After Sekisui House Merger

    Homebuilder MDC Holdings said its general counsel has announced his departure after Japanese firm Sekisui House Ltd. acquired the company in a nearly $5 billion transaction in January.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    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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