In-House

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    The Top In-House Hires Of March

    Legal department hires during the past few weeks included high-profile appointments at John Deere, Geico and Zoom. Here, Law360 Pulse looks at some of the top in-house announcements from March.

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    Home Depot GC Earned Nearly $3.4 Million In 2023

    Home Depot Inc.'s general counsel in 2023 earned nearly $3.4 million in total compensation, according to a securities filing Monday that showed her joining the list of the Atlanta-based company's five highest paid executives.

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    Littler Adds Longtime Home Builders Association Atty In DC

    Littler Mendelson PC has hired a more than 20-year veteran of the National Association of Home Builders' in-house legal department to bolster its expertise counseling employers on construction liability, regulatory compliance and related matters, the firm recently announced.

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    Las Vegas Sands' Global GC Sees Comp Top $12M In '23

    Las Vegas Sands' global general counsel, who earlier in his career clerked for Chief Justice John Roberts and then-U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, earned more than $12 million in total compensation in 2023, a big jump from the roughly $2.6 million the previous year, according to a securities filing Friday.

  • KBR Escapes Sanctions Over Atty Doc Mistranslation

    A Texas appellate panel determined that the decision to intentionally mistranslate documents from English to Spanish by a global engineering company's outside counsel wasn't enough to sanction the company as a whole.

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    Forward Party Runs In-House Counsel For Pa. AG

    Eric Settle left his job as senior counsel at AmeriHealth Caritas this week so that he can run for attorney general of Pennsylvania. By doing so, he is helping to build a new, bipartisan political party.

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    Retired Sidley Austin Atty Joins Pharma Group's Case

    A former Sidley Austin LLP attorney said Thursday that he is coming out of retirement to work for a pharmaceutical coalition in its push for protection from anti-kickback restrictions in a federal lawsuit.

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

    Discover argued that allegedly misleading statements on compliance and risk management protocols from top brass were "aspirational" remarks on general practices, and an affiliate of Walt Disney Co. shareholder Blackwells Capital asked Delaware's Court of the Chancery to force Disney to open its books and records. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The end of March marked another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw made notable hires and shifted office locations. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    ADT Legal Chief Saw Comp Dip To $1.7M In 2023

    The chief legal officer of security company ADT Inc. earned $1.7 million in total compensation in 2023, about $250,000 less than what he earned in 2022, according to a proxy statement filed Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Feds Say Ex-OneCoin Atty Should Serve 'Substantial' Time

    Manhattan federal prosecutors have requested a "substantial" amount of prison time for a Bulgarian woman who worked on the legal team at the fraudulent OneCoin cryptocurrency exchange, but said the sentence should fall below the guidelines range of 10 years.

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    WeightWatchers Adds 23andMe's Ex-Legal Head As Its GC

    WW International Inc., formerly known as WeightWatchers, hired Jacqueline Cooke from ancestry-tracking company 23andMe this month as its new general counsel and corporate secretary.

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    Busy Chief Lawyer Lands On List Of Highest Paid 3M Execs

    While 3M Co. laid off thousands of employees in 2023, including some lawyers, its chief legal affairs officer saw his pay increase, earning over $6.7 million in total compensation as he joined the list of the company's five highest paid executives.

  • Greenberg Traurig Investment Pros Join DLA Piper In Ga., Fla.

    DLA Piper announced Thursday that it has expanded its investment funds practice with three former Greenberg Traurig LLP attorneys, including a partner and of counsel in Atlanta and a senior attorney in Miami.

  • AFL-CIO Names Ex-CWA General Counsel For Advocacy Role

    Union federation AFL-CIO announced it has named an experienced attorney who spent nearly 25 years working on government and labor movement matters, including a stint as general counsel with the Communications Workers of America, as its new director of advocacy.

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    Mercy Taps Seasoned Health System GC To Lead Legal Team

    St. Louis-based hospital system Mercy has revealed it will have a new lawyer heading up its legal team starting Monday, with the addition of an experienced in-house healthcare industry counsel who brings more than 30 years of legal experience.

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    Olympus Names New Corporate GC With Deputy Promotion

    Medical technology company Olympus announced that its deputy general counsel was promoted to corporate general counsel of the company's American unit, as part of a major change in leadership that includes the appointment of a new CEO.

  • Ex-BigLaw Atty Named Acting GC At Neptune Wellness

    Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. elevated to acting general counsel one of its in-house lawyers, who previously worked in BigLaw, the consumer-packaged goods company said in a securities filing on Wednesday, just days after a federal judge's order to replace its legal counsel.

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    GC For Del.-Based Chesapeake Utilities Earned $1.4M In '23

    Chesapeake Utilities Corporation's general counsel James F. Moriarty saw his total compensation package increase to roughly $1.4 million for 2023, a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says.

  • Consilio Added More Women Leaders To Ranks In 2023

    Consilio LLC has announced the progress it made last year in hiring and promoting more women to serve in leadership positions, while the e-discovery and document review company continues to see stagnation in racial and ethnic representation at those decision-making levels.

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    How GCs Can Leverage AI And Mitigate Risks

    Experts at a cybersecurity summit for in-house counsel this week agreed that the best governance strategies for using artificial intelligence should balance the company's business and ethical culture with its tolerance for risk.

  • SEC Cyber Enforcement Top Concern For Compliance Pros

    More than 40% of compliance personnel from asset management, investment adviser and private markets firms are concerned about how the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will enforce its new cybersecurity rules, according to findings from a recent survey.

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    Ex-GC With Lockheed Martin Space Joins Sherman & Howard

    A former general counsel and longtime attorney at Lockheed Martin has joined Sherman & Howard LLC as co-leader of the aerospace industry group, the law firm said Wednesday.

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    Cleveland Clinic Recruits Texas Health System Atty As CLO

    An experienced healthcare in-house attorney is leaving her post at Texas' Memorial Hermann Health System to join Cleveland Clinic as its top attorney, the Ohio-based healthcare organization announced Wednesday.

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    Colgate-Palmolive Legal Chief's Compensation Rises To $4.2M

    Colgate-Palmolive's legal chief, who has been with the consumer products company for a decade, earned more than $4.2 million in total compensation in 2023, up slightly from the previous year, according to a securities filing Wednesday.

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Expert Analysis

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • Opinion

    NY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal Author Photo

    New York should revise Question 26 on its bar admission application, because requiring students to disclose any prior interaction with the criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, who have a history of being overpoliced — and it violates several state laws, says Andrew Brown, president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

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