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Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:04:07 +0000
In recent years, the clothing retailer American Apparel has struggled through a bankruptcy, the ouster of its founder and ex-CEO Dov Charney and controversies surrounding its ad campaigns and work environment. Maybe all it needs is that Big Law touch: Former Loeb & Loeb partner Chelsea Grayson, who is currently general counsel, is going to assume the position of CEO, according to the fashion media outlet Women’s Wear Daily.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 20:02:20 +0000
As the SVP of human resources, general counsel and secretary of Jockey International, Mark Jaeger is right where he wants to be in his career. Growing up in the Chicago suburbs, Jaeger was a good student with an interest in business and law. As an undergrad at University of Iowa, Jaeger focused his studies on economics, but he knew he wanted to become a lawyer.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:48:47 +0000
My column this week at Above the Law rounds up 10 Tiny Tools to Simplify A Lawyer’s Life. I cover: ActiveWords.
Thu, 22 Sep 2016 14:32:22 +0000
Elevated first-year associate salaries seem to be the new normal at top law firms, but Michael Ray, Chief Legal Officer of Western Digital Corporation, thinks the new compensation schemes are “largely unsustainable.” “First-year lawyers, junior lawyers — when they’re just out of law school, there is a limit, I think, to how much value they can provide, because they are learning. Everybody understands that,” Ray said.
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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:01:42 +0000
The folks at Clio dropped a bombshell that stunned attendees at the fourth annual Clio Cloud Conference to silence. And no, it wasn’t the…
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Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:06:26 +0000
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Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:47:05 +0000
Lawyers who don't log enough hours each day may find their quarterly drawings withheld under a new disciplinary system at DLA Piper.
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Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:11:00 +0000
Click to tweet5 Tips for In-house #Counsel to End the Year Right via @SpecialCounsel http://spclcn.sl/2cczVLv #inhouse #practicetips Whether you are ready for it or not, the end of the year is rapidly approaching and 2017 is just around the corner. Many in-house attorneys find that the “rush” demands on their time slow down as the holidays approach; there is often less of a push for new products or services at year-end and many managers and employees have planned time away from the office. If that’s the case in your company, put that extra time to good use by taking a proactive approach to the end of the year.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:26:54 +0000
Corporate counsel are shifting big-time spending back in-house—resulting in $4 billion moving in-house*. This also marks the 8th year of legal spending moving in-house out of the last 10, the second largest move in-house in 16 years.Top legal decision makers make no excuses—they want to save time and money.
Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:39:17 +0000
Even if you are decades out from the day when you learned whether you passed or failed the bar exam, you can probably still remember a lot of the details. And for these individuals, who were told that they failed the bar exam when they did not, they’ll have a story to tell for years […]
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Tue, 06 Sep 2016 23:59:13 +0000
If you had your time again, would you still choose to become a lawyer?
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Sun, 04 Sep 2016 15:55:18 +0000
Only one of the interesting tidbits to be found in the Acritas 2016 Diversity Report – male GCs are more likely to increase legal spend: “Overall legal spend by men is expected to increase over the next 12 months, whereas women are planning to keep their legal budgets the same as their current total. Even internationally, […]
Tue, 30 Aug 2016 21:10:39 +0000
Are you unhappy at work? Is it time to leave your job, or should you look for other options to improve your current work conditions?…
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:58:32 +0000
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Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:21:55 +0000
Many in-house counsel still feel the value of their work outweighs their pay packets, even though salaries are on the up.
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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:14:09 +0000
Was it not that long ago that many law departments were pushing back on paying for time billed by “green” first year associates working on their matters? Well, for some companies, charges may be on the way for work done by unpaid interns: “Some labor and law-student groups are criticizing a New York ethics opinion […]
Wed, 24 Aug 2016 14:49:11 +0000
At least 80 of the largest U.S. law firms by revenue have been hacked since 2011, according to a Bloomberg report. Law Technology Today lists a few common mistakes lawyers make that can put their firm at risk, including: opening attachments from unknown senders; storing unencrypted data on a laptop or mobile device; upgrading to […]
Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:45:26 +0000
Before moving in-house, lawyers must consider their career progression and think two steps ahead to their next potential role, according to a legal recruiter.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 14:24:59 +0000
There is no single path to becoming an innovative lawyer. Every lawyer has a unique set of personality traits, skill sets, passions, and priorities. Successful lawyers draw from their personalities and exposure, fusing it with legal expertise
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 13:38:07 +0000
The pharmaceutical giant is offering full-salary and travel expenses for in-house lawyers who want to take time off to volunteer - even for months at a time.
Tue, 16 Aug 2016 13:52:56 +0000
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Mon, 15 Aug 2016 12:05:45 +0000
What does the future hold for law departments? “The question I’m posing, then, is whether we will get to the point where multi-billion corporations go without law departments or at least scale the law department down. Think of a law department with a general counsel and a few subject matter leads (securities, employment, etc.), but […]
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 18:45:12 +0000
Today is day one of BTI’s 27th year. I have been lucky enough to help market leaders, market-leaders-to-be, the best-run professional service firms in the world, and all manner of organizations drive growth. The combination of this experience and BTI’s independent research with more than 14,000 top executives provides unmatched insights for our clients.During BTI’s 25th anniversary, I published a long-form book, Clientelligence: How Superior Client Relationships Fuel Growth and Profits, which has become an Amazon Customer Service Top 30 Best Seller—and a Kirkus Best Book of 2015.But my clients and friends wanted something more.
Thu, 11 Aug 2016 13:36:11 +0000
By Noah Feldman, Bloomberg View The American Bar Association is considering adding a rule to its canon of ethics that would prohibit lawyers from discriminating in the course of their jobs. The proposal seems innocuous and probably overdue — but it has encountered a surprising degree of opposition. So it seems reasonable to ask: Why is this even a thing?
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:41:07 +0000
The post I’m a law firm lawyer and have lost out on in house jobs to lawyers who already have in house experience. What can I say next time to overcome this objection? appeared first on The Lawyer Whisperer.
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:08:03 +0000
Practical Law, an InhouseBlog advertiser, has an upcoming webinar that provides free CLE in a number of states: Date: Thursday, August 11, 2016 Time: 1:00 – 2:15 PM EST CLE credit is available for: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, Washington. Data […]
Mon, 08 Aug 2016 14:31:19 +0000
Practical Law, an InhouseBlog advertiser, has an upcoming webinar that provides free CLE in a number of states: Date: Tuesday, August 9, 2016 Time: 1:00 – 2:15 pm EDT Are you up-to-speed on the proposed 409A and 457 regulations? On June 21, 2016 the IRS simultaneously issued proposed regulations under Sections 409A and 457 of […]
Tue, 02 Aug 2016 19:38:41 +0000
Looking at legal jobs in private equity-owned companies? Read this recent piece by Melissa Peters, Esq. of Princeton Legal Search Group, LLC: “Most lawyers are intrigued by the idea of going in-house, but many do not realize that the opportunities to do so are not only at large, public companies. Many of our clients are […]
Sat, 30 Jul 2016 21:41:31 +0000
According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the country’s population is comprised of more than 80 million individuals who were born between the years 1980 and 1999. Popularly referred to as Millennials, this group is the largest age cohort in history.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 19:26:20 +0000
The American Lawyer’s Careerist got some feedback from women lawyers after reporting on a study showing that women were penalized at work for assertive…
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:29:23 +0000
On Thursday, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) launched an application to become a regulator of five reserved legal services.
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Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:13:17 +0000
Premise: The role of in-house counsel has evolved and status has been elevated. Expectations have been raised by the C-Suite. The department must be managed like other business units, with adherence to budget, performance standards, and metrics to...By: Zapproved Inc.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:41:01 +0000
Here are the latest additions to my list of legal startups. Send additions to ambrogi-at-gmail.com. To read more about this list and why I created it, see this post.
Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:02:29 +0000
As a new attorney, you've spent the past few years demonstrating what you know. From your first class on procedure to the grueling demands of the bar exam, you've become an expert at proving that you know the law.
Tue, 19 Jul 2016 14:10:20 +0000
Albany Law School has announced a two-year JD program, which shaves a year’s worth of tuition off the price. The 24-month program is scheduled to…
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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 14:15:06 +0000
By Blake Edwards and Gabe Friedman with special assistance from Brandon Kochkodin In recent years, there’s been a lot of discussion about the increasing influence of general counsels: once looked at merely as sources of legal counsel, GCs have become strategic partners who help shape and drive the visions and futures of top companies. And yet there’s been a scarcity of data on how GCs are compensated, despite endless coverage on law firm compensation, with stories on associate pay raises and the latest profits per partner stats. Big Law Business set out to add to this discussion, by producing its first Report on General Counsel Compensation — a list of 30 of the highest paid GCs in the country
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 14:16:50 +0000
Clients want relationships. They want strong, growing, and robust relationships. And they want them to last a long time—maybe more than law firms do
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Wed, 13 Jul 2016 19:07:59 +0000
Click to tweet7 Tips for Transitioning from a #LawFirm to #Inhouse Counsel via @SpecialCounsel Read here http://spclcn.sl/29DNcc9 #practicetips Considering a move from a law firm to an in-house counsel role? It’s more complicated than simply trading the pressure of billable hours for the seemingly endless number of legal matters an in-house department handles.
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Tue, 12 Jul 2016 16:52:16 +0000
Do you fancy yourself the legal news guru around the office? Do you enjoy trivia? Are you interested in companywide bragging rights?
Mon, 11 Jul 2016 16:48:42 +0000
How much do lawyers earn? The folks at PracticePanther.com have gone through the data and created this infographic showing earnings by practice areas. The data comes from the American Bar Association, as well as Glassdoor, Salary.com, LawyerEdu, and the National Association for Law Placement
Thu, 07 Jul 2016 13:24:35 +0000
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Wed, 06 Jul 2016 13:56:26 +0000
For many in-housers, the billable hour may be a distant memory. However, the difficulties in achieving work-life balance isn’t one that’s limited to BigLaw, and job dissatisfaction isn’t limited to the young – or to lawyers: “Once I graduated and joined the ranks of the Big Law world, I was somewhat surprised to learn that […]
Sun, 03 Jul 2016 14:12:39 +0000
If you thought that technological innovation would only hit staff and junior lawyers, think again: “So far technology has only claimed the jobs of junior lawyers, but consultants now warn that law firms have little more than five years before artificial intelligence starts hitting the work of senior lawyers and partners.”Many are underestimating the rapid […]
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:23:56 +0000
Back in the late ‘70’s, there was a popular commercial where a young professional commented above the din of a dinner party conversation that his broker was E.F. Hutton.
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Wed, 29 Jun 2016 14:01:19 +0000
As law firms and clients wait out the legal and regulatory uncertainty after Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, another factor could complicate matters: the falling British pound. After plummeting more than 12 percent against the dollar on Friday following news of Britain’s exit, the largest same-day dip in the currency’s modern history, the pound tumbled again on Monday to $1.32, its lowest price in three decades.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 14:01:21 +0000
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Sun, 26 Jun 2016 23:42:05 +0000
Vault's Law 100 Rankings for 2017 are here, and there's a new king of law firm prestige. Cravath, Swaine & Moore tops the list at No. 1, ending the thirteen-year reign of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
Thu, 23 Jun 2016 13:35:24 +0000
Allstate's top lawyer is pushing back on first-year associate salaries rising to $180,000.
The post Allstate Joins In-House Furor Over Biglaw Associate Raises appeared on InhouseBlog.com.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:19:20 +0000
The legal services arm of Big Four accounting giant EY has picked up new partners in Canada, Argentina and Chile.
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Tue, 21 Jun 2016 14:04:24 +0000
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Sun, 19 Jun 2016 21:58:08 +0000
A report by Robert Half Legal indicates that legal hiring will rise in the second half of 2016: “An increase in hiring is predicted for the legal field with nearly one-third (31 percent) of lawyers interviewed by Robert Half Legal anticipating their law firms or companies will add legal jobs in the second half of […]
Thu, 16 Jun 2016 14:02:41 +0000
DLA Piper will use artificial intelligence technology by Kira Systems for due-diligence document review in mergers and acquisitions. Kira’s machine-learning software searches texts in contracts,…
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Tue, 14 Jun 2016 14:07:24 +0000
It’s hardly news that the once-cozy relationship between BigLaw and corporate legal departments has morphed into something quite different. In Facebook terms, it’s gone from “in a relationship” to “it’s complicated.” Relationships once cemented over rounds of golf and scotch have yielded to RFP’s and reverse auctions. The bloom is off the rose
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Mon, 13 Jun 2016 14:09:18 +0000
In a decision that will certainly be appealed, a judge ruled that in-house lawyer misconduct will result in a company losing out on quite a hefty sum: “A U.S. judge on Monday found a pattern of misconduct by Merck & Co including lying under oath and other unethical practices, freeing Gilead Sciences Inc from paying any damages […]
The post Judge Tosses $200 Million Verdict, Cites In-House Lawyer Misconduct appeared on InhouseBlog.com.
Thu, 09 Jun 2016 14:13:56 +0000
A new report from the Centre for Ethics and Law has found that one in ten in-house lawyers will avoid saying 'no' to management, even when there is no legally acceptable alternative to suggest.
Wed, 08 Jun 2016 14:16:43 +0000
Not all in-house job-seekers are three to four years out of their law firm gigs. If you are an older in-house job-seeker, here are some tips to keep in mind when looking for jobs: “America’s workforce is aging. According to the U.S. Department of Labor statistics, by 2019, more than 40% of Americans aged 55 […]
Tue, 07 Jun 2016 14:17:38 +0000
The offshoring trend continues to penetrate the legal function, as a recent announcement by Royal Dutch Shell concerning a new offshore legal center illustrates: “In the latest twist to the offshoring saga…Royal Dutch Shell is preparing to open its own offshore legal centre to service the oil giant’s global operations. A projects team, reporting to […]
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Mon, 06 Jun 2016 16:31:33 +0000
Please join the New York In-House Counsel Meetup on June 23rd for a presentation on “What In-House Counsel Need to Know About Class Actions”. Details are as follows: In-house legal departments are increasingly facing class action lawsuits across nearly every practice area (e.g., antitrust, consumer protection, cyber security, employment, products liability). Class actions are uniquely perilous in that […]
Fri, 03 Jun 2016 15:42:31 +0000
Practical Law, an InhouseBlog advertiser, has an upcoming webinar that provides free CLE in a number of states: Effective Conciliation and Demystifying Intervention in EEOC Cases: Perspective from All Sides Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016 Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. ET Join Practical Law for a free webinar in which management attorney Christopher J. […]
Fri, 03 Jun 2016 14:32:54 +0000
Not up on NewLaw? In-house counsel should follow NewLaw trends as they are and will continue to impact legal careers, law department management and the legal profession generally: “Just in three months, the popularity of NewLaw has increased substantially. Several major news stories shook the legal industry. The year started with the announcement that Axiom […]
Tue, 31 May 2016 20:31:32 +0000
Lawyers negotiate all the time — with other lawyers, partners, staff and clients. Even at home, you’re probably negotiating to get someone in your family to do what you want. One key to successful negotiation is creating a deep feeling of connection with the person you are communicating with. Think about it
Mon, 30 May 2016 17:41:44 +0000
Thinking of ways in which you can have a better impact as an in-house counsel? A recent program in the UK should give you some valuable pointers: “The 20th LBCambridge residential skills development programme for in-house lawyers – established in 2006 by LBC Wise Counsel – recently took place at Queen’s College, Cambridge. The traditional […]
Thu, 26 May 2016 19:42:24 +0000
Practical Law, an InhouseBlog advertiser, has an upcoming webinar that provides free CLE in a number of states: Date: Wednesday, June 1, 2016 Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. ET Join Practical Law and the Wage & Hour Defense Institute (WHDI) for a free, 75-minute webinar providing guidance on the US Department of Labor’s final […]
Tue, 24 May 2016 13:33:54 +0000
If 2015 was a slow year for top 100 U.S. law firms, it was an even worse year for the next level down. On Monday, the American Lawyer issued its annual financial ranking of the largest 101-200 U.S
Mon, 23 May 2016 14:12:05 +0000
There was no funeral, but the prospect that the American Bar Association would consider non-lawyer ownership of firms at its annual meeting this summer has quietly died. The ABA’s House of Delegates needed to see a formal proposal on so-called “alternative business structures,” which allow non-lawyer ownership, by May 10. Alas, the Commission on the Future of the Legal Profession, the ABA group in charge of the debate over ABS, allowed the deadline to pass without submitting anything.
The post The Non-Lawyer Firm Ownership Debate Is Officially Closed, For Now appeared on InhouseBlog.com.
Fri, 20 May 2016 13:47:05 +0000
Last month, in St. John’s Holdings, LLC v. Two Electronics, LLC (No
Thu, 19 May 2016 13:51:14 +0000
Please join the New York In-House Counsel Meetup on June 2nd for a presentation on “Contract Drafting Fundamentals“. Details are as follows: “As in-house attorneys, we are often involved with the business-side of negotiating client contracts. It is important, however, that we not lose sight of the fundamental legal principles that pertain to contract drafting. Please join […]
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Wed, 18 May 2016 14:28:35 +0000
Resilience is the ability to persevere through adversity and come out stronger than you were before. Resilience is a skill that anyone can learn and apply to any area of their life.
Tue, 17 May 2016 14:09:17 +0000
Law firms may be surprised that some GCs will not even both negotiating high fees – they’ll just keep on looking: “A new report from TGO Consulting says in-house counsel will avoid difficult fee negotiations with law firms with whom they’ve had long-running relationships. Instead, they’ll move the work in-house, or send it to a […]
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Mon, 16 May 2016 14:09:41 +0000
Editor’s Note: This post is written by a director of a global legal services firm who works with in-house legal teams to adjust process and reduce costs in litigation, investigations and other document-intensive matters. By Dan Currell, Director, Client Solutions at Novus Law LLC What new skills will lawyers need in the coming decades? This is, rightly, a hot question of late, and for good reason. Law firms are questioning the preparedness of new hires; law schools are revamping stale curricula; clients are dismissing the usefulness of young lawyers