In-House

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    American Water Elevates Atty To Take Over For Retiring GC

    American Water has promoted to serve as its general counsel an in-house attorney who has been with the water and wastewater utility company for more than four years and also previously worked more than a decade at Cozen O'Connor.

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    Ex-Real Estate Firm GC Joins Federman Steifman As Partner

    Federman Steifman LLP hired the former general counsel of real estate investment and development firm SomeraRoad as a partner for its New York City office, the law firm announced.

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    Young Chinese Attys Face New Hurdles In BigLaw Job Chase

    Law degrees from top U.S. universities were once prized by many Chinese students as tickets to secure jobs at major U.S. law firms. However, with these firms scaling back operations in China, aspiring lawyers face dwindling prospects and increased uncertainty about their futures.

  • Google Legal Dept. Goes From Crisis Mode To Long Term

    As much of the major antitrust litigation against Google winds down, the company is shuffling around its in-house legal departments to add more people and settle from crisis mode into the more sustainable posture of a technology giant where lawsuits have likely become a permanent feature of its existence.

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    After Judge Takes Trip To Israel, Attys Want Him Off Gaza Case

    Palestinian rights activists asked a Ninth Circuit judge to recuse himself from a case claiming that the Biden administration flouted international laws barring genocide by supporting Israel's military efforts in Gaza, noting that the judge recently took a trip to Israel sponsored by the World Jewish Congress.

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    Arena Football League Appoints Veteran Sports Atty As GC

    The newly relaunched Arena Football League has announced that one of the co-founders and former commissioners of the original league has been appointed general counsel and senior adviser of player operations.

  • Cannabis Co. Stiiizy Hires Ex-Aerojet Rocketdyne Atty As GC

    Los Angeles-based cannabis brand Stiiizy announced it has hired an in-house counsel with experience at companies like Aerojet Rocketdyne and Samsung to lead its legal department amid a period of rapid growth for the 7-year-old company.

  • Brand Reputation, Compliance, AI Named Top Privacy Risks

    The top three privacy risks for companies and their compliance professionals in 2024 are artificial intelligence, brand reputation and compliance, according to a survey released Tuesday.

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    Ex-McKesson Atty Set To Be Security Co.'s Next Global GC

    A seasoned in-house attorney who has been with Change Healthcare Inc. and McKesson Corp. is set to start later this month as global general counsel at Allied Universal, the security company said Wednesday.

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    5th Circ. Private Funds Ruling Could Rewrite SEC Agenda

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday vacated U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regulations that would have required private fund advisers to provide detailed disclosures to investors, in a sweeping decision that could upend the regulator's approach to promised rules on climate, artificial intelligence and crypto assets.

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    How To Work On Legal Generative AI's Black Box Problem

    Many legal technology providers have boasted that their generative artificial intelligence tools were incapable of "hallucination." That illusion shattered in May when an academic study, originally criticized and eventually revised, reported alarming rates at which some industry tools produce false or misleading information.

  • Judiciary Panel Clears 1st MDL Rule, Eyes 'Mouthpiece' Amici

    Top rulemaking gatekeepers for the federal judiciary Tuesday capped off seven years of strife in the defense and plaintiffs bars by backing a milestone measure aimed at optimizing multidistrict litigation, and then promptly greenlighted an entirely different war of words over new efforts to ferret out amicus briefs from "paid mouthpieces" masquerading as independent experts.

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    Skanska Elevates Atty To USA Building Unit General Counsel

    Construction and development company Skanska this week said it has promoted one of its attorneys to lead the legal department at Skanska USA Building Inc., following the recent move of its former general counsel to president.

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    AdMarketplace Hires Walmart Atty As New GC

    Adam Epstein, the longtime general counsel of adMarketplace who became co-CEO in March, has filled his vacated position with a senior attorney from Walmart Inc.

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    Josh Gibson's Atty Prevails After 30-Year Labor Of Love

    Corporate lawyer and former general counsel Edward Schauder worked over 30 years trying to get sports fans and pro baseball's brass to pay attention to great Negro League players of the past. Now, he's got their attention.

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    Former Covington Atty Joins AI Biz As GC

    Generative artificial intelligence company Zapata Computing Holdings Inc. has hired as its general counsel an attorney with prior in-house experience at other technology companies who also formerly worked at Covington & Burling LLP.

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    Jazz Pharmaceuticals CLO Earned Nearly $4M In 2023

    Jazz Pharmaceuticals' chief legal officer, who's been with the company since 2019, earned nearly $4 million in compensation last year, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    Quinn Emanuel Lands Former JBS CLO As Antitrust Co-Chair

    Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP's latest lateral hire is an experienced antitrust attorney who brings decades of BigLaw, government and in-house experience to the role of co-chair of the firm's antitrust and competition practice.

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    Jones Day, Littler, Ogletree Attys Among Clients' 'All Stars'

    Jones Day, Littler Mendelson PC and Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC head BTI Consulting Group's annual list of law firms with the most "all star" attorneys, with each having seven attorneys highlighted by in-house leaders for their service to clients.

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    5th Circ. Mulls Acts Vs. Belief In Anti-Abortion Worker's Firing

    The Fifth Circuit on Monday seemed torn over whether it should "split hairs" between religious conduct and religious belief as it weighed whether to uphold a Southwest flight attendant's win in a wrongful termination suit over graphic anti-abortion messages she sent her union president.

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    TikTok Snags Ex-Warner Bros. GC To Lead Legal

    TikTok and parent company ByteDance picked a former Warner Bros. top lawyer to be its next global general counsel, the company said Monday, after the most recent leader in the position stepped down to fight a new federal law affecting the social media giant.

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    Ex-SoftBank GC Joins Foley & Lardner As Partner In SF

    Foley & Lardner LLP has hired SoftBank Investment Advisers' former general counsel, who has over a decade of experience in private practice and serving as in-house counsel overseeing SoftBank's legal team, which structured and monitored more than 300 portfolio companies worth more than $130 billion.

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    Standards Are Murky As Legal Employers Vet Protesters

    As violence in Gaza rages on, law firms have vowed not to employ lawyers whose activism for Palestinian rights they deem unacceptable. But "unacceptable" is in the eye of the beholder, and that makes it difficult for law students and lawyers who advocate for a ceasefire to navigate the workplace and the job market.

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    SoFi Finds GC In Ex-JPMorgan Chase Consumer Banking Atty

    SoFi Technologies Inc. has found its new top attorney in an experienced legal executive from JPMorgan Chase & Co. as SoFi's legal chief retires, the company said Monday.

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    Constellation Brands CLO's Compensation Down In FY24

    Global beer, wine and spirits producer Constellation Brands' chief legal officer earned about $4.1 million total compensation for fiscal 2024, less than the prior year mostly because of fewer earnings from stock option awards, according to a Monday public filing.

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Expert Analysis

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.

  • How In-House Counsel Can Prepare For Generative AI Risks Author Photo

    To safeguard against the many risks posed by generative artificial intelligence legal tools, in-house counsel should work with their information security teams to develop new data security questions for prospective vendors, vet existing applications and review who can utilize machine guidance, says Diane Homolak at Integreon.

  • Opinion

    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.

  • Law Firms Cannot Ignore Attorneys' Personal Cybersecurity Author Photo

    Law firms that fail to consider their attorneys' online habits away from work are not using their best efforts to protect client information and are simplifying the job of plaintiffs attorneys in the case of a breach, say Mark Hurley and Carmine Cicalese at Digital Privacy and Protection.

  • Why Writing CLE Should Be Mandatory For Lawyers Author Photo

    Though effective writing is foundational to law, no state requires attorneys to take continuing legal education in this skill — something that must change if today's attorneys are to have the communication abilities they need to fulfill their professional and ethical duties to their clients, colleagues and courts, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona.

  • How To Find Your Inner Calm When Client Obligations Pile Up Author Photo

    In the most stressful times for attorneys, when several transactions for different partners and clients peak at the same time and the phone won’t stop buzzing, incremental lifestyle changes can truly make a difference, says Lindsey Hughes at Haynes Boone.

  • Why Process Management Is Critical To Legal Tech Adoption Author Photo

    Corporate legal departments looking to implement new technology can avoid hiccups by taking steps to define the underlying business problem and to identify opportunities for process improvements before leaping to the automation stage, say Nadine Ezzie at Ezzie + Co., Kenneth Jones at Xerdict Group and Kathy Zhu at Streamline AI.

  • Series

    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Support Gen Z Attorneys? Author Photo

    Meredith Beuchaw at Lowenstein Sandler discusses how senior attorneys can assist the newest generation of attorneys by championing their pursuit of a healthy work-life balance and providing the hands-on mentorship opportunities they missed out on during the pandemic.

  • Advice For Summer Associates Uneasy About Offer Prospects Author Photo

    There are a few communication tips that law students in summer associate programs should consider to put themselves in the best possible position to receive an offer, and firms can also take steps to support those to whom they are unable to make an offer, says Amy Mattock at Georgetown University Law Center.

  • How Law Firms Can Cautiously Wield AI To Streamline Tasks Author Photo

    Many attorneys are going to use artificial intelligence tools whether law firms like it or not, so firms should educate them on AI's benefits, limits and practical uses, such as drafting legal documents, to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving legal market, say Thomas Schultz and Eden Bernstein at Kellogg Hansen.

  • Keys To Managing The Stresses Of Law School Author Photo

    Dealing with the pressures associated with law school can prove difficult for many future lawyers, but there are steps students can take to manage stress — and schools can help too, say Ryan Zajic and Dr. Janani Krishnaswami at UWorld.

  • 10 Steps To Improve Legal Vendor Management Author Photo

    Corporate counsel often turn to third-party vendors to manage spending challenges, and navigating this selection process can be difficult for both counsel and the vendor, but there are several ways corporate legal departments can make the entire process easier and beneficial for all parties involved, says David Cochran at QuisLex.

  • Can Mandatory CLE Mitigate Implicit Bias's Negative Impacts? Author Photo

    Amid ongoing disagreements on whether states should mandate implicit bias training as part of attorneys' continuing legal education requirements, Stephanie Wilson at Reed Smith looks at how unconscious attitudes or stereotypes adversely affect legal practice, and whether mandatory training programs can help.

  • Ditch The Frills And Start Writing Legal Letters In Plain English Author Photo

    To become more effective advocates, lawyers need to rethink the ridiculous, convoluted language they use in correspondence and write letters in a clear, concise and direct manner, says legal writing instructor Stuart Teicher.

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