In-House

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    Former Rutgers GC Tapped As New President Of American U.

    A former top attorney for Rutgers University in New Jersey and onetime associate with Morgan Lewis has a new title elsewhere in the world of higher education — president of American University.

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    New York Red Bulls GC Now Also Soccer Team's HR Chief

    The general counsel of the New York Red Bulls has been promoted to also serve as chief administrative officer of the Major League Soccer team, which plays its home games in New Jersey, the team announced this week.

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    Re/Max GC Sees Light At The End Of Antitrust Tunnel

    Re/Max general counsel Susie Winders has spent several years in a joint defense group fighting antitrust cases brought by sellers over real estate commissions, and she says she is now "very pleased" over recent settlements despite their costs.

  • King & Spalding Adds Ex-PwC Tax Pro As Partner In NY

    An experienced tax attorney has joined King & Spalding LLP in New York after working at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for six years.

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    US Chamber's Litigation Funding Concerns Spur 2 State Laws

    Amid concerns from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about third-party litigation funding, including from potentially hostile foreign entities, state legislatures in Indiana and West Virginia have recently passed bills imposing restrictions on the practice.

  • Kirkland Restructuring Ace To Join Hilco Global As Vice Chair

    James H.M. Sprayregen, the founder of Kirkland & Ellis' restructuring practice group and a well-known deal-maker in the corporate restructuring and mergers and acquisitions community, is set to join Hilco Global as a vice chair, the financial services holding company announced Tuesday.

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    Future Of Judge-Shopping Reform Hazy After Rule Proposal

    The policymaking body for U.S. courts provoked a stir last week when it proposed a rule designed to curb "judge shopping," with observers saying that the policy does address one type of the practice but that it remains to be seen if individual federal district courts will be willing to adopt even that limited reform.

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    Gilead GC Saw Pay Climb To $5.2M In 2023

    The general counsel of biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences Inc. saw her total compensation rise to more than $5.2 million in 2023 from over $4.8 million in 2022, a recent proxy filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission showed.

  • Compliance Co. SingleFile Adds $6.5M In Seed Funding

    Online compliance platform SingeFile raised $6.5 million in an extension of its previous seed funding rounds, the Seattle-based company's chief executive Aaron Finn confirmed to Law360 Pulse on Tuesday.

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    Intra-Cellular Therapies Promotes GC To President

    Intra-Cellular Therapies Inc. said Tuesday it has elevated its general counsel, who has been in-house at the biopharmaceutical company for a decade, to the newly created position of president.

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    PwC Launches Legal Tech-Powered Consulting Service

    The Big Four accounting firm PwC is leaning more into legal generative artificial intelligence tools with a new service offering for legal departments.

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    Legal Ops Pay Gap Has Widened For Women Since 2023

    Despite heavy representation in the legal operations field, women in this area continue to be underpaid compared to men, earning as much as 25% less total compensation than their peers, a new survey has found.

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    Rise In Civil Case Filings Mostly Driven By MDLs In 4 Districts

    The number of civil lawsuits filed in federal court grew significantly in 2023, but much of that growth was deceptive, as it was driven by a small number of mass torts in just a handful of individual districts.

  • AmEx CLO Saw Smaller Comp In '23 As Stock Award Dipped

    American Express Co. paid its veteran chief legal officer $10.7 million in total compensation last year, a $4 million drop from 2022, according to a securities filing.

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    5 Women Attys Named Influential Legal Tech Leaders

    Leaders from Crowell & Moring LLP, Gilbert & Tobin and Gowling WLG were among the five honored Monday by the International Legal Technology Association as part of its 2024 list of Influential Women in Legal Technology.

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    Legal Groups Seek Update On What It Takes To Be A Lawyer

    The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System has announced a "major update" to its 2014 survey, this time teaming up with the Law School Admission Council to tap thousands of attorneys to get an updated view of what it takes to be a successful lawyer.

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    Goldman Sachs CLO Saw Comp Drop By Nearly $4M In 2023

    After earning more than $17 million in 2022, Goldman Sachs Group Inc.'s top attorney Kathryn Ruemmler saw her compensation decrease by $3.8 million last year, largely due to a difference in the stock awards she received from the financial giant, according to a recent securities filing.

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    Uber CLO Saw Lower Stock Awards Drive Down Pay In '23

    Uber's Tony West, who has been chief legal officer there since 2017, earned about $10.4 million in total compensation in 2023, down from the $10.6 million he received the previous year, a recent securities filing showed.

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    Steptoe Hires Amazon Web Services Corporate Counsel

    Steptoe LLP has added an attorney to its government affairs and public policy practice who worked at the firm twice before and most recently spent more than two years as an in-house attorney for Amazon Web Services.

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    Lambda Legal Elects New Board Of Directors Chair

    LGBTQ+-focused legal charity Lambda Legal has announced that the former vice chair of its board of directors has been elevated to the role of chair following an election by the board's members.

  • GE Paid Legal Chief $8M; More Coming In Separation Package

    General Electric paid general counsel Michael Holston over $8 million in 2023 and has prepared a multi-million dollar separation package for Holston and other departing executives who led GE toward its April 2 split into three independent companies, the company revealed Thursday.

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

    New data that showed the job market for experienced general counsel picked up to pre-pandemic levels last year was among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

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    New Deputy Chief Counsel Appointed To Pennsylvania Courts

    Pennsylvania's state court management office has tapped an attorney with nearly 15 years of experience advising state officials to serve as deputy chief counsel.

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    Former Trail Blazers GC Joins Schwabe Williamson In Portland

    Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC has hired the former general counsel for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, who is slated to help lead a newly created practice subgroup focused on sports and entertainment clients, the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Discover CLO Made $6.6M With $3.4M Signing Bonus In 2023

    Discover Financial Services paid over $6.6 million in total compensation last year to Hope Mehlman, who was appointed its chief legal officer and general counsel at the start of 2023, including a $3.4 million signing bonus, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing on Friday.

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Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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    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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    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.

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