In-House

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    IRobot Shakes Up Top Attys' Roles Amid Broader Overhaul

    In the wake of Amazon ending its $1.7 billion deal to buy iRobot Corp. Monday, the Roomba vacuum maker announced that it will temporarily replace its CEO with its chief legal officer and seek to stabilize the troubled robot company.

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    Gibson Dunn Hires HHS Deputy General Counsel In DC

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has hired Katlin McKelvie, the former deputy general counsel of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, as a partner in the firm's healthcare-focused practice group in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Monday.

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    Stevens & Lee Adds Wells Fargo Elder Fraud Protection Pro

    The former head of aging client services for Wells Fargo has joined Stevens & Lee PC's litigation department and its senior investor compliance services team in its Bergen County, New Jersey, office.

  • Law360 Seeks Members For Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is looking for avid readers of its publications to serve as members of its 2024 editorial advisory boards.

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    Partners Take the Lead as Law Firm Rates Continue to Rise

    Law firms have continued to raise billing rates in 2023, according to a report released Friday that broke down average billable rates across timekeeper roles, including partners, associates and paralegals.

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    How Clients Are Contributing To Law Firm Well-Being

    Outside counsel are often trained to respond to email at all hours and deliver on requests from corporate clients posthaste, a culture of on-demand service that has played a part in mental health challenges in the profession. In recent years, though, some clients have begun to push for a paradigm shift.

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    Ex-DaVita, Radiology Partners Atty Named Sutter Health GC

    California not-for-profit healthcare system Sutter Health has announced it will soon take on a new general counsel, naming an attorney with more than two decades of in-house healthcare industry experience with DaVita Inc. and Radiology Partners as its top lawyer beginning in February.

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    Ex-Blackboard Atty Hired As Mercury System's Next CLO

    Technology company Mercury Systems Inc. will soon welcome as its chief legal officer an attorney with more than 15 years of in-house experience, including helping steer educational technology business Blackboard Inc. through its sale to education software provider Anthology.

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

    Exxon's decision to sue a pair of activist investors to block a proposed climate change-related vote could reflect frustration with the SEC's tonal shift on shareholder proposals, and a new study shows most companies are limiting the use of generative AI because of privacy and data security issues. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the last week.

  • Legal Operations Co. Harbor Launches Innovation Lab

    Legal operations support provider Harbor Global LLC has launched an innovation lab focused on testing and developing solutions using advanced technologies and processes for law firms and in-house legal departments.

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    Former In-House Counsel, M&A Lawyer Rejoins Womble Bond

    Rajan Singh has left his position as vice president and associate general counsel of FiscalNote to rejoin Womble Bond Dickinson LLP's corporate and securities group as of counsel in Tysons, Virginia, the firm announced Friday.

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    How To Climb From Acting To Permanent GC

    Lawyers who were recently interim general counsel say that successfully serving in the role meant finding ways to make their mark and build their own brand — and doing so in a subtle manner — to land the job permanently.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry’s busy January continued this week as BigLaw firms elevated attorneys and expanded their reach into growing markets. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    1 in 4 Cos. Ban Generative AI Over Privacy, Data Risks

    Privacy has become a critical element of customer trust, with 94% of organizations saying their customers would not buy from them if they did not protect data properly, according to a new study released Thursday.

  • Detroit Counsel Criticizes City Law Dept. In Biting Resignation

    Detroit's deputy corporation counsel said he was stepping down amid concerns the city's top lawyer was mismanaging the department, drawing attention to a state judge's recent dressing-down of the city for violating a court order.

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    Kronos Bio Eliminates CLO Amid New Leadership Structure

    In an effort to "streamline" its leadership and save costs, biopharmaceutical company Kronos Bio Inc. announced Thursday it would be cutting three top executive officers, including chief operations officer and general counsel Barbara Kosacz, who joined the company in 2020 following a successful career in private practice.

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    Locke Lord Welcomes Offshore Wind Pro In DC

    The former vice president for offshore wind at the American Clean Power Association has joined Locke Lord LLP, the firm announced Thursday, saying the addition will further strengthen its renewable energy capabilities.

  • Ex-Geico Staff Atty Says Insurer Broke Mass. Wage Law

    A former staff attorney for Geico says the insurer is violating the Massachusetts Wage Act by failing to give her and other terminated workers their final paycheck on their last day, according to a proposed class action filed Wednesday in state court.

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    Kraken Picks Ex-Coinbase GC To Lead Global Regs Strategy

    Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken said on Thursday that it had hired a former Coinbase general counsel to be its global head of regulatory strategy as the company fights the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a lawsuit over alleged securities laws violations and the crypto industry at large grapples with increased regulatory scrutiny.

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    Quarles & Brady Adds Former ColorArt GC In St. Louis

    An in-house attorney experienced in corporate matters and transactions has returned to private practice in Quarles & Brady LLP's St. Louis, Missouri, office following a stint as general counsel at marketing company ColorArt.

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    How 6 States Are Addressing Lawyer Well-Being

    In the years since a groundbreaking 2016 study on lawyer well-being found alarming rates of mental health problems in the legal profession, state bars and supreme courts have amped up efforts to improve lawyer mental health. Well-being leaders in six states shared details of their work at the IWIL 2024 Virtual Annual Conference on Wednesday.

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    Is A Boom In Remote Work Tempering Virtual Firms' Growth?

    Following a period of rapid expansion, the headcount growth at some virtual-oriented law firms has leveled off in recent years, a shift some attribute to the widespread adoption of remote work policies by traditional brick-and-mortar law firms and increased productivity fueled by integrating new technologies.

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    Newmont Picks Veteran Legal Leader As New CLO In Denver

    Newmont Corp. has brought on Schneider Electric's former longtime chief legal officer, who has been recognized for his deep in-house experience, to serve as its new legal chief, the gold mining corporation said Wednesday.

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    How This London GC 'Birthed' A Fully Grown Business

    Group general counsel Melissa Hetherington spent nearly three months helping give birth to Aptia, a major new health and employment benefits company that launched on Jan. 1 with 1,100 corporate clients needing to be served on day one.

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    Atty For Blackstone Cos. Set For Howard Hughes' GC Spot

    Howard Hughes Holdings has added the former general counsel of two Blackstone-owned companies to serve as its new in-house counsel and corporate secretary, the company said Wednesday.

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Expert Analysis

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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.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

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    Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

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