In-House

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    Maryland Hospitality Co.'s GC Announces Summer Departure

    The longtime general counsel of Maryland-based DiamondRock Hospitality Co. has announced his plans to retire at the end of June, according to a Monday announcement.

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    For DXC General Counsel, It's Retire, Pivot, Go

    General counsel William Deckelman Jr. isn't so much retiring from DXC Technology Co. as he is going out on his own to ride the Generative AI wave into the future.

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    Former GC To Lead Tech And Innovation At Miami Boutique

    A former general counsel and chief people officer for several companies has joined boutique law firm Caldera Law in Miami to lead its new technology and innovation practice.

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    John Deere Hires Eastman Chemical Exec As New CLO

    A former Eastman Chemical Co. executive will join John Deere next month as senior vice president, chief legal officer and worldwide public affairs, the agricultural machinery manufacturer said Monday.

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    DraftKings' Chief Legal Officer Earned $6.6M In 2023

    DraftKings Inc.'s chief legal officer earned a total compensation package valued at just under $6.6 million in fiscal year 2023, down significantly from the year prior because he received less equity awards.

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

    Federal antitrust prosecutors have added Apple Inc. to the list of Big Tech companies it is suing for anti-competitive behavior; and a law firm general counsel explains how he put guardrails into the firm's AI policy.

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    Women Attys Navigate Shifting Expectations Over Makeup

    Some women attorneys say makeup helps them feel more polished and confident at work, but they acknowledge that the desire to express themselves this way is often dictated by the legal industry's idea of what's appropriate, forcing them to navigate ever-shifting expectations in a field once shaped by men.

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    Reed Smith Maritime Pro Goes In-House At Shipping Financier

    After spending years representing New Orleans-based shipping financing company Maritime Partners LLC, a Reed Smith LLP attorney has taken the working relationship a step further, joining the company as its new chief legal officer, he told Law360 Pulse on Friday.

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    Cineworld Hires Post-Ch. 11 GC, Executive Suite

    Cineworld Group, one of the world's largest movie theater chains, has announced it recently welcomed a new general counsel, chief financial officer and other senior executives following the company's exit from Chapter 11.

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    AlTi COO With Atty Background Takes On President Role

    Wealth and asset manager AlTi Global Inc. announced Friday that it is enlisting its chief operating officer, who is also an attorney, to oversee the company's wealth management and strategic alternatives businesses as its president.

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    Judges And Law Scholars Divided Over AI Standing Orders

    Several federal judges have issued standing orders blocking or putting guidelines on the use of artificial intelligence over accuracy issues with the technology, but a few legal scholars have raised concerns that the orders might discourage attorneys and self-represented litigants from using AI.

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    Attorney Executive Tapped For Leadership Role At Aspira

    Aspira Women's Health Inc., a company focused on the development of gynecologic disease diagnostic tools, has expanded its senior leadership team with the addition of an attorney and doctor as its new president.

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    Cybersecurity Biz Hires Ex-Zoom GC As Its First CLO

    Cybersecurity startup Abnormal Security Corp. has landed as its first-ever chief legal officer an attorney with extensive in-house experience, including a three-year stint as Zoom Video Communications Inc.'s general counsel.

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    Aflac Legal Chief's Total Pay Rose To $4M In 2023

    Aflac Inc. compensated its longtime top legal leader more than $4 million in 2023, marking the second year her pay increased since earning $3.6 million in 2021, according to the company's most recent securities filing. 

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The legal industry began spring with a busy week of BigLaw moves as firms expanded practices and shifted headcounts. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    Corning CLO's Compensation Increased To $5.7M

    Corning Inc. paid its executive vice president and chief legal and administrative officer more than $5.7 million in 2023, a $632,000 increase over the package he received the previous year, according to a recent securities filing.

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    Polsinelli Adds In-House Biotech IP Atty In Boston

    An experienced in-house biotechnology attorney has joined Polsinelli PC's intellectual property department as counsel in Boston.

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    Compensation For Cigna GC Dropped Slightly To $5.2M In '23

    The top attorney for Connecticut-based health insurer Cigna Group saw her compensation package drop slightly in 2023 to $5.21 million from $5.23 million in 2022, according to a recent securities filing.

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    Compensation For Murphy Oil GC Climbs To $3.4M

    Houston-based energy company Murphy Oil paid its general counsel $3.4 million in total compensation last year, amid what it called "another year of strong production and excellent execution" for the company in a securities filing Thursday.

  • HR Tech Startup Borderless AI Arrives With $27M Investment

    Borderless AI, a startup with a human resources platform for legal and other corporate teams, launched from stealth mode on Thursday with a $27 million seed round.

  • Ex-OneCoin Attorney Says 1 Year In Prison Is Enough

    A Bulgarian woman who held the title of legal and compliance executive at the fraudulent OneCoin cryptocurrency exchange asked a Manhattan federal judge to credit her for the year she'd spent in prison in harsh conditions and not sentence her to any more jail time.

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    Proxy Snapshot: Johnson & Johnson

    Johnson & Johnson, a major medicine and medical technologies company based in New Brunswick, New Jersey, has filed its 136-page annual proxy statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in preparation for its annual meeting. That meeting will be held virtually online on April 25.

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    Hinshaw AI Policy Embraces New Tech, With 'Guardrails'

    As generative AI platforms rapidly advance, law firms are hastening to develop policies that address ethical and legal concerns arising from the new technology — including the latest firm to jump into the fray, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. Here, Law360 Pulse talks with general counsel Steven Puiszis about Hinshaw's new policy and how it took shape.

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    RBC Top Atty Sees Role Expand As Strategy Officer Exits

    Royal Bank of Canada confirmed Wednesday that its top attorney has taken on an expanded role as a key strategy executive with the financial institution prepares to leave.

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    Top Attorney For Bristol-Myers Squibb Earned $5.9M In '23

    The longtime general counsel for biopharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb earned more than $5.9 million in compensation for last year, a figure that was down slightly from $6.1 million in 2022 but still buoyed by her work on its recent CEO transition and other matters.

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Expert Analysis

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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.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

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