In-house Counsel

810 ABA Journal In-house Counsel articles.

James Beckett: Scoring legal work
In his former job as chief business development officer at Frost Brown Todd in Louisville, Kentucky, James Beckett was hungry to learn how his firm could do better.
2 Legal Rebels join forces to design the legal department of the future
Sitting on a beach in Florida with his wife, Jeff Carr was enjoying his retirement in April 2017 when he received a phone call asking him to join Univar as general counsel.
In-N-Out Burger sends pun-filled letter to beer maker to address ‘brewing’ trademark issue

In-N-Out Burger has advised the makers of In-N-Stout beer that it wants to “hop to action” to resolve a “brewing” trademark issue “in good spirits.”

In-N-Out sent its pun-filled cease-and-desist…

Chief roles: General counsels earn top dollar, new titles and C-suite access
A growing number of companies are replacing the title of general counsel with that of chief legal officer. The move signifies an equal position in the C-suite and greater influence within the organization.
Prince’s estate files lawsuit over cybersquatting of prince.com

The estate of the late recording artist and actor Prince is suing an Englewood, New Jersey-based domain broker for cybersquatting the prince.com website.

Filed last Wednesday in the U.S. District…

Ex-Lions Gate in-house lawyer got $2.5M settlement for alleged harassment by then-general counsel

A former in-house lawyer at Lions Gate Entertainment is talking to the media about allegations of unwanted sexual contact by general counsel Wayne Levin, who resigned last November.

Levin’s departure…

Can law students improve contracts drafted by accomplished lawyers?

I had had great teachers of contracts, but they emphasized theory, not practice. I resolved to prepare law students to tackle the costly, time-consuming problems of contract ambiguities. Many years of practice allowed me to make good on this resolution.

Some corporate clients are making ‘unpalatable’ demands in outside counsel guidelines, partner says
Corporate clients are increasingly making broad demands in outside counsel guidelines that restrict the type of work law firms can do for other clients, observers say.
More than 25 new legal tech AI players have emerged in past year, report says
Artificial intelligence offerings in the legal tech field have increased by nearly two-thirds over the last year.
General counsel at Novartis to retire after acknowledging payments to Cohen were an ‘error’

The group general counsel at the pharmaceutical company Novartis, Felix Ehrat, has announced his retirement after acknowledging that the agreement to pay lawyer Michael Cohen $1.2 million for consulting…

The rules on being general counsel in the cyber century

In what we are calling the cyber century, the first signs of danger appear on a screen; a hack, a viral video, a tweet. Any of these can be the…

Outgoing Adobe GC Mike Dillon saw changes that digitization and globalization wrought (podcast)
Mike Dillon has seen a lot change over his career as general counsel to some of the nation’s largest technology companies.
Program places law students in paid internships that help them see the business picture
A team of prominent law professors and legal professionals has formed a national nonprofit, the Institute for the Future of Law Practice, which will place law students in paid internships that will expose them to legal operations principles.
General counsel for Midas parent company gets stayed suspension for unauthorized practice
A general counsel who failed to complete his continuing education requirements, leading to his suspension from law practice in Ohio, has received a two-year stayed suspension because of his legal work for his Florida corporation.
No. 3 lawyer at Justice Department is leaving; what does it mean for the special counsel probe?
Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the third-highest ranking official at the Justice Department, is leaving for a top position with Walmart.

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