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Above the Law Launches a New Column for In-House Counsel

Some time ago, we solicited applications for a new position here at Above the Law: a columnist to cover the world of in-house counsel. We received many outstanding applications, and we thank everyone who applied for their interest.

Today we are pleased to announce the launch of the new column, entitled Inside Straight (for the poker aficionados among you). As its name suggests, the column will cover the world of corporate counsel with all of the candor and insight that you’ve come to expect from ATL.

Our columnist — a former law firm partner, current in-house lawyer, and author of a well-received book on legal practice — should be familiar to longtime followers of the world of legal blogging….

Here’s the press release, which has all the details about our new offering.


Above the Law Launches New Column for In-House Counsel

The legal profession is currently experiencing sweeping and dramatic change, marked by such developments as the rise of alternatives to the billable hour and the increased use of outsourcing. Many of these changes reflect a larger trend: exploring how law firms can provide high-quality legal services in a timely and cost-effective manner, by focusing on the needs of their clients. In light of this renewed emphasis on the client, and in response to the demand for additional coverage of corporate legal departments, Above the Law (“ATL”) is launching a new column aimed at corporate counsel.

“Covering the in-house counsel world has always been a crucial part of Above the Law’s mission,” said ATL managing editor David Lat. “But based on the return of the spotlight to the client, as well as what we were hearing from our readers, it became clear that there was an even greater hunger for coverage of the corporate legal world. Adding a dedicated in-house column is just a natural extension of the Above the Law brand.”

Mark Herrmann

Above the Law’s new column, to be called “Inside Straight,” will be written by Mark Herrmann, vice president and chief counsel for litigation at Aon, the world’s leading provider of risk management services and human capital consulting. A leading commentator on the legal profession, Herrmann — a former partner at Jones Day, and the author of The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law — is no stranger to the world of blogging. He blogged from 2006 to 2009 at Drug and Device Law Blog, the leading blog in its area of law. Inside Straight will appear twice a week, on Mondays and Thursdays.

“I’ve been out of blogging for nearly a year, and I was starting to suffer withdrawal symptoms,” said Herrmann. “I’m delighted to get back in the game. ATL is one of the most widely read legal blogs in the country, and I’m flattered to have been asked to contribute.”

“There’s so much to write about now in the in-house world,” said ATL editor Elie Mystal, “including changing relationships with outside counsel, alternate fee agreements, and the politics of corporate legal departments. We’re thrilled to have Mark joining us to cover this fascinating and dynamic environment, with his invaluable insider perspective.”

If you have questions about Above the Law’s enhanced in-house coverage or want to learn more about how to reach in-house readers through advertising on ATL, feel free to contact us.

Above the Law is one of the biggest and best sites for original legal news, counting among its readers everyone from general counsels and senior law firm partners to 1Ls and aspiring law students. Written by lawyers for lawyers, Above the Law’s staff blankets institutions like the Supreme Count, law schools, and top law firms. It’s the first with salary and bonus information and is a hub of professional advice for legal professionals at all career stages. Above the Law has received numerous awards, including recognition by the Weblog Awards and the ABA Journal Blawg 100.

Breaking Media launched in 2006 as a network of targeted business-to-business web sites, e-newsletters, events and social media channels that speak to the purchase decision makers and opinion leaders of the influential, affluent business communities it serves. The company was founded by Carter Burden III, founder and CEO of managed hosting provider Logicworks and Justin Smith, currently the President of the Atlantic Media Company, overseeing leading thought-leadership brands The Atlantic, National Journal, CongressDaily, The Hotline and Government Executive. The company is run by CEO John Lerner.


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