General Counsel

  • The latest recruit to join Dentons' army of lawyers.

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 11.30.15

    * While you were feasting upon turkey this Thanksgiving, Dentons — otherwise known as the largest Biglaw behemoth in the world — was busy gobbling up yet another law firm. The megafirm will combine with 33-lawyer OPF Partners out of Luxembourg. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * According to a survey from AlixPartners, over the past 12 months, GCs have reported more “bet the company” lawsuits compared to last year. Don’t get too excited, though, because growth in litigation spend hasn’t quite caught up yet. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * You really can do anything with a law degree — including things that have absolutely nothing to do with the law! Patrick Hobbs, dean emeritus of Seton Hall Law, has been tapped to become the athletics director at Rutgers University. [NJ Advance Media]

    * What would happen if one of the largest publicly traded plaintiffs firms in the world went under? Ever since its stock price plummeted by 52 percent, industry analysts have started to wonder whether Slater & Gordon is on the verge of collapse. [ABC News]

    * In the wake of the defacement of black faculty portraits and the administration’s apparent “ongoing failure” to address racism on campus, Harvard Law alumni are being asked to stop making donations to the school until changes are made. [Boston Globe]

    * One of 92-year-old Sumner Redstone’s exes filed a probate suit questioning his mental competence and ability to run Viacom and CBS. His attorney from entertainment law powerhouse Loeb & Loeb essentially called her client’s ex a gold digger. [CNBC]

    45 Comments / / Nov 30, 2015 at 9:04 AM
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    Minority Issues, Women's Issues

    Double Jeopardy? Gender Bias Against Women of Color In The Legal Profession

    A new report from the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) highlights the opportunity gaps faced by women of color.

    / Nov 20, 2015 at 11:48 AM
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    Biglaw, In-House Counsel

    Are You There Biglaw? It’s Me, The Client: Why GCs Are Pulling Even More Business From Firms

    Survey shows 40 percent of GCs are looking to pull business from firms in the coming year.

    21 Comments / / Nov 12, 2015 at 4:39 PM
  • LF Lazy

    Biglaw, In-House Counsel

    GCs Know How Lazy You Are — Here’s How They Figured You Out

    Don’t give your client the wrong impression by falling into any of these behaviors that general counsel consider signs of a lazy lawyer.

    21 Comments / / Oct 26, 2015 at 1:56 PM
  • prison prisoner jail convicted criminal

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 10.20.15

    * “This is the best we can do” doesn’t sound like a ringing endorsement on policy change, but at least the bipartisan sentencing reform bill has a chance to see the light of day. [National Law Journal]

    * Corporate scandals feed more and more of the news cycle, and general counsels are key to responding. [Law360]

    * Speaking of corporate scandals, the Petrobras corruption scandal has already cost an estimated $5 billion in losses. [Corporate Counsel]

    * Yup, Republicans are still trying to undo Obamacare via lawsuit. The Obama administration just lost a ruling to immediately appeal the viability of the lawsuit. [Wall Street Journal]

    * The Dewey trial’s hing jury mirrors the dysfunction of the Dewey & LeBoeuf partnership. [American Lawyer]
    * The feds are cracking down on drone registration, which means a bunch of new regulations to follow, you know, if you are into flying drones. [Fortune]

    23 Comments / / Oct 20, 2015 at 9:03 AM
  • 100 dollar bills in stacks bonus money benjamins

    In-House Counsel

    How Much Money Can You Make In-House?

    A new study reveals just how much money in-house lawyers are making. Are they making more than you?

    39 Comments / / Oct 8, 2015 at 9:58 AM
  • "Wait... you said WHAT in the 10-K?"

    In-House Counsel

    Really, VW? Part Two.

    What to do when catastrophe strikes your company.

    15 Comments / / Oct 7, 2015 at 3:04 PM
  • Canada View From Up North

    Canada, In-House Counsel, Sports

    The View From Up North: Meet The Blue Jays’ Top Lawyer

    Canada columnist Steven Dykstra interviews Matthew Shuber, legal counsel to the Toronto Blue Jays.

    13 Comments / / Oct 7, 2015 at 11:44 AM
  • Michael Jordan, laughing off the fact that millennials don't know who he is.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)


    Morning Docket: 08.12.15

    * Michael Jordan was present during jury selection for his case against defunct supermarket Dominick’s, but potential jurors didn’t seem the least bit fazed. In fact, just a single one of them considered the basketball star their “personal hero or idol.” Ouch. [Chicago Tribune]

    * Maryland Law will be offering a very topical “Law and ______” class this semester, entitled “Freddie Gray’s Baltimore: Past, Present and Moving Forward.” Students enrolled in the course will be asked to create fixes for social problems. This’ll be interesting. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * According to the GC of Fannie Mae, Biglaw’s profit structure is broken, but the solution he proposes to the problem may not sit well with associates who are slaves to the billable hour — but only if they care about their hourly rates. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * Unlike most of his colleagues, Larry Sonsini of Wilson Sonsini didn’t immediately join a brand name Biglaw firm after he graduated from law school. Instead, he created his own brand name Biglaw firm, so that worked out well. Your own mileage may vary. [Forbes]

    * It seems that New York City’s Responsible Banking Act is unconstitutional because it conflicts with existing state and federal banking laws. To be fair, between dueling mayoral policies, this law was completely FUBARed from the get go. [DealBook / New York Times]

    31 Comments / / Aug 12, 2015 at 9:02 AM
  • Donald Sterling

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 08.11.15

    * “[H]e’s just a litigious person. Unless he has something going on in the public eye, he can’t exist.” Former Clippers owner Donald Sterling filed a suit against V. Stiviano and TMZ, accusing them of invading his privacy by sharing a recording of his racism. [New York Post]

    * A jury found that an ex-municipal court judge who was convicted of insurance fraud was lying when he claimed that he’d been attacked outside the courthouse by thugs wielding a toilet tank lid. We guess you could say that the jurors were able to flush out all of this guy’s crap. [ABA Journal]

    * Talk about a Hail Mary suit: Ted Wells of Paul Weiss and NFL locker-room bullying report fame is being sued for defamation by the former Miami Dolphins offensive-line coach who happened to be one of the casualties of his investigation. [Washington Post]

    * Deutsche Bank’s general counsel will step down from his position at the end of the year. Deutsche Bank joins JPMorgan and Bank of America as the third big bank to have announced a change in GC within the past month. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    * If you’re considering applying to law school, here are five steps you can take to write a “great” personal statement. Surprisingly, one step isn’t mentioning your guaranteed employment at a family firm after graduation. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]

    24 Comments / / Aug 11, 2015 at 9:00 AM
  • Willie Nelson (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.22.15

    * “Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys potheads.” Country singer-songwriter and OG stoner Willie Nelson says marijuana will be legal in all 50 states within the next decade. Who knows, maybe his cannabis-crazed dreams will come true. [San Antonio Express-News]

    * Where do lonely hearts go? To court. This ex-Illinois Law student was accused of stalking a classmate and barred setting foot on campus for a two-year time period. A new trial was ordered, and now he may be able to graduate. Yay? [National Law Journal]

    * Law firms of all sizes are merging at a record pace, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to continue like this ad infinitum. Eventually, all of the fun is going to stop, and it’ll likely because there isn’t any more profitability to be had for these firms. Womp. [Am Law Daily]

    * Corporate legal departments are pushing for more diversity among their ranks, with companies like Xerox leading the way. NAPABA is hopeful that we’ll see 20 Asian-American lawyers as general counsel of Fortune 500 companies by 2020. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * For a man who wanted to “get rich or die tryin,” things don’t seem to be working out so well: Bankrupt rapper 50 Cent was busy denying ownership of many of his luxury items in court this week. He says he rents, borrows, and leases most of his bling. [Associated Press]

    14 Comments / / Jul 22, 2015 at 9:01 AM
  • lawyer cash grab

    Bonuses, General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Money

    Who Are America’s Best-Paid General Counsel? (2015 Rankings)

    In-house life might be stressful, but millions of dollars in compensation surely makes up for it.

    13 Comments / / Jul 16, 2015 at 12:18 PM
  • Bill Cosby (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 07.16.15

    * No pudding pops for you, POTUS! When President Obama answered a question about the possibility of revoking Bill Cosby’s Medal of Freedom, he more or less insinuated that the comedian was a rapist, saying this country should “have no tolerance” for it. [New York Times]

    * “He was acting like a clown.” Even if you reportedly act like a complete and total drunk idiot while hitting on a partner’s wife at your would-be law firm’s holiday party, it’s still possible that you’ll get a job if your dad has political ties and allegedly makes certain promises to the firm. [Journal News]

    * Everyone’s eager to make the jump to an in-house job after years in Biglaw, but many forget the comp scheme is different from what they’re used to. Some in-house earners, however, blow away the competition. We’ll have more on this later. [Corporate Counsel]

    * One of the most important lessons that can be learned from the D&L debacle is that “[g]igantic law firms have a major Achilles’ heel.” When attorneys flee in droves, it can really upset the balance, and boy, Dewey know what a pain that can be. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * If you think all New York City firms will only hire from elite law schools that make up the U.S. News T14, then think again. This prominent real estate boutique seeks to “hire the best candidates based purely on merit, not aristocracy.” Refreshing. [Huffington Post]

    16 Comments / / Jul 16, 2015 at 8:55 AM
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    Morning Docket

    Morning Docket: 06.05.15

    * Per Dean David Herring, applications have tanked at New Mexico Law (ATL #18) — we’re talking a 30% drop over the past five years. Wait, no, nevermind, the school’s assistant admissions dean says things are great. Oops? [Albuquerque Journal; Albuquerque Business First]

    * Gov. Chris Christie thought he was through with the Bridgegate scandal, but oh, how wrong he was. His former deputy chief of staff’s lawyers want to subpoena Gibson Dunn’s work product, but the firm claims it doesn’t exist. [Talking Points Memo]

    * ¡Ay dios mío! This week, a New York appellate court ruled that Cesar Vargas, an undocumented immigrant, should be eligible to practice law in the state, completely sidestepping federal law and a Justice Department brief to the contrary. [WSJ Law Blog]

    * Concordia Law is getting a second chance at obtaining provisional accreditation from the ABA. This would’ve been way more helpful before the majority of its third-year students transferred to an accredited school so they could take the bar exam. [Idaho Statesman]

    * The ex-GC of Zara has filed a discrimination suit against the fashion retailer, claiming that he was fired because he’s Jewish, American, and gay. Apparently senior executives used slurs as ugly as the company’s clothes. [Big Law Business / Bloomberg BNA]

    12 Comments / / Jun 5, 2015 at 9:01 AM
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    Biglaw, Facebook

    More Bad News For DLA Piper And Milberg

    A judge is allowing Facebook’s lawsuit against DLA Piper and Milberg to move forward.

    7 Comments / / May 12, 2015 at 3:02 PM
  • Here you go, Northwestern!

    General Counsel, In-House Counsel, Money, Sponsored Content

    3 Insights About In-House Counsel Compensation

    What do in-house positions generally pay, which industries pay the most, and who are the highest-paid general counsels?

    / Apr 24, 2015 at 2:47 PM
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    In-House Counsel, Money, Partner Issues, Sponsored Content

    Who Makes More: Partners Or General Counsels?

    Given your partner compensation, would you seriously consider a general counsel job? Maybe you should.

    / Apr 17, 2015 at 4:15 PM
  • Idaho's sex ed textbook.


    Non-Sequiturs: 02.24.15

    * An Idaho legislator asked if we could replace gynecological exams with women swallowing a tiny camera. In his defense, how else can you tell girls they can get pregnant from a blowjob? Audio of the hearing below the jump. [Lowering the Bar]

    * “Man tells cops he was drunk when he stole horse for ride to Mardi Gras parade.” I don’t think that’s a defense. In fact, being drunk may be an element for that one. [Times-Picayune]

    * Update on the dean searches at Wyoming Law, DePaul Law, and West Virginia Law. [all courtesy of The Faculty Lounge]

    * Legally related Instagram accounts worth following (in addition to @ATLblog). At least if you’re in the UK. [Legal Cheek]

    * Did you know the former General Counsel of Starbucks has a fusion folk/blues/jazz/rock band? Apparently everyone who works at Starbucks has a band on the side. [Hsu Untied]

    12 Comments / / Feb 24, 2015 at 5:03 PM