In-House

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    Akin Adds Ex-Treasury Atty, Sanctions Expert In DC

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has hired a former top attorney for the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control, who has joined the firm's international trade practice in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Wednesday.

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    Last Straw: Food Delivery App Execs Exit As Co. Liquidates

    The general counsel of food delivery platform Waitr Tuesday informed federal regulators that he and the rest of the company's executive team had been terminated as it shut down all operations and filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in Delaware.

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    Ex-Valley National Bank Counsel Joins Chiesa Shahinian In NJ

    Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC announced that a former in-house transactional lending counsel with Valley National Bank has joined the New Jersey-based firm's corporate and securities group and banking and finance team as of counsel.

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    Honeywell GC Earned $7.5M In 2023

    Honeywell's general counsel, who has been with the manufacturing conglomerate for almost 28 years, received just over $7.5 million in pay in 2023, about $742,000 less than in the previous year, the company disclosed in a securities filing Tuesday.

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    Halliburton CLO Earned More Than $6.1M In 2023

    The chief legal officer for Halliburton Co. has made the ranks of the oil service company's highest paid executives, earning over $6.1 million in total compensation in 2023, according to the company's proxy statement filed Tuesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    GCs See Tough Year Of Budget, Tech, Talent Struggles Ahead

    A new study released Tuesday paints a bleak picture of general counsel seeing their legal departments stretched to the limit while facing complex new financial, cybersecurity, privacy, AI and other laws, with no new resources in sight.

  • Nasdaq Sank Minority-Led SPAC's Tech Co. Merger, Suit Says

    The Nasdaq Stock Market along with in-house lawyers and other executives face claims they "arbitrarily and capriciously" abused their discretion to unfairly undermine a merger plan for a minority-led special purpose acquisition company seeking to bring a minority-led technology company onto the stock market.

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    Ex-Fed. Prosecutor, Tech Co. GC Joins Boies Schiller In Calif.

    Boies Schiller Flexner LLP is bolstering its West Coast litigation team, announcing Monday it has brought on a former federal prosecutor, who most recently worked at home rental platform Bungalow, as a partner in its San Francisco and Los Angeles offices.

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    Proxy Snapshot: Walt Disney Co.

    In what might be one of the fiercest battles of 2024 over a board of directors at a major company, the Walt Disney Co. has issued its proxy statement for the annual meeting to be held virtually online on Wednesday.

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    ConocoPhillips' GC Earned $5.7M Last Year

    ConocoPhillips's general counsel saw her compensation increase yet again in 2023, bringing her earnings to just over $5.7 million for the year, according to the Texas energy giant's latest proxy materials filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday.

  • Technology Attorney Returns To Moses & Singer

    An attorney focused on technology and data has returned to Moses & Singer LLP as a partner after two years in-house, the firm announced Monday.

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    Cooper University Health Names Ex-Judge As 1st Legal Chief

    Just over six months after retiring from the bench and joining Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC, a former New Jersey federal judge will become the first chief legal officer for South Jersey health system Cooper University Health Care.

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    The Top In-House Hires Of March

    Legal department hires during the past few weeks included high-profile appointments at John Deere, Geico and Zoom. Here, Law360 Pulse looks at some of the top in-house announcements from March.

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    Home Depot GC Earned Nearly $3.4 Million In 2023

    Home Depot Inc.'s general counsel in 2023 earned nearly $3.4 million in total compensation, according to a securities filing Monday that showed her joining the list of the Atlanta-based company's five highest paid executives.

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    Littler Adds Longtime Home Builders Association Atty In DC

    Littler Mendelson PC has hired a more than 20-year veteran of the National Association of Home Builders' in-house legal department to bolster its expertise counseling employers on construction liability, regulatory compliance and related matters, the firm recently announced.

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    Las Vegas Sands' Global GC Sees Comp Top $12M In '23

    Las Vegas Sands' global general counsel, who earlier in his career clerked for Chief Justice John Roberts and then-U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, earned more than $12 million in total compensation in 2023, a big jump from the roughly $2.6 million the previous year, according to a securities filing Friday.

  • KBR Escapes Sanctions Over Atty Doc Mistranslation

    A Texas appellate panel determined that the decision to intentionally mistranslate documents from English to Spanish by a global engineering company's outside counsel wasn't enough to sanction the company as a whole.

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    Forward Party Runs In-House Counsel For Pa. AG

    Eric Settle left his job as senior counsel at AmeriHealth Caritas this week so that he can run for attorney general of Pennsylvania. By doing so, he is helping to build a new, bipartisan political party.

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    Retired Sidley Austin Atty Joins Pharma Group's Case

    A former Sidley Austin LLP attorney said Thursday that he is coming out of retirement to work for a pharmaceutical coalition in its push for protection from anti-kickback restrictions in a federal lawsuit.

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

    Discover argued that allegedly misleading statements on compliance and risk management protocols from top brass were "aspirational" remarks on general practices, and an affiliate of Walt Disney Co. shareholder Blackwells Capital asked Delaware's Court of the Chancery to force Disney to open its books and records. These are among the stories in corporate legal news you may have missed in the past week.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    The end of March marked another busy week for the legal industry as BigLaw made notable hires and shifted office locations. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

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    ADT Legal Chief Saw Comp Dip To $1.7M In 2023

    The chief legal officer of security company ADT Inc. earned $1.7 million in total compensation in 2023, about $250,000 less than what he earned in 2022, according to a proxy statement filed Thursday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Feds Say Ex-OneCoin Atty Should Serve 'Substantial' Time

    Manhattan federal prosecutors have requested a "substantial" amount of prison time for a Bulgarian woman who worked on the legal team at the fraudulent OneCoin cryptocurrency exchange, but said the sentence should fall below the guidelines range of 10 years.

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    WeightWatchers Adds 23andMe's Ex-Legal Head As Its GC

    WW International Inc., formerly known as WeightWatchers, hired Jacqueline Cooke from ancestry-tracking company 23andMe this month as its new general counsel and corporate secretary.

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    Busy Chief Lawyer Lands On List Of Highest Paid 3M Execs

    While 3M Co. laid off thousands of employees in 2023, including some lawyers, its chief legal affairs officer saw his pay increase, earning over $6.7 million in total compensation as he joined the list of the company's five highest paid executives.

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Expert Analysis

  • Our Current Approach To Trial Advocacy Training Is Lacking Author Photo

    The key to trial advocacy is persuasion, but current training programs focus almost entirely on technique, making it imperative that lawyers are taught to be effective storytellers and to connect with their audiences, says Chris Arledge at Ellis George.

  • How Women In Law Can Advance Toward Leadership Roles Author Photo

    Female attorneys in leadership roles inspire other women to pursue similar opportunities in a male-dominated field, and for those who aspire to lead, prioritizing collaboration, inclusivity and integrity is key, says Kim Yelkin at Foley & Lardner.

  • The Case That Took Me From Prosecutor To Defense Attorney Author Photo

    Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Moira Penza, now at Wilkinson Stekloff, recalls the challenges of her first case as a civil defense attorney — a multibillion-dollar multidistrict class action against Allergan — and the lessons she learned about building rapport in the courtroom and with co-counsel.

  • The Importance Of Legal Macroeconomics Education For Attys Author Photo

    Most legal professionals lack understanding of the macroeconomic trends unique to the legal industry, like the rising cost of law school and legal services, which contributes to an unfair and inaccessible justice system, so law school courses and continuing legal education requirements in this area are essential, says Bob Glaves at the Chicago Bar Foundation.

  • What ABA Student Well-Being Standards Mean For Law Firms Author Photo

    While the American Bar Association's recent amendments to its law school accreditation standards around student well-being could have gone further, legal industry employers have much to learn from the ABA's move and the well-being movement that continues to gain traction in law schools, says David Jaffe at the American University Washington College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Build Rapport In New In-House Role? Author Photo

    Tim Parilla at LinkSquares explains how new in-house lawyers can start developing relationships with colleagues both within and outside their legal departments in order to expand their networks, build their brands and carve their paths to leadership positions.

  • What Attys Should Consider Before Taking On Pro Bono Work
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    Piper Hoffman and Will Lowrey at Animal Outlook lay out suggestions for attorneys to maximize the value of their pro bono efforts, from crafting engagement letters to balancing workloads — and they explain how these principles can foster a more rewarding engagement for both lawyers and nonprofits.

  • Opinion

    NY Bar Admission Criminal History Query Is Unjust, Illegal Author Photo

    New York should revise Question 26 on its bar admission application, because requiring students to disclose any prior interaction with the criminal justice system disproportionately affects people of color, who have a history of being overpoliced — and it violates several state laws, says Andrew Brown, president of the New York State Bar Association.

  • 7 Ways Attys Can Improve Their LinkedIn Summaries Author Photo

    Lawyers can use LinkedIn to strengthen their thought leadership position, generate new business, explore career opportunities, and better position themselves and their firms in search results by writing a well-composed, optimized summary that demonstrates their knowledge and experience, says Guy Alvarez at Good2bSocial.

  • How Law Firms And Attys Can Combat Imposter Syndrome Author Photo

    Imposter syndrome is rampant in the legal profession, especially among lawyers from underrepresented backgrounds, leading to missed opportunities and mental health issues — but firms can provide support in numerous ways, and attorneys can use therapeutic strategies to quiet their inner critic, says Helen Pamely at Rosling King.

  • The Law Firm Qualities Partners Seek In Lateral Moves Author Photo

    In 2022, partners considering lateral moves have new priorities, and firms that hope to recruit top talent will need to communicate their strategy for growth, engage on hot issues like origination credit and diversity initiatives, and tailor their integration plans toward expanding partners’ client base, says Gloria Sandrino at Lateral Link.

  • Small Steps Can Help Employers Beat Attorney Burnout Author Photo

    Lawyers are experiencing burnout on a massive, unprecedented scale due to the pandemic, but law firms and institutional players can and should make a difference by focusing on small, practical solutions that protect their attorneys’ most precious personal resource and professional commodity — time, says Chad Sarchio, president of the District of Columbia Bar.

  • The Evolving Role Of The Law Firm Legal Secretary Author Photo

    Technological shifts during the pandemic and beyond should force firms to rethink how legal secretaries can not only better support timekeepers but also participate in elevating client service, bifurcating the role into an administrative support position and a more elevated practice support role, says Lauren Chung at HBR Consulting.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Ace My Upcoming Annual Review? Author Photo

    Jennifer Rakstad at White & Case highlights how associates can emphasize achievements and seek support before, during and after their annual review, despite the pandemic’s negative effects on face time with colleagues and business development opportunities.

  • How Your Law Firm's Brand Can Convey Prestige Author Photo

    In order to be perceived as prestigious by clients and potential recruits, law firms should take their branding efforts beyond designing visual identities and address six key imperatives to differentiate themselves — from identifying intangible core strengths to delivering on promises at every interaction, says Howard Breindel at DeSantis Breindel.

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