In-House

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    Loyola Marymount Adds Higher Ed Atty For 1st In-House Role

    Los Angeles-based Loyola Marymount University has named as its first-ever senior vice president and general counsel an experienced attorney who has held legal leadership positions at higher education institutions throughout the country.

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    WilmerHale Adds Ex-Medtronic Legal Leader To Its DC Office

    WilmerHale has hired for its Washington, D.C., office an attorney who helped build the global trade legal department at healthcare technology company Medtronic.

  • Novant In-House Attys Want Access To Confidential FTC Info

    Novant Health has asked to tweak a protective order in the Federal Trade Commission's merger challenge regarding its $320 million plan to buy two hospitals in North Carolina, saying the current order designates nearly the entire investigative file confidential and is "unworkable."

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    Alliance Resource Recruits Veteran PE Atty As GC

    Tulsa, Oklahoma-based publicly traded energy company Alliance Resource Partners LP will soon add a new general counsel whose relationship with the company stretches back more than 25 years.

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    Ex-Anchorage Digital GC Speaks Out On Leaving Crypto Bank

    The former general counsel for cryptocurrency custodian Anchorage Digital said Tuesday that a continued lack of regulatory clarity for the industry as a whole and the scale of bad actors in the space led her to step down from her role with the digital asset bank late last year.

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    HP Inc.'s General Counsel Earned $6.2M Pay Package In 2023

    HP Inc. legal chief Julie Jacobs raked in a compensation package totaling $6.2 million in 2023, including a $2 million payment for leaving her position at Yahoo Inc. the year before, according to the company's proxy statement submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    Cannabis Company Puts CLO On Unpaid Leave To Cut Costs

    The chief legal officer of Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. has been placed on a mandatory unpaid leave of absence along with the CEO and other employees as part of a rapid cost-cutting effort to save the company, which has been battered by legal expenses, according to recent securities filings.

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    Multiple Female Law Profs Get Bizarre Text Messages

    The FBI is investigating a series of strange, unsolicited text messages sent to female law school professors and students across the country, which complain that "feminism has triumphed" and "women have won the battle of the sexes," before asking to purchase their dirty socks.

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    Lumentum GC To Retire Once Co. Finds Replacement

    The general counsel for Lumentum Holdings Inc. for nearly the last decade has told the company that she plans to retire once it appoints her successor, according to a Tuesday filing.

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    Broadcom Legal Chief's Pay Climbs To $15.5M

    Broadcom legal head Mark Brazeal, who has spent over 20 years at the semiconductor chipmaker, earned nearly $15.5 million in total compensation in 2023, the company said in a securities filing.

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    Ex-Kirkland Atty Named Wealth Management Firm's 1st CLO

    Wealth management firm Diversify Advisor Network announced Tuesday that a longtime Kirkland & Ellis attorney has been appointed to the newly created role of chief legal officer.

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    Individual Enthusiasm For AI Leads In Contract Management

    There's a growing divide between personal and organizational views of artificial intelligence, particularly as legal and procurement teams weigh the benefits and risks of this technology, a new survey revealed on Monday.

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    Approach The Bench: Judge Michael Baylson

    Though his standing order on lawyers writing briefs using artificial intelligence — one of the first in the country to address the technology — is fairly broad, Judge Michael Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania says he's "not banning AI."

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    Walgreens Brings On Ex-Shell, Sprint Atty As Global CLO

    Walgreens' next top legal leader is a seasoned in-house lawyer who has worked at other high-profile companies including Shell and Sprint, the pharmacy giant said Monday.

  • Zions Bancorporation Promotes Deputy As GC Retires

    Zions Bancorporation will be making several leadership changes at Zions Bank, the company's largest banking division, and at the parent company, amid retirements in the spring, including promoting its deputy general counsel to general counsel.

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    Promoted Kimberly-Clark CLO Saw $4.2M Pay Package In '23

    The former chief legal and business development officer of Kimberly-Clark Corp. earned over $4.2 million in compensation in 2023, according to a securities filing.

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    Public Broadcasting Corp. Gains GC From Paper Excellence

    The Corporation for Public Broadcasting announced Monday that the former chief legal officer at Canadian paper product manufacturer Paper Excellence was named its new senior vice president and general counsel.

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    Comp For Retired Moody's GC Climbed To $2.8M In '23

    The total compensation for the now-retired general counsel and executive vice president at Moody's Corp. rose from just shy of $2.15 million in 2022 to more than $2.8 million in 2023, according to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing Friday.

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    Bar-Takers See Accommodation Gap For Periods, Lactation

    As would-be lawyers prepare to take the bar exam, testing accommodations for those who menstruate or lactate will vary by jurisdiction. In recent years, there's been a reckoning on state bar policies that affect women and transgender test-takers, but advocates say there's more to be done.

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    4 Trends Executive Compensation Attorneys Are Watching

    A Delaware Chancery judge's rejection of Elon Musk's $55 billion Tesla pay package shows how a court historically viewed as corporate-friendly may be shifting, one of several trends executive compensation experts told Law360 they're seeing. Here are four issues executive pay lawyers should have on their radar.

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

    A Texas federal judge has told the National Labor Relations Board to wait at least another two weeks to start enforcing a new rule making it harder for companies to prove they are not joint employers. And board audit committees are branching out beyond finance and into the general counsel's realm, overseeing risks related to cybersecurity, ESG and more.

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    Carnival's Top Attorney Saw Pay Climb To $2.5M For 2023

    Carnival Corp.'s general counsel saw a spike in total compensation last year, jumping from about $1.1 million in 2022 to more than $2.5 million in 2023, according to a Friday filing by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    OCC Names Acting Chief Counsel As Top Lawyer Nears Exit

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said Friday that its chief counsel will soon depart, creating a vacancy that will be filled temporarily by an agency veteran until a permanent replacement is lined up.

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    Floor & Decor Elevates In-House Atty To Chief Legal Officer

    Floor & Decor Holdings Inc. has promoted an in-house attorney who has been with the company for more than a decade to serve as its chief legal officer, a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission says.

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    Schlumberger Top Atty's Comp Rises To $5.4M In '23

    Oil field services giant Schlumberger Ltd. paid its chief legal officer and secretary over $5.4 million in 2023, nearly $450,000 more than the package she received the previous year, according to a recent securities filing.

Expert Analysis

  • How Generative AI's Growing Memory Affects Lawyers Author Photo

    A new ChatGPT feature that can remember user information across different conversations has broad implications for attorneys, whose most pressing questions for the AI tool are usually based on specific, and large, datasets, says legal tech adviser Eric Wall.

  • A Model For Optimal Legal Tech Investment Strategy Author Photo

    Legal organizations struggling to work out the right technology investment strategy may benefit from using a matrix for legal department efficiency that is based on an understanding of where workloads belong, according to the basic functions and priorities of a corporate legal team, says Sylvain Magdinier at Integreon.

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    My Nonpracticing Law Job: Recruiter Author Photo

    Self-proclaimed "Lawyer Doula" Danielle Thompson at Major Lindsey shares how she went from Columbia Law School graduate and BigLaw employment associate to a career in legal recruiting — and discovered a passion for advocacy along the way.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Do I Balance Social Activism With My Job? Author Photo

    Corporate attorneys pursuing social justice causes outside of work should consider eight guidelines for finding equilibrium between their beliefs and their professional duties and reputation, say Diedrick Graham, Debra Friedman and Simeon Brier at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Personality Tests And Machine Learning Applications In Law Author Photo

    Mateusz Kulesza at McDonnell Boehnen looks at potential applications of personality testing based on machine learning techniques for law firms, and the implications this shift could have for lawyers, firms and judges, including how it could make the work of judges and other legal decision-makers much more difficult.

  • AI Is Reshaping Lawyering: What To Expect In 2024 Author Photo

    The future of lawyering is not about the wholesale replacement of attorneys by artificial intelligence, but as AI handles more of the routine legal work, the role of lawyers will evolve to be more strategic, requiring the development of competencies beyond traditional legal skills, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Embrace Active Voice In Legal Writing — In Most Cases Author Photo

    Legal writers should strive to craft sentences in the active voice to promote brevity and avoid ambiguities that can spark litigation, but writing in the passive voice is sometimes appropriate — when it's a moral choice and not a grammatical failure, says Diana Simon at the University of Arizona's James E. Rogers College of Law.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Help Associates Turn Down Work? Author Photo

    Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.

  • How AI Legal Research Tools Are Shifting Law Firm Processes Author Photo

    Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Data Source Proliferation Is A Growing E-Discovery Challenge Author Photo

    With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.

  • Bracing For A Generative AI Revolution In Law Author Photo

    With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.

  • Why I Use ChatGPT To Tell Me Things I Already Know Author Photo

    The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can I Use Social Media Responsibly? Author Photo

    Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.

  • Yada, Yada, Yada: The Magic Of 3 In Legal Writing Author Photo

    Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.

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