Posted on September 8, 2014 in General News, Corporate Culture, Leadership
Within the past few months, Laureen Seeger was named general counsel of American Express, Kristin Coleman was named general counsel of Sears Holdings and Stacy Fox was named general counsel of DuPont — just a few of the many contemporary success stories.
Having the qualifications and talent to snag an in-house counsel seat is a must, but lawyers with their sights set on such senior-level roles must know how to properly position themselves.
Posted on August 4, 2014 in General News, Corporate Culture
During the past few decades, the numbers of female general counsel at Fortune 500 companies and women in law firm leadership positions has significantly risen. Still, when one examines the raw numbers of women in leadership positions at the Am Law 100, it’s clear that there is still plenty of room for improvement.
Posted on July 30, 2014 in General Counsel, Corporate Culture
Today’s general counsel is much more than just an in-house lawyer. The GC role has been evolving for decades, but in the last few years that evolution has accelerated, driven in part by the recent financial crisis. In that calamity many GCs found themselves thrust into much bigger roles at their companies—those of strategic adviser or even business partner to their boards of directors. Even as the crisis has passed, many GCs continue to performing those duties.
While GCs gain their seats atop corporate legal departments through experience, knowledge and skill, the prospect of taking on additional responsibilities may seem daunting. And that’s exactly why GWLS will feature a panel titled: “The Trusted Advisor: What General Counsel Should Know About the CEO, Board of Directors and Collaboration.”
Posted on November 13, 2012 in General News, General Counsel, Corporate Culture, Mentoring
The role of the general counsel goes beyond advising on legal and compliance matters. GCs wear many hats and a few roles brought up in one of today’s afternoon panels included government relations, compliance officers and even human resources.