In-house Counsel

851 ABA Journal In-house Counsel articles.

University lawyer submits resignation after using N-word to make point about free speech
An assistant general counsel for the University of North Texas submitted her resignation Friday after an outcry over her use of a racial epithet at an event to discuss hate speech.
Afternoon Briefs: Author sues Trump for defamation; court tosses bias suit by white male lawyer

Author files defamation suit against Trump for denying he raped her

Author and advice columnist E. Jean Carroll has filed a lawsuit accusing President Donald Trump of defaming her when…

Lawyer practiced for 17 years despite suspension, disciplinary board says
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has disbarred a lawyer who was suspended 17 years ago but allegedly continued to practice law.
Suit accuses former casino company general counsel of approving ‘secret undercover operation’
An invasion-of-privacy lawsuit claims that the former general counsel of Wynn Resorts approved a “secret undercover operation” to gather derogatory information about a former salon employee who provided information to the Wall Street Journal.
Afternoon Briefs: Client convicted of tax attorney’s murder; 4th Circuit says Sessions was wrong

Client convicted of murdering his tax attorney

A former city council member in Cedar Lake, Indiana, was convicted of murder Wednesday for the fatal shooting of his tax attorney. Jurors…

Global general counsel fired after accusations of blackmailing woman he met online
Steven Fabrizio, the global general counsel of the Motion Picture Association of America, has been fired after his arrest for allegedly blackmailing a woman he met on a “sugar daddies” online dating site.
In-House Ethics: Top state court says ethics rules haven’t ‘evolved with the profession’ and lawyer-client relationships

A fired in-house lawyer may sue his former employer for breach of contract and violation of public policy, despite an ethics rule that “robustly protects” a client’s right to terminate a lawyer at any time, for any reason, the Washington Supreme Court has ruled in a 6-3 decision.

Facebook recognizes diversity efforts of outside counsel with award to Kilpatrick Townsend
Facebook has tapped Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton for its first Law Firm Diversity Champion Award.
White House tells Congress it’s not entitled to documents from former counsel McGahn
White House counsel Pat Cipollone told the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that documents subpoenaed from his predecessor, Don McGahn, are protected from disclosure.
Cake incident was ‘breaking point’ for marginalized general counsel, her $20M bias lawsuit says

The former general counsel of data analytics company ExlService Holdings has filed a lawsuit contending that she was marginalized, micromanaged and disrespected by the company’s overwhelmingly male leadership.

Former general…

Attorney sues French luxury brands company for sexual harassment and retaliation

A senior in-house attorney in the New York office of LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton sued the company Tuesday for sexual harassment and retaliation.

In her complaint, Andowah Newton,…

Florida corrections department lawyer resigns after Facebook rant

A Florida Department of Corrections lawyer who made derogatory comments about black people on Facebook resigned Wednesday.

Eric Giunta, the department’s assistant general counsel since December 2017, wrote that…

Hertz lawsuit against former GC seeks return of incentive pay, damages for accounting failures

The Hertz Corp. has sued its former general counsel and two other executives in an effort to claw back $70 million in incentive and severance pay for the group’s alleged…

Former SeaWorld corporate lawyer pleads guilty to insider trading
A former corporate lawyer for SeaWorld has pleaded guilty to one count of insider trading for buying company stock last summer after learning of yet-to-be-announced increases in attendance and revenue.
Not content with retirement, Jeff Carr continues the fight against billable hours

Jeff Carr has been on a 40-year path of improving lawyer efficiency and effectiveness. “There’s an old saying that if you pay for service by the hour, you buy hours and not service,” he says. “And I still believe that very much.”

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