In-house Counsel

875 ABA Journal In-house Counsel articles.

Law Firms Will Have to Work Harder for Hefty Profits, Competitor Predicts

Despite rich profits recently reported by some of the nation’s biggest and best-known law firms, the legal work landscape is changing for the vast majority of corporate practitioners. Faced with…

How Attorneys Can Avoid Big Claims Over Bankrupt Clients

When struggling companies go under in a big way, bankruptcy trustees today are increasingly looking to their accountants and lawyers to ante up at least some of the missing money

Most GCs Happy With Job, Many Looking to Hire In-House Counsel

Despite headaches created by increased corporate compliance requirements and tension with outside auditors, the vast majority of lawyers at the helm of corporate legal departments are happy with their jobs.…

Coke Reviews Diversity at Outside Law Firms, Honors Shook Hardy

The Coca-Cola Co. sent a questionnaire to its 18 outside law firms asking about their diversity practices, then honored Shook, Hardy & Bacon for good results.

The soft drink company…

GCs Take Career Hit in Backdating Scandals

General counsel at 14 Silicon Valley companies have seen their careers slide under the taint of backdating scandals.

The Recorder (sub. req.) investigated the fate of general counsel…

Suit Claims Boss Waterboarded Worker as Motivational Tack

A suit by a sales employee claims his boss subjected him to waterboarding as part of a “team-building exercise.”

Chad Hudgens, part of a 10-person telephone sales team, said he…

Hiring of Former Pentagon GC Not Big News to Chevron

Chevron Corp. has hired William “Jim” Haynes II, the former Pentagon general counsel criticized for his role in approving harsh interrogation techniques, but the company didn’t rush to publicize its…

How to Avoid ‘Parent Trap’ Issues

While those who are parents aren’t a protected class, employers seeking to be family-friendly can ironically stumble into legal pitfalls if they aren’t careful.

When disciplining a worker who is…

How to Make Workers Act Nice (Even if They’re Not)

Angry, unpleasant, rude fellow employees, in legal settings and elsewhere, make life a lot less pleasant—and less productive. Increasingly, companies and law firms recognize this fact, and some have even…

E-Discovery Rule Changes Boost Legal Outsourcing to India

Changes to federal rules governing the discovery of electronic documents have boosted legal outsourcing to India.

E-discovery is producing thousands of pages of documents in lawsuits that require a careful—and…

Goodyear Loses Bid to Keep Sealed Deposition Testimony Secret

Lawyers representing Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. could be on the hot seat under a federal judge’s order allowing them to be questioned about deposition testimony in a case that…

At Some Companies, Purchasing Agents Help Choose Outside Law Firms

Some corporations are so intent on cost-cutting that their purchasing or procurement departments are involved in decisions to hire outside counsel.

Ron Friedmann, president of Prism Legal Consultants Inc., told…

New Century GC Sounded Early Warning About Subprime Exposure

The general counsel of New Century Financial Corp. warned of unsound lending practices in a 2004 memo that was apparently ignored, according to a bankruptcy examiner’s report.

General counsel Stergios…

Pfizer Global Patent Director Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

The global patent director of Pfizer Inc., Alan Hesketh, has been arrested and charged with child pornography, the Associated Press reports.

Hesketh is a British citizen who…

In-House Jobs Not So Cushy or Exciting, Says Veteran Lawyer

If you think a jump from a law firm to an in-house position is the ticket to a cushy, stress-free job, think again. The life of an in-house lawyer is…

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