In-house Counsel

860 ABA Journal In-house Counsel articles.

Wells Fargo lawyers focused on managing risks rather than possible illegal pattern, report says

Wells Fargo’s legal department failed to appreciate the seriousness of high-pressure sales goals that led to the creation of unauthorized customer accounts, according to a report released on Monday by…

More companies push for diversity in outside law firms; Facebook adopts one-third mandate

Facebook is one of the latest companies to join the push for outside law firms to embrace diversity.

Facebook implemented its new mandate last Saturday, the New York Times

Law deans and GCs join campaign to save Legal Services Corp. funding

The American Bar Association’s call to save the Legal Services Corp. was echoed by the general counsel from 185 companies in a letter to Congress on Tuesday, and by…

Deutsche Bank will refuse to pay UK and European law firms for work done by junior attorneys

Deutsche Bank has informed U.K. law firms that it will no longer pay for work done by newly admitted lawyers and trainees.

Legal Week reported Tuesday that Deutsche Bank’s…

Report finds increase in consolidation of outside legal work

Companies are increasingly consolidating their outside legal work.

That was the takeaway from the most recent LexisNexis CounselLink Electronic Legal Management Trends report. According to a Monday story in…

Following Wells Fargo sham account claims, Cravath partner tapped as new GC

C. Allen Parker, the former presiding partner of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, has been tapped to serve as Wells Fargo & Co.’s general counsel.

The corporate partner stepped down as…

Yahoo’s general counsel resigns after report finds lawyers didn’t adequately respond to hack

Yahoo general counsel Ronald Bell resigned on Wednesday after a report on a 2014 hack found that company lawyers and senior executives failed to conduct an adequate investigation of the…

Some in-house legal departments use encrypted emails to communicate with their law firms

Reports of law firm data breaches have led some in-house lawyers to use encrypted emails to communicate with their law firms on matters such as mergers and high-stakes litigation.

Eleanor…

HP general counsel tells law firms to meet diversity mandate or forfeit up to 10% of fees

The general counsel of HP has informed its outside law firms that the company may withhold up to 10 percent of invoiced fees for failure to meet its diversity standards.

This law firm has ousted Skadden from top spot in BigLaw brand survey

A law firm known for the number of its lawyers taking jobs with the Trump administration has claimed the No. 1 spot in a survey ranking the top BigLaw…

Jury awards ousted general counsel nearly $8M; metadata is said to be important evidence

Federal jurors in San Francisco on Monday awarded nearly $8 million to a general counsel who says he was fired because he blew the whistle on his company’s potential…

Nearly half of top legal officers expect to fire at least one law firm this year, survey says

Nearly a third of global general counsel and chief legal officers last year ended at least one relationship with a law firm or outside counsel because of performance issues, according…

10 Questions: Lawyer’s best-selling novel started as a birthday resolution

Author Julie Lawson Timmer—whose debut novel Five Days Left was a best-seller—has no plans to leave law to write full-time. “I never want to have to care if a book sells or not,” says Timmer, who is working on her fourth novel “I think it would take an artistic endeavor and a lifelong dream and turn it into a chore. I also care about my company very much, and I love that my job is different every day. If that sometimes means I have to work long hours and it cuts into my writing time, that’s life.”

Study finds law firms and corporations increasingly turning to alternative legal service providers

A majority of law firms and corporations are already using alternative legal service providers (ALSP) in at least one service category, and more intend to do so in the coming…

Reinventing Professionals: Where is the legal industry headed in 2017?

Ari Kaplan talks to a panel of industry leaders in a virtual roundtable about where the legal industry is headed and advice for navigating prospective 2017 challenges.

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