In-House

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    Ex-Moody's GC Cops To Tax-Filing Fail On $54M Paycheck

    The former general counsel for Moody's Corp. has pled guilty to willfully failing to file federal income tax returns for four years in which he collected $54 million in income, federal prosecutors announced Friday.

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    Crypto Co. DCG Hires 1st Legal Chief Amid New York AG Fight

    The head of cryptocurrency conglomerate Digital Currency Group on Thursday said the firm has appointed its first chief legal officer, hiring the former top lawyer of payment management firm Billtrust as DCG fights a lawsuit by New York's attorney general and other disputes. 

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    How Scientific Games' Top Lawyer Fulfills His Civic Duty

    Jim Schultz, who earlier this year became head of the legal and public policy departments at Scientific Games, views part of his responsibilities as a lawyer as giving back to the community. For him, that means serving on boards for a variety of civic and nonprofit organizations, including the Philadelphia Shipyard Development Corp. and the Delaware River Port Authority.

  • Former Fuel Co. GC, CEO Must Pay $750K In SEC Fraud Suit

    The former general counsel and CEO of an Arizona fuel company accused of conspiring to defraud investors out of $30 million have reached consent orders with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and agreed to pay nearly $750,000 in fines, disgorgement and restitution.

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    Sony Pictures Entertainment Recruits Disney Atty As New GC

    Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. has chosen a seasoned in-house counsel, who has worked at other high-profile film and television studios including Disney and 21st Century Fox, to replace its outgoing top lawyer, the company said Thursday.

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    Jury Rejects Ex-Medical Co. GC's Suit Against Loeb & Loeb

    A Colorado federal jury has rejected a former in-house attorney's claim that Loeb & Loeb LLP and one of its ex-partners acted outrageously when they filed a lawsuit on behalf of a medical device company accusing him of stealing trade secrets.

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    InterDigital's Top Atty Saw Compensation Exceed $1.4M In '23

    Mobile technology developer InterDigital paid its chief legal officer more than $1.4 million in total compensation last year, according to the company's latest proxy filing, the first time the attorney's pay has been reported since he was promoted to the role in October 2021.

  • LexisNexis Legal & Professional GC To Retire

    LexisNexis Legal & Professional's general counsel Ian McDougall, who has held the position for 14 years, will be retiring in September, the Law360 parent company said Thursday.

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    Microvast Elevates General Counsel To President Role

    Microvast Holdings Inc., a Texas-based technology company that develops and manufactures lithium-ion battery solutions, promoted its general counsel to president, according to a recent securities filing.

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    Axiom Expands In-House Program With Law Firm Services

    Expanding on Arizona's pilot program for alternative legal services, Axiom is, for the first time, letting U.S. general counsel use its Arizona-based law firm in collaboration with its other services on large, complex projects.

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    Digital Health Co.'s Former GC Joins Perkins Coie In NY

    Perkins Coie LLP is bolstering its intellectual property practice, announcing Thursday that it has brought on the former general counsel and chief compliance officer of digital healthcare company Cleerly.

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    LegalZoom Legal Chief's Compensation Rose To $4M In 2023

    The general counsel at online legal services provider LegalZoom earned $4 million in 2023, according to proxy documents filed Wednesday with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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    Ubisoft Promotes CLO To Executive Vice President

    French video game publishing giant Ubisoft has appointed its chief legal officer to the position of executive vice president, the company said Wednesday.

  • Ex-Autonomy GC Tells Jurors He Wanted To Be 'Helpful' To HP

    Autonomy's former U.S. general counsel conceded Wednesday in the criminal trial of former CEO Michael Lynch that he told an HP lawyer he wanted to be as "helpful" as possible to the company as it was investigating Autonomy-related issues that popped up after the Silicon Valley giant purchased the British company, and that he was told he could face liability for his work at Autonomy.

  • Proxy Snapshot: Pfizer Inc.

    As one of the biggest U.S. corporate donors to political campaigns, Pfizer Inc. is facing an advisory shareholder resolution asking it to report on how its political, lobbying and election expenditures in 2023 may have conflicted with publicly stated company values and policies, including Pfizer's stated goal to "end discrimination against women, ensure equal opportunities for leadership and access to reproductive health," according to its annual proxy statement.

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    GM's Legal Vice President Earned $11.5M In 2023

    General Motors executive vice president of legal, policy and cybersecurity, who has been with the automotive giant since 2015, earned around $11.5 million in total compensation last year, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    AMC GC's Compensation Reached Almost $2.8M In 2023

    AMC paid its general counsel close to $2.8 million last year, up from the nearly $2.6 million he saw in 2022, according to a securities filing Wednesday.

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    Seyfarth Picks Up BCLP Corporate Finance Pro In Atlanta

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP is expanding its corporate team with a Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP finance specialist as a partner in its Atlanta office, the firm said Wednesday.

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    In-House Vet Named NantHealth's New Legal Chief

    Healthcare software company NantHealth announced that an experienced in-house attorney who has spent nearly 25 years working in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries was named its new chief legal officer.

  • Mitsubishi Promotes Top Lawyer To Newly Created Position

    Mitsubishi Motors North America Inc. has promoted its highest-ranking attorney to a new, more senior position: senior vice president and chief legal and administrative officer, the company announced Tuesday.

  • Tesla's Risky Ride To Revive Musk's Multibillion-Dollar Pay

    Tesla Inc. and its mercurial CEO Elon Musk are banking on a bold strategy to salvage his multibillion-dollar compensation plan, invoking a recently enacted corporate power to first patch Tesla's charter and then reincorporate in Texas, potentially triggering stockholder claims of fiduciary breaches and waste.

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    Ex-Facebook GC Earns $7.1M In First Year As Etsy Legal Chief

    Former Facebook general counsel Colin Stretch, who joined online marketplace and e-commerce website Etsy as chief legal officer in February 2023, earned around $7.1 million in total compensation last year, according to a recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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    Ex-Cozen O'Connor Atty Moves In-House To DraftKings

    Cozen O'Connor's former co-chair of its state attorneys general practice has moved in-house to join major sports betting company and firm client DraftKings Inc. as its new chief responsible gaming officer.

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    Hunton Hires Martin Marietta Assistant GC In San Francisco

    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP said Tuesday it is growing its environmental team by bringing in a land use and mining expert as a partner in the firm's San Francisco office from building supply company Martin Marietta Materials Inc., where he was assistant general counsel.

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    Proxy Snapshot: Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

    As a sign of the times, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is facing shareholder resolutions questioning its policies on climate change risk, including one that suggests it is doing too much and others that imply it's doing too little. The resolutions will be voted on at the company's annual meeting Wednesday in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Expert Analysis

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Firms Coach Associates Remotely? Author Photo

    Practicing law through virtual platforms will likely persist even after the pandemic, so law firms and senior lawyers should consider refurbishing their associate mentoring programs to facilitate personal connections, professionalism and effective training in a remote environment, says Carol Goodman at Herrick Feinstein.

  • How Law Firms Can Welcome And Celebrate Autistic Lawyers Author Photo

    As the U.S. observes Autism Acceptance Month, autistic attorney Haley Moss describes the societal barriers and stereotypes that keep neurodivergent lawyers from disclosing their disabilities, and how law firms can better accommodate and level the playing field for attorneys whose minds work outside of the prescribed norm.

  • Law Firm Tips For Evaluating AI And Machine Learning Tools Author Photo

    Many legal technology vendors now sell artificial intelligence and machine learning tools at a premium price tag, but law firms must take the time to properly evaluate them as not all offerings generate process efficiencies or even use the technologies advertised, says Steven Magnuson at Ballard Spahr.

  • A Call For Personal Accountability On Diversity And Inclusion Author Photo

    While chief legal officers are increasingly involved in creating corporate diversity, inclusion and anti-bigotry policies, all lawyers have a responsibility to be discrimination busters and bias interrupters regardless of the title they hold, says Veta T. Richardson at the Association of Corporate Counsel.

  • Learning How To Code Can Unleash New Potential In Lawyers Author Photo

    Every lawyer can begin incorporating aspects of software development in their day-to-day practice with little to no changes in their existing tools or workflow, and legal organizations that take steps to encourage this exploration of programming can transform into tech incubators, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

  • Supporting Associates Amid Pandemic's Mental Health Toll Author Photo

    As junior associates increasingly report burnout, work-life conflict and loneliness during the pandemic, law firms should take tangible actions to reduce the stigma around seeking help, and to model desired well-being behaviors from the top down, say Stacey Whiteley at the New York State Bar Association and Robin Belleau at Kirkland.

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    Ask A Mentor: Should My Law Firm Take On An Apprentice? Author Photo

    Mentoring a law student who is preparing for the bar exam without attending law school is an arduous process that is not for everyone, but there are also several benefits for law firms hosting apprenticeship programs, says Jessica Jackson, the lawyer guiding Kim Kardashian West's legal education.

  • The Importance Of Client Engagement In Law Firm Innovation Author Photo

    As clients increasingly want law firms to serve as innovation platforms, firms must understand that there is no one-size-fits-all approach — the key is a nimble innovation function focused on listening and knowledge sharing, says Mark Brennan at Hogan Lovells.

  • The Unique Challenges Facing Women-Owned Law Firms Author Photo

    In addition to establishing their brand from scratch, women who start their own law firms must overcome inherent bias against female lawyers and convince prospective clients to put aside big-firm preferences, says Joel Stern at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms.

  • The Pursuit Of Wellness In BigLaw: Lessons From My Journey Author Photo

    Jane Jeong at Cooley shares how grueling BigLaw schedules and her own perfectionism emotionally bankrupted her, and why attorneys struggling with burnout should consider making small changes to everyday habits.

  • Why We Must Recruit And Advance More Black Prosecutors Author Photo

    Black Americans make up a disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated population but are underrepresented among elected prosecutors, so the legal community — from law schools to prosecutor offices — must commit to addressing these disappointing demographics, says Erika Gilliam-Booker at the National Black Prosecutors Association.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Deal With Overload? Author Photo

    Young lawyers overwhelmed with a crushing workload must tackle the problem on two fronts — learning how to say no, and understanding how to break down projects into manageable parts, says Jay Harrington at Harrington Communications.

  • A Scientific Path For Improving Diversity At Law Firms Author Photo

    Law firms could combine industrial organizational psychology and machine learning to study prospective hires' analytical thinking, stress response and similar attributes — which could lead to recruiting from a more diverse candidate pool, say Ali Shahidi and Bess Sully at Sheppard Mullin.

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    Ask A Mentor: How Can Associates Seek More Assignments? Author Photo

    In the first installment of Law360 Pulse's career advice guest column, Meela Gill at Weil offers insights on how associates can ask for meaningful work opportunities at their firms without sounding like they are begging. 

  • Legal Sector Regulatory Reform Is Key To Closing Justice Gap Author Photo

    In order to improve access to justice for those who cannot afford a lawyer, states should consider regulatory innovations, such as allowing new forms of law firm ownership and permitting nonlawyers to provide certain legal services, says Patricia Lee Refo, president of the American Bar Association.

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