Guest blogger: Betty Francisco is the former general counsel for Millennium Partners Sports Club Management LLC and a member of ACC Northeast. She is also founder and president of FitNation Ventures. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
The power of an influential network cannot be underscored enough. Your network is the ultimate springboard to develop business, grow professionally and enhance your brand.
Sixteen years ago as a newly minted attorney in private practice, I attended business conferences or charity events where the law firm had to fill a table. I was encouraged to mingle with clients and total strangers huddled in impenetrable packs. I never understood how to network in these situations. It was not until I went in-house that I developed an expansive network simply by doing things that fueled my passions. Continue Reading
Guest blogger: K. Royal is VP, AGC Privacy and Compliance at CellTrust Corporation. She is also the co-secretary of the ACC Health Law Committee. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) ruled that it is unconstitutional for states to prohibit or not recognize same-sex marriages in Obergefell v. Hodges. What does this mean for employee benefit programs? If employers are not currently offering health benefits to same-sex spouses, they will likely have to change their policies. Based on the ruling, same-sex spouses are now entitled to the same benefits offered to all opposite-sex married couples, including health benefits, rights of survivorship and workers compensation benefits. Continue Reading
Guest blogger: Khurram Nasir Gore is General Counsel and Chief Strategy Officer at Personal BlackBox Company, a public benefit corporation. He can be reached at Khurram.Gore@pbb.me. For more details on ACC’s research and benchmarking capabilities, contact email@example.com.
Recently, good fortune found me seated at a table of influential general counsel and law firm partners talking about the business and legal issues most important to them. The central topic of discussion – diversity and how to bridge the gap between diversity initiatives and successful outcomes for both law firms and in-house law departments. The diversity questions before us were not solved at this roundtable discussion, but the challenges were acknowledged and, in particular, the yin-yang pull of profit and value was appropriately highlighted. Continue Reading
Guest blogger: Anthony Palazzo is general counsel for a global private holding company in Durham, N.C. He is also a member of ACC New Jersey.
As an in-house counsel, I am used to random questions. A recent one was: What do I do with my garbage? It did not deal with toxic, hazardous waste or old financial records. It concerned third party personal health records maintained on a computer. Oh boy.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) imposes standards regarding the privacy and security of protected health information (PHI) that is transmitted or maintained in electronic, written or oral form (not including employment records held by an employer). This information relates to an individual’s past, present or future physical or mental health, an individual’s provision of health care and/or past, present or future payment for the provision of healthcare. Continue Reading
Guest blogger: James Benes is Director of Legal Affairs at ACTIVE Network. He is also one of the 10 recipients of the 2015 ACC “Top 10 30-Somethings” awards, which were presented at the ACC Corporate Counsel University® (CCU) in Dallas, Texas in May 2015. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you made it through law school and are moving up in your career, I did not want to give you the obvious sentiments, such as “be practical,” “consider the business side,” “contribute to the bottom-line,” “know the decision-makers,” “learn the commercial lingo,” etc…I hope such insights gloss over you and instead, you are looking for a deeper nuance. Well, with that in mind, I will share my thoughts on our old friend, the four-letter acronym ASAP.
Hearing “as soon as possible” is like scratching fingernails on a chalkboard for me. When I first started practicing law, it was at a prominent, large law firm with many partners and tons of clients with dozens of overlapping deadlines, all demanding the same level of care and attention as the other. Continue Reading