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In-house Counsel Are Striving for Balance Just Like Everyone Else – Why Does it Matter So Much?

Posted in Career

Guest blogger: Robin Myers is director of research at ACC. She can be reached at r.myers@acc.com.

A recent Washington Post poll found that more than 75 percent of mothers and half of fathers in the United States are scaling back on work opportunities, switching jobs or quitting their positions altogether to tend to their children and other family members. And a large, global ACC report on corporate lawyers supports this trend. Continue Reading

King v. Burwell and Its Impact on In-house Health Plan Counsel

Posted in Inside Health Law

Guest blogger: Michael C. Brody is associate general counsel with UnitedHealthcare and a member of the ACC Health Law Committee. He specializes in the Affordable Care Act and other health care law issues.

The health care arena continues to be a dynamic and shifting landscape. In my opinion, it is one of the most interesting areas to practice law due to this evolving environment. For the third year out of the last four years, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a critical health care decision with broad implications on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the American population at large. On June 25, 2015, the Court issued its long-awaited decision in the case of King v. Burwell, 2015 U.S. LEXIS 4248. Continue Reading

Networking – How to Influence by Doing the Things You Love

Posted in Career

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 betty.francisco@comcast.net.

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

Obergefell Decision Impact on Employers

Posted in Inside Health Law

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 k.royal@celltrust.com.

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

Growing Diversity: Bridging the Gap Between Opportunity and Success

Posted in Pro Bono & Diversity

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 research@acc.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