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Ben W. Heineman, Jr. Shares Thoughts on His New Book, “The Inside Counsel Revolution”

Posted in Litigation Shorts

Guest bloggers: Ed Paulis is vice president and assistant general counsel at Zurich North America Group. He is also chair of the ACC Litigation Committee. He can be reached at edward.paulis@zurichna.com. Justin Connor is senior counsel and director of chief legal officer services at ACC. He can be reached at j.connor@acc.com.

Over the past 25 years, there has been a revolution in the legal profession. General counsel and other in-house lawyers have increased their quality, responsibility, power, and status. They are core members of the C-suite. This shift in the in-house role is necessary to keep up with demands of corporations and the ever-changing global business and legal landscape. Continue Reading

Compliance – It Can Start with Contracts

Posted in ACC Mid-Year Meeting

At the inaugural ACC Mid-Year Meeting, one of the popular morning sessions was “Enhancing Compliance and Risk Management Through Contracts.” Faculty Dan Puterbaugh, director and associate general counsel, Adobe Systems; Monica Reinmiller, director corporate compliance, Sutherland Global Services Inc; and Sarah Sederstrom, senior counsel, Wunderman, instructed attendees that your contracts can be your first line of defense against compliance issues. Continue Reading

The DuPont Legal Model: A Playbook for Success

Posted in Litigation Shorts

Guest bloggers: Jennifer Mailander is associate general counsel at Corporation Service Company, and is the former chair of ACC’s Litigation Committee. She can be reached at jennifer.mailander@cscglobal.com. Tom Sager is a partner at Ballard Spahr LLP and former general counsel at DuPont. He can be reached at sagert@ballardspahr.com.

DuPont has worked with dozens of law firms on dozens of matters. At the start, there was no strategy for working together. There was no coherent set of criteria that tied the law firms’ goals to DuPont’s goals. There was no benchmarking for success. And there was not nearly enough diversity. The legal department was a cost center and it was far more confusing and inefficient than it had to be. Continue Reading

Learning How to Communicate Effectively: A Discussion With Wendy Swire of Swire Solutions

Posted in Career

Guest blogger: Ilona Korzha is counsel at Sprint Corporation. She is also co-chair of the ACC Career Development Committee. She can be reached at ilona.korzha@sprint.com or ilonakorzha@yahoo.com. The materials contained herein represent the opinions of the author and should not be construed to be the views or opinions of Sprint Corporation.

Good communication skills are important for one’s success in any job, but they are crucial to the success of corporate counsel. It is safe to say that one would not be able to advance in one’s career in a corporation without learning to be “on the same page,” “touching base offline,” “looping back,” or managing the situation “holistically.” All joking aside, becoming a good strategic business partner — while remaining a lawyer — takes special communications skills. Continue Reading

Taking Your Contracting Skills & Strategies to the Next Level

Posted in Contracts & Negotiations

Ninety-five percent of chief legal officers stated their law department insources contract management, according to the ACC Chief Legal Officers 2016 Survey. And this year, contracts saw a big increase in the percentage of individuals who cite this as their primary practice, with 64 percent of respondents identifying it as their primary discipline.

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