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The Need for a Personal General Counsel

Posted in In-House Practice, Leadership

Guest Blogger: Anthony Palazzo is in-house litigation counsel for a private company in Durham, N.C. Palazzo is also a member of the ACC Research Triangle Area Chapter. Governor Christie appointed his long-time friend and legal counsel David Samson as chairman of the Port Authority. David Samson is also a Partner at Wolff & Samson—legal counsel… Continue Reading

Situational Awareness and In-house Counsel Technology

Posted in In-House Practice

Situational awareness is a relatively new term, applied most frequently by the military, emergency services and air traffic control. It is a complex field and has generated much study and many definitions. One that I like simply defines situational awareness as “being aware of one’s surroundings and identifying potential threats and dangerous situations.”

A [Value] Challenge for 2013: Throw Your Hat Over the Wall

Posted in Client-Firm Value, In-House Practice

We have all seen the articles, attended the conferences or engaged in conversations that express dissatisfaction with law firm billing, the continued growth of legal costs generally, and the disconnect between cost and value received. I have heard these complaints since I first became involved with ACC over 21 years ago. Unfortunately, I think it… Continue Reading

A Table for More: Rediscovering Diversity

Posted in On the Road

Guest Blogger: Howie Wong is general counsel and corporate secretary at Toronto Community Housing which is  the largest landlord in Canada. Prior to joining Toronto Community Housing in 2005, Howie was a M&A lawyer for 19 years with Gowlings, a national Canadian law firm. “Diversity refers to human qualities that are different from our own and… Continue Reading

Postcard from Germany

Posted in On the Road

  By J. Alberto Gonzalez-Pita the Executive Vice-President & General Counsel of HCP, Inc., headquartered in Long Beach, CA. Mr. Gonzalez-Pita is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Corporate Counsel.  I recently had the great pleasure of attending the ACC Europe Annual Conference in Berlin. For three days, I attended… Continue Reading

FASB to Scale Back FAS 5 Proposal: Organizational Respect For Privilege Expected To Be Reinstated

Posted in In-House Practice

ACC applauds the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) for moving away from its proposed changes to FAS 5 contingent liability reporting requirements and adopting a more reasonable approach in response to strong opposition from ACC and other bar and business groups. The Board reportedly plans to issue a final rule that will incorporate the following*:… Continue Reading