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Michelle Shanahan, a nonprofit attorney who spent a quarter century in senior roles at National Public Radio, has joined...
11/08/2023

Michelle Shanahan, a nonprofit attorney who spent a quarter century in senior roles at National Public Radio, has joined the advocacy organization America’s Public Television Stations as general counsel.

America's Public Television Stations COO Lonna Thompson said Michelle Shanahan will be a great asset to our stations on a broad variety of legal and regulatory issues arising in our media industry.

While the Millennium Challenge Corp. isn’t widely known, it leaves its mark around the globe by doling out grants, with ...
11/08/2023

While the Millennium Challenge Corp. isn’t widely known, it leaves its mark around the globe by doling out grants, with the goal of reducing poverty by accelerating economic growth.

Peter Jaffe, who has spent years in the private sector helping companies navigate compliance around the globe, now will turn his attention to helping the 19-year-old Millennial Challenge Corp. reduce poverty by stoking economic growth.

Verma—who was born in India and immigrated to the United States at age 8 and has a law degree from Santa Clara Universit...
11/08/2023

Verma—who was born in India and immigrated to the United States at age 8 and has a law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law—-said joining SpotDraft is an “exciting leap.”

Very quickly in the process, after they asked me whether I wanted to do this, I started asking myself why I wouldn't do this. And I didn't have a good answer to that question,” said Akshay Verma, SpotDraft's newly hired COO.

GC Ousted in Executive Shakeup at Big Chemical Company
11/07/2023

GC Ousted in Executive Shakeup at Big Chemical Company

Anne Lynne Puckett is out as legal chief of Celanese Corp. after five years—seemingly done in by the company's sluggish sales and possibly the retirement of the CEO who hired her.

NPR Attorney for Quarter-Century Takes Legal Reins of Public TV Advocacy Group
11/07/2023

NPR Attorney for Quarter-Century Takes Legal Reins of Public TV Advocacy Group

America's Public Television Stations COO Lonna Thompson said Michelle Shanahan will be a great asset to our stations on a broad variety of legal and regulatory issues arising in our media industry.

23andMe Breach Compounded by Theft of Ethnicity Data
11/07/2023

23andMe Breach Compounded by Theft of Ethnicity Data

We understand that the 23andMe breach has resulted in the targeted exfiltration and sale on the black market of at least one million data profiles pertaining to individuals with Ashkenazi Jewish heritage, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong wrote in a letter to the company.

▪️ Developers of AI technologies should consider antitrust compliance and risk at the design phase.▪️ Companies that agg...
11/06/2023

▪️ Developers of AI technologies should consider antitrust compliance and risk at the design phase.

▪️ Companies that aggregate and disseminate pricing information need to be aware of increasing antitrust risks and potential accusations of facilitating anticompetitive conduct.

▪️ Companies utilizing AI, including pricing technology, should consider best practices and evaluate potential antitrust risks depending on their business model.

While artificial intelligence is an evolving technology with promising use cases, it is also attracting regulatory scrutiny.

Dwayne Leslie has more than 25 years of legal experience, including serving as a health care attorney at Jones Day as we...
11/06/2023

Dwayne Leslie has more than 25 years of legal experience, including serving as a health care attorney at Jones Day as well as at Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo and working in-house at health care finance companies.

Ken DeStefano, who has been Adventist HealthCare's general counsel for a quarter-century, is retiring and passing the reins to his top deputy, Dwayne Leslie.

Paul Weiss Compliance Expert Takes Legal Reins of Federal Foreign Aid Agency That Doles Out Billions
11/06/2023

Paul Weiss Compliance Expert Takes Legal Reins of Federal Foreign Aid Agency That Doles Out Billions

Peter Jaffe, who has spent years in the private sector helping companies navigate compliance around the globe, now will turn his attention to helping the 19-year-old Millennial Challenge Corp. reduce poverty by stoking economic growth.

Ex-Legal Ops Chief at Meta and Coinbase Takes COO Post at 'Rocket Ship' SpotDraft
11/06/2023

Ex-Legal Ops Chief at Meta and Coinbase Takes COO Post at 'Rocket Ship' SpotDraft

Very quickly in the process, after they asked me whether I wanted to do this, I started asking myself why I wouldn't do this. And I didn't have a good answer to that question,” said Akshay Verma, SpotDraft's newly hired COO.

Join us for a live webinar and earn CLE Credit*Conversations around generative artificial intelligence are dominating th...
11/06/2023

Join us for a live webinar and earn CLE Credit*

Conversations around generative artificial intelligence are dominating the social stratosphere. Be prepared to both manage how AI tools are used and defend intellectual property against infringement. Featuring speaker Ed Lanquist, Jr., Esq.

*CLE Credit will be available for CA, IL, NJ, and NY. Attendees must watch the program in its entirety.

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2023
Time: 2pm ET | 11 AM PT

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Artificial Intelligence: Balancing Opportunity and Antitrust Risk
11/06/2023

Artificial Intelligence: Balancing Opportunity and Antitrust Risk

While artificial intelligence is an evolving technology with promising use cases, it is also attracting regulatory scrutiny.

Major D.C.-Area Hospital System Promotes Deputy GC to Top Lawyer
11/06/2023

Major D.C.-Area Hospital System Promotes Deputy GC to Top Lawyer

Ken DeStefano, who has been Adventist's general counsel for a quarter-century, is retiring and passing the reins to his top deputy, Dwayne Leslie.

The organization is best known for Hearing First, a subsidiary launched in 2015 that focuses on early intervention to he...
11/03/2023

The organization is best known for Hearing First, a subsidiary launched in 2015 that focuses on early intervention to help parents of infants and toddlers who are deaf or hard of hearing have listening, spoken language and literacy opportunities.

Albert Suh, who started his in-house career at Aramark, will be VP of administration and general counsel for the Oberkotter Foundation.

The penalties against Boeing Distribution Services and National Office Furniture totaled $635,000 and were among nine su...
11/03/2023

The penalties against Boeing Distribution Services and National Office Furniture totaled $635,000 and were among nine such cases announced in October. It’s a sign the DOL is getting more aggressive with enforcement.

It really pays off to take that time and train anyone who has a hand in the hiring process, said Nancy Van der Veer Holt, a partner at FordHarrison.

Blackstone Attorney Takes Legal Reins at Fast-Growing Owner of Rental Homes
11/03/2023

Blackstone Attorney Takes Legal Reins at Fast-Growing Owner of Rental Homes

Ama Romaine has joined Progress Residential, the nation's largest owner of single-family rental homes—a segment that has seen torrid growth.

Will Legal Chief Be Next to Go at Embattled National Association of Realtors?
11/03/2023

Will Legal Chief Be Next to Go at Embattled National Association of Realtors?

“It’s the toxic culture that’s causing employees to call for wholesale change, said Robert Föehl, executive-in-residence for business law and ethics at Ohio University.

Philadelphia Museum of Art GC Jumps to Foundation That Aids Deaf Children
11/03/2023

Philadelphia Museum of Art GC Jumps to Foundation That Aids Deaf Children

Albert Suh, who started his in-house career at Aramark, will be VP of administration and general counsel for the Oberkotter Foundation.

Feds Putting Squeeze on Federal Contractors for Hiring Disparities
11/03/2023

Feds Putting Squeeze on Federal Contractors for Hiring Disparities

It really pays off to take that time and train anyone who has a hand in the hiring process, said Nancy Van der Veer Holt, a partner at FordHarrison.

Future legal challenges to DEI could take some more unusual forms.The New York State Bar Association, in a report issued...
11/02/2023

Future legal challenges to DEI could take some more unusual forms.

The New York State Bar Association, in a report issued in September by its Task Force on Advancing Diversity, said DEI may become a part of antitrust or consumer protection law challenges.

“It is thus important to understand how antitrust laws may impose constraints on how employers within an industry can communicate and coordinate with one another on DEI efforts,” said the task force chaired by former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison chair Brad Karp.

The way to minimize risk is the engage in conduct that promotes diversity without making decisions or limiting opportunities explicitly on the basis of race or gender, said Rutgers Law School professor Stacy Hawkins.

Michele Lau, who left McKesson Corp. as associate general counsel in 2021 to become chief legal officer at internet regi...
11/02/2023

Michele Lau, who left McKesson Corp. as associate general counsel in 2021 to become chief legal officer at internet registrar GoDaddy, will return to the health care giant on Jan. 1 as its executive vice president and CLO.

Michaele Lau is taking the reins of the health care giant, where she previously worked for 13 years.

It’s a GCs job to keep things lawful. But, as a U.S. law firm partner said, “there is just not enough support for GCs wi...
11/02/2023

It’s a GCs job to keep things lawful. But, as a U.S. law firm partner said, “there is just not enough support for GCs within organizations” and not enough backing for the idea that GCs should sit on the board.

“The old-fashioned view that legal is a blocker still prevails.”

Tensions are simmering within corporate corridors as an increasingly complex regulatory landscape and an unsteady market push the relationship between a company's General Counsel and its C-suite to the limit.

Paul Jones is departing as Marquette's GC and VP for university relations to lead corporate development and strategy at ...
11/02/2023

Paul Jones is departing as Marquette's GC and VP for university relations to lead corporate development and strategy at A. O. Smith, one of the world's biggest makers of water heaters and boilers.

Paul Jones, who was chief legal officer of Harley-Davidson before joining the university in 2020, is hopscotching to A.O. Smith, another prominent Milwaukee employer.

The office, the firm’s 19th around the globe, will include a core team of five lawyers relocating from existing Cooley o...
11/02/2023

The office, the firm’s 19th around the globe, will include a core team of five lawyers relocating from existing Cooley offices. It will be led by Derek Colla, a corporate and M&A partner with extensive experience representing emerging companies in the U.S. and Latin America.

The tech-focused firm follows Sidley Austin, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Winston & Strawn, Kirkland & Ellis and King & Spalding in the bustling South Florida legal market.

"Statutory changes often cause uncertainty and create misconceptions surrounding the revisions and enactments of the new...
11/02/2023

"Statutory changes often cause uncertainty and create misconceptions surrounding the revisions and enactments of the new statutes. The recent reform to portions of Florida’s family law statutes is no exception to these misunderstandings."

This article considers two sections of the recent family law reform that have drawn misconceptions and clarifies these statutory changes for practitioners, their clients, and all interested parties.

Among the various agencies tapped by the Biden administration, it’s perhaps the Department of Commerce that seems to be ...
11/02/2023

Among the various agencies tapped by the Biden administration, it’s perhaps the Department of Commerce that seems to be emerging as a leader among the executive branch. In light of the recent advancements in generative AI that have made deepfakes and other types of fabricated contents more sophisticated, the agency was ordered to develop guidance for content authentication and watermarking to label AI-generated content.

The new executive order builds on the White House's Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights, tasking multiple government agencies to develop new rules for AI, with a heavy emphasis on AI testing and transparency.

How Employers Can Embrace DEI Without Inviting Lawsuits
11/02/2023

How Employers Can Embrace DEI Without Inviting Lawsuits

The way to minimize risk is the engage in conduct that promotes diversity without making decisions or limiting opportunities explicitly on the basis of race or gender, said Rutgers Law School professor Stacy Hawkins.

McKesson Taps Its Former Associate GC to Replace Retiring CLO
11/02/2023

McKesson Taps Its Former Associate GC to Replace Retiring CLO

Michaele Lau is taking the reins of the health care giant, where she previously worked for 13 years.

'The Role Needs to be Backed Up': Why GCs are Demanding More Boardroom Power in Tough Times
11/02/2023

'The Role Needs to be Backed Up': Why GCs are Demanding More Boardroom Power in Tough Times

Tensions are simmering within corporate corridors as an increasingly complex regulatory landscape and an unsteady market push the relationship between a company's General Counsel and its C-suite to the limit.

Marquette University's GC Resigns, Returns to Corporate World
11/02/2023

Marquette University's GC Resigns, Returns to Corporate World

Paul Jones, who was chief legal officer of Harley-Davidson before joining the university in 2000, is hopscotching to A.O. Smith, another prominent Milwaukee employer.

Cooley Opens Miami Office With Sights On Local Tech, VC Community
11/01/2023

Cooley Opens Miami Office With Sights On Local Tech, VC Community

The tech-focused firm follows Sidley Austin, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, Winston & Strawn, Kirkland & Ellis and King & Spalding in the bustling South Florida legal market.

Clarifying Misconceptions of Family Law Reform
11/01/2023

Clarifying Misconceptions of Family Law Reform

This article considers two sections of the recent family law reform that have drawn misconceptions and clarifies these statutory changes for practitioners, their clients, and all interested parties.

White House's AI Executive Order Opens the Door Wide to New Rules, Enforcement Actions
11/01/2023

White House's AI Executive Order Opens the Door Wide to New Rules, Enforcement Actions

The New Executive Order builds on the White House's Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights, tasking multiple government agencies to develop new rules for AI, with a heavy emphasis on AI testing and transparency.

Veteran Defense Industry Attorney Lands CLO Role at Ex-Forcepoint Unit
11/01/2023

Veteran Defense Industry Attorney Lands CLO Role at Ex-Forcepoint Unit

Raytheon in-house veteran James Wallace is taking the legal reins of G2CI, which has hired its own management team now that it operates as a stand-alone business. most recently was executive director and general counsel of the strategic missile defense unit of Raytheon.

Top 5 Traits of Great General Counsel From a Legal Recruiter
11/01/2023

Top 5 Traits of Great General Counsel From a Legal Recruiter

What follows is observational, based on 20+ years recruiting for corporate law departments. In my opinion, here are the top 5 traits needed to become a great General Counsel.

Specialty Vehicle-Maker Hires Cooper Tire's Top Lawyer to Replace Ousted GC
11/01/2023

Specialty Vehicle-Maker Hires Cooper Tire's Top Lawyer to Replace Ousted GC

“The leadership team is committed to continuous improvement and driving shareholder growth. I look forward to working with the team to reach our goals.” General Counsel Stephen Zamansky said.

Attention to Document Creation May Mitigate Antitrust Merger Enforcement Risk
11/01/2023

Attention to Document Creation May Mitigate Antitrust Merger Enforcement Risk

Given the increasing significance of documents in merger investigations, companies that frequently engage in M&A should assume the antitrust agencies will obtain and review all company documents. Thus, it is imperative that counsel work closely with business teams to develop a proactive approach to....

Teva CLO David Starks Moving On After Two Rough-and-Tumble Decades
11/01/2023

Teva CLO David Starks Moving On After Two Rough-and-Tumble Decades

“My main criteria for the future will be to work with fantastic humans and to find yet another challenge that puts my experiences to their best possible use, Stark said in a LinkedIn post.

CLO Sues for Wrongful Termination, Says Company Broke SEC Rules, Maligned Minorities
10/31/2023

CLO Sues for Wrongful Termination, Says Company Broke SEC Rules, Maligned Minorities

Michael Arouh said gaming software maker Gan Ltd. fired him because of his insistence on following his legal duties and his unwillingness to bend the law for defendants.

SEC Sues SolarWinds CISO Over Massive Breach, Escalating Push to Put Public Company Execs on Firing Line
10/31/2023

SEC Sues SolarWinds CISO Over Massive Breach, Escalating Push to Put Public Company Execs on Firing Line

The company blasted the agency for overreach and said the enforcement action should alarm all public companies and cybersecurity professionals across the country.

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