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Lawyers are coming forward with stories about how poorly they were treated amid the recruiting frenzy and its aftermath....
09/27/2022
Recruiters Are Ghosting In-House Lawyers, Leaving Some 'Appalled,' 'Depressed' | Corporate Counsel

Lawyers are coming forward with stories about how poorly they were treated amid the recruiting frenzy and its aftermath. Some said the mistreatment was so bad that they’ve turned their backs on the profession.

“It feels like 'American Ninja Warrior.' It’s like, ‘Jump here.’ You do it. ‘Jump there.’ You do it. But nothing seems to be good enough,” said Flo Nicolas, a former in-house lawyer whose recruiting nightmare spurred her to turn away from the profession.

Goldman Sachs GC Kathryn Ruemmler earned $7.9M in total cash comp during her first year as legal chief. Ruemmler is now ...
09/27/2022
Goldman Sachs' First-Year Legal Chief Is Highest-Paid GC in New York | Corporate Counsel

Goldman Sachs GC Kathryn Ruemmler earned $7.9M in total cash comp during her first year as legal chief. Ruemmler is now the highest paid GC in New York and second highest paid GC in the country. Fox Corp. GC Viet Dinh slipped to No. 2 on the new list of the top paid GCs in New York.

“I don’t remember the last time we had a female GC lead the compensation scale for the New York market,” said New York-based legal recruiter Katherine Loanzon.

Bitly has hired Kelly Zitzmann as general counsel. Zitzmann comes from Smartly.io, where she was GC. The company is on a...
09/26/2022
Bitly Adds New General Counsel Amid Shifting Company Focus | Corporate Counsel

Bitly has hired Kelly Zitzmann as general counsel. Zitzmann comes from Smartly.io, where she was GC. The company is on a hiring spree as it shifts its focus to its link-in-bio service.

The company, best known for its link-shortening service, has brought a veteran legal exec aboard as it retools its business strategy.

“It feels like 'American Ninja Warrior.' It’s like, ‘Jump here.’ You do it. ‘Jump there.’ You do it. But nothing seems t...
09/26/2022
Recruiters Are Ghosting In-House Lawyers, Leaving Some 'Appalled,' 'Depressed' | Corporate Counsel

“It feels like 'American Ninja Warrior.' It’s like, ‘Jump here.’ You do it. ‘Jump there.’ You do it. But nothing seems to be good enough,” said Flo Nicolas, a former in-house lawyer whose "recruiting nightmare" spurred her to turn away from the profession.

“It feels like 'American Ninja Warrior.' It’s like, ‘Jump here.’ You do it. ‘Jump there.’ You do it. But nothing seems to be good enough,” said Flo Nicolas, a former in-house lawyer whose recruiting nightmare spurred her to turn away from the profession.

In-House Lawyers in Japan Are Being Taken Seriously—and Multiplying
09/26/2022
In-House Lawyers in Japan Are Being Taken Seriously—and Multiplying | Corporate Counsel

In-House Lawyers in Japan Are Being Taken Seriously—and Multiplying

The increased value placed on in-house legal departments in Japan has been propelled by heightened awareness of legal and governance risks to international businesses, triggered by violations of overseas compliance regulations that have led to charges of accounting fraud and falsification of data.

Roger Nober is stepping down as BNSF's legal chief and executive VP. Jill Mulligan, a long time in-house leader at the c...
09/23/2022
BNSF Railway's Longtime Legal Chief to Step Down; Successor Named | Corporate Counsel

Roger Nober is stepping down as BNSF's legal chief and executive VP. Jill Mulligan, a long time in-house leader at the company, will succeed Nober. BNSF has one of the largest freight railroad networks in North America.

Roger Nober is slated to retire at the end of the year as part of a “long-planned transition, which involves BNSF lawyer Jill Mulligan taking over as legal chief.

“Where the real disconnect comes in is between what the buyers articulate they’re looking for and what the solution prov...
09/23/2022
As Legal Points to CLM Tools’ Shortcomings, Could They Face Their Reckoning? | Legaltech News

“Where the real disconnect comes in is between what the buyers articulate they’re looking for and what the solution provider is articulating they’re capable of delivering. So there’s a lot that gets lost in translation. …I don’t know if the fault lies squarely with the tech companies.”

As more legal professionals find themselves with CLM tools that don’t quite match the pain points they were hoping to solve, some experts suggest that it could lead to more thoughtful and intentional implementations of CLM tools compared to the rush driven by the pandemic.

Legal leaders should get to know their employees and look for signs of burnout. They also must model healthy behaviors, ...
09/23/2022
'There Were Days Where I Didn't Even Eat': How In-House Leaders Derail Burnout Behavior | Corporate Counsel

Legal leaders should get to know their employees and look for signs of burnout. They also must model healthy behaviors, not just talk about them. Employees want to feel appreciated; it's not just about money.

“If you want people to take care of themselves and you're not taking care of yourself, then they're going to be afraid to, said Sarena Straus, general counsel of Virtual Incentives.

Candidates report being abandoned after getting dragged deep into the hiring process. Some say they had to undergo an ab...
09/23/2022
Recruiters Are Ghosting In-House Lawyers, Leaving Some 'Appalled,' 'Depressed' | Corporate Counsel

Candidates report being abandoned after getting dragged deep into the hiring process. Some say they had to undergo an absurd numbers of interviews, including at odd hours. The frenzied market and reliance on Zoom instead of in-person meetings may have fanned bad behavior.

“It feels like 'American Ninja Warrior.' It’s like, ‘Jump here.’ You do it. ‘Jump there.’ You do it. But nothing seems to be good enough,” said Flo Nicolas, a former in-house lawyer whose recruiting nightmare spurred her to turn away from the profession.

Don Lemon was the keynote speaker on the 2nd day of ALM Global's . He recently wrote a book intended to spur conversatio...
09/22/2022
CNN's Lemon Says DEI Requires Getting Out of 'Comfort Zone' | Corporate Counsel

Don Lemon was the keynote speaker on the 2nd day of ALM Global's . He recently wrote a book intended to spur conversations about racism. Lemon said business leaders must take a hard look at whether they are branching beyond their social circles.

“You have to broaden your horizons. And it has to start in your personal life, Lemon said at General Counsel Conference East in New York.

GCs often are responsible for managing a company's board of directors. A new Gartner survey found GCs are skeptical of t...
09/22/2022
GCs' Director-Management Skills Lag, Gartner Survey Finds | Corporate Counsel

GCs often are responsible for managing a company's board of directors. A new Gartner survey found GCs are skeptical of their ability to do so. The survey found onboarding directors was the only skill they had high confidence in.

Director management is especially important in times of change and volatility to make sure the board is well equipped to handle a shifting environment and new business priorities, said James Crocker, Gartner's senior principal of research.

Tesla senior director of legal Dinna Eskin is the company's latest legal chief. Eskin disclosed her new GC role in an af...
09/21/2022
Tesla's New Legal Chief Revealed in Twitter Suit Against Musk | Corporate Counsel

Tesla senior director of legal Dinna Eskin is the company's latest legal chief. Eskin disclosed her new GC role in an affidavit in Twitter's suit against Elon Musk. Tesla has disputed reports that Eskin's apparent predecessor exited the company.

Tesla senior director of legal Dinna Eskin made it clear that she's now in charge of the EV maker's legal department, but her predecessor's status remains murky.

Drive-thru coffee purveyor Dutch Bros Inc., one of the nation’s fastest-growing restaurant chains, has hired former Papa...
09/21/2022
Fast-Expanding Coffee Chain Hires Papa Murphy's Veteran as Legal Chief | Corporate Counsel

Drive-thru coffee purveyor Dutch Bros Inc., one of the nation’s fastest-growing restaurant chains, has hired former Papa Murphy’s legal chief Victoria Tullett as its first chief legal officer.

Dutch Bros CEO Joth Ricci said Victoria Tullett has dedicated her career to consistently and compassionately helping companies reach the high bars for governance and compliance they set for themselves.

ICYMI: In-house legal teams should brace for talent trouble, according to a survey of 751 legal professionals across 10 ...
09/21/2022
70% of In-House Lawyers Inclined to Leave Post, Survey Finds | Corporate Counsel

ICYMI: In-house legal teams should brace for talent trouble, according to a survey of 751 legal professionals across 10 European countries and the U.S.

There are big numbers here in terms of what the Great Resignation is doing in terms of impacting how people will move or switch [positions], Wolters Kluwer's Ken Crutchfield said.

Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $35 million to settle SEC charges. The SEC alleged Morgan Stanley lost thousands of dev...
09/21/2022
Morgan Stanley's Lost Hard Drives Offer 'Cautionary Tale' for Legal, Compliance Chiefs | Corporate Counsel

Morgan Stanley has agreed to pay $35 million to settle SEC charges. The SEC alleged Morgan Stanley lost thousands of devices containing customer info while decommissioning data centers. The company did not admit or deny the findings.

“We’ll be taking a look at the findings to decide how it might impact us and make sure we don’t fall into the same mistakes,” said Featurespace chief legal officer Don Riddick.

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