In-House Perspective

JD Supra's new 'In-House Perspective' series provides in-house counsel a platform upon which to share their views and thought leadership on issues of the day, including industry news and legal... more +
JD Supra's new 'In-House Perspective' series provides in-house counsel a platform upon which to share their views and thought leadership on issues of the day, including industry news and legal developments, relationships with outside counsel, and law practice matters. If you're a GC interested in writing for the series, contact news@jdsupra.com. less -
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10 Ways Your Personnel Policies Are Exposing Your Company to Legal Risk (And What to Do About It)

Your company’s personnel policies set expectations and standards for your employees, and can be used as a key defense tool in litigation. Accordingly, it is important to conduct regular audits of these policies to ensure they...more

3 Ways to Make Every Networking Event You Attend Worth Your Time

When I attend a networking event, this is what I do to make sure it matters....more

5 Key Employment Law Challenges for In-House Counsel

5 employment law challenges that in-house counsel will face in the coming year and how to get out ahead of them....more

5 Ways to Follow Up Effectively (With Real-World Examples)

Building relationships with interesting people is the key to an exceptional career, and one key to those relationship is: the follow-up. Here's a look at how to do it correctly....more

The Traits of Effective In-House Counsel

Effective members of corporate legal departments exhibit Servant Leadership characteristics; are proactively involved with the company; and they effectively communicate with others. Here's an in-depth look, an in-house...more

In-House Counsel: 5 Simple Ways to Make Your Client Happy

The best lawyers know that being a good lawyer requires knowing the law and being an excellent salesperson. It requires emotional intelligence and insight, service-orientation, responsiveness, and a desire to serve. Now that...more

Servant Leadership for In-House Legal Counsel

The true Servant Leader in-house counsel listens and learns about the company’s business, so that they can not only put out legal fires as they arise, but anticipate and prevent most fires to begin with....more

The Single Most Important Professional Question You'll Ever Answer

It's not your goals, not your greatest strength or weakness or why a tennis ball is fuzzy. It’s your story. And it’s up to you to make it great....more

Connect, Contribute, Champion: 3 Strategies for Exceptional Business Relationships

Three strategies to build powerful business relationships that you can start working on today, from attorney, mentor, in-house counsel Josh Beser....more

How'd You Get That Job? Erin McClarty, Head of Legal: Sub-Surface Imaging at CGG

Erin McClarty is Head of Legal: Sub-Surface Imaging at CGG. In addition to drafting, negotiating and reviewing agreements, Erin is responsible for advising on worldwide business matters, training on contractual issues,...more

Entrepreneurs: 7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Hiring a Lawyer

Have you ever hired a lawyer for your business? Did you know what questions to ask, or how to evaluate whether or not they could deliver what you need?...more

How’d You Get That Job? Manny Schecter (@MannySchecter), Chief Patent Counsel, IBM

I grew up believing that if I worked harder than most the rewards would follow, but I was not focused on the nature of the rewards. ...more

How’d You Get That Job? Richard Russeth, VP, Corporate Affairs & GC at Leprino Foods Co

Half the advice you give on any given day is more likely to be business advice than legal advice....more

How'd You Get That Job? Michelle Sherman, Senior Corporate Counsel, Litigation, at Farmer's Group

Relationships matter, and I was glad to be of service to a former client. Many law firm attorneys are hired in house as a result of this attorney-client relationship....more

How’d You Get That Job? Josh Beser (@josh_beser), Assistant General Counsel at Lonza

Do excellent work no matter who is watching. Excellent work is the price of admission for anyone to want to help you do something professionally....more

How’d You Get That Job? Rebecca Signer Roche (@rsigroche), Senior Labor & Employment Counsel at DynCorp International

I get to be an employment lawyer, I get to help my client solve its employment law problems, I get to be involved in the delicate interplay between law and business, I get to learn how to assess risk real-time and how to make...more

How’d You Get That Job? Jared Cohen (@jaredcohe), VP Ops & GC at Kickstarter

I applied to almost every entry level job at any startup on either coast. If they had no jobs listed, I applied anyway. I figured I’d prove myself and work my way up....more

Relationships Build Experiences Build Opportunities Build Careers

Nothing happens independently. Everything is tied to something before it. Here's why that matters...more

4 Ways to Identify (and Complete!) Your Important Work in 2014 and Beyond

Our most important work often is not our most urgent work. Here's how to get it done...more

5 Written Communication Skills for In-House Counsel

Part of our In-House Perspective series, this article offers five communication skills and methods necessary for the successful in-house counsel. These are suggestions for internal communications in general, rather than for...more

10 Hot Employment Issues for Global Companies in 2014

Here is an overview of some of the most pressing and exciting employment law issues to watch in 2014, with an emphasis on issues that global companies in particular can expect to see...more

What Startups Actually Need From Their Lawyers

Whether in-house or outside counsel, here are five basic skills that start-ups actually need from their lawyers...more

New Media Law: In House and In the Trenches

The law firm business model is designed for clients who can afford law firm fees, which most start-ups, frankly, cannot. A small fraction of those clients’ needs are cutting-edge legal issues. Thus, the exposure to novel...more

Part of the Fabric: How an Internal Law Department Can Add the Most Value To a Company

The value provided by the in-house general counsel for all companies, and also by the associate, assistant and senior counsels for larger companies, is the provision of proactive legal services, as opposed to reactive legal...more

GoldieBlox v. Beastie Boys: Something Here Doesn't Rhyme

Sometimes a legal dispute inspires the creative within. This is exactly what happened when I read about GoldieBlox Inc. suing Beastie Boys and producer Rick Rubin. As you may have seen in the press, GoldieBlox seeks...more

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