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Whew! That Was Close – D.C. Circuit Reaffirms Application of Attorney-Client Privilege and Attorney Work Product Doctrine in...

On August 11, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a writ of mandamus supporting the robust applicability of the attorney-client privilege and attorney work product doctrines in the context of False...more

Client Q&A: Joni Lee Gaudes

FCTI, Inc. is a leading nationwide ATM network and service provider. Since 1993, it has deployed customized ATM solutions to America’s largest financial institutions, travel centers and retailers. The Los Angeles-based...more

[Webinar] Peeling Back the Curtain: Working with Your Legal Department to Optimize Your Relationship With Your Outside Law Firms -...

The pressure between managing external legal costs and efficient execution of your company’s legal tasks while maintaining a successful relationship with your outside law firms can be a challenge. In this webinar, we examine...more

Into the Breach: Tips for Effectively Partnering With Outside Counsel in the Data Breach Planning Process

Target recently announced that the total cost of its data breach response efforts since late 2013 now exceeds $252 million (approximately $90 million of that has been offset by insurance proceeds). Such news, particularly...more

Data Privacy Challenges & Considerations for Cross-Border Ethics & Compliance Investigations

What investigators need to know—and do—to adhere to data privacy laws relating during ethics and compliance investigations. Investigations of potential misconduct can be taxing for any organization. But for...more

Three Huge Myths About Outside Counsel Selection

In the last 100 or so interviews I’ve conducted with general counsel, business executives, staff attorneys and other corporate buyers of legal services, I have heard 100 different answers to the question: How does your...more

Just the Fax: Illinois Appellate Court Concerned That TCPA Settlement Between Insured and Class Action Plaintiffs May Be Collusive

An all too familiar scenario: an insurer believes there is no coverage for a claim, but has a duty to defend its insured. In these situations, an insurer often pays for the insured’s independently-selected defense counsel and...more

Why do VCs require legal opinions in venture deals?

Most large venture deals require that the Company’s outside legal counsel issue a customary legal opinion, addressed to the investors in the financing, in order to give the investors comfort that the company’s legal affairs...more

Client Q&A: Ivor Longo, Coca-Cola Company Counsel, Patents

Q: If you think about your best relationships with outside counsel over time, what are the top three things other lawyers could learn from them? A: 1. Fast response is essential. 2. Outside counsel need to approach...more

Client Q&A: Barbara Kolsun, Exec. VP & GC, Stuart Weitzman, LLC

Q: In your best relationships with outside counsel, what are three important things other lawyers could learn from them? A: Three things that are important to me are cost, rapidness of response and efficiency in...more

The Differentiation Paradox

In our conversations with in-house counsel about what law firms can do to strengthen and deepen their relationships, we often seek a short and sweet answer to the question. The answer is easy, but following through is very,...more

The In-House Attorney-Client Privilege

It’s simple—the attorney-client privilege protects from discovery communications between a client and his or her lawyer. It’s challenging—the privilege applies to communications between (some) corporate representatives and...more

All Consuming - Legal Updates for Consumer Finance Professionals (December 2013)

Welcome to the first issue of All Consuming. The Consumer Finance Practice Group will periodically distribute an issue of All Consuming to advise its clients and colleagues of litigation and regulatory developments affecting...more

Strategies In Class Action Engagement: The Class Certification Hearing

This continues our series of blog posts on effective partnering between inside and outside counsel to defend against class action lawsuits. The defense team must consider whether the company’s best interests are better...more

Strategies In Class Action Engagement: Complimentary Roles Of Inside And Outside Counsel

This continues our series of blog posts on effective partnering between inside and outside counsel to defend against class action lawsuits. Inside and outside counsel should have different but complimentary roles in...more

Preview: Silicon Valley In-House Counsel Panel - LMA Bay Area  [Video]

A preview of the LMA Bay Area's program, 'In-House Counsel Summit: New Realities in Delivering Legal Services.' The economics of the legal industry have fundamentally changed with the current recession. Overall demand for...more

Checklist Series: The Transactional In-House Lawyer’s Guide to Copyright Infringement Litigation

While the largest media companies have entire legal departments devoted to defending litigation, smaller companies may have only one in-house counsel, usually someone more familiar with business transactions than defending...more

How to Get the Best Advice From Your Outside Counsel - From Someone Who Has Been on the Inside

In-house lawyers rely heavily on their outside counsel to give them legal advice that is concise, clear and up to the minute, making the relationship one of great importance. Indeed, it is outside counsel’s job to do his or...more

What Are The Risks When An Employer Negotiates Its Own Union Contract?

Business owners and managers, elected public officials and administrators, and even sports teams' owners and general managers usually have more to lose than to gain by negotiating their organizations' union contracts....more

Investigating Alleged Board Member Misconduct

Let us start our discussion with an area of broad consensus: A company’s board of directors has a duty of care to respond to and investigate allegations of wrongdoing by officers and employees of the company. But what happens...more

Class Actions: Effective Partnering Between Inside And Outside Counsel

The following series of blog posts were excerpted from the class actions chapter of Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, a multi-volume treatise that is a joint project of West and the Association of...more

Inside-Outside Counsel Collaboration: Building A Win-Win In Las Vegas

The Editor interviews Anthony Pearl of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas and Brian Cheney of Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P. This interview is sponsored by LexisNexis CounselLink. While working on stories, you sometimes uncover a...more

Public Company Adviser - June 2013: Compensation Committees May Need to Consider the Independence of Outside Legal Counsel to the...

Under new NYSE and Nasdaq listing standards that take effect on July 1, 2013, a compensation committee may receive advice from legal counsel, as well as compensation consultants and other advisors, only after considering six...more

Independent Investigations Have Proved Valuable For College Athletics

As recently noted by ESPN senior college basketball writer Andy Katz, the various crises facing intercollegiate athletic programs across the country could benefit from a fresh set of eyes. Increasingly, university...more

Managing Peer Review Hearings and Litigation

In this presentation: - Overview and recommendations regarding hearing procedures. - Ways to maximize confidentiality and immunity protections under state law, HCQIA and the Patient Safety Act. -...more

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