For a company facing allegations of internal misconduct, whether from government regulators or prosecutors, whistleblowers, or the plaintiffs’ bar, an independent internal investigation performed by outside counsel may be an obvious next step. Often in these scenarios, outside counsel’s “independence” is conflated with “absolutely no prior work done for the subject company.” Indeed, some companies and boards categorically refuse to hire outside counsel to handle internal investigations if the firm has previously performed work for the company, out of concern that the government will assume such counsel cannot conduct an “independent” investigation.
Most professionals go through a long and arduous process to achieve their first public board positions. But Caroline Tsay, independent director of Rosetta Stone, Inc. and Morningstar, Inc., and CEO of Compute Software, Inc., joined her first public board at just 34, after an exciting, whirlwind interview experience.
Microsoft Assistant General Counsel Dennis Garcia has many roles — including an active Twitter user. Even though Twitter is an established social media platform, many lawyers still don’t have a strong Twitter presence.
The practice of law is changing rapidly. Lawyers are going in-house faster, in-house legal departments are impacting the business more than ever, and lawyers are constantly adapting to shifts in the way companies conduct business. Here are the five trends we believe are going to disrupt the practice of law, and what we can do to embrace them.
As with any other part of the company, technology is only going to become a bigger and more substantial part of an in-house counsel’s job. In this article is a brief overview of what legal operations is, how it’s useful, and the types of technologies we rely on all of the time.
The rewards of working at a fast-growth company are plentiful. At the same time, approaching these kind of in-house legal jobs comes with a specific list of daily challenges, including handling the daily tension between rapid business growth and legal risk management, knowing when to use outside counsel vs. expanding your in-house team, hiring specialists vs. generalists, onboarding new hires in a rapidly changing environment while preserving the company culture, and calibrating internal hiring, operational systems, and external resources to company growth.
For every new technology, there’s a particular moment when something resembling a science fiction movie gadget becomes a part of our daily lives; whether it’s because the technology becomes accessible (e.g., the affordability of personal computers), the market is finally ready to embrace it (e.g., the success of Tesla’s electric cars), or myriad other reasons.