In-House

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    Macy's Recruits Ex-Hanes, Neiman Marcus Atty For CLO Role

    A seasoned chief legal officer who has worked in-house for several well-known retail companies, including Hanes, Neiman Marcus and Levi Strauss & Co., is set to be the next top lawyer at Macy's, the department store chain said Tuesday.

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    Seyfarth Adds Ex-Goldman Sachs Benefits Atty As Partner

    Seyfarth Shaw LLP said Tuesday that it has added the longtime in-house legal chief over Goldman Sachs' executive compensation and employee benefit plans as a partner in the New York office.

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    Over 90 Law Firms Agree To Disability Inclusion Proposals

    Diversity Lab, the company behind the Mansfield Rule certification — which aims to ensure more attorneys from historically underrepresented groups win leadership positions and consideration for development opportunities — is recommending 10 new actions that law firms and legal departments can take to promote inclusion for people with disabilities in the legal profession.

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    Electric Grid Group Chooses Deputy GC As President

    A nonprofit electric grid trade organization named its 2024 leadership team on Tuesday, with the deputy general counsel of utility company PSEG set to serve as president.

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    Vice Media Promotes New GC In The Wake Of Ch. 11 Sale

    Six months after onetime media giant Vice Media was sold to a group of financial investors amid a Chapter 11 case, the company has promoted a new general counsel from among its current legal team.

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    Southern Bancorp Adds GC With Gov't, In-House History

    Southern Bancorp Inc. announced Tuesday that it has brought on Chicago State University's former interim general counsel, who has deep legal experience in-house, in government and in private practice, to fill a new role that will oversee both administrative and legal duties at the bank.

  • Ahold Looks Outside To Fill Retiring CLO's Sustainability Role

    Dutch retail conglomerate Ahold Delhaize, owner of grocery chain giant Albert Heijn, announced Tuesday that an experienced manager with Australian supermarket chain Woolworths will join the company next year as its next chief sustainability officer, news that comes as the job's current occupant — the company's top attorney — prepares to retire.

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    Canadian Developer Names Veteran Real Estate Atty As CLO

    Canadian real estate company Great Gulf Group has named an attorney with deep experience in the industry as its next chief legal officer, with plans for her to take the reins after its longtime top attorney leaves the company at the end of the year.

  • Special Master Orders Travelers Atty To Sit For PFAS Depo

    A Travelers Indemnity Co. attorney must be compelled to sit for a deposition in a PFAS coverage suit launched against the insurer by footwear company Wolverine World Wide Inc., a special master in the lawsuit in Michigan federal court has ordered, despite Travelers' argument that, as in-house counsel, the attorney should be shielded.

  • The Top In-House Hires Of November

    Legal department hires in the last month included high-profile appointments at Fox, AIG and Airbnb. Here, Law360 Pulse looks at some of the top in-house announcements from November.

  • Former Avantax Legal Chief Getting $1.9M Golden Parachute

    The former chief legal officer of Avantax Inc. is receiving a golden parachute worth $1.9 million following Cetera Holdings' acquisition of the Dallas-based wealth management company, completion of which Avantax and Cetera announced last week.

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    Tourmaline Oil Promotions Include New Legal Chief

    Canada-based Tourmaline Oil Corp. recently announced a number of leadership changes, including the promotion of its associate general counsel to general counsel and the appointment of a new chief operating officer.

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    Diamond Co. De Beers Names New GC Amid Exec Reshuffle

    De Beers Group, a company specializing in diamond mining, retail and trading, has appointed an experienced member of its legal team as its new general counsel, along with other changes in the C-suite, the company announced Monday.

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    Chartwell Law Hires Veteran Atty As General Counsel

    An attorney with more than 20 years of experience representing clients in the healthcare industry has joined Chartwell Law Offices LLP in the Philadelphia suburbs as the firm's general counsel.

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    FordHarrison's Head Of DEI Audits Talks Programs' Future

    Labor and employment boutique FordHarrison has launched a diversity, equity and inclusion audits taskforce to assess the legality of clients' diversity-related initiatives. Here, Consuela A. Pinto, the head of the task force, spoke to Law360 Pulse about the current legal landscape for employers and what she sees as the future for diversity-related audits.

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    Investment Manager Pimco Promotes Atty To Global GC

    Investment management company Pimco will promote an in-house attorney who has more than 15 years of experience in private practice and previously worked for the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as its global general counsel starting Jan. 1.

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    How Trauma-Informed Lawyering Can Help Clients Heal

    The story of an Olympic gymnast-turned-lawyer illustrates the emotional and psychological challenges that trauma survivors can face, how these challenges can play out in litigation, and how people who have experienced trauma can bounce back.

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    Former Clerks Say Justice O'Connor Still Worth Emulating

    BigLaw attorneys mentored by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who died Friday after a lengthy battle with dementia, say she'll be remembered as an incisive jurist who always put facts and practical considerations above abstract ideological commitments, as well as a deeply gracious and down-to-earth woman who never let her dedication to the law overshadow her zest for life.

  • GC Cheat Sheet: The Hottest Corporate News Of The Week

    Tough questions from conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices suggest that administrative hearings by agencies like the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may be ruled unconstitutional. And a new study links increased long-term growth in companies to their having more racial diversity in management.

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    CNX's Next GC Helped Steer Legal, IP Efforts At Visa And J&J

    CNX Resources Corp. announced Friday that an attorney with experience handling legal and intellectual property matters at Visa and Johnson & Johnson will be joining the natural gas company as its general counsel.

  • 4 Decisions For Which Justice O'Connor Will Be Remembered

    Many of the hotly divided cases at the U.S. Supreme Court came down to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a central force on the bench whose savviness at striking compromises and taking a pragmatic approach to resolve disputes is on full display in four opinions.

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    Weight Watchers' Longtime GC Departs As Co. Shifts Focus

    Weight Watchers has announced the imminent departure of its general counsel and secretary of nearly a decade, amid an evolution at the company including the acquisition of a telehealth company in an effort to expand its services into prescription drug offerings.

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    Agilent In-House Veteran Takes Emerson's CLO Position

    Technology and software company Emerson Electric Co. said this week that it will appoint a new chief legal officer with nearly two decades of in-house experience at Agilent Technologies after its current top attorney retires at the end of the year.

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    Justice O'Connor Shattered Barriers, Built Bridges

    A Southwestern cowgirl who will always be known as the first woman to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor inspired those around her with an indomitable work ethic, a deep affection for public service and an innate ability to drive consensus among her colleagues.

  • Voir Dire: Law360 Pulse's Weekly Quiz

    November ended amid another action-packed week for the legal industry as BigLaw firms expanded their reach and showered associates with bonuses and higher pay. Test your legal news savvy here with Law360 Pulse’s weekly quiz.

Expert Analysis

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Help Associates Turn Down Work? Author Photo

    Marina Portnova at Lowenstein Sandler discusses what partners can do to aid their associates in setting work-life boundaries, especially around after-hours assignment availability.

  • How AI Legal Research Tools Are Shifting Law Firm Processes Author Photo

    Although artificial intelligence-powered legal research is ushering in a new era of legal practice that augments human expertise with data-driven insights, it is not without challenges involving privacy, ethics and more, so legal professionals should take steps to ensure AI becomes a reliable partner rather than a source of disruption, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Data Source Proliferation Is A Growing E-Discovery Challenge Author Photo

    With the increased usage of collaboration apps and generative artificial intelligence solutions, it's not only important for e-discovery teams to be able to account for hundreds of existing data types today, but they should also be able to add support for new data types quickly — even on the fly if needed, says Oliver Silva at Casepoint.

  • Bracing For A Generative AI Revolution In Law Author Photo

    With many legal professionals starting to explore practical uses of generative artificial intelligence in areas such as research, discovery and legal document development, the fundamental principle of human oversight cannot be underscored enough for it to be successful, say Ty Dedmon at Bradley Arant and Paige Hunt at Lighthouse.

  • Why I Use ChatGPT To Tell Me Things I Already Know Author Photo

    The legal profession is among the most hesitant to adopt ChatGPT because of its proclivity to provide false information as if it were true, but in a wide variety of situations, lawyers can still be aided by information that is only in the right ballpark, says Robert Plotkin at Blueshift IP.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Use Social Media Responsibly? Author Photo

    Leah Kelman at Herrick Feinstein discusses the importance of reasoned judgment and thoughtful process when it comes to newly admitted attorneys' social media use.

  • Yada, Yada, Yada: The Magic Of 3 In Legal Writing Author Photo

    Attorneys should take a cue from U.S. Supreme Court justices and boil their arguments down to three points in their legal briefs and oral advocacy, as the number three is significant in the way we process information, says Diana Simon at University of Arizona.

  • How Firms Can Stop Playing Whack-A-Mole With Data Security Author Photo

    In order to achieve a robust client data protection posture, law firms should focus on adopting a risk-based approach to security, which can be done by assessing gaps, using that data to gain leadership buy-in for the needed changes, and adopting a dynamic and layered approach, says John Smith at Conversant Group.

  • 5 Life Lessons From Making Partner As A Solo Parent Author Photo

    Laranda Walker at Susman Godfrey, who was raising two small children and working her way to partner when she suddenly lost her husband, shares what fighting to keep her career on track taught her about accepting help, balancing work and family, and discovering new reserves of inner strength.

  • Ask A Mentor: How Can I Turn Deferral To My Advantage? Author Photo

    Diana Leiden at Winston & Strawn discusses how first-year associates whose law firm start dates have been deferred can use the downtime to hone their skills, help their communities, and focus on returning to BigLaw with valuable contacts and out-of-the-box insights.

  • How To Thrive As A New Legal Operations Manager Author Photo

    To make their first 90 days on the job a success, new legal operations managers should focus on several key objectives, including aligning priorities with leadership and getting to know their team, says Ashlyn Donohue at LinkSquares.

  • Resume Gaps Are No Longer Kryptonite To Your Legal Career Author Photo

    Female attorneys and others who pause their careers for a few years will find that gaps in work history are increasingly acceptable among legal employers, meaning with some networking, retraining and a few other strategies, lawyers can successfully reenter the workforce, says Jill Backer at Ave Maria School of Law.

  • Law Firm Guardrails For Responsible Generative AI Use Author Photo

    ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools pose significant risks to the integrity of legal work, but the key for law firms is not to ban these tools, but to implement them responsibly and with appropriate safeguards, say Natalie Pierce and Stephanie Goutos at Gunderson Dettmer.

  • How In-House Counsel Can Prepare For Generative AI Risks Author Photo

    To safeguard against the many risks posed by generative artificial intelligence legal tools, in-house counsel should work with their information security teams to develop new data security questions for prospective vendors, vet existing applications and review who can utilize machine guidance, says Diane Homolak at Integreon.

  • Opinion

    We Must Continue DEI Efforts Despite High Court Headwinds Author Photo

    Though the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down affirmative action in higher education, law firms and their clients must keep up the legal industry’s recent momentum advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the profession in order to help achieve a just and prosperous society for all, says Angela Winfield at the Law School Admission Council.

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