A five-way struggle to entice the general counsel and senior lawyers of major US companies

Five organizations will vie in 2010 to win the favors of general counsel who lead legal teams at large US companies. The competition will be fascinating to watch and whatever the outcome will likely benefit all managers of legal departments. To find out about these five organizations, read the Law...

GCs who report to the CEO are paid more, and a few thoughts on reasons why

Recent data has appeared on general counsel among the Fortune 250 who do or don't report to the CEO as well as the compensation differences between the two groups. The analysis comes from Equilar by way of a summary in Inside Counsel, Jan. 2010 at 42. A graphic shows that 204 general counsel of...

What every lawyer needs to know about project management, Part 1 of 5

This five-part series is an expanded version of an article I published last week on AmericanLawyer.com entitled "Teaching Lawyers How to Manage: Can It Improve the Bottom Line?" When I interviewed AmLaw 100 chairmen, senior partners and C-level executives for a recent survey of alternative...

Are Clients 'Demanding' Change?

Adam Smith, Esq. has an excellent piece this morning , based on a Legal OnRamp thread, questioning whether corporate clients are actually demanding the changes so many of us are talking about, from alternative fees/value-based billing to legal project management. Are clients really asking for efficiency...

The epic failure of the world’s best presenter

Over the past few weeks I've been out and about in the legal community and seen a number of presentations from eminent QCs. The verdict was in. EPIC FAIL! Now for those of you outside the UK, Queen's Counsel (QCs) are the creme de la creme of that part of our legal profession that...

The five skills of highly effective in-house lawyers

I spent some time this week with a group of in-house lawyers facilitating a discussion around the skills and capabilities that corporate counsel need to be a success, particularly if they are just making the transition from private practice. The group itself was very diverse, ranging from a...

The in-house law firm – the future of corporate law departments?

I'm a big fan of Tom Peters . Not just because he genuinely interacts with his followers on Twitter , not just because he's passionate about what he writes about, and not just because he presents (presentations, books) in some pretty cool ways. I'm a fan because he has some great ideas...

The Joy Of Secs (secondments)

I've been hanging out with a lot of in-house counsel recently, and one thing's clear. They love their secondees. Really love them. Whether it's a GC who is relying on a specialist skill set that he or she can't quite find the budget to recruit, a mid-level corporate counsel...