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How to Succeed at Succession Planning: 3 Key Steps

Nearly 60% of C-suite and board executives do not believe they are prepared for GC Succession. How does your company measure up? This year, BarkerGilmore surveyed hundreds of executives in conjunction with NYSE Governance Services on the evolving role of General Counsel in public companies. The survey began as an assessment of GC performance and ended up revealing some surprising figures on GC succession preparedness.

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The Importance of Building and Leading High Performance Legal Teams

We are definitely on to something at BarkerGilmore. According to Erin Harrison, former editor-in-chief for Legaltech News, as more legal work remains in-house across corporate America, “legal departments are running more like a business, and the latest figures prove it.” The numbers to which she is referring are cited in the 8th Annual Law Department Operations Survey conducted by the Blickstein Group and Huron Legal. 

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Why You Need a Legal Department Assessment

Leading former General Counsel agree that holding legal department assessments at regular intervals helped them to streamline their legal services, articulate departmental value, enhance communication with executive leadership, and identify and retain top legal talent. For law departments that do not have a prescribed legal operations function, conducting regular assessments is vital to maintaining the health of the department, and promoting development.

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Maureen Brundage, Former EVP, General Counsel of Chubb, Joins BarkerGilmore

BarkerGilmore is pleased to announce the newest addition to its Coaching and Advising team, Maureen Brundage, the former Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Ethics Officer of The Chubb Corporation. Maureen joins an illustrious team of former General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officers, collectively offering a range of advising and coaching services for legal and compliance departments. 

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Research Shows CEOs and Boards Prefer Boutique Legal Executive Search Firms

In collaboration with NYSE Governance Services, we recently administered a survey to corporate directors and chief executive officers on a variety of topics. The final report, The Power of the Business-Minded GC, A 2017 NYSE Governance Services – BarkerGilmore Survey Report, can be downloaded from our website here.  After reviewing the survey data, there was one response that really hit home and prompted me to think about the reasons behind it.  When asked the question, “Based on your experience, what is the best way to handle general counsel succession?” this group of top business leaders was overwhelmingly in favor of hiring a boutique firm versus an industry giant.

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Four Steps GCs Take to Ensure Data Privacy and Security

We all are vulnerable to data security breaches, and, as victims, are left to clean up the mess and clear our good names. A variety of personal breaches recently, including my spouse’s identify theft and the hacking of my own LinkedIn profile, have prompted to me to look into the ever-present threat of hackers who illegally access personal data from a number of sources, including credit card companies, retailers, healthcare organizations, and the US government.

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IN-HOUSE COUNSEL COMPENSATION REPORT

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How to Build
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Legal Department

GENERAL COUNSEL
PANEL ANSWERS
5 KEY QUESTIONS

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The Rise
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FROM LEGAL
ADVISOR TO
STRATEGIC ADVISOR

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