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Top Six Trends for In-House Counsel Compensation in 2018

Within the last year, uncovering compensation information has become increasingly difficult as states and cities across the country began passing legislation that bans employers from questioning potential hires on salary history. States like California and Massachusetts have already approved the legislation, along with New York City, Philadelphia, and other major cities. The purpose of these new restrictions is to eliminate the gender pay gap existing in the U.S. today.

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Experience The GC & CCO Advantage: Meet Maureen Brundage, Former EVP, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Ethics Officer of The Chubb Corporation

Maureen Brundage most recently served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary & Chief Ethics Officer of The Chubb Corporation, which was one of the largest publicly traded U.S. property and casualty insurers and also had significant operations in 24 countries around the globe. One of only four direct reports to its CEO, Maureen led a global team of 135 lawyers, overseeing legal, regulatory, compliance and corporate secretarial functions. During her decade-long tenure, she also played a critical role in its $28 billion acquisition by ACE including involvement in negotiations, integration planning, internal communication, and transition management. Prior to joining Chubb, Maureen was a partner at White & Case, where she headed the Global Securities Law Practice Group and a global staff of more than 150 lawyers. In addition to leading the group, Maureen represented domestic and international companies in diverse industries with regard to securities offerings, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and other corporate transactions, as well as advising on corporate governance, crisis management, SEC reporting, and general corporate matters. Currently serving on the Board of Directors and Audit Committee of MAPFRE U.S.A. Corp., the U.S. holding company of MAPFRE S.A., the global insurance company, Maureen is also a Director and Audit Committee Member of MAPFRE’s subsidiaries: The Commerce Insurance Company, Massachusetts’ largest private passenger automobile insurance writer; and Citation Insurance Company. Maureen adds her expertise to the strategic counsel, leadership development, succession planning and other services BarkerGilmore advisors provide to legal and compliance departments, CEOs, and boards across the country.

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What to Look for When Hiring A-List Players

Steve Jobs was brilliant at hiring A-list players at Apple. His laser focus on designing the best products was dependent on hiring and keeping the best talent. Based on his relentless pursuit of exceptional employees, Jobs left behind valuable advice about the importance of these players to the success of a high performing team:

“I noticed that the dynamic range between what an average person could accomplish was 50 or 100 to 1. Given that, you’re well advised to go after the cream of the cream. A small team of A+ players can run circles around a giant team of B and C players.”
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Four Reasons Lawyers Fail To Be Viewed As Strategic Advisors

Business leaders today expect in-house lawyers to contribute to the success of the business and serve as strategic advisors. While everyone ultimately seeks to earn a seat at the table and be considered a strategic advisor, many lawyers fall short. Nothing is more frustrating for the business team and the lawyer when this relationship doesn’t exist.

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Experience The GC & CCO Advantage: Meet Senior Advisor Bill Morelli, Former Ingram Industries GC

William P. Morelli most recently served Ingram Industries Inc., one of the largest diversified private companies in the U.S., as its Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Leading the legal team for over 23 years, Bill also played a business executive role, working with the family owners and profit center heads to provide strategic and tactical direction, as well as management and execution of business plans. Along with his general business and corporate responsibilities, he developed and administered the compliance and ethics program for both subsidiaries of the company. Bill adds his expertise to the strategic counsel, leadership development, succession planning, and other services BarkerGilmore advisors provide to legal and compliance departments, CEOs, and boards across the country. In addition to his senior advisor role, Bill was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries.

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CCO Retention: Still Not All About the Money

What does it take to keep your Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) when the pressure is on? In 2014, I interviewed CCOs and presented my findings in an article published in Ethisphere magazine. Back then it was clear that having CEO and board level buy-in for ethics and compliance programs was the key reason CCOs remained engaged and were able to retain the best and brightest within their compliance departments. That’s all still true today along with some well-deserved recognition and increased visibility for the best-of-the-best in the CCO seat.

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