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Contemplating a Critical Legal Operations Hire? Look for These Six Personality Traits in an Ideal Candidate

Today’s corporate law department plays a front-and-center business advisory role. You’ve read other posts from us describing the General Counsel’s ascension to the board room over the last several years. As an active part of the business, their teams can no longer afford be viewed as bottlenecks of productivity; nothing can “go to legal to die” these days without a pretty darn good explanation. So, what does it take to solidify a genuinely positive and productive relationship between legal and the business in 2019? According to many GCs in Fortune 1000 companies, a skilled legal operations leader makes all the difference. A multi-tasking “magician behind the curtain” can optimize the efficiency and effectiveness of the law department while the attorneys settle comfortably into their seats at the table and get back to more high-value lawyering.

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The General Counsel Interview – Tips to Get to the Finish Line

The agony of defeat is tough for anyone to swallow, especially for the top lawyers we work with who are driven to win. Not making it past the first round of interviews in a general counsel search is frustrating. Coming in second place and not reaching the finish line is even more painful. Your life has been on hold for months; your vacation days have evaporated; and now you must inform your family and confidants that you were not the chosen one. You might ask yourself if it was all worth it, and the answer is, simply, YES! Having spoken to thousands of general counsels, no one has ever expressed regret over the path it took to achieve the top leadership position in their law department and there are thousands more striving to take on the challenge.

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On Becoming CCO

CCOs have long been an integral part of the legal landscape. The seven elements outlined by the United States Sentencing Commission not only serve as the baseline of CCO responsibility, but also as a good tool for helping management and boards of directors develop internal compliance programs to assure adherence to regulations. Over the past few years, however, many CCOs have transformed their role from that of a watchdog and enforcer, typically from the legal department, to a strategic business partner, frequently with the authority of the board room.

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The Rise of the GC: Recruiting and Paying Your Top Legal Talent: Webinar Recording

Our recent webinar showcased an expert panel discussing how growth in responsibilities and influence impacts recruitment and pay for top legal talent, based on findings from the new Equilar and BarkerGilmore report, General Counsel Pay Trends. Click here to access the WEBINAR RECORDING, and review the REPORT.

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Experience The GC & CCO Advantage: Meet Gjon Nivica, Jr., former SVP and General Counsel of Celanese Corporation

Gjon Nivica, Jr. most recently served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company based in Dallas, Texas. Prior to his tenure at Celanese, he was Vice President and General Counsel, Transportation Systems, at Honeywell International, a Fortune 100 multinational conglomerate providing products and technologies for aerospace, automotive, clean energy, and safety and security solutions. Serving for more than 20 years as a general counsel executive, Gjon has been valued as a strategic business partner to senior management and boards of directors.

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Seven Important Selection Criteria for Hiring In-House Counsel

When it comes time to hire, what are the most important criteria to use when selecting someone who will thrive in your organization? While credentials, work experience, and great references are important, they only scratch the surface of hiring the ideal candidate. What else should you consider when making the final hiring decision? To answer this question, I surveyed successful GCs from multiple industries across the country for their perspectives. A special thanks to those who shared their insights for this article. Read on for some of their tried-and-true evaluation metrics.

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