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Meet Senior Advisor, Michael Williams, Former EVP, CLO and Secretary of Staples, Inc.

Michael Williams most recently served as the Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary of Staples, Inc., while the Massachusetts-based company was the largest office product company in the world. He led all legal, compliance, and secretarial functions; managed cybersecurity incident response, trade strategy, and compliance teams; and directed a 65-person in-house legal staff in Asia Pacific, Europe, and North and South America. Prior to his tenure at Staples, Inc., Michael served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at Sony Electronics, Inc., and was responsible for all legal functions for the multibillion-dollar electronics company in the U.S. and Central and South America. Michael 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.

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6 Tips to Prepare for Your Performance Review

Performance reviews are a fundamental tool used by organizations of all sizes to assess employees and influence pay raises. This checklist was designed to help you generate meaningful and useable feedback, gain greater recognition and reward, and develop an ongoing process that will result in an enhanced and dynamic approach to the annual review.

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The 7 Secrets to Keeping Legal Talent Engaged

Lawyers are people too, you know.

It’s a simple premise that yields big results.

In a recent conversation with a few of our Senior Advisors, I was struck by the humanity of Helen Pudlin’s approach to managing and developing legal talent.  Having worked with her as a client before she joined the BarkerGilmore team, I knew Helen was recognized in the workplace for the way she treated others as individuals and ensured they were operating at their best and highest use.

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Strategies for Paying and Retaining Top General Counsel: 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 to review the REPORT.

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Benchmarking General Counsel Compensation

General Counsel pay continues to rise at an accelerated rate, keeping pace with the increased expectations that the CEO and Board place upon them. It wasn’t long ago that a $1M compensation package seemed like a lot of money for a General Counsel, yet today’s total compensation can be more than ten times that.

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How to Select the Best In-House Counsel Recruitment Firm

As the corporate legal landscape becomes increasingly complex, the role of in-house legal counsel is more important than ever. But finding the best legal talent can prove a daunting challenge. Most organizations don't have the time, resources, or expertise to conduct a thorough search themselves. Too often, they end up selecting from a pool of unqualified candidates for this vital position.

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