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In Case You Missed It: 14 Top Mistakes Made by New In-House Counsel

In case you missed it, I am giving you another chance to read this blog from last year. The content provided by top GCs has proven to resonate with law departments of all sizes and set a record number of views. And, as it turns out, lawyers love to learn from others’ mistakes.



After reading and writing many articles on best practices for in-house counsel and compliance officers, I decided to look at development from a different angle. My father impressed upon me to learn from my mistakes, and from the mistakes of others. This is the first of a multi-part article addressing the most common mistakes made by lawyers new to becoming in-house counsel — mistakes often made by seasoned in-house veterans, too — and ideal development action items.

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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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14 Top Mistakes Made by New In-house Counsel

After reading and writing many articles on best practices for in-house counsel and compliance officers, I decided to look at development from a different angle. My father impressed upon me to learn from my mistakes, and from the mistakes of others. This is the first of a multi-part article addressing the most common mistakes made by lawyers new to becoming in-house counsel — mistakes often made by seasoned in-house veterans, too — and ideal development action items.

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Charting Your Career Path to GC

As a seasoned legal recruiter with over 20 years of experience, I've learned that a lot of very smart attorneys make the same not-so-smart mistake: They fail to understand the attributes expected of a strong general counsel.

That's because the skills that make for a crackerjack law firm lawyer and a high-performing in-house attorney -- obsessive attention to detail, tactical execution, focus on risk -- are not the same traits required of a successful General Counsel.  As chief counsel, you're expected to serve as a trusted business partner and advisor to the C-suite, influencing, and executing upon, the company's long-term growth plans.

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IN-HOUSE COUNSEL COMPENSATION REPORT

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