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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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Top Five Tips for Assessing In-House Counsel

As a recruiter, I've developed a rather messy Pavlovian response when a resume lands on my desk featuring an Ivy League law school and a major law firm.

But, the truth is, you can't simply hire associates from white glove firms and assume they'll be a good cultural fit for your organization. That's because the qualities that make for a high-performing associate – exercising prudence, racking up billable hours, hardline negotiating, etc.  – are not always likely to enthrall your senior leadership committee.

So how do you ensure that you're building a legal team that is ready, willing and able to support key business goals?

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What Color is Your In-House Parachute?

Chances are when you began your law firm career, you dreamed about making partner. Next would be managing partner. And then, the icing on the proverbial cake: name partner. It was all part of the 20-year plan – and everything seemed to be falling precisely in place.

After all, you graduated college with a near-perfect GPA, aced your LSAT and got accepted into a competitive law school. You finished in the top third of your class and participated in a leading law journal, landing an enviable summer internship. And you parlayed that internship into a choice, first-year associate position at a top firm. 

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Survey Says: 5 Areas Where General Counsel Will Have the Most Impact in 2020

If your General Counsel doesn’t have a seat at the table, you probably need to think about getting a bigger table.


BarkerGilmore partnered with NYSE Governance Services to produce a timely new survey document, The Rise of the GC: from Legal Adviser to Strategic Adviser. The report synthesizes the views of directors and executives on the role of GCs in light of the expansion of corporate governance. In short, it’s apparent that there are changing executive perceptions about the role and impact of General Counsel.

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Survey Says: Legal Competence Not What Matters Most in a General Counsel

If It’s Not Legal Skill, What Exactly Are Corporations Looking for in Their General Counsel?


New research from NYSE Governance Services and BarkerGilmore
 offers a revealing look at current and future expectations for General Counsel. Our 2016 survey underscores that in the minds of executives, the purview of today’s GC has evolved well beyond the traditional role of chief legal officer and corporate secretary.

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IN-HOUSE COUNSEL COMPENSATION REPORT

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How to Build
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GENERAL COUNSEL
PANEL ANSWERS
5 KEY QUESTIONS

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The Rise
of the GC:

FROM LEGAL
ADVISOR TO
STRATEGIC ADVISOR

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