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.READ FULL ARTICLE
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.READ FULL ARTICLE
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.READ FULL ARTICLE
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.READ FULL ARTICLE
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?READ FULL ARTICLE
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.READ FULL ARTICLE