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Big Payday For GC, But With A Gender Gap

June 11, 2019 - Today's General Counsel

The latest compensation survey from recruiter BarkerGilmore finds average annual salary increased in 2018, with the greatest increases showing up in publicly-traded companies.

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It’s A Good Time To Go In-House — Salaries Are On The Rise

May 30, 2019 - Above the Law

The amount of money that in-house counsel take home is on the rise! According to a new survey by BarkerGilmore, salaries increased, on average, 4.4 percent from 2017 to 2018.

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Rising Pay Reflects Demand For In-House Counsel, Study Finds

May 31, 2019 - Corporate Secretary

Fewer in-house counsel are in the market for new jobs, amid rising compensation and a recognition among companies that they need to hang on to their lawyers, new research suggests.

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BarkerGilmore Senior Advisor Receives ABA Margaret Brent Award

February 28, 2019 - American Bar Association

Congratulations to the 2019 Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement! These women, who were selected for their professional excellence and their work to support other women in the legal profession, will receive the award at a luncheon during the ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California on Sunday, August 11, 2019.

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BarkerGilmore Announces Increase in Diversity Placements

February 5, 2019 - BarkerGilmore LLC

BarkerGilmore, a New York-based executive search firm specializing in general counsel and senior compliance officer assignments, celebrated industry-leading diversity placement rates in 2018. Last year, 51% of the firm’s placements were women and 26% were minorities.

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How Boards Can Leverage The GC as a Strategic Asset

January 22, 2019 -

The strategic value of the general counsel to the board of directors depends on and is directly proportional to the scope of free and open communication between the board and the general counsel. It is common, if not universal, for the general counsel to attend all regular meetings of the board and important committees. In that context, regular reviews and discussions regarding corporate governance, significant lawsuits and investigations, important compliance matters and enterprise risk management issues should take place.

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The Factors Shaping General Counsel Pay In 2019

January 2, 2019 - Law360

The total amount reflected in many general counsel paychecks has climbed in recent years thanks to complex regulatory environments and the evolving role of the top corporate lawyer, and that trend is only expected to continue in 2019.

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Tesla Tapped a Trial Lawyer as GC—Here's What That Could Mean

December 14, 2018 -

Last week, troubled auto company Tesla announced that a trial lawyer Dane Butswinkas will become its general counsel. It’s a move that’s uncommon, but not entirely unheard of.

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Companies Expected to Hire More Female GCs, Despite Some Obstacles

December 5, 2018 - Corporate Counsel

An Association of Corporate Counsel survey released Tuesday showed that women in America may have finally turned the corner in their quest for parity in attaining jobs as general counsel. And some experts believe the trend will continue.

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A Legal Team (Geographically) Divided: How to Manage a Dispersed Department

November 12, 2018 -

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal reported, Amazon is planning to split its second headquarters into two different cities, dispersing its growing workforce to more locations around the U.S.

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How GCs Struggle (And Succeed) After Retirement

November 11, 2018 - Corporate Counsel

Jetting along in high-powered positions, top in-house lawyers can make the mistake of failing to prepare for the day when their landing gear drops for the last time. But what happens after that final flight? What is it like when the phone goes silent and the constant flow of emails slows to a trickle?

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4 Secrets To Ace The Interview For Your In-House Dream Job

October 8, 2018 - Law360

Whether it's a yearning to have an impact on a business or ditch the pressure of billable hours, there are various reasons lawyers consider jumping to an in-house role. But making that leap, or falling flat, can hinge on a strong performance during the interview process.

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BarkerGilmore Announces Industrial Practice Team

October 1, 2018 - Robert Barker

Over the past several years, BarkerGilmore has experienced a surge in demand for executive search, coaching and advising services from throughout the industrial and manufacturing sectors. In response to this growing demand and to increase the value delivered to its clients, the company has announced that Bob Barker will chair its new Industrial Practice. Bob is co-founder and Managing Partner at BarkerGilmore.

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Cultivating Future CLOs With People-focused Leadership

September 23, 2018 - Wall Street Journal

General counsels (GCs) and chief legal officers (CLOs) repeatedly cite talent and succession planning as critical to the success of their department and ability to be valued business partners. To better define the skillsets required to be effective in this effort, Cornell Boggs, senior advisor at BarkerGilmore and former general counsel of Toys “R” Us and Dow Corning, spoke with Lori Lorenzo, managing director, Deloitte Transactions and Business Analytics LLP, who leads Research and Insights for the Chief Legal Officer Program at Deloitte.

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Think Like a CEO

September 2018 - Corporate Counsel

Josh Beser went to law school because he was interested in the intersection between business and the law — but working in a law firm after graduation, he wasn’t getting that type of experience.

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Leaders Create More Leaders: Why GC Succession Planning is Critical

July 2018 - ACC Docket

There may be nothing more important to the work of the legal department - and its impact on the organization it serves - than the way it plans for and executes general counsel succession.

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People-focused Leadership: Developing strong talent as a Chief Legal Officer

June 20, 2018 - Deloitte

Cornell Boggs, Senior Advisor at BarkerGilmore and former General Counsel of Toys "R" Us and Dow Corning, recently shared his thoughts with Deloitte on one of the most important skills CLOs should cultivate: people-focused leadership. He summed up this approach in three simple words: cultivate, captivate, and counsel.

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Female In-House Attys Earn 84 Cents For Every Dollar Men Do

May 8, 2018 - Law 360

Female in-house counsel earn 84 percent of what their male counterparts earn on average, with the gender pay gap growing steeper still at the general counsel level, a report released Tuesday said.

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Lingering Gender Pay Gap Plagues US In-House Counsel, Study Says

May 8, 2018 - Corporate Counsel

According to a new study from BarkerGilmore, female lawyers in legal departments, particularly female GCs, are still underpaid compared to their male counterparts.

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Michelle Banks: How Risk Taking and Dedication to Supporting Women Led her to a Successful Career

February 22, 2018 - Akunna Ofodu | Ms. JD, Conference

Michelle Banks is one of 2018 Ms. J.D "Her Story" Conference Key Note speakers. As a former EVP Sustainability & Global General Counsel, Michelle is currently an executive coach, a frequent speaker on leadership, and a nonprofit board member.

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Passing the baton: Succession Planning for GCs

December 2017 - Catherine McGregor | The Legal 500 in-house

As the general counsel role becomes increasingly pivotal amid today’s climate of increased regulation, succession planning is something that all GCs need to think about very carefully, even if they currently have no plans to go anywhere. GCs, who have themselves traversed the non-linear career path of the in-house lawyer, know that talent management is a key concern – and succession planning is its natural corollary.

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BarkerGilmore Launches The GC & CCO Advantage

December 5, 2017 - BarkerGilmore

BarkerGilmore, a New York-based executive search firm, launched today a new client-focused platform, The GC & CCO Advantage, consisting of an updated and enhanced suite of solutions designed to meet the growing needs of legal and compliance departments. BarkerGilmore’s expert team of former General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officers, and Board members from the world’s most successful corporations, serves as the foundation of The GC & CCO Advantage initiative. The new platform leverages the team’s collective years of experience and best practices to deliver performance-improving strategies and the tools necessary for implementation.

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William P. Morelli joins Ingram Industries Inc. Board of Directors

November 28,2017 - Ingram Industries Inc.

John R. Ingram, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ingram Industries Inc., today announced the election of William P. Morelli to the Ingram Board of Directors.

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Managing global compliance expectations at the Golden Arches

October 11, 2017 - Source: Compliance Week | Author: Joe Mont, Compliance Week

During her 31-year career at the fast food giant, Haydee Ortiz Olinger rose through the ranks to serve as McDonald’s global chief compliance officer. She is credited with an instrumental role in the company’s entry into, and ongoing growth in, multiple foreign markets.

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Legal Chiefs' Total Compensation Up Four Percent From Last Year, Report Says

October 10, 2017 - Rebekah Mintzer | Corporate Counsel

There are fewer topics that pique more interest in the workplace than—how much is the boss getting paid? In-house lawyers curious about the paychecks that the top dogs in their legal departments bring home might find some answers in a new report released Tuesday.

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The 'More For Less' Challenge in Legal Departments

October 2, 2017 - Sue Reisinger | Corporate Counsel

Clients of lawyers come in many different forms. There are in-house lawyers, who work within large organizations and who spend mightily on legal advice when they have major disputes to resolve or large deals to conclude. There are managers within small or medium-sized businesses, who have properties to rent, employees to engage, and all manner of regulations with which to comply. And there are individual citizens, who may need legal help with such matters as moving house, coping with debt, or pursuing some personal injury claim. Although diverse in nature, these clients currently share a big challenge—generally, they cannot afford legal services when delivered in the traditional way.

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Like Father, Like Daughter: When Board Service Runs in the Family

September 2017 - Boardroom Resources

They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, which occasionally also proves true when it comes to board service. In this episode, Host TK Kerstetter sits down with two very experienced and well-respected board members, who also happen to be father and daughter (serving on separate boards). Ann Harlan shares the many life lessons she learned from her father, Steve Harlan, over the years and explains how those family values guided her when blazing her own trail as a board member.

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CCOs Struggle to Drop "Cop" Rep, Drive Strategy

July 26, 2017 - Ignites

If money is power, shops’ growing compliance budgets suggest CCOs are gaining sway across the industry, particularly at a time when other departments are seeing spending cut. Yet compliance chiefs say they feel stuck in the backseat when it comes to driving firm strategy, a new report indicates.

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14 top mistakes made by new in-house counsel

July 24, 2017 - Thomson Reuters

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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Study Reveals In-House Counsel Compensation Increases 4.3%

June 15, 2017 - BarkerGilmore

BarkerGilmore, a boutique executive search firm recognized for helping companies build world-class legal and compliance departments nationwide, released their 2017 In-House Counsel Compensation Report today. The data was collected from a random sample of nearly 1,600 in-house counsel throughout the United States via an online survey administered from March to May 2017.

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NY Recruiter Launches Consultancy with Top Fortune 500 Lawyers

May 8, 2017 - Bloomberg Law

BarkerGilmore, best known as a Rochester, New York-based recruiting firm that specializes in placing in-house attorneys, announced on Monday a dozen former general counsel and chief compliance officers, mostly from Fortune 500 companies, will help launch a new consultancy arm for the firm.

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Top HR and legal executives earn more as they bring value to the boardroom

February 2017 - Equilar C-Suite magazine

CEO pay is a hot-button issue that gets a lot of attention, and it's easy to compare since every company is required to report what its top executive earns each year in public filings. For other roles in the C-suite, however, it's inconsistent as to whether an executive will be included among the top five highest-paid employees listed in the proxy statement, and as a result comparison and benchmarking is murkier.

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Data indicate GC pay is outpacing CEO compensation gains

December 2, 2016 - Daily Journal

According to a report issued last month by Equilar Inc. and BarkerGilmore LLC, proxy filings of 1,400 companies showed overall GC pay is up 6.9 percent this year. Equilar issued a report on CEO compensation in June that showed a year¬over­year increase of 8.5 percent, but its most recent findings offer a notable comparison.

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Top Corporate Lawyers Earn 6.9% More in 2015, Says Equilar and BarkerGilmore Report

November 30, 2016 - BarkerGilmore

Businesses with revenue over $15 billion paid their GCs more than three times as much as those with revenues below $1 billion

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In-House Salaries Are Up. But Many Say They're Underpaid.

August 23, 2016 - Corporate Counsel

Compensation for in-house lawyers has increased slightly, but many still think they're worth more money than they're getting, according to a new survey. Bob Barker comments on this trend and others found in BarkerGilmore's 2016 In-House Counsel Compensation Report.

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Study Reveals 2016 In-House Counsel Compensation Trends

August 22, 2016 - BarkerGilmore

BarkerGilmore releases its 2016 In-House Counsel Compensation Report. The study draws from survey data collected from a random sample of in-house counsel and highlights key compensation trends across industries, practice areas, and company sizes.

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GC Comp 2016: The Stock Awards Edition

August 4, 2016 - Corporate Counsel

In many of our general counsel compensation categories, the winner just narrowly edges out the runner-up. We see a different picture when it comes to stock awards. Bob Barker weighs in on GC stock award trends over the last few years.

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Tips can help build a 'world-class' legal department: BarkerGilmore study

June 23, 2016 - Inside Counsel

When business executives recognize the legal department as an integral partner to the success of the organization, you have captured the essence of a world-class law department. Inside Counsel recaps BarkerGilmore's whitepaper, "How to Build a World-Class Legal Department."

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The Changing Face of the General Counsel

May 25, 2016 - Corporate Board Member Magazine Second Quarter 2016

The role of the inside counsel has slowly shifted from legal adviser to, increasingly, a strategic partner to senior management and the board. This interview with Former GE GC Ben Heineman Jr., includes research results from the BarkerGilmore / NYSE Rise of the GC survey.

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GC Role Now One of Leadership: Consultant

November 4, 2015 - Corporate Counsel Weekly

The general counsel position is undergoing significant changes as companies bring more work-in house and expect their top attorney to do more hiring and build legal departments. The added responsibility has brought more pay—but also more scrutiny from boards and C-Suites of what they want in their general counsel. This article highlights John Gilmore's interview with Corporate Counsel on the shifting leadership role of the GC.

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Planning your Legacy: Interview with Noah Hanft

September 22, 2015 - Corporate Counsel

After you've reached the pinnacle of your law career—becoming a seasoned general counsel—you're likely coming up on some other milestones in your life. See how Noah Hanft planned and prepared his legacy in this interview with John Gilmore.

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GCs Need Additional Expertise In Cyber, Social Media Risks, Poll Finds

June 2, 2015 - Bloomberg BNA

While companies may consult their general counsel on a whole host of issues, including shareholder engagement, they are less likely to consult them on cybersecurity and social media risks, a recent survey concludes.

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Creating Compliance From Scratch: Q&A With A Risk Expert

June 1, 2015 - Inside Counsel

Dr. Andrea Bonime-Blanc, CEO of GEC Risk Advisory, shares best practices for developing a compliance department without a blueprint in this Inside Counsel article by BarkerGilmore Managing Partner Bob Barker.

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Three Surprising Trends in General Counsel Succession Planning

May 29, 2015 - NYSE

Given the growing influence and value which General Counsel bring to the C-Suite, companies increasingly recognize the importance of succession planning for this key role, according to the results of an exclusive survey conducted by BarkerGilmore and NYSE Governance Services.

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Survey Reveals Insights on Evolving Role of General Counsel

May 26, 2015 - Corporate Board Member

As more companies include General Counsel in their executive management teams, they are putting greater emphasis on developing succession plans for this crucial role. This was one of several key findings of a recently released survey conducted by BarkerGilmore, NYSE Governance Services and Corporate Board Member. Corporate Board Member recently interviewed BarkerGilmore Managing Partners John Gilmore and Robert Barker to discuss GC succession planning and other emerging trends related to the role of General Counsel.

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Study looks at the importance of GC succession for corporations

May 18, 2015 - Inside Counsel

Recent research looks at the continued importance of general counsel for corporations and how it greatly contributes to the C-suite and boardroom aspects of businesses; subsequently, the growing pressure to have a GC succession plan so that loopholes aren’t left and important vacancies are filled to streamline a company’s legal capacity becomes vital. Executive search firm BarkerGilmore and NYSE Governance Services studied CEOs and directors of publicly traded companies around the United States to examine how the GC’s contributions are driving value in the C-suite, and how executive teams should plan for succession.

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Is Your Small Business Prepared for These 4 Big Compliance Risks?

February 3, 2015 - INC

What are the biggest compliance risks your company faces this year? INC writer John Boitnott discusses why hiring a chief compliance officer is crucial to mitigating these risks and turns to BarkerGilmore founder and Managing Partner John Gilmore for advice on recruiting the right CCO for your company.

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The Avon Way: Creating and sustaining a culture of compliance

November 18, 2014 - Inside Counsel

For more than 125 years, Avon has held to the same core values. The way it reinforces these values, however, is constantly evolving to keep pace with the evolving global business environment. In this article, recently published in Inside Counsel, BarkerGilmore Managing Partner Bob Barker talks with Richard Davies, vice president of legal and compliance for Avon, to uncover how the company stays on top of compliance and ethics challenges.

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How Do You Keep Your Best Compliance Employees?

July 30, 2014 - ECOA

Talented professionals in ethics and compliance are in high demand as major corporations announce plans to hire thousands of them. Smaller or mid-sized companies are finding it harder to compete with the compensation levels offered at these larger companies. So how does your company retain compliance and ethics staff? The solution is to keep them engaged so they’ll want to stay. In this article, BarkerGilmore Managing Director Destree Rickard offers four ways to boost employee engagement. To find out what they are, read the full article published by the Ethics & Compliance Officer Association.

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Why is General Counsel Compensation Rising So Fast?

July 16, 2014 - American Lawyer

General Counsel at many top companies are enjoying significant boosts in pay, but it’s not only because the economic tides have turned. According to a recent article in “The American Lawyer,” which quotes BarkerGilmore Managing Partner John Gilmore, the higher salaries reflect the fact that General Counsel are taking on more responsibilities and becoming more involved in strategy. As they navigate an increasingly complicated regulatory environment, they’re also managing a growing in-house legal department rather than relying on outside attorneys.

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General Counsel: More Clout in the Boardroom and C-suite

May 23, 2014 - Corporate Counsel

Most general counsel know they add plenty of value to the businesses they serve. Now it looks like their colleagues outside the law department are catching on. Whether it’s through becoming a larger part of the executive team or having a seat on boards of directors, according to a new survey, general counsel are getting more credit and bigger roles to play.

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Corporate Leaders Say General Counsel Widely Considered Part of a Company’s Executive Team

May 20, 2014 - Inside Counsel

General counsel are increasingly relied upon by CEOs and directors for their skills and opinions, according to a new survey.

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BarkerGilmore Announces Increase in Diversity Placements

January 15, 2014 - BarkerGilmore

Rochester, NY. - BarkerGilmore, a New York-based executive search firm specializing in board member, general counsel and senior compliance officer assignments, celebrated industry-leading diversity placement rates in 2013. Last year, 47% of the...

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