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A Panasonic Corp. Megahonyaku intelligent megaphone, essentially a smartphone paired with a handheld loudspeaker— that can issue commands in Chinese, English and Korean. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg

Panasonic GC Would Take More Work In-House, If He Could

Panasonic GC Would Take More Work In-House, If He Could

Damien Atkins, General Counsel of Panasonic USA, believes in-house counsel play “the most important role” in diversifying the legal industry because he’s experienced it first-hand.  “My personal story is that I got some opportunities because some clients at my former law firm started asking the diversity question,” Atkins said during a recent interview with Big Law Business.


John Quinn Takes On Mount Everest

John Quinn, known for representing Samsung in patent wars with Apple over its Android smartphone, says there are two types of people in this world: beach people and mountain people. “I’m a mountain person,” said Quinn, fresh off a 24,000-foot hike of Mount Everest’s North Col. Quinn, 65, spent three weeks making the trek, on the

Judge Jed Rakoff at Bloomberg LP's headquarters on April 27, 2017.

Judge Rakoff: ‘Fierce’ Competition Has Changed Law Firms For The Worse (Podcast)

  U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff thinks increased competition has had an impact on law firms, for the worse. “It is to the point that the professional ethics and the professional responsibilities of the firms have been affected,” Rakoff told Big Law Business, explaining that firms, in order to keep clients, are willing to endorse risky


Hogan Lovell’s Katyal on Gorsuch, Diversity and the President’s ‘Corrosive’ Influence

What’s the trick to building an effective Supreme Court practice? Interview at 30 different law firms, ask how they do it, and then steal all of their ideas, Hogan Lovell’s Neal Katyal joked last week in an interview with Big Law Business. As the saying goes, imitation is the most sincere form of flattery. “I ruthlessly


Spotify’s GC on Moving from Microsoft to the Music Streaming Service

When Horacio Gutierrez left Microsoft Corporation last year to lead the law department at Spotify, he placed a bet on the music streaming company’s future. The 52-year-old lawyer had spent 18 years working up the ranks of the technology giant, earning himself a promotion to General Counsel and Corporate Vice President just six months before

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Tony Valukas Steps Down as Chair of Jenner & Block

Anton R. “Tony” Valukas, who oversaw the investigation into General Motors’ handling of a defective ignition switch in 2014, has stepped down as chair of Jenner & Block, the firm announced on Tuesday. Valukas, the former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, is also known for his 2009 lead role in producing the

Signage is displayed at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) booth during the 32nd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S., on Tuesday, April 12, 2016. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg

Outer-Space Hacking a Top Concern for NASA’s Cybersecurity Chief

By Nafeesa Syeed, Bloomberg News NASA scientists glean valuable data about powerful space explosions and the energy of black holes from their Swift and Fermi satellites. The projects were supposed to last a few years. Instead, they’ve survived for more than a decade. That’s great for researchers but a challenge for Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz because of

Attorney General Eric Holder swears Tony West in sworn in to begin his x-year tenure at the Department of Justice. West's wife, X Harris, holds the Bible.

Tony West: From Student Body President to PepsiCo General Counsel

Tony West Executive vice president, government affairs, general counsel, corporate secretary of PepsiCo Inc. Tony West is executive vice president of government affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary at PepsiCo Inc. Previously, West worked for the Obama administration in the Department of Justice, first as assistant attorney general in charge of the civil division, then