Tag Archives: In-House

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BLB GC Column: Top Fox News Lawyer Goes on Leave

BLB GC Column: Top Fox News Lawyer Goes on Leave

Every week, Big Law Business chronicles top developments in the general counsel community. Below are the most recent highlights.   Fox News Lawyer Takes Voluntary Leave of Absence  Fox News announced that its general counsel Dianne Brandi will take an unspecified leave of absence from the company, according to The Washington Post. Fox didn’t explain why she

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Avis GC Takes ‘Holistic View” of Legal Department

Article by Yin Wilczek, Bloomberg BNA; Video by RJ Jewell, Bloomberg BNA Avis Budget Group Inc. is developing new metrics that would measure the true value of its legal department, Executive Vice President and General Counsel Michael Tucker told Bloomberg BNA. Traditionally, companies assess their in-house attorneys in terms of whether they closed a transaction,

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Engineering Company McDermott Taps GC with Energy Background

John Freeman, a veteran of the energy logistics industry, has been appointed general counsel, senior vice president and corporate secretary of the engineering company McDermott International, Inc. Freeman is making the jump to McDermott from TechnipFMC, another fossil fuels and energy extraction engineering company. He will replace Liane Hinrichs, who announced she is retiring from the

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3M Lawyer On Cutting Over 250 Law Firms

Article by Yin Wilczek, Bloomberg BNA; Video by RJ Jewell, Bloomberg BNA General counsel support is crucial for corporate legal departments that are trying to decrease the number of law firms they work with, 3M Co.’s managing counsel said. The most important step is making sure the in-house team is “aligned, starting with the general

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Independent Report Finds Wells Fargo Lawyers at Fault (Audio)

  Last week Big Law Business’s Gabe Friedman reported on Shearman & Sterling’s investigation into the Wells Fargo sales scandal. Earlier today, he discussed the story, which found that the bank’s legal department focused too much on cost-containment, and made the scandal worse. Gabe speaks on Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg Law.”   https://assets.bwbx.io/av/users/iqjWHBFdfxIU/vVm8nbdJOAmc/v2.mp3   Subscribe to the


Discover Ways in Which Diversity Has Been Done Well

The legal profession is one that is often criticized for its lack of diversity. We at Major, Lindsey & Africa pride ourselves on our efforts to diversify the profession and our organization and applaud our clients for the work they do to move the diversity needle. Many strides are being made to foster inclusive workplaces

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Wells Fargo Adds Cravath’s Parker as Counsel; Strother Exits

By Laura J. Keller, Bloomberg News Wells Fargo & Co. named C. Allen Parker general counsel, replacing James Strother, a 30-year bank veteran who’s retiring and was among executives whose bonuses were withheld in the wake of a bogus account scandal. Parker, 62, formerly presiding partner with Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP, will start March

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Groupon is Creating Scorecards to Evaluate Outside Law Firms

The latest tool that corporate legal departments are using to curb outside counsel costs is something that TGI Friday’s and other restaurant chains have been using for years to maintain their level of service — evaluation cards. That’s our latest technology, said Matt Miller, vice president and deputy general counsel of Groupon, at a Big Law

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Microsoft is Overhauling How it Hires Outside Law Firms

Microsoft Corp. is planning to overhaul its so-called “preferred provider program,” its internal system that determines which outside law firms the corporation routinely uses, one of its lawyers said. “We’re about to launch a significantly redesigned version of it over the next 12 to 18 months,” said Lucy Endel Bassli, assistant general counsel of legal operations and

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GE Creates ‘Yelp for Lawyers’ to Assess Outside Law Firms

General Electric has developed what it’s calling a Yelp for lawyers. An internal website is now available to its approximately 800 in-house lawyers, through which they can search “preferred providers” of outside counsel and learn about their track record with the company. Titled GE Select Connect, more than 200 of the company’s outside law firms