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The Role Of The General Counsel As A Business Manager And Progression To The Board
The Role Of The General Counsel As A Business Manager And Progression To The Board
Published: 2013/03/27
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A Conversation with Twitter General Counsel Vijaya Gadde ’00
Published: 2017/03/28
Channel: NYU School of Law
General Counsel Interview with Peter Beshar of Marsh & McLennan Companies
General Counsel Interview with Peter Beshar of Marsh & McLennan Companies
Published: 2015/03/31
Channel: Bloomberg Law
Power or Peril: The View from the General Counsel Suite
Power or Peril: The View from the General Counsel Suite
Published: 2015/04/22
Channel: Duke University School of Law
Michael Holt - General Counsel as Business Leader
Michael Holt - General Counsel as Business Leader
Published: 2013/08/15
Channel: CFOstudio
Behind Every Great Company is a Great General Counsel
Behind Every Great Company is a Great General Counsel
Published: 2016/02/12
Channel: Cardozo Law
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What is GENERAL COUNSEL? What does GENERAL COUNSEL mean? GENERAL COUNSEL meaning & explanation
Published: 2017/03/04
Channel: The Audiopedia
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NEA General Counsel Bob Chanin 2009 - It's Money & Power, Not Education
Published: 2011/02/24
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CIRCA: FBI General Counsel is allegedly under DOJ investigation
CIRCA: FBI General Counsel is allegedly under DOJ investigation
Published: 2017/08/01
Channel: The Outer Light
Innovation Leadership: A Conversation with Mark Chandler, Cisco General Counsel
Innovation Leadership: A Conversation with Mark Chandler, Cisco General Counsel
Published: 2012/04/11
Channel: Cisco
Ronald Prague - The Evolving Role of the General Counsel
Ronald Prague - The Evolving Role of the General Counsel
Published: 2012/09/13
Channel: CFOstudio
General Counsel NL Najaarscongres 2017
General Counsel NL Najaarscongres 2017
Published: 2017/11/01
Channel: General Counsel NL
Associate Pay Raises: A General Counsel and Managing Partner Perspective
Associate Pay Raises: A General Counsel and Managing Partner Perspective
Published: 2016/08/23
Channel: Above the Law
Do you have what it takes to be a General Counsel for a day?
Do you have what it takes to be a General Counsel for a day?
Published: 2016/02/25
Channel: Bird & Bird
RPA updates presented by General Counsel David Sanders
RPA updates presented by General Counsel David Sanders
Published: 2016/09/29
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Trey Gowdy Blasts Facebook General Counsel For Not Checking If The Information Is The Truth
Trey Gowdy Blasts Facebook General Counsel For Not Checking If The Information Is The Truth
Published: 2017/11/04
Channel: The Bob Report
HLS in the World | A Conversation with General Counsel
HLS in the World | A Conversation with General Counsel
Published: 2017/11/07
Channel: HarvardLawSchool
Resolving Tensions Between the General Counsel, CEO & Board
Resolving Tensions Between the General Counsel, CEO & Board
Published: 2016/05/11
Channel: Inside America's Boardrooms
The Forum: Lawyering in the Nonprofit Sector: General Counsel Panel
The Forum: Lawyering in the Nonprofit Sector: General Counsel Panel
Published: 2015/05/01
Channel: NYU School of Law
Johns Hopkins Labs GC Romaine Discusses the General Counsel Role Inside & Outside the Company
Johns Hopkins Labs GC Romaine Discusses the General Counsel Role Inside & Outside the Company
Published: 2017/02/28
Channel: Thomson Reuters
Uber Currently Has NO General Counsel!
Uber Currently Has NO General Counsel!
Published: 2017/05/22
Channel: The Apptrepreneur
Facebook earnings beat as general counsel testifies on Russian meddling
Facebook earnings beat as general counsel testifies on Russian meddling
Published: 2017/11/02
Channel: CBS News
A Conversation with John Rizzo, Former Acting General Counsel of the CIA
A Conversation with John Rizzo, Former Acting General Counsel of the CIA
Published: 2014/04/25
Channel: Robert Strauss
49ers General Counsel Seeks To Be The Best At What She Does
49ers General Counsel Seeks To Be The Best At What She Does
Published: 2016/07/04
Channel: CBS SF Bay Area
Zapruder Film: Jeremy Gunn, ARRB General Counsel
Zapruder Film: Jeremy Gunn, ARRB General Counsel
Published: 2016/02/20
Channel: Our Hidden History
Courtney Simmons Elwood testifies on her CIA general counsel nomination. April 26 2017. Tim Kaine.
Courtney Simmons Elwood testifies on her CIA general counsel nomination. April 26 2017. Tim Kaine.
Published: 2017/04/26
Channel: CHANNEL90seconds newscom
The Sunday Interview: Aflac general counsel Audrey Boone Tillman
The Sunday Interview: Aflac general counsel Audrey Boone Tillman
Published: 2014/08/30
Channel: LedgerEnquirer
GAO: GAO’s Office of General Counsel
GAO: GAO’s Office of General Counsel
Published: 2017/08/15
Channel: U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO)
Shuva Mundal To Succeed As Group General Counsel Of Tata Sons
Shuva Mundal To Succeed As Group General Counsel Of Tata Sons
Published: 2017/05/24
Channel: ET NOW
ITU INTERVIEWS @ GSR16: Peter Pitsch,  Associate General Counsel, Intel Corporation
ITU INTERVIEWS @ GSR16: Peter Pitsch, Associate General Counsel, Intel Corporation
Published: 2016/05/14
Channel: ITU
Board Advice for 1st Time General Counsel - NACD BoardVision
Board Advice for 1st Time General Counsel - NACD BoardVision
Published: 2016/01/28
Channel: NACD Online
Peters Remarks in Opposition to Nominee to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board
Peters Remarks in Opposition to Nominee to be General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board
Published: 2017/11/09
Channel: Senator Gary Peters
FBI General Counsel Reportedly Under Investigation For Leaks To Mainstream Media
FBI General Counsel Reportedly Under Investigation For Leaks To Mainstream Media
Published: 2017/07/28
Channel: Martin Brodel
General Counsel NL Najaarscongres 2016
General Counsel NL Najaarscongres 2016
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: General Counsel NL
We Are CPA: General Counsel Divison
We Are CPA: General Counsel Divison
Published: 2017/08/01
Channel: txcomptroller
LeadershipTV™: The Growing Demand for General Counsel Responsibilities on Boards
LeadershipTV™: The Growing Demand for General Counsel Responsibilities on Boards
Published: 2014/08/06
Channel: Heidrick & Struggles
General Counsel Q3 Globalisation
General Counsel Q3 Globalisation
Published: 2017/11/02
Channel: WithTheEconomist
Who We Are: Alessandra Whipple, Opus Bank General Counsel
Who We Are: Alessandra Whipple, Opus Bank General Counsel
Published: 2016/11/08
Channel: OpusBank
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What are the greatest challenges facing general counsel today?
Published: 2014/11/03
Channel: LegalEvents
Google General Counsel Kent Walker Tells IAPP Crowd: "Protecting Privacy Is Tough"
Google General Counsel Kent Walker Tells IAPP Crowd: "Protecting Privacy Is Tough"
Published: 2015/03/19
Channel: IAPP MultiMedia
Effective Handling of Cases Before the FLRA
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Published: 2015/08/17
Channel: USOPM
Jason Hillman, General Counsel at Cleveland Cavaliers
Jason Hillman, General Counsel at Cleveland Cavaliers
Published: 2013/07/05
Channel: LawInSport
Dual Role of Company Secretary and General Counsel
Dual Role of Company Secretary and General Counsel
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General Counsel NL Najaarscongres 2015
General Counsel NL Najaarscongres 2015
Published: 2015/10/29
Channel: General Counsel NL
General Counsel Forum | E-Comm Best Practices
General Counsel Forum | E-Comm Best Practices
Published: 2012/07/13
Channel: stanfordlawschool
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Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: Thomson Reuters Legal UK & Ireland
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Office of General Counsel (OGC) 75th Anniversary
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Channel: Naval Facilities Engineering Command
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Channel: General Counsel, P.C.
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Transatlantic General Counsel Summit 2016
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A general counsel, chief counsel or chief legal officer (CLO) is the chief lawyer of a legal department, usually in a company or a governmental department.

In a company, the person holding the position typically reports directly to the CEO, and their duties involve overseeing and identifying the legal issues in all departments and their interrelation, including engineering, design, marketing, sales, distribution, credit, finance, human resources, production, as well as corporate governance and business policy. This would naturally require in most cases reporting directly to the owner or CEO overseeing the very business on which the CLO is expected to be familiar with and advise on the most confidential level. This requires the CLO/general counsel to work closely with each of the other officers, and their departments, to appropriately be aware and advise.[1]

Historically, general counsel often handled administrative tasks while outside lawyers in private practice handled more complex legal work. Since the 1980s, however, the general counsel position has become increasingly prominent in multinational companies, often directly advising the board of directors in place of outside lawyers. General counsel are now often among the most highly paid executives of major American corporations, and prominent American government lawyers and law firm partners are often hired for general counsel roles at prominent companies. Similar trends are also being seen in the United Kingdom and other countries.[2]

General counsel often have broad roles encompassing crisis management, compliance reporting management and public policy advocacy. Many companies also hire in-house counsel to handle specialized tasks such as tax work, mergers and acquisitions, labor law and intellectual property, sometimes building in-house practice groups that rival the practices of major law firms.[2]

Organizations[edit]

Global[edit]

The Association of Corporate Counsel[edit]

The Association of Corporate Counsel ("ACC") has 35,000 general counsel, chief legal officer and other in-house counsel members located in 90 countries. ACC was founded as the American Corporate Counsel Association in 1982 and now includes more than 55 chapters, including in Argentina, Canada (four chapters), Europe, Israel, the Middle East and Singapore. Members have access to networking opportunities and education events through their regional chapter affiliations as well as global connections across practice area, job title and industry. ACC provides members with resources to deliver services and advice to their companies, promotes the value of in-house legal services and advocates on behalf of general counsel. For its general counsel and chief legal officer members, ACC hosts roundtables where members discuss current practice trends and issues.

United States[edit]

The General Counsel Forum[edit]

The Forum is an association of 700 general counsel and senior managing counsel. The non-profit organization was founded in the fall of 1998 as the Dallas-Fort Worth General Counsel’s Management Practices Forum (“DFWGCMPF”). The association is a partnership between in-house members and outside counsel, known as underwriters. Members are general counsel and managing counsel of corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies. The mission of the Forum is to improve the professional lives of general counsel and managing counsel through meaningful opportunities for peer-to-peer interaction and knowledge exchange, mentoring through professional development in legal best practices, ethics, governance, and compliance. In November 2000, the DFWGCMPF changed its name to The Texas General Counsel Forum, also known as The Forum, and in the following year the Houston Chapter was formed, and then the Austin-San Antonio Chapter was founded. In July 2005, the Forum hired a Chief Executive Officer with the mandate to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization, expand membership, and launch the organization nationally. In November 2009, the Board of Directors approved expanding the Forum nationally, and dropped the reference to Texas, becoming simply The General Counsel Forum. In the fall of 2012, the General Counsel Forum founded the Chicago Chapter.

Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel[edit]

The Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel (SVAGC) is a business league of chief legal officers from over 150 companies in the technology and life science sectors. Member-companies include publicly traded corporations and multinational subsidiaries located throughout the San Francisco Bay Area with operations in software, electronics, power technology, biotechnology, medical devices, health informatics, materials science, cleantech, communications, networking infrastructure, e-commerce and Internet services. The organization hosts a series of monthly luncheons featuring expert presentations on topics of professional interest. It also assists members who wish to survey their peers or pose questions on particular issues, and cooperates in special projects such as the All Hands Meeting, an annual multi-track conference designed for general counsel, staff counsel and other professionals from hundreds of legal departments in the technology and life science sectors.

The SVAGC is a successor to the Peninsula Association of General Counsel (PAGC), formed in the early 1980s. In 2003, the SVAGC was formally organized as a California mutual benefit nonprofit corporation with the assistance of Ivy Associates, a consultancy to the Silicon Valley legal community that provides organizational support for the SVAGC and produces the All Hands Meeting. Only SVAGC members, speakers and invited guests may attend monthly luncheons, which are fully funded by membership dues and are not sponsored by law firms or companies providing legal products and services. Individuals may join the SVAGC when they are the chief legal officer of a publicly traded corporation or a private company meeting a revenue threshold.

United Kingdom[edit]

In the United Kingdom a group of general counsel, called the GC100, was officially launched on 9 March 2005 and brings together the senior legal officers of more than eighty five FTSE 100 companies. The GC100 group was created in response to the increasing volume and complexity of domestic and international law and regulation which impacts on UK listed companies. The group was formed with the support of Practical Law Company which acts as its secretariat.[3]

The main objectives of the GC100 are to:

  • Provide a forum for practical and business focused input on key areas of legislative and policy reform common to UK listed companies.
  • Enable members to share best practice in relation to law, risk management, compliance and other areas of common interest.

Membership of the GC100 is by invitation only. At the AGM on the 16 January 2007 members voted in favour of extending membership to company secretaries as well as general counsel in the FTSE 100. The formal name of the GC100 is now "The Association of General Counsel and Company Secretaries of the FTSE100", although it will continue to be known as the GC100.

Mark Harding, the first chair of the GC100, has stated that the GC100 is not a campaigning body, although they work closely with the FD100 (a similar grouping of blue chip finance directors).[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The 2011 In-House Counsel Compensation Survey, Question 10,[1] Profiles of In-House Counsel 2006 [2] Who Does Your Counsel Report To? (2001) (The Majority Report to the CEO)[3]
  2. ^ a b Heineman, Ben W. "General Counsel as Lawyer-Statesman" (PDF). Harvard Law School Program on the Legal Profession. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "The GC100 Group". Practical Law. 2005-02-25. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 
  4. ^ "Corporate Counsel: High-profile but low-key - has GC100 lived up to its promise?". legalweek.com. 2008-01-24. Archived from the original on 2008-04-07. Retrieved 2008-01-25. 

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