In-House Interrogatory

pathFor in-house counsel, movin’ on up can be a problem.

General counsel in secure positions at companies sometimes have no clear path to rise. Legal departments are small and corporate counsel who have secure bosses could find themselves in a dead-end situation, according to an article in Corporate Counsel.

The article suggests in-house attorneys in this situation can lean on their business skills and move into the business side of the company, become an expert in the field by making speeches and writing or simply go back to law firm life.

Here’s our question for you:

What would you do as a general counsel if you ended up in a dead-end situation at a company?

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A panel of general counsels for tech start-ups spoke at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival and shared their thoughts on their jobs at social media companies.

The panel included Foursquare General Counsel Brian Chase, Meetup General Counsel Daniel Pashman and Etsy Counsel Sarah Feingold.

They spoke about the differences between a start-up tech company and working at a law firm, saying it is usually a culture shock transitioning from focused lawyers who work solo to an office full of creative types who work in teams. The GCs recommended learning the particular language of a new social media company in order to effectively communicate with employees.

So here’s our question for you:

What do you think the differences would be between working as a GC in a start-up tech company as opposed to a GC at an older, established company or a lawyer at a law firm?

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This year will be all about discrimination and wage-and-hour lawsuits, according to general counsels at companies in the U.S. and Britain.

A survey by Fulbright & Jaworski found 35 percent of in-house attorneys expected the biggest bump in their workload to come from discrimination disputes. Around 29 percent thought wage-and-hour disputes would be the largest increase at their companies.

So here’s our question for you:

Do you think your company will see an increase in discrimination and wage-and-hour claims? Or will workplace overload come from a different kind of lawsuit?

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In-House Interrogatory

Asked: Our weekly question to the In-House community

Companies are increasingly giving general counsels a larger role (and a larger chunk of money) as they are forced to beef up their legal teams to protect themselves from regulatory and legal risks, The Wall Street Journal reports.

This means GCs take on more of a management role at companies and get paid more. In fact, at some companies, in-house counsel are among the top five paid executives.

According to a report to be released Monday by compensation researcher Equilar Inc., the median pay for general counsel who report directly to chief executives was $1.55 million—more than twice that of those further down the corporate hierarchy, whose median pay was $760,000,” the Journal reported.

General counsels are getting paid more as they work with executives on business goals and map out possible risks for their company.

So, here’s our question for you:

Have general counsels taken on more of an executive position at your company? If so, has their pay increased?

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