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Texas Lawbook Exclusive: Business Law Firms Announce Record Rate Hikes – GCs Respond

<em>Texas Lawbook</em> Exclusive: Business Law Firms Announce Record Rate Hikes – GCs Respond

Two-dozen corporate general counsel tell The Texas Lawbook that their outside law firms are raising rates to record high levels. Scores of Texas business lawyers now charge $1,000 or more…

Ten Things GCs Should Know about Trans-border Transactions

Ten Things GCs Should Know about Trans-border Transactions

One of the most exciting events for an in-house lawyer is when their company becomes involved in a merger/acquisition, joint venture, or other strategic transaction that is international in nature.…

Ten Things: In-House Counsel Working at Home

Ten Things: In-House Counsel Working at Home

Corporate in-house counsel working from home can allow lawyers to be more productive, generate improved morale and used as a retention tool and as a way of attracting new talent.…

Trump. Russians. Hacking.

Trump. Russians. Hacking.

Cybersecurity professionals usually welcome the exposure of major data privacy breaches in the news (think Target, Home Depot, Yahoo!). The result of the media attention drives cybersecurity awareness, leading to…

Tip of the Hat to Exxon Mobil’s Bill Buck

Tip of the Hat to Exxon Mobil’s Bill Buck

Exxon Mobil Upstream GC William Buck is retiring from the world’s largest oil and gas operation after 36 years. He is being replaced by Chip Casey, who is Exxon Mobil’s…

General Counsel Alana Newhook is a Star – Literally

General Counsel Alana Newhook is a Star – Literally

As a law student, Alana Newhook dreamed of working as a lawyer for a professional hockey team. Five years later, she is living that dream. “[Newhook] is already the envy…

Ten Things GCs Should Know When Preparing Outside Counsel Guidelines

Ten Things GCs Should Know When Preparing Outside Counsel Guidelines

Managing outside counsel relationships can be challenging for general counsel. With a new year on the horizon, now is the perfect time for corporate legal departments to create or update…

Mary Kay Names Julia A. Simon as Chief Legal Officer

Mary Kay Names Julia A. Simon as Chief Legal Officer

Eighteen year Mary Kay veteran Julia A. Simon has been promoted to be the cosmetic and personal care company’s top corporate lawyer. Addison-based Mary Kay announced Thursday that Simon, who…

Stacey Doré named GC at Hunt Utility Services & InfraREIT

Stacey Doré named GC at Hunt Utility Services & InfraREIT

Hunt Consolidated has named former Energy Future Holdings General Counsel Stacey H. Doré as its new senior vice president and chief legal officer for two of its affiliated companies, Hunt…

Ten Things: How to Plan a Legal Dept. Offsite

Ten Things: How to Plan a Legal Dept. Offsite

Corporate executives have used "offsite" meetings to develop strategy, set goals, energize the team, enhance teamwork and cooperation is the offsite. Legal departments seldom use this tool, but general counsel…

Exclusive – GC Forum Names Corporate In-House Lawyers of the Year

Exclusive – GC Forum Names Corporate In-House Lawyers of the Year

The GC Forum awarded its prestigious Magna Stella Awards to lawyers in corporate legal departments at American Air Liquide, Dell, Marathon Oil, Parkland Hospital, Total Petrochemicals, Waste Management and Vinmar…

Exclusive: We Have Not Heard the Last of Retiring ExxonMobil GC Jack Balagia

Exclusive: We Have Not Heard the Last of Retiring ExxonMobil GC Jack Balagia

Jack Balagia, who turned 65 on Wednesday, officially retires next week as ExxonMobil’s general counsel. In an exclusive interview with The Texas Lawbook, Balagia discusses his career, his biggest successes,…

American Midstream Names New GC: Regina Gregory

American Midstream Names New GC: Regina Gregory

Regina Gregory has been the top lawyer at Houston-based American Midstream Partners for only six weeks, but she has already overseen a $2 billion acquisition. A 1996 graduate of the…

Updated – AT&T’s David McAtee, John O’Connor & David Lawson Lead Time Warner Deal

Updated – AT&T’s David McAtee, John O’Connor & David Lawson Lead Time Warner Deal

AT&T General Counsel David McAtee, Associate General Counsel John J. O’Connor, Assistant General Counsel David Lawson and teams of lawyers from Sullivan & Cromwell and Arnold & Porter are leading…

AT&T’s John O’Connor & David McAtee Lead TWC Deal

AT&T’s John O’Connor & David McAtee Lead TWC Deal

© 2016 The Texas Lawbook. By Mark Curriden (Oct. 24) – AT&T General Counsel David McAtee, Associate General Counsel John J. O’Connor and a team from Sullivan & Cromwell are…

EFH & TCEH In-House Legal Departments Take Shape

EFH & TCEH In-House Legal Departments Take Shape

Energy Future Holdings General Counsel Stacey Doré is out. Stephanie Zapata Moore and Andy Wright are in. When EFH officials announced two weeks ago that TXU Energy and Luminant had…

Exclusive: Trinity Fights for Legal Principle, Dignity & Billions of Dollars

Exclusive: Trinity Fights for Legal Principle, Dignity & Billions of Dollars

Two years ago today, an East Texas jury ruled that the Dallas-based Trinity Industries violated the False Claims Act when it failed to inform federal officials that it modified its…

Ten Things GCs Need to Know When Searching for the Perfect Arbitration Clause

Ten Things GCs Need to Know When Searching for the Perfect Arbitration Clause

In this edition of “Ten Things,” I search for the perfect arbitration clause. Alas, much like Moby Dick, El Dorado, Sasquatch, and honesty in politicians, the search comes up dry.…

Exxon Mobil GC Jack Balagia Passes Baton to Randall Ebner

Exxon Mobil GC Jack Balagia Passes Baton to Randall Ebner

Exxon Mobil General Counsel Jack Balagia has announced he is officially retiring as the Irving-based oil and gas giant’s top lawyer in three weeks. Balagia, who has been with Exxon…

Ten Things GCs Need to Know: How to Create a Great Legal Dept. Website

Ten Things GCs Need to Know: How to Create a Great Legal Dept. Website

Corporate legal department can use internal websites to market their services to their business and provide useful information and materials to the workforce. It also allows company employees to find…

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