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SMU Assc. Law Dean is New GC Forum CEO

GC Forum leaders say they selected Lynn Bozalis because of her deep contacts in the legal profession and her extensive experience in programming and fund-raising.…

New Federal Overtime Pay Rules Will Impact More Workers in Texas Than Any Other State

New Federal Overtime Pay Rules Will Impact More Workers in Texas Than Any Other State

The U.S. Department of Labor recently finalized its controversial changes to federal overtime pay exemption rules under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). These changes are expected to affect approximately…

Enterprise Products Names Hap Weitzel as GC

Enterprise Products Names Hap Weitzel as GC

Houston-based Enterprise Products has named career commercial litigator Harry “Hap” Weitzel, a 1987 graduate of Texas Christian, as its general counsel, according to the company’s website. The oil and gas…

Kate Cassidy Takes You Out to The Ballgame

Kate Cassidy Takes You Out to The Ballgame

Lawyers boast about the view from their office windows, but none can match the scene from Kate Cassidy’s desk: home plate at Globe Life Park in Arlington. …

Congress, Not Courts, Should Decide Apple Case

Congress, Not Courts, Should Decide Apple Case

AT&T filed a “friend of the court” brief asking a California federal judge the court to vacate its order requiring Apple take extraordinary steps to assist the FBI in unlocking…

Two Texas Lawyers Named “HNBA Top Lawyer Under 40”

Rich Rosalez, senior director of litigation at Samsung Electronics America in Dallas, and Emma Mata, litigation partner at Sefarth Shaw in Houston, are among 20 winners selected by the Hispanic…

Personal Reflections on Pro Bono Service and the Importance of Access to Justice

Personal Reflections on Pro Bono Service and the Importance of Access to Justice

There are many things I recall about beginning my legal career in Dallas. But one thing I remember clearly, from the very first day on the job, was the pervasive…

Dean Foods GC Marc Kesselman Jumps to Yum! Brands

Dean Foods GC Marc Kesselman Jumps to Yum! Brands

Kesselman takes over as the chief legal officer at Yum! on Feb. 1, where he will oversee a legal department of about 100 lawyers.…

Handguns in the Texas Workplace – A Shorty for the Employer

Handguns in the Texas Workplace – A Shorty for the Employer

The Texas Open Carry law went into effect Jan 1. The law allows a concealed handgun license holder to openly carry a holstered handgun in a shoulder or belt strap…

Texas Lawyers Storm the Corporate Boardroom

Texas Lawyers Storm the Corporate Boardroom

When global investment firm PIMCO named former American Airlines GC Gary Kennedy to its corporate board, it was joining a national trend of publicly-traded companies adding lawyers as directors. The…

Shimabuku to Run USPTO’s Dallas Office

Shimabuku to Run USPTO’s Dallas Office

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office named Xerox Business Services Corporate Counsel Hope Shimabuku to be the first regional director of the agency’s newly-created Dallas office. A former lawyer at…

Exclusive: GC Forum’s Magna Stella Awards Go to…

Exclusive: GC Forum’s Magna Stella Awards Go to…

Hewlett Packard, Tenet Healthcare, The Howard Hughes Corp. and Kinder Morgan were the corporate legal department winners at the General Counsel Forum annual meeting in San Antonio this week. The…

An Era Ends, Another Begins at AT&T’s Corporate Legal Dept.

An Era Ends, Another Begins at AT&T’s Corporate Legal Dept.

Wayne Watts retires this Wednesday as GC at AT&T. Watts revolutionized the position of corporate general counsel. He guided the phone company through dozens of mega-mergers with a combined value…

Ten Things: Explaining Litigation to the Board and the CEO

Ten Things: Explaining Litigation to the Board and the CEO

When facing a large lawsuit, corporate general counsel sometimes need to remember to the CEO and the board of directors informed about the litigation. Neither senior management nor the directors…

Faith & Perseverance Helped Sidley Partner Close His Biggest and Most Important International Deal

Faith & Perseverance Helped Sidley Partner Close His Biggest and Most Important International Deal

Cliff Vrielink has represented some of the world’s leading energy companies in highly complex international transactions valued in the billions of dollars. But for four years, Vrielink and his wife…

EFH GC Stacey Doré: “The Smartest Person in the Room”

EFH GC Stacey Doré: “The Smartest Person in the Room”

At age 43, Energy Future Holdings GC Stacey Doré is one of the few women corporate general counsel at a Fortune 500 company and she is certainly one of the…

AT&T GC Wayne Watts Retires

AT&T GC Wayne Watts Retires

AT&T says David McAtee, a former partner at Haynes and Boone, will replace Wayne Watts as its chief legal officer on Oct. 1. Watts, widely recognized as one of the…

10 Things: How to be a Successful In-House Counsel

10 Things: How to be a Successful In-House Counsel

Whether you are new to the in-house department or a long-term veteran, the general counsel or just a basic contract lawyer, there are a number of things that can help…

JC Penney Slashes Corporate Legal Dept. Staff

JC Penney Slashes Corporate Legal Dept. Staff

The Plano-based retailer laid off about two-dozen lawyers and staff last week. The company had about 50 in-house lawyers just three years ago, but now has less than 25 after…

Texas Lawyers Differ on New US-Cuba Relations

Texas Lawyers Differ on New US-Cuba Relations

Fluor Corp. General Counsel Carlos Hernandez vividly remembers Christmas Eve 1958. He and his family were huddled in their house in Cuba as warplanes flew overhead. Weeks later, they fled…