The largest organization of corporate in-house counsel in Texas and The Texas Lawbook have formed a new partnership designed to provide business lawyers in the state with more insight into corporate legal departments and the companies they represent.
The Houston Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and The Texas Lawbook are teaming up on a handful of efforts designed to increase the public’s and legal community’s knowledge about the work of lawyers in today’s corporate legal departments.
With more than 1,100 members, ACC-Houston includes lawyers at businesses large and small, ranging from small private businesses to some of the largest companies in energy, services, healthcare, banking, aerospace and other industries. ACC members are among the most trusted advisors for corporate executives.
The Texas Lawbook is the state’s most influential voice on business law with more than 10,600 paid subscribers, including more than 2,350 corporate in-house counsel, and has partnerships with the Houston Chronicle and the Dallas Business Journal, which often publish Texas Lawbook articles.
“ACC members in the Houston area are deeply involved in some of the most critical business decisions in the corporate community, but the stories of our members are seldom told or recognized,” says ACC-Houston President Jessica Roper. “The Texas Lawbook is the ideal media partner for ACC because its writers understand our role and it gives us a much needed voice to the rest of the Texas legal and business communities. We are excited about this partnership and what it means for our members.”
“The role and influence of the general counsel and corporate in-house lawyers have expanded greatly during the past several years,” says Texas Lawbook Publisher Brooks Igo. “The goal with this partnership is to allow The Texas Lawbook to better identify the tremendous legal work ACC members are doing and to give ACC members a voice in some of the important legal issues of the day.
“Corporate in-house lawyers are leading major M&A transactions as their businesses expand and they are leading significant litigation matters that are critical to their companies, but they seldom get recognized for their successes,” Igo says. “Our goal is to help change that.”
The Texas Lawbook will, as an element of the partnership, publish regular feature articles profiling ACC Houston members, which will showcase the legal work they are doing and allow readers to learn more about the in-house counsel. The Lawbook also will publish articles authored by ACC-Houston members and recognize when they have been promoted to new positions, moved to new companies or are honored with awards for their achievements.
The Texas Lawbook and ACC-Houston also plan to partner on a series of CLE programs and events throughout the next couple years.
In addition, The Lawbook has agreed to provide ACC-Houston members and their in-house legal departments with a complimentary one-year subscription.
Finally, ACC-Houston and The Texas Lawbook are teaming up for the 2019 Houston Corporate Legal Department Awards, which will recognize the successes of in-house lawyers and their work with outside counsel. More details to come about the awards.