Lessons from #LawJobChat: @richard_russeth on Landing In-House Counsel Jobs

On August 26, 2010, we hosted our third #LawJobChat, a chat on Twitter that takes place the last Thursday of each month from 9 – 10 pm Eastern. We welcomed our guest host, Richard Russeth.  I’ve pasted the full transcript below.

About Richard

Richard Russeth (@richard_russeth) serves as Vice President and General Counsel for Leprino Foods.  Directly after law school, he went in-house serving as Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for The Pillsbury Company.  Since then, he’s continued to work in general counsel positions for major corporations or their subsidiaries.   He offers his advice about moving in-house and what in-house lawyers need to know.  He also shares with us the benefits of being The Last Generalist.

5 Takeaway Tweets

  • richard_russeth: GENERALIST credentials are helpful in going in-house. SEC experience is amazingly helpful.
  • richard_russeth: Try to get an internship with a company after 1L – then firm after 2L.
  • richard_russeth: I think transferable skills are most important. Also many corps hire their outside counsel when they are impressed! case
  • richard_russeth: Early on I think salaries are about 70% of private practice. But get close to parity at about 7-10 years.
  • richard_russeth: Not all boards are created equal. Avoid “general” boards. Stick to reputable. Don’t “overexpose”. Desperate is bad.

I’d also recommend Amanda’s post that highlights the important points that Richard covered.

Full Transcript


1:00 am
aellislegal: Welcome to the 3rd #LawJobChat! Our topic tonight is finding in-house law jobs and our guest co-host is @richard_russeth. #lawjobchat
1:01 am aellislegal: Just a friendly reminder that I’ll start the discussion with some questions. I’ll assign a # to them – Q1, Q2, etc. #lawjobchat
1:01 am aellislegal: Please include the question number in your subsequent questions/replies/etc. Helps when reading transcript from chat. #lawjobchat
1:02 am aellislegal: To get started, I’ll let @richard_russeth introduce himself! #lawjobchat
1:02 am richard_russeth: @aellislegal Glad to be here and thanks for inviting! #lawjobchat
1:03 am mjsq: Thanks for joining us, @richard_russeth! #lawjobchat
1:03 am richard_russeth: @aellislegal I’m GC at Leprino Foods. Have been practicing for 28 yrs. Everyone of them in-house. #lawjobchat
1:04 am aellislegal: Q1: how many yrs experience does an atty need before looking for in-house positions? #lawjobchat
1:06 am aellislegal: Q1 cont: or, how easy is it to go in-house immediately after law school like you did? #lawjobchat
1:06 am richard_russeth: @aellislegal I think it depends on the position they are seeking in-house. #lawjobchat
1:07 am richard_russeth: Q1: But I think at a minimum one should have 5 years in private practice before trying to go in-house. #lawjobchat
1:08 am richard_russeth: Q1: I think I was pretty unusual in my career path. Very few go straight to in-house. It works if its a large corp. #lawjobchat
1:08 am aellislegal: Q1 cont: any particular type position that typically requires less experience? more experience? #lawjobchat
1:09 am richard_russeth: Q1: I was lucky to find a large company like The Pillsbury Company with a GC willing to take a chance! #lawjobchat
1:09 am richard_russeth: Q1: I think specialized roles such as IP are more demanding of experience. But positions in general contract work less so. #lawjobchat
1:10 am aellislegal: Q2: Assume a 5th year atty begins an in-house search. Is there a particular time of the calendar yr that’s best to look? #lawjobchat
1:11 am richard_russeth: Q1: credentials are helpful in going in-house. SEC experience is amazingly helpful. #lawjobchat
1:11 am aellislegal: Q2 cont: for example, does in-house hiring slow during particular months? #lawjobchat
1:11 am t10nbaum: Q2: What would you say is the most important thing to do in law school if you want to end up as GC one day? Moot, Journal, etc.? #lawjobchat
1:12 am richard_russeth: Q1: GENERALIST credentials are helpful in going in-house. SEC experience is amazingly helpful. #lawjobchat
1:12 am richard_russeth: Q2: I don’t think there is a special time of year anymore. This used to be true. Its more dictated the economy. #lawjobchat
1:13 am richard_russeth: Q2: That said, fourth quarter is a bad quarter in which to look. #lawjobchat
1:13 am squirrelpants: How can one go from a staff attorney position to an in-house one? #lawjobchat
1:13 am richard_russeth: Q2: As for law school, I think the broader your course load the better. Don’t over specialize. #lawjobchat
1:14 am richard_russeth: @squirrelpants Not sure I get the “staff” vs. “in-house” #lawjobchat
1:14 am aellislegal: Q3: good question RT @squirrelpants: How can one go from a staff attorney position to an in-house one? #lawjobchat
1:14 am richard_russeth: Q2: Try to get an internship with a company after 1L – then firm after 2L. #lawjobchat
1:15 am aellislegal: @richard_russeth I think he’s referring to being a staff attorney in a law firm, but will let @squirrelpantsconfirm #lawjobchat
1:16 am aellislegal: Q4: How does your company hire in-house lawyers? recruiters, company website, job boards, social media, etc? #lawjobchat
1:16 am richard_russeth: Q3: I think transferable skills are most important. Also many corps hire their outside counsel when they are impressed! #lawjobchat
1:16 am richard_russeth: Q3: For example, my predecessor was hired out of private practice where he represented our company #lawjobchat
1:17 am aellislegal: Advice to law students looking to go in-house: RT @richard_russeth Try to get internship w/company after 1L – then firm after 2L #lawjobchat
1:17 am richard_russeth: Q4: rely a great deal on networks and recruiters. Interestingly company’s make the mistake of using executive recruiters. #lawjobchat
1:17 am t10nbaum: Q4: being as that GC work is for a company, is there a business bground required? Or do lawyers from any background have a shot? #lawjobchat
1:18 am richard_russeth: Q2: My company hires a 1L each summer! We like the new ideas and the opportunity to introduce folks to in-house practice #lawjobchat
1:18 am t10nbaum: RT @aellislegal: Advice to law students looking to go in-house: RT @richard_russeth Try to get internship w/company after 1L – then firm after 2L #lawjobchat
1:19 am squirrelpants: Q3: Yeah, from a staff attorney at a law firm to in-house counsel #lawjobchat
1:19 am richard_russeth: Q4: Business background helpful but not essential. I do think in-house need to have an aptitude for business. #lawjobchat
1:20 am aellislegal: Q5: What skills do you look for? For ex, do in-house lawyers have diff daily responsibilities (from firm lawyers) that you seek? #lawjobchat
1:20 am mpsever: @aellislegal Just took the bar. Waiting on results. All jobs say they want 3-5 yrs experience. OK. where’s that come from? #lawjobchat
1:20 am richard_russeth: Q3: I don’t think status in the firm is what drives hiring at the company. Fit on expertise and cultural fit are important #lawjobchat
1:21 am richard_russeth: Q5: 3-5. We all want experience in-house because usually in-house is not big enough to devote much time to training. #lawjobchat
1:22 am richard_russeth: Q5: in-house is about providing practical answers not memos #lawjobchat
1:22 am aellislegal: @richard_russeth “@mpsever Just took the bar. All jobs say they want 3-5 yrs experience. where’s that come from?” #lawjobchat
1:23 am richard_russeth: Q5: I haven’t written an “opinion” in many many years. Face to face helping the business succeed is the role of in-house #lawjobchat
1:23 am aellislegal: @mpsever I assume you’re referring to firm and in-house job-postings. I’ll defer to @richard_russeth re in-house #lawjobchat
1:24 am richard_russeth: Q5: The need to be able to interact with business folks is critical. As is need to provide answers in real time at the meeting. #lawjobchat
1:24 am aellislegal: @mpsever Re firm jobs, remember most jobs aren’t advertised. Market your experience to firms. Target smaller firms that don’t #lawjobchat
1:24 am richard_russeth: I’m guessing 3-5 is in-house criteria. I think its usually closer to 5. #lawjobchat
1:24 am t10nbaum: Q6: You say your job is to help the business succeed, what is your daily schedule like? #lawjobchat
1:25 am DWesterberg: Son=2yr Law S: Worked at AnheiserBusch GC office1.5yrs prior to Law School, at civil Lit law firm past yr. Strong resume? #lawjobchat
1:25 am aellislegal: @mpsever (cont) Target smaller firms that may need junior attys. Volunteer w/legal aid or bar groups to get experience #lawjobchat
1:26 am aellislegal: Q7: How can a litigator position herself to move to an in-house position? #lawjobchat
1:26 am richard_russeth: Today: pension issues, mexican tariff issues, employment law issues, global supply contract and mtg with Linkedin rep #lawjobchat
1:28 am richard_russeth: Q7: Some businesses need in-house litigators e.g., pharma But most firms farm it out. So the ability to manage lit is top. #lawjobchat
1:28 am t10nbaum: good to know #linkedin is making its way to the GC office. It’s everywhere! #lawjobchat
1:28 am richard_russeth: @DWesterberg I think these are very good points on a CV and the AB connection is top. #lawjobchat
1:28 am richard_russeth: @t10nbaum and companies in general are really using Linkedin as a tool to find folks. #lawjobchat
1:29 am aellislegal: Q7 follow up: @richard_russeth any particular type companies litigators should target (more likely to hire 4 lit mgmt)? avoid? #lawjobchat
1:29 am richard_russeth: #linkedin is so key and network building from 1L forward. You never know who will end up where. #lawjobchat
1:30 am mjsq: @richard_russeth, to clarify, companies using linkedin to find outside litigators or to find GCs? #lawjobchat
1:30 am richard_russeth: Q7: Fun ? I’d do a westlaw search and see who’s drowning in lit! But also consumer intensive not B2B are more likely #lawjobchat
1:30 am aellislegal: LAW STUDENTS: @richard_russeth linkedin is so key and network building from 1L forward. You never know who will end up where. #lawjobchat
1:31 am richard_russeth: I think they are using linkedin across the spectrum but I’m not sure its reached the C-Suite yet. #lawjobchat
1:31 am aellislegal: @richard_russeth re Q7, I like the Westlaw search response!! #lawjobchat
1:31 am DWesterberg: Thank you RT @richard_russeth: @DWesterberg I think these are very good points on a CV and the AB connection is top. #lawjobchat
1:32 am aellislegal: Q8: Can you recommend job boards/websites helpful 4 attys seeking in-house jobs? #lawjobchat
1:33 am stone239: My background in accounting/finance helps tremendously as GC for RE Developer Q4: GC…is there a business bground required? #lawjobchat
1:33 am t10nbaum: @richard_russeth I sure hope so. Thanks to @aellislegal i’ve been working on my profile. Im a 2nd year law student #lawjobchat
1:33 am richard_russeth: Q8: I’ve looked for a job 3 times in my career and job boards are increasingly important. The ACC is tops! #lawjobchat
1:33 am t10nbaum: RT @aellislegal: LAW STUDENTS: @richard_russeth linkedin is so key and network building from 1L forward. You never know who will end up where. #lawjobchat
1:34 am richard_russeth: Q8: Not all boards are created equal. Avoid “general” boards. Stick to reputable. Don’t “overexpose”. Desperate is bad. #lawjobchat
1:34 am richard_russeth: NO Monster.com. Period. #lawjobchat
1:35 am aellislegal: Q9: how do in-house salaries compare 2 salaries @ BigLaw? What % salary reduction can BigLaw associate expect 2 move in-house? #lawjobchat
1:35 am aellislegal: RT @richard_russeth: NO Monster.com. Period. #lawjobchat
1:36 am richard_russeth: Q9: Early on I think salaries are about 70% of private practice. But get close to parity at about 7-10 years. #lawjobchat
1:36 am mjsq: Very true! RT @richard_russeth NO Monster.com. Period. #lawjobchat
1:36 am t10nbaum: RT @aellislegal: RT @richard_russeth: NO Monster.com. Period. #lawjobchat
1:36 am richard_russeth: Q8: You are not going to get rich going in-house, on the other hand you will have weekends free more often than not. #lawjobchat
1:37 am richard_russeth: Q8: In-house focuses on company performance so bonuses are tied to that. 30% is typical. #lawjobchat
1:37 am aellislegal: Q9 cont: how is comp structure diff from law firms? higher bonus opp, lower base? bonus tied to company performance? #lawjobchat
1:37 am aellislegal: @mjsq funny that we both RTd Richard’s commend re Monster! #lawjobchat
1:38 am richard_russeth: Q9: Base tends to be lower. Bonuses can range across the spectrum. Median is about 30% I think. #lawjobchat
1:38 am richard_russeth: Q9: If a company lists a in-house job on Monster, you don’t want to work there. #lawjobchat
1:38 am aellislegal: Q10: how does in-house hiring/recruiting process differ from firms? less formal? more interviews? slower/longer process? #lawjobchat
1:39 am aellislegal: RT @richard_russeth: Q9: If a company lists a in-house job on Monster, you dont want to work there. #lawjobchat
1:39 am stone239: weigh quality of life outside biglaw v lower salary RT @aellislegal Q9: how do in-house salaries compare 2 salaries @ BigLaw? #lawjobchat
1:39 am richard_russeth: Q10: I think the process can be much slower because you are an expense not a profit center in-house. #lawjobchat
1:40 am t10nbaum: RT @richard_russeth: Q9: If a company lists a in-house job on Monster, you don’t want to work there. #lawjobchat
1:40 am DavidCohenEsq: So true. Creative problem solving is a must. “@richard_russeth: Q5: in-house is about providing practical answers not memos #lawjobchat
1:40 am richard_russeth: Quality of life and interesting practice are big reasons to go in-house #lawjobchat
1:40 am jcasalmir: RT @richard_russeth: Q8: I’ve looked for a job 3 times in my career and job boards are increasingly important. The ACC is tops! #lawjobchat
1:40 am aellislegal: RT @stone239: My background in accounting/finance helps tremendously as GC for RE Developer #lawjobchat
1:41 am richard_russeth: Lots of responsibility early on in-house. Seeing a project from beginning to end and not just the paper. Impact outcomes! #lawjobchat
1:42 am aellislegal: Q11 any other adv to going in-house besides quality of life, interesting practice? #lawjobchat
1:42 am richard_russeth: @aellislegal @stone239 Absolutely finance can be a good background #lawjobchat
1:42 am stone239: Amen! RT @richard_russeth Quality of life and interesting practice are big reasons to go in-house #lawjobchat
1:42 am t10nbaum: RT @richard_russeth: Lots of responsibility early on in-house. Seeing a project from beginning to end and not just the paper. Impact outcomes! #lawjobchat
1:43 am aellislegal: Q11 related: Any disadvantages to going in-house? #lawjobchat
1:43 am richard_russeth: Q11: Instead of answering to a BigPartner you r part of business team making it happen. #lawjobchat
1:43 am lawyerkm: how should law firms connect with GCs? #lawjobchat
1:44 am richard_russeth: Q11: Disadvantages: you won’t get rich with some exceptions. It can be hard to transition back to private practice… #lawjobchat
1:44 am jcasalmir: 3-5 years =shorthand for “I can provide at least an initial “take” on clients’ question while on the phone with them.” #lawjobchat
1:44 am aellislegal: Good question! RT @lawyerkm: how should law firms connect with GCs? #lawjobchat
1:46 am richard_russeth: I’m a fan of the slow sell myself. Demonstrate worth. Provide solutions. Don’t “sell.” You’re not a car dealer. #lawjobchat
1:46 am richard_russeth: @jcasalmir #truth #lawjobchat
1:46 am t10nbaum: RT @richard_russeth: I’m a fan of the slow sell myself. Demonstrate worth. Provide solutions. Don’t “sell.” You’re not a car dealer. #lawjobchat
1:46 am aellislegal: @richard_russeth re transitioning from in-house to private practice, I was going to ask how easy it is to make the transition? #lawjobchat
1:47 am richard_russeth: Big fan of free seminars as way to get to know your firm. One hour. Lunch or breakfast. Webinar! #lawjobchat
1:47 am DavidCohenEsq: I connect w many law firms at local ACC events. @aellislegal Good question! RT @lawyerkm: how should law firms connect with GCs?#lawjobchat
1:47 am aellislegal: @richard_russeth Is it easier for certain types of in-house counsel to transition into private practice? #lawjobchat
1:47 am richard_russeth: Since I have never “transitioned” I don’t have first hand, but the longer in-house the tougher I think #lawjobchat
1:47 am aellislegal: LAWYERS: RT @richard_russeth: Big fan of free seminars as way to get to know your firm. One hour. Lunch or breakfast. Webinar! #lawjobchat
1:48 am richard_russeth: I think litigators and IP folks have a much easier time of transitioning back to private practice #lawjobchat
1:48 am jcasalmir: Q1: in contrast to @richard_russeth and @DavidCohenEsq I went in-house after 2 yrs govt. + 3 private practice. #lawjobchat
1:48 am reneefishman: @aellislegal #lawjobchat more than just not knowing where people will end up; you never know who they will meet along the way who can help u
1:48 am aellislegal: RT @DavidCohenEsq: I connect w many law firms at local ACC events. RT @lawyerkm: how should law firms connect with GCs? #lawjobchat
1:48 am richard_russeth: @DavidCohenEsq I like the ACC events as well. #lawjobchat
1:50 am changesq: RT @richard_russeth: Q8: You are not going to get rich going in-house, on the other hand you will have weekends free more often than not. #lawjobchat
1:51 am t10nbaum: RT @richard_russeth: Q8: You are not going to get rich going in-house, on the other hand you will have weekends free more often than not. #lawjobchat
1:51 am t10nbaum: RT @reneefishman: @aellislegal #lawjobchat more than just not knowing where people will end up; you never know who they will meet along the way who can help u
1:51 am reneefishman: @aellislegal re #lawjobchat Q8: When I was practicing I found best in-house jobs came thru connections, recruiters & co’s law firms
1:51 am richard_russeth: To prep to be a GC someday I tried to practice in every conceivable field of law for at least a bit for the 1st ten years #lawjobchat
1:52 am t10nbaum: Can law students go to ACC events? #lawjobchat
1:52 am richard_russeth: A generalist with a strong SEC practice would be a killer combo for in-house public company #lawjobchat
1:52 am mjsq: Q12. In yr Rainmaking post, you say lawyers who spend time on social media should spend time on follow-up. Tips? #lawjobchat
1:53 am richard_russeth: I’m afraid I don’t know how the ACC and students work? It would be a clever idea in my book. #lawjobchat
1:53 am aellislegal: Provide 1 tip to junior associates in their 1st or 2nd yr of practice who want to go in-house in their 5th yr or so #lawjobchat
1:53 am stone239: For me, the sheer volume of issues. A GC really is a generalist (cont) Q: Any disadvantages to in-house? #lawjobchat
1:53 am aellislegal: RT @t10nbaum: Can law students go to ACC events? #lawjobchat
1:53 am TechSavvyLaw: RT @richard_russeth To prep to be a GC someday I tried to practice in every conceivable field of law… for the 1st 10 years #lawJobchat
1:53 am stone239: #lawjobchat certain issues require specialized knowledge from outside counsel
1:54 am richard_russeth: Q12: If you put it out there, be willing to spend time, for free, talking to people who are interested. the hours will follow. #lawjobchat
1:54 am richard_russeth: RT @stone239: #lawjobchat certain issues require specialized knowledge from outside counsel // very true. No law dept knows everything.
1:55 am aellislegal: @eicdocket may be able to answer this question or point u in right direction RT @t10nbaum: Can law students go to ACC events? #lawjobchat
1:55 am mjsq: Q13. You blog about how companies should pick GC, are these same Qs associates should ask themselves if they want to be a GC? #lawjobchat
1:55 am changesq: Took our legal interns to as many ACC events as they were allowed @richard_russeth @t10nbaum: Can law students go to ACC events? #lawjobchat
1:56 am richard_russeth: Q13: I think that post applies in lots of fields not just law but yes I think they are worth applying as an associate. #lawjobchat
1:56 am richard_russeth: @changesq thnks for the clarification #lawjobchat
1:57 am t10nbaum: I live in NY and am a full time student. Any events in NYC or LI are an attractive option. Please forward any info my way #lawjobchat
1:59 am DavidCohenEsq: I bring my interns as a learning & networking opportunity. “@t10nbaum: Can law students go to ACC events? #lawjobchat
2:00 am aellislegal: Final Q: what about using Twitter to build relationships? Would u hire an in-house lawyer after developing relationship on here? #lawjobchat
2:00 am richard_russeth: 1Ls – broaden your horizons – make yourself interesting to work with – watch #ted talks. #lawjobchat
2:00 am DavidCohenEsq: If you want to attend, call your local chapter administrator & ask if you can. “@t10nbaum: Can law students go to ACC events? #lawjobchat
2:01 am mjsq: One more blog Q, Q14. Your post ‘top 10 rules for job search success’ = A+ Any specific rules for in-house job search success? #lawjobchat
2:01 am t10nbaum: Or intern? @aellislegal #lawjobchat
2:01 am changesq: RT @richard_russeth: 1Ls – broaden your horizons – make yourself interesting to work with – watch #tedtalks. #lawjobchat
2:02 am richard_russeth: Final Q: I think twitter great place to find out about people. Their temperments and so on. Real time. So yes. It’s a start! #lawjobchat
2:02 am t10nbaum: RT @richard_russeth: 1Ls – broaden your horizons – make yourself interesting to work with – watch #tedtalks. #lawjobchat
2:02 am jcasalmir: 1. get a full understanding of an in-demand practice area. 2. demonstrate practical understanding of client’s biz needs. #lawjobchat
2:02 am reneefishman: @aellislegal #lawjobchat Q11: in- house can get monotonous, w/same type of work or projects & not much variety
2:03 am mjsq: RT @richard_russeth I think twitter great place to find out about people. Their temperments… Real time. So yes. It’s a start! #lawjobchat
2:03 am richard_russeth: Q11: I have never found in-house to be monotonous. Crazy sometimes but not monotonous. #lawjobchat
2:03 am richard_russeth: I think Top 10 rules are universal. #lawjobchat
2:04 am aellislegal: @richard_russeth THANK YOU 4 co-hosting!! Fabulous insight. I’ll post chat transcript tonight and summary over the wkd. #lawjobchat
2:04 am mjsq: @richard_russeth I agree. :-) #lawjobchat
2:04 am mjsq: Yes, thank you so much @richard_russeth for your insights. #lawjobchat
2:05 am richard_russeth: Thanks for having me. Lots of fun! Good luck to all the job seekers! #lawjobchat
2:05 am aellislegal: @richard_russeth Keep the discussion rolling if u have time and people have questions. this just ends official #LawJobChat hour #lawjobchat
2:06 am richard_russeth: @aellislegal Happy to stay on another 15 minutes! #lawjobchat
2:07 am aellislegal: Woo hoo!! Continue to ask questions if you wish RT @richard_russeth: @aellislegal Happy to stay on another 15 minutes! #lawjobchat
2:08 am jcasalmir: Q11: Even w/in my discrete practice area (advertising law), it NEVER gets monotonous. Hectic, nuts, crazy–yes (but I love it). #lawjobchat
2:09 am richard_russeth: @jcasalmir I suppose in a really big dept there could be some monotony but just hasn’t been my experience. #lawjobchat
2:09 am BriHoffman: Sorry I missed #lawjobchat tonight, interesting stuff, especially since I just became intern w/ in-house/cco of major investment company!
2:10 am BriHoffman: I will try to catch it next time! #lawjobchat
2:10 am richard_russeth: @BriHoffman I bet we’d learn a lot from your situation!! #lawjobchat
2:10 am richard_russeth: @BriHoffman Sounds like a very interesting position. #lawjobchat
2:11 am reneefishman: @aellislegal #lawjobchat tip to Jr associates: give at least 5 min to every recruiter who calls. Build rltnshps now & they will pay off
2:12 am richard_russeth: @reneefishman @aellislegal I say talk to them as long as they want to stay on the line… #lawjobchat
2:12 am tweetmcg: @aellislegal @richard_russeth @jcasalmir thanks for the great #lawjobchat #ff
2:13 am BriHoffman: @richard_russeth thanks. i’m excited, i start next week. working at Legg Mason for their CCO in mutual fund compliance! #lawjobchat #inhouse
2:14 am richard_russeth: Signing off here. Have a great night everyone. #goodnightmoon #lawjobchat
2:14 am jcasalmir: @richard_russeth true, but if you’re bored, it’s a win-win to proactively seek out interesting work since budgets are tight. #lawjobchat
2:16 am drewcarls: @richard_russeth @aellislegal enjoyed the convo tonight. great stuff to pass along to @utexaslawstudents & @utlawcso #lawjobchat
2:19 am t10nbaum: RT @reneefishman: @aellislegal #lawjobchat tip to Jr associates: give at least 5 min to every recruiter who calls. Build rltnshps now & they will pay off
2:25 am BriHoffman: @richard_russeth thanks for the follow! i’ll try to catch the next #lawjobchat
2:29 am aellislegal: @jcasalmir THANK YOU for participating in #LawJobChat tonight! I’m now following you – would love to include you as guest in future chat
2:34 am aellislegal: Transcript from 8/26 #LawJobChat w/@richard_russeth re landing in-house law jobs!http://bit.ly/9NneJA

[Jobs] In-House Positions CNA, HP, Microsoft, PlayStation

For the past few days, I’ve been finalizing the (awesome!) newsletter that goes out tomorrow.  I apologize for the lack of daily updates.  In the meantime, as I head back to the grind, here are some interesting jobs that I found around the web.

CNA has quite a few in-house opportunities for lawyers and paralegals, including Senior Litigation Attorney positions in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.  It also includes a VP & Associate General Counsel (securities) position in Chicago.

Hewlett-Packard also has a number of opportunities for legal professionals.  These include a Legal Director for Brazil, Employment Litigation Counsel in Texas (brief description below), and Specialist Legal Counsel in New Jersey.  To easily search for legal positions, click on HP’s job site and click on “Search Jobs in HP” on the left-hand side.

Job Description

Hewlett-Packard Company is seeking an Employment Litigation Manager to join the Legal Department’s Labor & Employment litigation team at our office in Plano, TX.  The attorney will be responsible for managing certain employment litigation, including FLSA and other wage and hour cases.  As Employment Litigation Manager, you will work with outside law firms to determine litigation strategy and manage all aspects of the cases.  In addition, the lawyer occupying the position will be responsible for monitoring and managing the budget for the case, routinely working with in-house paralegals, and advising HP management about the merits and strategy of the litigation.

Microsoft has quite a few legal opportunities, including a number of intellectual property counsel positions, e.g., patent prosecution and intellectual property policy.  However, there are also litigation, transactional, and employment attorney opportunities as well.  Due to the company’s secure recruiting website, I’d recommend searching the site for appropriate positions.  My search included U.S. jobs in the Legal Division.

Finally, Sony PlayStation is also hiring a few lawyers.  (And, if you want my off the record opinion, I think the video game industry is where it’s at!)  These include a Director, Litigation attorney in San Francisco (Job Number 01483), Senior Manager of Corporate Compliance in San Francisco (Job Number 01454), and a Contracts Specialist (Job Number 01494).  Again, it’s easiest to go to the company’s recruiting website and search for legal positions in the Job Field and/or look up by Job Number.

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[WI Job] Kohl’s Seeks VP Employment & Labor Law (Counsel)

I have a soft spot for Badgers and the State of Wisconsin, as my younger sister goes to school in Madison.  I also have a soft spot for postings that say “NO RECRUITER CALLS PLEASE” (…in all capital letters!).  And, no, that wasn’t sarcasm.  Finally, I could use a good department store friends and family discount….

With that said, Kohl’s seeks a VP Employment and Labor Law (Counsel).  The full posting is exclusively on LinkedIn.

(NO RECRUITER CALLS PLEASE)

Reporting to the SVP, Assistant General Counsel (who in turn reports to the EVP, General Counsel), this VP of Employment & Labor Law will be responsible for setting the strategic direction for corporate wide human resource and employment related matters to ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws, rules, and regulations at Company stores (1055+), distribution centers (11) and corporate offices (4000+ Associates). Given the current and future growth initiatives of Kohl’s, the company is seeking a seasoned employment and labor attorney who will lead and implement the strategies and policies for employment litigation, discrimination, wage & hours laws, union avoidance, NLRB charges, class action defense etc. Essentially, this VP will serve as the chief counsel and advisor to senior management (at headquarters and in the field) and human resources to ensure all employment and labor policies, training programs and communications processes are developed and administered. Kohl’s employs 130,000+ Associates in 49 states.

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[NJ Job] Hoover’s/D&B Seeks Attorney in Short Hills

Description

Partner with D&B’s sales team to negotiate contracts with D&B’s major North American customers and their attorneys;
Partner with other D&B internal teams to negotiate contracts with licensors, distribution partners, suppliers and others.
Assist the Team Leader in the administration, training and support of non-attorney members of the Contracts Team
Lead initiatives to enhance D&B’s existing standard contract forms, and develop new contract forms and processes as needed;
Work with other internal constituents (e.g., product management, product development, pricing, finance) to support new business initiatives that affect contracts and contract management.

Qualifications

J.D. and 3-5  years work experience including 1-2 years of experience negotiating a wide range of contracts directly with customers and suppliers  and other parties.
• Knowledgeable of all facets of commercial contracting, licensing and contract law concepts.
• Demonstrated ability to advise and influence internal partners.
• Strong organizational, analytical, oral and written communication, and problem-solving skills are essential.
• Ability to work independently.
• Teamwork skills and the ability to drive results by working closely with customer/supplier attorneys, customer/supplier contract management/ procurement teams, internal D&B clients and subject matter experts, and other members of the D&B legal team.
• Strong commitment to enhancing leadership competencies, understanding and embracing D&B’s corporate culture, and a willingness to give and receive feedback are essential to success.

Job

Legal

Primary Location

US-NJ-Short Hills

Organization

Legal

Schedule

Full-time

For more information about this position (Job Number 0900367), you will need to login to Hoover’s job search system easily linked from this page.

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