These Texas general counsel are among the five highest-paid executives at their companies.
Good times are back for general counsel at large Texas companies, with average total pay packages for GCs increasing by 17.8 percent in 2014 compared with 2013.
Apologies are difficult. By expressing regret and accepting responsibility for a harmful act, the person apologizing transfers “power” from him- or herself to the person receiving the apology. Parties negotiating settlement want all the “power” they can muster, and many fear they’ll convey weakness by apologizing. Experienced negotiators, however, use apologies to help settle cases.
Brad Smith, general counsel of Microsoft Corp., says law firms must add diverse attorneys in leadership positions in order to earn an increased annual bonus.
If an executive comes across as combative or arrogant, or even worse, provides damaging testimony in the form of embarrassing "sound-bites," the best-laid case strategies can be torpedoed.
For Liz Bonesio, corporate counsel at Dallas-based Topgolf International Inc., every day is a hole-in-one.
Each and every one of us suffers loss. We all lose our way. Dante instructs us on how to return to the path, and leave the dark wood wherein we all will— sooner or later—find ourselves.
It is important to develop a fair, consistent message to be communicated with employees who are potential class members.
While the standards and suggestions in the memorandum are often imprecise, employers and their counsel should take heed of the recommendations when reviewing and drafting rules.
After the U.S. Supreme Court's 'Obergefell' decision, employers should go back and take a fresh look at how their policies treat same-sex married couples.
The following deals, involving at least one Texas-based company, were announced in 2014. Sources include Texas Lawyer, The Am Law Daily, Thomson Reuters and corporate press releases.
There is a widespread belief that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit is uniformly hostile to employment law claims. But, like Mark Twain's death, this rumor has been widely exaggerated.
Texas firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, Andrews Kurth, Baker Botts and Vinson & Elkins among leading dealmaking firms on The American Lawyer's Corporate Scorecard 2015.
Recent Texas Supreme Court rulings may invite repercussions for business valuation, dispute resolution, access to capital, and public policy in Texas insofar as the business climate is concerned.
Mark Shaw, the vice president and general counsel of Southwest Airlines since February 2013, has had his hands full this past year at the low-cost airline.
While the SEC's enforcement action focused on the alleged wrongdoings of a single company, in our view the more novel issue presented is whether the SEC's order and related guidance could impact other types of NDAs used outside an internal investigation context, such as standard employee NDAs.
Mark Shaw, is vice president and general counsel of Southwest Airlines. Freelance reporter Anne Belli Perez emailed Shaw some questions about best practices. His answers are below edited for length and style.
Some reforms actually move in the direction that judges in the Eastern District have already taken and also adopt procedures used in Texas' Western District.
Once upon a time, the word "hack" was a term of derision. No more. Now, it is gaining an elevated place as a word meaning a shortcut to fixing a challenge, a way to get a quick flash solution. So, let's dip these following problems into the fryer and see the "hacks" emerging, hopefully, crisp and tasty.
Lance Balk is general counsel of Six Flags Entertainment Corp. Freelancer reporter Lindsey Juarez emailed Balk some questions about best practices. His answers are below edited for length and style.
The recently revised USPTO guidelines for subject matter eligibility offer an effective summary of the case law post-Alice, and should be closely considered by any attorney representing patent owners.
The contempt in the coverage of Taylor Swift's trademark portfolio was especially misplaced given the context of the administrative approval needed for registration.
As written, SB 1187 appears to be directed at certain prolific NPEs, but its provisions are likely untenable.
Seeing the joy and excitement in a customer's face is not something many general counsels get to experience. But as the general counsel for Six Flags Entertainment Corp., Lance Balk said he gets to see screaming visitors every time he tours one of the company's amusement parks.
Significantly more U.S. companies are disclosing risks associated with climate change in their annual reports, especially in the energy sector.
Despite the risks involved, there are many legitimate reasons why companies decide to monitor their employees' social media activity.
In recent years, the single most investigated issue by the U.S. Department of Labor is whether workers categorized as "independent contractors" satisfy the very distinct standards for this category of workers under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Courts have struggled to find a concrete definition of "integral and indispensable"—leading to considerable uncertainty in employment policies and costly litigation.
Law enforcement is increasingly becoming a for-profit phenomenon, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce isn't happy about it.