Practicing with integrity in an in-house position, whether in the private or public sector, has always required special skill; but along with the advantages of the insider’s perspective come particular challenges. The fact of having one client — the corporation or the government[1] — means that an in-house lawyer is particularly vulnerable when there is…

The lack of integrity (actual or perceived) in public office and the private boardroom is a critical reason we are now experiencing what has been described as a crisis in leadership[1] and trust.[2] A deficiency of trust is indexed as the number one problem confronted by business and political leaders today. According to several studies,…

It is difficult to imagine a worst case scenario than United Airlines’ now infamous conduct on April 9, 2017, that permitted a 69 year old doctor named David Dao – under United Airlines care and control as a boarded and seated passenger – to be assaulted, bloodied, and dragged from its overbooked airplane with a…

The legal profession around the world is in a period of major – even transformational – change.[1] The global market for corporate legal services has become increasingly competitive. In this legal environment we are seeing the world’s largest accounting firms offering legal services (outside of the U.S.) to mid to large, national, and multinational corporate…

Worldwide, corporations across business sectors are under pressure to reduce the overall costs of legal services without compromising on either quality or service. Corporations are looking for and expecting from their legal counsel greater efficiency, predictability, and cost-effectiveness in the legal services they contract for and receive. As noted by one legal commentator, this basic…

Populism may be the most important force in global politics today. Within this new geopolitical environment, leaders in Canada, the U.S., the UK, Europe, and Australia, among others, face challenges of extraordinary scale and complexity, and confront some of society’s most critical issues both at home and abroad – the economy (economic insecurity, globalization, technology…

The challenges companies face domestically and internationally demand a General Counsel or Chief Legal Officer with a steady hand, a cool head, the ability to think carefully, and the competence to act timely and in an appropriate manner as the circumstances require. Effective General Counsel or Chief Legal Officers (hereinafter referred to as General Counsel)[1]…

What we do as lawyers can be life affirming, helping our clients, and potentially shaping society for the public good. A career as a lawyer is an extraordinary calling, and to be a lawyer in the legal profession is a privilege. Nevertheless, the profession of law today is more challenging today than ever before. The…

It is important to understand that just because someone holds a position of leadership, does not mean they should. Not all leaders are created equal. The problem that is sometimes encountered is a “recognition problem” – we don’t always recognize good leaders from bad leaders, those that may have the necessary skill and ability, but…

In recent years, the number of news stories regarding ethical lapses at many leading organizations reminds us of the critical importance of a strong ethical culture. Regulators and enforcement authorities around the world are progressively of the view that an ethical and compliant business culture is one of the most important tasks for corporate boards…