In-House Counsel Profiles

Yelp general counsel Lawrence Wilson

In-House Counsel Profile: Yelp Inc.'s Laurence Wilson

By Richard Acello |

Wilson gave up early ambitions for a biotechnology career. "I didn't enjoy being in a lab; it was kind of lonely and repetitive," he said.

Rick Chung, general counsel of Bowlmor AMF Corp.

In-House Counsel Profile: Bowlmor AMF Corp.'s Rick Chung

By June D. Bell |

"I know the processes that need to be put in place to create a foundation for adequate growth."

Josh Faddis, general counsel of Veeva Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Veeva Systems Inc.'s Josh Faddis

By Richard Acello |

"I hire based on the team, not so much the firm."

Jennifer Borg, general counsel and vice president of North Jersey Media Group.

In-House Counsel Profile: North Jersey Media Group Inc.'s Jennifer Borg

By Richard Acello |

North Jersey Media Group Inc. publishes The Record, which the company says reaches nearly half a million readers a day in Northern New Jersey, plus a second daily publication and 49 community newspapers.

John Nichols, director & general counsel of Creative Services Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Creative Services Inc.'s John Nichols

By Richard Acello |

Creative Services Inc. specializes in pre-employment screening, background investigations and security consulting. General counsel John Nichols is the sole attorney at the company.

In-House Counsel Profile: Mohawk Industries Inc.'s David Patton

By June D. Bell |

"We try to run the business very efficiently and very lean."

Hugh Welsh, general counsel and president of DSM North America.

In-House Counsel Profile: DSM North America's Hugh Welsh

DSM North America is a division of Koninklijke DSM N.V., a Dutch firm that North America president and general counsel Hugh Welsh calls "the biggest company you’ve never heard of."

Brandon John Moore, Senior Vice President & General Counsel of Gaming & Leisure Properties, Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Gaming and Leisure Properties Inc.'s Brandon Moore

By Richard Acello |

"My night rarely ends when I leave the office."

Matthew Jacobs, General Counsel of CalPERS.  HANDOUT.

In-House Counsel Profile: California Public Employees’ Retirement System's Matthew Jacobs

By June D. Bell |

General counsel Matthew Jacobs oversees 32 attorneys split into three groups: the advice team, which handles tax matters and helps interpret pension law; the investments group; and the litigation group.

Marc Bell, vice president, general counsel and secretary of Vector Group Ltd.

In-House Counsel Profile: Vector Group Ltd.'s Marc Bell

By Lisa Hoffman |

General counsel Marc Bell oversees corporate affairs and risk management at the holding-company level, and manages litigation for each of Vector's subsidiaries.

William Reilly Jr., senior vice president and corporate general counsel of Ansell Ltd.

In-House Counsel Profile: Ansell Healthcare Products LLC's William Reilly Jr.

By Richard Acello |

"There are lots of alternative creative ways to bill, and the hourly fee is slowly but surely dying."

Jae Kim, senior vice president and general counsel of Rambus.

In-House Counsel Profile: Rambus Inc.'s Jae Kim

By Richard Acello |

"I'm hands-off to the extent I can be, but I will roll up my sleeves and get involved in things where appropriate."

Avi Epstein, general counsel, chief compliance officer and principal at Sterling Partners.

In-House Counsel Profile: Sterling Partners LLC's Avi Epstein

By Richard Acello |

"We own 30 companies and we make all critical decisions. So rather than build a team of 10 lawyers, we find an expert for every type of legal need."

Maureen Mulholland of Monro Mufflers.

In-House Counsel Profile: Monro Muffler Brake Inc.'s Maureen Mulholland

By Richard Acello |

"We are constantly in hiring mode and always looking for talent."

Craig Glidden

GM Reaches Beyond Inner Circles for New GC

For decades General Motors Co. has chosen insiders to lead its legal department. But the automaker has hired auto industry outsider Craig Glidden to replace beleaguered general counsel Michael Millikin.

Janice Block, executive vice president, chief legal, compliance and administrative officer of Kaplan, Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Kaplan Inc.'s Janice Levy Block

By Lisa Holton |

"Any time you have the opportunity to work with and get to know your regulators, it's good for all of us."

Jonathan Drucker, general counsel of Godiva Chocolatier, Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Godiva Chocolatier Inc.'s Jon Drucker

By June D. Bell |

Drucker serves on the 14-member global leadership team, examines potential franchise opportunities and reviews marketing agreements, endorsements and public relations contracts. Oh, and he helps out at Godiva stores on Valentine's Day — the busiest day of the year.

Richard X. Fischer, EVP and general counsel of Clover Technologies Group.

In-House Counsel Profile: Clover Technologies Group LLC's Richard Fischer

By Lisa Holton |

General counsel Richard Fischer runs his department on what he calls the "working foreman" model.