In-House Counsel Profiles

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.

Robert Chesnut, SVP and general counsel of Chegg Inc.

In-House Counsel Profile: Chegg Inc.'s Rob Chesnut

By June D. Bell |

Rob Chesnut, who joined Chegg in 2010, was the company's first in-house lawyer.

David Buckman, executive vice president and general counsel of AlliedBarton Security Services

In-House Profile: AlliedBarton Security Services LLC's David Buckman

By Richard Acello |

"I take the laptop home, and my iPhone is always with me."

Scott Ellington, chief legal officer and general counsel of Highland Capital Management.

In-House Counsel Profile: Highland Capital Management L.P.'s Scott Ellington

By Richard Acello |

"There is always a project that is either current or prospective that I'm working on, so there's homework on Christmas morning, there's homework on Saturday nights."

Raymond Manista, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.

In-House Counsel Profile: Northwestern Mutual's Raymond Manista

By Lisa Holton |

"We've invested heavily over the years in building an experienced in-house legal team, capable of handling the bulk of the legal work for the enterprise," says Manista.

Joanne Moffic-Silver, executive vice president, general counsel & corporate secretary of CBOE.

In-House Counsel Profile: CBOE Holdings Inc.'s Joanne Moffic-Silver

By Lisa Holton |

"I met with the GC at the CBOE, who wasn't looking for someone. Later that day, he called me and said, 'We can find a place for you.' "

Elenor Lacey, general counsel of SurveyMonkey.

In-House Profile: SurveyMonkey Inc.'s Eleanor Lacey

By June Bell |

"I think a lot about what are the right metrics for a small legal department. What is the work where we're adding value? How do we stop doing the things that don't add value?"