General counsel

  • Where in the world is your company’s data stored?

    Oct 10, 2017

    As companies are getting more and more technologically advanced, some in-house lawyers may ask themselves, “Where in the world is our company’s data stored?” Data residency specifically refers to the physical or geographic location of an organization’s data including personal data of its customers.

  • How I innovate in-house: Stop thinking like a lawyer

    How I innovate in-house: Stop thinking like a lawyer

    Sep 19, 2017

    I was asked to write about how I innovate as an in-house lawyer. My immediate answer was “stop thinking like a lawyer.” We are trained as lawyers to protect against risk and to get the best deal possible for our client. While my legal training has been instrumental to the value I bring, my successes to date would not have been possible if I was driven primarily by risk mitigation and getting the best deal possible.

  • How can law firms and in-house departments move the needle on diversity?

    Sep 18, 2017

    I recently attended the Hispanic National Bar Association’s 42nd Annual Convention which took place from Sept. 6 – Sept. 9 in Kansas City. This convention did not disappoint, as it was an incredible opportunity to network with law students, community representatives, government officials and legal professionals from the Hispanic and the diversity community from across the U.S. (plus myself and a few colleagues from Latin America). It was made very clear throughout the convention that, despite good intentions and a valiant effort, diversity and inclusiveness within the legal profession remain elusive and the needle has, if at all, only barely moved.

  • Managing growth in the new economy

    Managing growth in the new economy

    Jul 10, 2017

    In the 12 years Canadian Lawyer InHouse has been conducting its annual general counsel roundtable, we have routinely put questions about external law firm relationships and managing resources internally on the agenda for discussion.

  • Managing growth in the spotlight

    Managing growth in the spotlight

    Jul 10, 2017

    As Cineplex Entertainment’s chief legal officer for the past 13 years, Anne Fitzgerald played a key role in the movie exhibitor’s growth, first into the dominant cinema chain in Canada, then into a fully nation-wide exhibitor.

  • Contemplating marijuana in the workplace

    Contemplating marijuana in the workplace

    Jul 10, 2017

    There is no longer doubt that a pre-eminent election promise of the Liberal government will come to pass; that of the legalization of recreational marijuana.

  • Changing the makeup of the legal department

    Jul 10, 2017

    If you want to look to where real change is going to happen in terms of the structure and performance of legal departments and law firms in the next five years, consider the work being done at the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium.

  • Nice guys and gals always finish . . . first!

    Jun 19, 2017

    As I sat in my chair at the Canadian General Counsel Awards and looked around the sold out room, beyond the wonderful tuxes and dresses, the smiles and the great food, two important things ran through my mind.

  • Mapping out an e-discovery strategy

    Mapping out an e-discovery strategy

    Apr 24, 2017

    The numbers on e-discovery projects can be staggering both from a dollar and document perspective. E-discovery can represent 50 per cent of the cost in a litigation matter. It can also be a process where 50,000 documents are looked at for 200 that really matter.

  • Do you have a business plan for the legal department?

    Apr 24, 2017

    Does your in-house legal department have a formal written business plan? If you do, you’re among the approximately 25 per cent that do in Canada.

  • The ‘plus-shaped’ lawyer for the 21st century

    Apr 17, 2017
  • Legal offshoring will soon be Uberized

    Apr 17, 2017
  • Cybersecurity and the Yahoo experience – Legal pays the price

    Mar 27, 2017

    If we were to roll the movie back several years, most boards in North America would have listed cybersecurity as low on their list of priorities. Experience has shown, however, that we seriously underestimated the effect a security breach could have on a company’s reputation and fortunes.

  • Speak up, even if nervous!

    Mar 20, 2017
  • In defence of the regulatory process

    In defence of the regulatory process

    Feb 27, 2017

    In February 2015, Bell Media wrote to the CRTC requesting private meetings with some or all of the commissioners to discuss their decision to eliminate simultaneous substitution on Super Bowl commercials.

  • The next frontier: cybersecurity

    Feb 27, 2017

    As you will read in both our cover story “The era of no excuses” and the interview I did with VIA Rail’s Denis Lavoie in the Quebec report, the challenge of managing the various risks around cybersecurity is landing with a thud on the desks of in-house counsel.

  • General counsel are filling the role of jack of all trades

    Feb 20, 2017
  • View 2017: Innovating for the business

    View 2017: Innovating for the business

    Dec 29, 2016

    In-house counsel from Herschel Supply Co., D-Wave Systems, Janssen Inc. and IBM Canada discuss how they work with their business units to enable innovation to flourish both internally and externally for clients.

  • For the people

    For the people

    Dec 29, 2016

    On a weeknight in early November, Mark Johnson found himself at a meeting in the library of a Toronto junior public school in Riverdale listening to community residents voice concerns about a shooting that had taken place in the community a few months before.

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