General counsel

  • Growing a GC role

    Growing a GC role

    Apr 30, 2018

    Combining his interests in law and serving the better good, Mike Anderson has found a home and his calling at non-profit organization WE.

  • TDSB GC says colleagues traumatized by Yonge Street carnage

    TDSB GC says colleagues traumatized by Yonge Street carnage

    Apr 24, 2018

    The general counsel of the Toronto District School Board says she is concerned about her colleagues who witnessed the aftermath when the driver of a white Ryder rental van ran down pedestrians out walking on Yonge Street in Toronto Monday between Finch Avenue and Sheppard Avenue.

  • Managing risk at the Canadian Red Cross

    Managing risk at the Canadian Red Cross

    Mar 5, 2018

    Amy Avis is the general counsel at the Canadian Red Cross in Ottawa. At 31 years old, she is bringing her millennial mindset to the job.

  • View 2018: Riding the winds of change

    View 2018: Riding the winds of change

    Jan 22, 2018

    Life is never dull in-house; just ask these four general counsel from Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta. Their companies are pushing for growth and they are there to answer the call.They tell us what's in store for their departments in the year ahead.

  • Legal ops moves to role of in-house quarterback

    Legal ops moves to role of in-house quarterback

    Nov 20, 2017

    The role of legal operations is getting a lot of attention these days as organizations such as the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium pushes the job title to new and powerful levels, and law firms are taking notice.

  • 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