By David Yurkerwich / Navigant


The Chinese intellectual property sector has been changing and growing for years, but few people would tell you so. The country has long been labeled as an IP rights violator and generally carries a bad reputation in its handling of copyrights. But Chinese companies are becoming more aggressive in building patent portfolios.

Continue Reading  New Risks – and 3 Tips – for Patent Holders in China: Chinese companies have aggressively grown their portfolios

Interview with Jordan Thomas / Labaton Sucharow LLP

For six years Jordan Thomas has led the whistleblower representation practice at Labaton Sucharow LLP, which specializes in SEC cases. Thomas, a former assistant director in the SEC’s Enforcement Division, has worked as the practice’s sole partner, “borrowing” associates from the firm to help. But in May, as talk of the new administration’s desire to dismantle Dodd-Frank continued to swirl, Thomas made a startling announcement. He had just hired three partners to boost the practice to another level. The new hires were Steven Durham, former chief of the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C.; Timothy Warren, former associate director in the SEC’s Enforcement Division; and Robert Wilson, former deputy assistant director in the Enforcement Division. We couldn’t help but wonder: Why three, and why now? The interview has been edited for style and length.

Continue Reading Civil Justice Playbook: Doubling Down on Whistleblowers – Labaton discounts the supposed demise of Dodd-Frank

Kevin Caulfield, a product line director at Wolters Kluwer ELM Solutions, understands that general counsel don’t want their departments to be viewed solely as cost centers. Many of them strive to show how they can be good business partners with other parts of their organization by focusing on initiatives that will help reduce costs and generate revenue. To Caulfield, one of the ways this can be achieved is through enterprise legal management technology. Although many long-established corporate legal departments have already made good use of this technology, he says, there are many growing companies that still may not realize the benefits of an enterprise legal management solution. His remarks have been edited for length and style.

Continue Reading Is It Time to Automate? Eager to avoid being seen as cost centers, law departments are increasingly leveraging technology

Ransomware. Just the word itself is enough to chill the hearts of everyone from personal users to IT professionals to senior executives. May 12th’s massive attack took down hundreds, perhaps thousands, of companies and unknown numbers of individuals and institutions, including the United Kingdom’s healthcare systems (with possible impacts including critical patient care and historical medical records).

Continue Reading How to Protect Your Company from Ransomware Attacks

“Text mining” refers to software that can find patterns in text and extract meaning from them. It offers plenty of useful applications. For instance, law departments can benefit from text mining any time they collect a fair number of comments from surveys. I have used it myself for client projects.

Here’s how it might be useful for you. Let’s assume that a large number of your internal clients completed a satisfaction survey. One question was open-ended: “Overall, what would you like to say to the law department?” As a complement to coding those remarks by hand, text-mining software can spot commonly used words, classify the comment as favorable or unfavorable and even tease out thematic topics.

Continue Reading Text Mining Can Help You Drill Down

Interview with Steven Maslowski / Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Steven Maslowski, an IP litigator at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, handles cases on the cutting edge of life sciences. It’s a complicated place to be these days, as the courts are sorting through changes in the law and litigators are waiting for guidance from the Food and Drug Administration. And it’s all playing to the tune of something called “the patent dance.” The interview has been edited for style and length. Continue Reading Changes in the Law Leave Life Sciences Litigators Dancing as Fast as They Can: Lawyers also await guidance from the FDA

Interview with Alice Hsu / Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP


 Alice Hsu, a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, focuses on capital markets and corporate governance. Her family’s favored professions, however, were centered around medicine and engineering, leading Alice to wonder what her life would have been like had she followed one of those paths. In any case, she harbors no regrets – the lawyer’s life (as a corporate dealmaker) has suited her just fine. The interview has been edited for style and length.

Continue Reading Navigating the Bumps: A corporate partner tries to help other women find legal jobs and thrive

Interview with Brian Bauer / PHENIX Investigations, Inc.


Brian Bauer, chief executive officer of PHENIX Investigations, Inc., took an unusual path to a career in corporate investigations. He didn’t come from a career in law enforcement, as so many investigators have. But his background helped him hone an approach that has served him well during his two decades in business. And it’s one that a lot of businesses would do well to emulate. It’s all about the clients. The interview has been edited for style and length.

Continue Reading Corporate Investigations Made Easy: How one firm lets the clients call the shots

Interview with Frank A. Segall and Scott H. Moskol /Burns & Levinson 


Frank A. Segall and Scott H. Moskol co-chair the cannabis business advisory group at Burns & Levinson, where they have built an unusual practice helping individuals and companies involved in the marijuana industry navigate the complex and rapidly changing legal and business environment. MCC talked to them about the growth and opportunities in this new area of the law. The interview was edited for style and length.

Continue Reading Growing Their Own: How one firm is working to bring the cannabis business into the mainstream

By Kristin Calve, publisher of Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Last week, as I headed out to CLOC’s 2017 Institute, I had to wonder what to expect. In my many years in legal media, I’ve been to my fair number of events ­– but never to one for legal operations professionals. My husband (and our company’s co-founder), Joe Calve, interviewed Jeff Franke before the show, so I had a good sense of what the CLOC team hoped to achieve. Franke’s interview basically called for nothing short of a revolution!

This event – only the second annual meeting in the organization’s history – would bring together groups of people who have long been excluded and told, “No, we cannot do it that way.” Jeff Franke made it clear that he, Connie Brenton and Mary O’Carroll have decided not to wait for change to come. They are aiming high and working to make it happen now. So the real question as I headed out to Las Vegas was: Can they pull this off?

I spent most of my time at the Institute in sessions and talking to legal operations professional from all over the country. There were so many sessions it was difficult to choose. I had to split my time in order to see as many as possible. One thing was noticeably different about this event. The attendees were fully engaged in the content. They watched the presentations closely (not while texting and emailing) and asked very specific and thoughtful questions. Between sessions, attendees networked among themselves, compared notes on sessions and engaged with legal service providers in the exhibit hall. It genuinely felt like a community, which was surprising given how new it all is, and how many people remarked to me that this was their first year attending.

Another notable observation: Many law departments sent multiple people. Some companies sent three, four or even five people. That’s quite an investment!

By the end of my four days, I was convinced that CLOC is on to something big. I believe that they have created a genuine community. And since we were in Vegas, I’m willing to put down a bet. I say that before they’re done, they will succeed in changing the way many of us in the legal community do business. Any takers?

Click here to read the full text of Mary O’Carroll’s closing remarks.