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

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 Laura King / Clifford Chance

Laura King has been a lawyer at Clifford Chance for more than 20 years, initially based in Canada. She later moved to London, where she practiced capital markets law and was promoted to partner in 2001. A few years later, however, her career took an unexpected turn. The firm adopted a centralized approach to HR and asked King to lead the effort as a member of its global management team. And that’s why she recently found herself working on a book showcasing some of the firm’s top women lawyers. MCC interviewed her by telephone and email. These communications have been edited for length and style.
Continue Reading Diversity by the Book: Why one firm decided to dabble in publishing to demonstrate its support of women

 By Megan Belcher / Husch Blackwell LLP

 It is often said that if you are not uncomfortable, you are not growing. Reasonable minds may differ on the nuances; however, what is certain is that along the road of a career aimed at becoming a leader in the practice of law, many challenges will present themselves. Over the past year, I invested significant time and energy considering the power of navigating those challenges. In addition to gathering data about myself, particularly as I transitioned from an in-house leadership role to a partner at a law firm, I also sought input from others who had ascended along this path. I spoke with leaders working at in-house departments and at law firms, as well as executive coaches and talent management experts. I sought their advice and strategies for women navigating the myriad challenges that come as they try to find their authentic paths.

The big lesson I learned from these women was this: Getting out of your comfort zone drives transformative growth. Other lessons? Seek out the right support and ruthlessly prioritize. I include some of the questions we explored in bold text below.
Continue Reading Women Navigating Challenges to Lead in the Law: Advice from 10 lawyers who have talked it and walked it

Interview with M. Melissa Glassman / McGuireWoods, LLP 

Not every woman starts law school shortly after she starts a family. And of those who do, not all of them decide to go to work at a large firm as a litigator – and somehow survive to tell the tale. But M. Melissa Glassman is not every woman. And Glassman, now a deputy managing partner at McGuireWoods LLP, did a lot more than survive. But she insists she never aspired to be Superwoman. The interview has been edited for style and length.
Continue Reading Finding a Way to Make It All Work: A law firm leader and litigator looks back on her long career

Listening to Jeff Franke talk excitedly about the second annual CLOC Institute brings to mind Martin Luther and the 95 Theses. By nailing his grievances with the Roman Catholic Church to the door of All Saints’ Church in Wittenberg, Germany, the 16th Century theologian triggered waves of profound change across Europe – the Reformation – and his own excommunication.

Continue Reading A Magna Carta for Corporate Legal Services? Legal operations group sets about transforming a system in dire need of change

By Kellye Walker / Huntington Ingalls Industries

Kellye Walker, general counsel and executive vice president of Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), understands that GCs wear many hats. She’s not only her company’s top lawyer, she’s also one of its business leaders. And she leads a team of lawyers by trying to set the tone and guide them without getting in their way. The interview has been edited for length and style.

Continue Reading Lawyer with a Business Perspective: It’s important for general counsel to remember that they wear more than one hat

By Sheryl Koval Garko / Fish & Richardson

Sheryl Koval Garko is an intellectual property litigator in Fish & Richardson’s Boston office who enjoyed recent success in an influential trademark case decided by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). Early in her career she benefitted from her firm’s support of women in its ranks. She still profits from that support, but she has also joined the leaders who have helped expand the ways women are supported. The interview has been edited for length and style.

 MCC: Tell us about your intellectual property litigation practice and the kind of work you do for your clients. What attracted you to IP litigation specifically?
Continue Reading Empowered by IP: A litigator is inspired by the challenges of technology and the support of her firm

By Veta T. Richardson / Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC)

Veta T. Richardson is the president and CEO of the Association of Corporate Counsel, based in Washington, D.C. Beginning in 2000, ACC has conducted extensive surveys of chief legal officers (which include law department leaders with various titles, including general counsel). Not long after the latest survey of 1,100 chief legal officers from 42 countries was released, she agreed to discuss what she reads in the results. The interview has been edited for style and length.

Continue Reading Making Sense of the ACC Survey: Veta T. Richardson interprets what chief legal officers seem to be doing

By Joe Calve, Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

It sounds like a bad science fiction movie. The people of planet Earth are, as usual, blissfully unprepared for the alien invasion. Spindly, big-headed creatures – legions of them – emerge from their improbable flying machines. They are nothing like us. What are their intentions? Are they friend or foe? How will we communicate? Can we work together in peace with this job-hopping, oversharing, disloyal, entitled, itinerant, social media-addicted alien hoard?

Continue Reading Backstory: The Millennial Invasion