New top lawyers are taking the helm of legal departments as companies reopen (and reclose) corporate offices and retail locations across the U.S.

General counsel and chief legal officer appointments seem up again similar to reported in-house moves in May, a surprising development as economists in early June said the start of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a recession. But highly regulated industries like health care and data privacy are still prioritizing the job hunt for a top lawyer if there is a vacancy. Some appointments announced in June named top lawyers who had been hired earlier in the year, possibly a public relations strategy to not make an announcement during the height of the pandemic as legal departments battle the public health crisis.

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