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Over the past decade, the role of the associate general counsel, or other midlevel in-house attorneys, has grown with the general counsel to include more business responsibilities.

In years past, the midlevel attorney played more of a technical role in the business and would advise on what the business can or cannot do. Now, since more general counsel are being called on to act as partners to the board of directors, midlevel associate general counsel are expected to interface with a variety of business functions and communicate to all levels of the organization.

“They’re [general counsel] going to need to staff their departments with individuals who can assist them in those endeavors,” Susanna McDonald, chief legal officer of the Association of Corporate Counsel in Washington, D.C., said.

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