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A GOOD GENERAL COUNSEL IS A GOOD PROBLEM SOLVER. Meeting clients’ needs, managing a law department, using technology to replace routine legal functions � these are just a few of the tasks that most of you grapple with daily. Some of you do these things with particular flair and ingenuity. So this year we decided to recognize a few of the profession’s finest creative thinkers, some of its most Innovative GCs. Figuring out who these standout lawyers are was no easy task. Most GCs don’t have press agents, nor do their accomplishments wind up in The Wall Street Journal. So we asked for help in finding nominations from a number of sources. We contacted top lawyers at the Fortune 250, marketing directors at over 400 law firms, managing partners at The Am Law 200, and a number of legal industry consultants and experts. We e-mailed and faxed forms, and asked for nominations in ten categories, including pro bono efforts, law department diversity, and technology. We didn’t just want a GC’s name, but a thorough explanation of what that person had accomplished. We also wanted to hear about innovations that were new, had achieved some quantifiable measure of success, and, most importantly, had been spearheaded by the GC. In short, we wanted to be knocked off our feet. Some 70 nominations deserved a closer look, so we locked ourselves in our airless but Aeron-chair-stocked conference room to narrow the list. Some of the most impressive nominations fell outside our judging criteria: The GC’s accomplishments were more than a few years old and had already been written about at length. BellSouth Corporation’s Charles Morgan, whose groundbreaking efforts to make outside counsel more diverse, fell into this category. To honor Morgan and a few other GCs in this category, we created our Pathbreaker awards. And from the remaining contenders, we looked for five visionary, impressive lawyers who inspired us with their creativity and determination. We think we’ve found them. PRO BONO: Paula Boggs, Starbucks Corporation COMPLIANCE: David Aronowitz, The Scotts Company OUTSIDE COUNSEL RELATIONS: James Buda, Caterpillar, Inc. DIVERSITY: Nancy Gardner, Reuters America, Inc. TECHNOLOGY AND CLIENT SERVICES: Peter Kreindler, Honeywell International Inc.

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