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This month Hollywood throws the spotlight on corporate counsel with the release of “Two Weeks Notice.” In the film, Sandra Bullock plays Lucy Kelson, the top in-house lawyer at a New York real estate concern. The exciting life of a GC has long seemed a natural for cinematic treatment, and we have high hopes that “Two Weeks Notice” will get it right. See Lucy negotiate the terms of her company’s latest acquisition! Thrill to her dramatic testimony in an environmental liability trial! Marvel at the accuracy of her SEC filings! Then again, advance publicity — and Hugh Grant’s turn as George Wade, Lucy’s boss — suggests that a different storyline should be expected. George treats Lucy “more like a nanny than a Harvard-trained lawyer.” Now that Lucy has given notice, George faces a decision of his own — is it ever too late to say ‘I love you’? Well, OK. A little romance will make the audience happy. Still, corporate attorneys should be excited at this rare cinematic acknowledgement of their existence. While lawyers are often depicted on the big screen, in-house counsel show up much more infrequently (and even then, a broad definition of “in-house” is necessary). Below, a sampling. “Godfather I,” Godfather II” (1972, 1974) As Don Corleone’s legal consigliere, Tom Hagen (Robert Duvall) puts the face of respectability on goodfellas in these cinema classics. “A Few Good Men”(1992) Military lawyers Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise) and JoAnne Galloway (Demi Moore) take on tough-as-nails colonel Nathan Jessep (Jack Nicholson). Can they handle the truth? “Absence of Malice”(1981) In a bit role, John Harkins plays Davidek, the in-house counsel at a Miami daily newspaper who advises reporter Megan Carter (Sally Field) on libel law. “The Insider”(1999) Gina Gershon slinks through as CBS legal chief Helen Caperelli (based on real-life GC Ellen Kaden). She displays calm and patience when explaining “tortious interference” to “60 Minutes” producer Lowell Bergman (Al Pacino). Caperelli joins the ranks of the ethically challenged, however, when Bergman announces that the lawyer has a financial interest in the sale of CBS to Westinghouse.

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