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As Erika Munro Kennerly was settling into her new job as the associate general counsel at Endeavor Content in New York, the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning to spread across the country.

Soon, Kennerly, who’d planned to expand her legal team, which also has members in Los Angeles, was dealing with a hiring freeze and an avalanche of unexpected legal work. One of her lawyers went on leave due to the death of a family member. Another left for a different company. 

“It was really tough and the lawyers I had on the team had to take on huge amounts of work they wouldn’t normally do. You have COVID. And now we’re all remote,” she says. “One of the things I wanted to do immediately was create a strong family type of experience for us. I knew the only way we could get through this was by coming together and creating strong interpersonal relationships with one another.”

Phillip Bantz

Phillip Bantz is a reporter for Corporate Counsel. Follow him on Twitter @PhillipBantz.

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