Q: How is the role of general counsel evolving, and how have you adapted?
A: A general counsel’s practice is “T” shaped. We must know a little bit about all legal areas that impact our client while also being the absolute legal expert on our client. But general counsels can no longer solely focus on law and take the most risk averse route. We have evolved to be legal partners empowering the company to scale, protecting it from liability, and fixing issues. We must understand all aspects of our client’s business including its goals and risk profile and budget. Additionally, we must keep on top of the changing legal landscape. And for a small legal team in a highly competitive technology space, we cannot be successful unless we speak the lingo of our colleagues and support a positive company culture. I’ve adapted by being curious, requesting capped outside counsel fees, and striving to always add value.
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