Texas Tea Time: Former Litigator Strikes it Big as GC
One year ago Dena DeNooyer Stroh traded a partnership in a boutique law firm for a job as the top lawyer at an energy company. "I came to a crossroads of ‘do I stay at the pinnacle of litigation, a woman partner at a trial boutique or do I try this, a female general counsel of an oil and gas company?’" DeNooyer Stroh says.


Next Moves for IP Law after SCOTUS First-Sale Ruling
The U.S. Supreme Court’s Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons ruling that a legally obtained copyrighted work can be imported into the U.S. and resold without permission from the copyright owner, even if it was manufactured and sold overseas, will have broad legal ramifications going forward, intellectual property attorneys say.


Courts Zap Plaintiffs, Their Lawyers for Bad Behavior
General counsel can relate to the opening line of "A Frolic of His Own," a novel by William Gaddis, "Justice? — You get justice in the next world, in this world you have the law." This line is sometimes true, sometimes not, when dealing with plaintiffs and their lawyers behaving badly.


The March Madness Compliance Risk Assessment Bracket
As companies are revising their compliance programs to try to ensure a risk-based approach to compliance, the NCAA tournament presents a monumental opportunity. Instead of hiring some costly third party to assist in this effort, the NCAA tournament presents a free way to conduct an internal compliance assessment by creating a compliance risk assessment bracket in the style of the ones used leading up to the Final Four.


Get Smart About Noncompetes
In-house counsel should keep their eyes peeled for other market players’ noncompetition agreements, writes Alan Bush. Understanding how noncompetes work can bolster the company’s efforts to recruit the skilled, experienced employees that other companies in the industry can’t retain.


Take a Hard Look at Policy Manuals After NLRB Decisions
Social media provides a number of ways for employers and employees to get crosswise. But Art Lambert writes that in-house counsel can help their companies navigate this fast-changing area of the law, even as recent National Labor Relations Board pronouncements are called into question.


When the ‘Harlem Shake’ Bumps Against Workplace Policy
Lately, there’s been a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on. The "Harlem Shake," that is, and it’s a dance that in-house counsel should be thinking about, writes Shannon Green.