Rock & Role: GC Finds Solid Ground in Stone Business
While a Yale Law School student, Texas native Christian A. "Chris" Garza says he never imagined he’d be doing the work he does today. "In law school, you didn’t really know what in-house practice was," says Garza, director, general counsel and secretary for Cosentino North America in Houston. "At Yale, most aspire to become politicians or professors or law firm partners."

Proxy Report Eyes Executive Pay Votes
As the 2013 proxy season marches on, just a handful of public companies haven’t passed their say-on-pay votes, while shareholders have pushed a number of their own proposals on corporate pay practices, according to tabulations in a new report by The Conference Board and FactSet Research Systems.

Special Report on Intellectual Property

Jurisdiction Issues in Global Intellectual Property
How can the general counsel of a Texas company obtain justice when the company is the target of theft, infringement, fraud or other unfair business practices? Determining where to fight the battle to protect these rights is a crucial decision.

Kirtsaeng, Grey-Market Goods and Global Business
On March 19, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Kirtsaeng v John Wiley & Sons Inc., which could impact general counsel at Texas businesses that buy or sell copyrighted products, such as books, computer software, music, works of art, jewelry, and other ornamental products.

Federal Circuit Polices Damages for Patent Infringement
Several recent opinions from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit dramatically have changed the landscape for damages in patent infringement cases. The cases clarify permissible damages and provide more opportunities to challenge patent owners’ damages claims before trial.