Melissa Frugé, vice president and general counsel of Austin-based HomeAway Inc.
Melissa Frugé, vice president and general counsel of Austin-based HomeAway Inc. (Image: Joel Salcido)

Practice Focus: Corporate Roster

GC Compensation at Big Texas Companies Up Nearly 11 Percent

Average general counsel compensation at large Texas companies ballooned in 2012, according to Texas Lawyer‘s annual Corporate Roster, which reports on general counsel pay packages.

From Tech to Travel

Melissa Frugé’s company wouldn’t have been possible before the internet boom. Fortunately, Frugé, now the vice president and general counsel of HomeAway Inc., had a front-row seat to the tech revolution.

Best Practices: Expertise and Creative Thinking

Melissa Frugé is vice president and general counsel of Austin-based HomeAway Inc. Frugé says that she looks for outside counsel who can offer creative fee structures which incentivize the right behavior for their team.

“Gutter Behavior”: 5th Circuit on Same-Sex Harassment

A very pro-employee decision in a closely watched same-sex harassment case came down from the en banc 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Sept. 27.

9 Ways to Cut E-Discovery Costs

Although cost concerns go beyond just electronic discovery, discussions of litigation costs routinely include assessments of and ideas for reining in e-discovery spend. Corporate counsel must identify and implement effective strategies to curb costs related to this ever-proliferating data. Here are nine suggestions.

Conundrums of Controlling-Shareholder Deals

What is an in-house counsel to do when a controlling shareholder seeks to enter into a transaction with the corporation? Establishing a special committee of the board of directors to negotiate the deal may provide some defense to the company’s directors and controlling shareholder against other shareholders’ lawsuits. That step alone, however, may not be enough.