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