Joshua H. Shields

Editor In Chief at Association of Corporate Counsel

My Articles

A Time for Trust

Shannon Klinger, the group general counsel of Novartis International AG, a Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company, has opened nearly every virtual meeting since Novartis took the decision to ask its associates to work from home in light of the COVID-19 pandemic — including this interview — with an earnest question: how are you doing?

Innovation Meets Business: How Aon's Darren Zeidel Embraces Today's Challenges

When Darren Zeidel completed law school at McGill University in Quebec, he knew he had a passion to participate in some of the most significant opportunities the corporate legal profession could offer. Fast forward to July 2019, when he stepped into his current position at Aon plc following several other impressive roles, and it would appear his younger self steered him well.

The Journey to the Top

Most lawyers regard the general counsel role as the pinnacle of an in-house career. The path to GC varies by individual and company, of course. For Wolf Frenkel, the general counsel of professional and technology management at consulting firm BearingPoint, headquartered in Amsterdam, the journey to the top of the in-house profession hasn’t been a straight climb up the rungs of a professional ladder.

Standing in Your Own Truth

Leslie Thornton, the recently retired senior vice president and merger transition counsel for WGL Holdings and Washington Gas Light Company, has had the same mandates as most high-profile general counsel. She has navigated and managed major litigation, employment and labor law matters, supported the board of directors, and dealt with complex cybersecurity issues and data protection, all while being cognizant of what that means in the energy industry.