Joshua H. Shields

Editor In Chief at Association of Corporate Counsel

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There and Back Again

Bamlango admits that he didn’t know exactly what he was in for until he started the job. He tried to prepare and anticipate the role, but the reality is different than what he imagined, he says. He has a particularly strategic role, which is bolstered by his close relationship with the CEO.

Tips & Insights: Confidence Is Key

Confidence can be an asset. Imagine being confident enough to turn down a plum post-clerkship signing bonus, move to a foreign country with a loose grasp of the local culture and languages, and be the only overseas attorney interviewing for the first lawyer position for a hot Singaporean startup.

Shooting for the Moon

Four years ago, in 2014, Yusuf Mohamed was at a crossroads in his career. He was planning to join a law firm for the first time when he saw a LinkedIn post: Tesla, Inc. was looking for employment counsel. He decided to submit his resume, thinking it was a moonshot. At the time, Tesla had 10,000 employees and its prior employment lawyer had recently left the company.

Tips & Insights: The “King” of Law Department Management

An Elvis publicity stunt is part of the ACC Law Department Management (LDM) Committee’s larger strategy to draw attention to its ever-important mission and showcases its focus of combining timely, useful content with a healthy dose of fun. Stephen Roth worked closely with immediate Past-Chair Matt Nolan to craft a social media strategy that could drive membership growth.

The End of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Window-dressing?

Since its inception, corporate social responsibility (CSR), has been derided as window-dressing for corporations that are eager to keep regulators off their case. Often under the purview of in-house counsel, CSR is beginning 2018 with a bang with the news that Laurence D. Fink, the chief executive of BlackRock, sent a letter to business leaders urging them that they need to do more than make profits — they need to help their communities as well.

Working On a Cloud

Salesforce’s customer relationship management system is based on the cloud, allowing companies to access data from anywhere there is an internet connection. The idea, somewhat quaint now, hooked Ariker and she monitored job postings while working as a litigation lawyer, and later as a contract manager where she also managed intellectual property portfolios and patent programs.

Seeing Through the Gray Areas

The gray areas, and navigating through them, are what Patrick Kong finds most interesting about his job. As general counsel and head of compliance for Chubb, the world’s largest publicly traded insurer, he is constantly looking for gray areas and figuring out the best way forward.

A Natural Progression

It’s hard to imagine someone better prepared for a generalist role in Asia than Deborah Vaughn. But she never set out with a formal plan to become Whirlpool’s chief legal officer of Asia Pacific. She says she simply moved from each position in “a natural progression.”