While many attorneys aspire to be a General Counsel, the path to becoming a company’s chief legal officer can be even more convoluted than becoming a partner at a law firm. Recently, it was my pleasure to host an engaging roundtable discussion about what it takes to become a GC – and what takes to stay there.Three outstanding general counsel participated: Deanna Sheridan, of Spartan Race, Inc., Melanie Goins, of Care.com, and Ben Kaplan, of Velcro.
Discussion topics included:
- How the role of the GC as a legal counselor and business advisor differs from that of outside counsel or an Associate General Counsel.
- The mentoring and skill development essential to becoming an institution’s Chief Legal Officer.
- What you must do as General Counsel to understand the company’s business and have the business people understand you.