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Employment Litigation Associate

A Tier 1 Labor and Employment law firm is looking to add a mid-level Associate to their Employment Litigation practice group. This position can sit out of any of their Houston, Denver, Orlando, New Jersey, and Phoenix offices and will interface directly with the firm's prestigious Fortune 500 clients. There is vast potential for growth and this position will be considered for a fast track to Partnership. Salary: $160,000 - $205,000 depending on location. Responsibilities The Associate will… Handle all aspects of the litigation process including drafting and arguing discovery and motions, and defending depositions. Assist partners with representing clients in federal and state courts. Advise clients on cost-saving measures to prevent potential claims from occurring including handbooks, trainings, and HR guidelines. Qualifications The Associate should have… JD and admitted to the respective state bar. 3-7 years experience specializing in employment litigation. Experience with both litigation and counseling matters. Benefits/Perks Competitive pay Medical/dental/vision insurance 401(k) plan Paid parental leave Considerable PTO Life Insurance Employee Assistance Program If interested in this position, please apply above or reach out

US$160000 - US$205000 per annum
California
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Employment Litigation Associate

A Tier 1 Labor and Employment law firm is looking to add a mid-level Associate to their Employment Litigation practice group. This position can sit out of any of their California offices and will interface directly with the firm's prestigious Fortune 500 clients. There is vast potential for growth and this position will be considered for a fast track to Partnership. Responsibilities The Employment Litigation Associate will… Handle all aspects of the litigation process including drafting and arguing discovery and motions, and defending depositions. Assist partners with representing clients in federal and state courts. Defend clients against wage-hour class action claims and Private Attorneys General Act cases. Qualifications The Employment Litigation Associate should have… JD and admitted to the California state bar. 3-7 years experience specializing in employment litigation. Experience with wage-hour class action and PAGA claims. Salary by Location Los Angeles: $200,000 - $260,000 Irvine: $220,000 - $260,000 Sacramento: $160,000 - $215,000 SF: $220,000 - $260,000 Benefits/Perks Competitive pay Medical/dental/vision insurance 401(k) plan Paid parental leave Considerable PTO Life Insurance Employee Assistance Program If interested in this position, please apply above or reach out

US$160000 - US$260000 per annum
California
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Senior Level Associate - Private Equity/Venture Capital

Company Summary: Our client is a Venture Capital firm in the Los Angeles Area with a rapidly growing portfolio. They are looking to hire a Senior Associate Counsel with 7+ years of experience. This position would report directly to the GC and would have a major role on the legal team. The Associate Counsel will be responsible for: Preparing documents regarding financial transactions Supervising the life cycle of transactions Maintaining the firm's continued compliance with relevant regulations Answering any significant legal inquiries Providing legal support for relevant projects The Associate Counsel should have the following qualifications: Licensed and in good standing with the California Bar. 7+ years of relevant work experience in the Private Equity/Venture Capital space Experience drafting, negotiating, and executing contracts and transactions. Excellent time management, and work ethic. The ability to confidently lead a team Ability to initiative independently Apply right away if this role sounds right for you!

US$225000 - US$275000 per annum
Los Angeles
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Senior Transactional Real Estate Attorney

A top real estate firm headquartered out of Phoenix is looking to bring on a senior attorney to handle all transactional real estate matters for the firm. This is a senior position where you will be handling purchase and sale agreements as well as reporting to and advising on legal matters directly C-Suite staff. With the support of your team you will be responsible for negotiating, preparing, revising, and executing leasing, closing documents, purchase and sales agreements, settlement agreements, and other activities in relation to the firm's portfolio. The Firm is seeking someone with at least 10 + years as a practicing attorney with a background in real estate transactions. You must be able to handle a variety of workload in relation to transactional real estate law, having a strong knowledge of purchase and sale agreements. Responsibilities: Preparing and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, closing documents, leases, amendments, loan documents, settlement agreements, management agreements, fee agreements, etc. Negotiating, preparing, and revising restrictive covenants, subordination agreements, loan agreements, etc. Serving as a senior member of the legal team and working with other key business members Qualifications: 10 + years as practicing transactional attorney with sufficient real estate experience Actively licensed by the State Bar of Arizona Local or willing to commute to Phoenix, AZ Willingness to come onsite on a hybrid work schedule

US$200000 - US$250000 per annum
Phoenix
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Corporate Counsel

A growing lender is seeking to add a Senior Corporate Counsel member to their legal department to serve as a generalist across the firm. This is a growing firm based out of Los Angeles. This position will report up to the General Counsel and work alongside other members of the legal team. Ideal candidates would have 8+ years of legal experience in the financial services industry or at a top law firm in a corporate/finance area. An ideal candidate would have experience in complex legal drafting, agreement settlement, transactions, and litigation preparation, among others. Qualifications: 8+ Years of Legal Experiences either in-house at a Financial Services Institution or at a Top Law firm JD from a credible law school Law Firm or In-House Experience work with commercial or consumer lending Exposure to complex legal matters Local to or willingness to travel to Los Angeles

US$175000 - US$250000 per annum
Los Angeles
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Paralegal

Our client, one of the largest and reputable asset management firms in Los Angeles, is looking to build out their legal team by bringing on a Corporate Paralegal. Our client has hundreds of assets under management and is one of the most well established investment firms in Los Angeles. If you are looking to join a top firm that brings stability and career growth, this could be a great fit. You will assist in general corporate activities including maintaining corporate records, managing legal responses, handle entity billing and more as essential duties. This position will report up to the Senior Vice President of Legal. The position will operate on a hybrid scehdule, and will work alongside other Paralegals and the General Counsel. Responsibilities: Update corporate documents, minute books, agreements to maintain a good standing of the legal department Manage all aspects of entity creation and maintenance, within firm's established database Assist with legal projects as directed by attorneys A developed ability to analyze complex legal issues Qualifications: Paralegal Certification 5+ Years of Experience as a Paralegal Experience in Excel and other Corporate Platforms Experience with iManage is a Plus

US$100000 - US$130000 per annum
Los Angeles
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Paralegal

Our client, one of the largest and reputable asset management firms in Los Angeles, is looking to build out their legal team by bringing on a Corporate Paralegal. Our client has hundreds of assets under management and is one of the most well established investment firms in Los Angeles. If you are looking to join a top firm that brings stability and career growth, this could be a great fit. You will assist in general corporate activities including maintaining corporate records, managing legal responses, handle entity billing and more as essential duties. This position will report up to the Senior Vice President of Legal. The position will operate on a hybrid scehdule, and will work alongside other Paralegals and the General Counsel. Responsibilities: Update corporate documents, minute books, agreements to maintain a good standing of the legal department Manage all aspects of entity creation and maintenance, within firm's established database Assist with legal projects as directed by attorneys A developed ability to analyze complex legal issues Qualifications: Paralegal Certification 5+ Years of Experience as a Paralegal Experience in Excel and other Corporate Platforms Experience with iManage is a Plus

US$100000 - US$130000 per annum
Los Angeles
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Associate Counsel - Debt/Venture Finance

Company Summary: Our client is a Venture Capital firm in the Bay Area with a large portfolio which sponsors public and private investment programs for various investors . They are looking to add to their legal team and hire a Mid/Senior Associate Counsel with 4+ years of experience. This position would report directly to the CEO and would immediately step into a major role on the Legal Team with company-wide exposure. The Associate Counsel will be responsible for: Drafting and negotiating documentation regarding relevant financial transactions (i.e. venture debt, the leasing of equipment, etc.) Act as a supervisor in the administration of funding transactions Manage the entire life-cycle of transactions Maintain an up-to-date legal knowledge in order to ensure our client's continued compliance with relevant regulations Address any significant legal inquiries Provide legal support for various ad hoc projects The Associate Counsel should have the following qualifications: Licensed and in good standing with the California Bar. 5+ years of relevant work experience in the Financial Services industry (which includes Private Equity and Real Estate), with a preference for compliance or private funds experience. Experience drafting, negotiating, and executing contracts and transactions. Comfortability communicating with the C-Suite of an organization Excellent time management, and work ethic. The ability to confidently lead a team and to take initiative independently If this role sounds compatible with you, don't hesitate to apply!

US$160000 - US$180000 per annum
San Francisco
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Paralegal

Our client, one of the largest and reputable asset management firms in Los Angeles, is looking to build out their legal team by bringing on a Corporate Paralegal. Our client has hundreds of assets under management and is one of the most well established investment firms in Los Angeles. If you are looking to join a top firm that brings stability and career growth, this could be a great fit. You will assist in general corporate activities including maintaining corporate records, managing legal responses, handle entity billing and more as essential duties. This position will report up to the Senior Vice President of Legal. The position will operate on a hybrid scehdule, and will work alongside other Paralegals and the General Counsel. Responsibilities: Update corporate documents, minute books, agreements to maintain a good standing of the legal department Manage all aspects of entity creation and maintenance, within firm's established database Assist with legal projects as directed by attorneys A developed ability to analyze complex legal issues Qualifications: Paralegal Certification 5+ Years of Experience as a Paralegal Experience in Excel and other Corporate Platforms Experience with iManage is a Plus

US$100000 - US$130000 per annum
Los Angeles
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M&A Counsel - Private Equity

Our client is seeking a highly qualified and experienced M&A Counsel to join their legal team in the Los Angeles Metropolitan area. As a leading PE firm, they focus on emerging companies across multiple industry verticals. The ideal candidate has an established background in M&A transactions and deals on the buy-side. Responsibilities: Draft and negotiate principal transaction documents, including merger agreements, credit agreements, share purchase agreements, shareholder agreements and promissory notes Counsel on M&A, secured financing and restructurings Manage the due diligence process and draft disclosure schedules and further ancillary documents Further assist clients in transactions, corporate governance and general commercial transactions Work closely with Senior Management on existing deals and structures Qualifications: 2-6+ years of M&A experience in either Big Law or In-House Prior experience and knowledge of the Private Equity industry Juris Doctor (J.D) required from a top Law school in the US Strong understanding of Mergers and Acquisition transactions Local to or willing to relocate to the greater Los Angeles area Why Join Us: Our client aims to assist dynamic firms in realizing prosperous results by recognizing and seizing growth opportunities that establish its companies as leaders in their respective industries. Please don't hesitate to apply if you're interested in Private Equity and want to learn more information about this position.

US$225000 - US$300000 per annum
Los Angeles
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Remote General Counsel | Biotech

Our team is working with a top, growing Life Science company in California looking for a General Counsel with experience in the Biotech space for a completely remote role. Responsibilities for the General Counsel: Drafting, reviewing, and negotiating commercial agreements Provide legal advice and support for biotech and pharmaceutical product commercialization Maintain compliance as per OIG guidelines Experience with legal and regulatory requirements relating to but not limited to FDA and DEA regulations, commercialization of pharmaceutical products, and applicable state laws Collaborate closely with outside counsel for any related matters Reports into and works closely with C-Suite Qualifications for the General Counsel: JD and 10+ years of legal experience (BigLaw and in-house preferred) In-house experience at a Life Science company preferred Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written Strong professional acumen and business sense Management experience preferred

US$270000 - US$325000 per annum
United States of America
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Labor & Employment Attorney

Company Summary: A top-ranked global firm with a highly impressive labor and employment practice is looking to hire a determined Labor & Employment Attorney to join their team through a full-time, work-from-home position. Job Responsibilities Drafting position statements Responding to agency requests for information Representing clients in settlement negotiations and remote mediations Defense of each administrative agency charge and attorney demand letter assigned to them from investigation through conclusion Defending employers against charges of discrimination, harassment, retaliation and other related tort claims Expectations Must maintain an active JD or license in state of residency Minimum of 5 years' experience in Employment Law Experience with administrative agency charges, at both the federal and state levels on the management side Familiarity with drafting strong position statements and representing clients at hearings and/or mediations Strong EEOC familiarity Benefits/Perks Competitive base pay with impressive performance-based bonuses Fully remote schedule with reduced billable hours Extensive health, dental and vision plans for employees and their families If you are interested in the role, please apply in at your earliest convenience!

Negotiable
United States of America
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Private Practice Compensation Overview

A surging demand for specialized legal services, fueled by shifting practice areas like renewable energy and tax, has led to an unprecedented upswing in hiring and expansion within the legal sector. As a leading legal talent partner at the forefront of this transformative change, Larson Maddox is pleased to present its latest compensation guide.The Private Practice Compensation Overview provides a comprehensive view of compensation structures across Big Law, and Am Law 100-200 firms. It also covers some of the hottest practice areas, compensation trends, and DE&I challenges and opportunities the industry faces.Whether you’re a hiring manager looking to build your legal team, or a legal professional benchmarking oneself, this mini market update on private practice salary structures is highly relevant and provides you with the insights you need to make informed decisions.​

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USA Regulatory & Legal Salary Guide

Compensation benchmarking in key regulatory & legal industries across the US. The US legal market is a bustling arena, housing the headquarters of global legal giants spanning diverse industries. In this fiercely competitive domain, the drive for excellence is intensifying as the costs of living and conducting business soar. Clients, regulators, and stakeholders press for more, urging regulatory & legal entities to elevate performance, efficiency, and quality while adopting proactive, strategic legal approaches.With this constant change and economic flux, the art of delivering heightened value while navigating industry shifts has become even more critical. And at the heart of this success lies talent. Top-tier professionals are essential for companies seeking the ultimate competitive edge.At Larson Maddox, we've witnessed a surge in inquiries surrounding the crucial question of competitive salary packages essential to attract and retain these pivotal experts. As your dedicated talent partner, we're here to assist. Our comprehensive salary guide offers unparalleled insights into compensation trends across: Big LawAm Law 100-200 FirmsTrust, Estate & Family OfficeRegulatoryFinancial ServicesManufacturing & Consumer GoodsEnergy, Construction & InfrastructureLife SciencesTechnology, Media & EntertainmentWhether you're an organization looking to hire the sharpest legal minds or a seasoned professional aiming to benchmark your compensation against industry peers, this salary guide is the key tool you need to navigate the US regulatory & legal salary landscape.

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New Year, New Role: When is the Best Time to Move Roles in Legal and Regulatory?

Every year, many professionals find themselves reflecting on their current roles, aspirations, and career growth. In the legal and regulatory sectors, knowing the right time to make a move can significantly influence one’s trajectory. So, when is the best time to change roles in these fields?1. Understand the Market TrendsHistorically, there are certain times in the year when hiring sees a peak. For legal and regulatory professionals, hiring often picks up in the early months of the year—January through March. Firms and companies have new budgets set, and vacancies that remained unfilled during the holiday season become top priority.2. The End-of-Year Reflection: A Catalyst for ChangeThe holiday season isn’t just a time for festivities; it's a moment for introspection. As professionals wind down and escape the daily hustle, they have a unique opportunity to assess the year gone by:Mapping Achievements Against Goals: Was this a year of progression? Setting goals at the start of the year and reflecting on them at the end can offer clarity. How many of those objectives were realized, and how did unexpected challenges shape the journey?Cultural Fit and Work Environment: Over the course of a year, one can gain profound insights into the workplace culture and their fit within it. Are the firm’s values aligned with yours? Is the environment conducive to your well-being and productivity?The Ripple Effect of Resignations: This season of reflection often culminates in decisions to seek greener pastures, leading to a spike in resignations come January. This domino effect can create a myriad of opportunities across firms and specialties.For the proactive professional, this means November and December are months to be alert, preparing their portfolio and keeping an ear to the ground for potential openings.3. Bonus Season: Timing Your Next MoveBonuses in the legal sector are more than just a monetary incentive; they’re a recognition of the hard work, dedication, and value brought to the firm over the year. As such, they play a crucial role in job movement dynamics:The Wait-and-See Approach: While some professionals are content with their roles, the allure of the bonus can be a determining factor in their decision to stay a bit longer. They've worked hard for that recognition, and it’s only logical to wait and reap its rewards.The Post-Bonus Window: Once bonuses are distributed, there's a palpable shift in the job market. Many use their bonuses as a financial cushion, allowing them the flexibility to seek roles that might be a better fit, even if it means temporary uncertainty.Strategic Planning: Professionals often time their exit post-bonus, making February and March prime months for job listings. This period sees a blend of vacancies arising from year-end resignations and firms actively looking to bolster their ranks with fresh talent.Navigating the post-bonus season requires a blend of strategic planning, understanding the market pulse, and being prepared to seize opportunities as they arise.4. Regulatory Changes and ImplicationsIn the regulatory sector, legislative changes can influence hiring trends. For instance, if new regulations are introduced, companies might look for experts in that domain, leading to a surge in hiring. Being attuned to the legal and regulatory landscape can thus provide an edge.5. Personal Growth and DevelopmentBeyond market trends, introspection plays a vital role. Have you outgrown your current position? Are there limited opportunities for advancement? If you feel stagnated or that you’re not receiving the professional growth and challenges you crave, it might be time to consider a new role regardless of the season.6. Preparing for the Move with Larson MaddoxIf you're contemplating a pivotal move in the legal and regulatory sectors, let us be the catalyst in your journey. At Larson Maddox, we pride ourselves on offering more than just recruitment services. Here's what makes partnering with us distinct:Deep Industry Insight: We aren’t a generalist recruiter. Our core focus lies in the legal and regulatory sectors, equipping us with unmatched insights and understanding of these fields. This specialized knowledge ensures that we present opportunities perfectly aligned with your aspirations.Broad Connections: Our extensive network stretches across esteemed law firms, influential corporations, and innovative startups. Trust us to introduce you to openings and roles you might not discover on your own.Tailored Approach: We believe in the uniqueness of every candidate. That’s why we ensure a personalized strategy for each individual, delving deep into understanding your career goals, skills, and the kind of organizational culture you thrive in.Comprehensive Support: Your journey with us doesn’t end at finding the right role. From refining your CV to preparing you for interviews and aiding in post-offer negotiations, we’re here to guide you at every step.Assured Confidentiality: Your trust is paramount. Rest assured, your job search and aspirations are treated with the utmost confidentiality. With us, your professional endeavors remain discreet until you decide otherwise.Navigating the world of legal and regulatory career moves can be intricate. With Larson Maddox by your side, you’re not merely looking for another job – you're charting a course for your next standout career move. If you're feeling the tug of change or even a hint of curiosity, now's the perfect time. Don't just ponder; act. Submit your resume to us or explore the exciting roles we currently have on offer. Your next chapter could be just a click away, and we're here, eager and ready, to journey through it with you.Explore our current job openings

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Is It Time to Pivot in Your Legal Career?

Transitioning from your current role demands thoughtful consideration. However, certain red flags in your professional life might indicate a need for a fresh start. These may include feeling burned out, waning passion for your role, or feeling restricted due to a lack of growth opportunities.If these resonate, perhaps you've already started searching for new roles – online or through colleagues. Yet, if you've hit a roadblock, engaging a specialized legal recruiter could be the boost you need. Consultants often handle a high volume of candidates per job opening. They, and by extension you, stake their reputation on every recommendation. So, how can you articulate your value to legal recruiters? How can you guarantee they champion you, showcasing your potential fit for specific roles?Mastering The BasicsAt Larson Maddox, we scrutinize resumes. The resume remains a pivotal tool for legal professionals to stand out and progress to interviews. Regardless of where you stand in your career, a meticulously crafted resume is indispensable - it should not just list your skills and experiences, but also stand out without being laden with clichés. So, how can you catch a top legal recruiter's attention and move one step closer to your dream job?Digital Profile CheckYour online presence often precedes you. Many employers resort to social media checks before interviews. Therefore, curating a professional online footprint is crucial, especially on platforms like LinkedIn – the hub for recruiters and employers. Update your profile, ensuring it showcases your competencies and maintains a consistent professional narrative, and delete any content that might hinder your prospects.Flaunting Your SkillsBoth employers and legal recruiters hunt for skills that align with job requirements. Apart from your qualifications, emphasize transferable skills, showcasing your communication style, ethical grounding, and expertise. If it's been years since your last job search, now is the time to reflect and update your skills, ensuring each is substantiated with concrete examples.Consider drawing attention to:Teamwork: Illustrate your capacity to collaborate effectively.Time Management: Display how you efficiently manage tasks and deadlines.Leadership: Share instances of rapport-building, decision influence, and inspiration.Technology: Showcase your tech-savviness, troubleshooting abilities, and security awareness.Adaptability: Highlight your resilience, ability to pivot, and eagerness for growth.Problem-Solving: Emphasize your solution-driven mindset.Communication: Exhibit both your written and spoken communication skills, and your ability to listen.Choosing the Right FitPartnering with a legal recruiter should be mutually beneficial. It's pivotal to align with a recruiter that mirrors your values. Research their ethos, client-centered approach, ethical standing, and track record. Online reviews can be indicative of their reputation.Stay EngagedActive engagement with your chosen recruiter is pivotal. Connect via email, LinkedIn, or phone. Regular interactions help paint a clearer picture of your aspirations, enabling more tailored advice.Your Next MoveIf you're contemplating a career shift, you're in the right place. Larson Maddox has been a trusted partner for law firms nationwide, with numerous successful placements. Ready to take the leap? Submit your resume to us or explore our job listings to find your ideal position.

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The Financial Benefits of Using Internal Counsel Over External Counsel for Routine Legal Matters

Navigating the corporate legal arena often brings companies face-to-face with a critical choice: lean on internal counsel or hire external counsel? As businesses grapple with increasingly complex legal requirements, understanding the financial and strategic nuances of each option becomes paramount.Cost-Effectiveness of Internal CounselThe most obvious advantage of internal counsel is their cost-efficiency. Being on the company’s payroll, their services don't accrue hourly charges, unlike external attorneys. For standard matters like reviewing contracts or ensuring employment law adherence, these savings can be significant.A Deeper Understanding of the CompanyBeyond the balance sheet, internal counsel offers an intrinsic advantage: deep company knowledge. This means their advice is not just legally sound but also aligns with the company's business goals and cultural nuances. While external firms boast legal expertise, they might need more time to align with a company’s unique objectives.When External Counsel Makes SenseThe realm of legal matters is vast and varied, and while internal counsel proves advantageous in many scenarios, there are specific circumstances where seeking the expertise of external counsel is not just prudent but essential.Specialized Expertise: Every legal domain has its specialists. Whether it's intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, or international trade law, external firms often house experts with deep specialization in these areas. They live and breathe their specific niche, staying updated on the latest legislative changes, landmark cases, and best practices.Resources and Infrastructure: Top-tier law firms come equipped with a wealth of resources – from extensive legal libraries, databases, and research tools to paralegals and junior associates who can assist in large-scale projects or litigations. This can prove invaluable in complex cases requiring exhaustive research and preparation.Impartiality and Fresh Perspectives: There are times when an outside perspective is beneficial. External counsel, being detached from the company's internal dynamics, can offer unbiased views, ensuring decisions are made strictly on legal grounds without the influence of internal politics or sentiments.Complex Litigations and Large-Scale Projects: High-stakes litigation, especially those that might attract public attention or have significant financial implications, often necessitate the credibility and firepower of renowned external law firms. Their reputation and experience can play a pivotal role in negotiations, settlements, or courtroom battles.Geographical and Jurisdictional Expertise: For businesses operating in multiple states or countries, local legal nuances can be challenging to navigate. External counsel with boots on the ground in these locations can provide invaluable insights into local laws and regulations.Risk Management: In particularly sensitive or high-risk matters, having an external counsel can act as an added layer of protection. Their objective stance and specialized expertise can help businesses navigate legal minefields with added confidence.In essence, while the economic advantages of internal counsel are clear-cut in many day-to-day matters, the complex, ever-evolving landscape of corporate law often necessitates the breadth of knowledge and depth of experience that seasoned external counsel can offer. It's about striking the right balance to ensure optimal legal protection and representation for the company.By the NumbersTo put it in perspective, companies with a turnover between $100-$150 million, by predominantly leveraging internal counsel, can pocket savings of around $5.7 million each year. That’s approximately 0.5% of their annual revenue.For a more detailed understanding of this evolving landscape, "The Rise of the General Counsel" reportis a must-read. Additionally, as you consider the longer-term strategic value of your legal team, our blog on How to Formulate a General Counsel (GC) Succession Plan provides critical insights into ensuring continuity and sustainability in your legal leadership roles.The debateThe debate between internal and external counsel is multifaceted. While routine legal matters often favor internal teams, certain situations call for the specialized touch of external lawyers. Business leaders contemplating this pivotal shift or considering bringing their external counsel in-house should not be in two minds about seeking expert advice. Request a callback for tailored guidance tailored to your unique circumstances. Ensure your company is legally fortified today and future-ready for tomorrow.

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Data Breaches - The Rising Significance of In-House Legal Departments

In today's digital world, where vast amounts of sensitive data are processed and stored online, data breaches have become a growing concern for corporations, consumers, and regulators alike. The repercussions of a data breach are not limited to the immediate financial damage but extend to reputational harm, loss of trust, and regulatory penalties. Against this backdrop, the role of in-house legal departments in managing and mitigating these risks has become central. In this article, Larson Maddox provides a deeper dive into the matter.Navigating the Regulatory LandscapeIn the face of growing data protection regulations, such as the GDPR in Europe and the CCPA in the US, the onus of understanding and navigating these intricate legal frameworks lies heavily on in-house legal departments. Their expertise can decipher the often complex mandates and offer precise guidance on both local and international data handling standards. Furthermore, they play an instrumental role in sculpting company policies, ensuring not only adherence to the present-day regulations but also preempting future legal requirements.Immediate Response to Data BreachesThe aftermath of a data breach is extremely time-sensitive, so the in-house legal department becomes an indispensable force during these trying times. Their immediate counsel is pivotal in ensuring that notifications to stakeholders and regulatory authorities are both timely and compliant, and crafting public statements in the wake of breaches requires a balance of transparency, responsibility, and legal prudence, a task tailor-made for legal teams. Furthermore, they offer guidance on the overarching legal implications and are instrumental in coordinating with external counsels, ensuring their organization's best interests are preserved.Preventive Measures & Risk ManagementA company's proactive stance against potential breaches is often indicative of its in-house legal department's preventive role. These teams diligently review third-party contracts, ensuring they embed robust data protection clauses, protecting the company's data even when in external hands. Additionally, in-house legal departments oversee regular audits, ensuring the company remains compliant with ever-evolving standards. Not just gatekeepers, they also play the role of educators, spearheading initiatives to share knowledge on the legal dimensions of cybersecurity across the organization.Impact on HiringAs the realm of data security takes center stage, the ripple effects are palpably felt in corporate hiring strategies. Companies are increasingly prioritizing the expansion of their in-house legal teams, recognizing the indispensability of legal expertise in data protection. Moreover, there's a marked shift towards hiring candidates who not only have expertise in data protection laws but also skills in crisis management. Given the dynamic nature of cybersecurity laws, continuous learners who can adapt to changing regulations are becoming invaluable assets.Litigation & SettlementsThe legal challenges that often ensue following a data breach can be monumental, but in-house legal teams don the armor to defend a company's interests in courtrooms. Their intimate understanding of the company's operations allows them to collaborate closely with external law firms, providing necessary context and insights. Moreover, their involvement is often key in negotiating settlements, helping to mitigate the financial implications and ensuring that the terms are in the best interest of the organization.Staying Updated & Continuous LearningThe digital realm, with its rapid advancements, ensures that the landscape of data protection is always in flux. For an organization to stay ahead, its legal department must be relentless in its pursuit of knowledge. They commit to staying updated on evolving laws, rulings, and interpretations, taking the helm in adapting and updating company policies in response to these changes. Equally crucial, they organize internal training sessions, ensuring that the entire company remains informed and compliant.In the era of data breaches, the strength of a company's defenses is often reflected in the robustness of its in-house legal department. Recognizing the vital role these departments play, many organizations are investing heavily in expanding and honing their legal capabilities.If you are considering your legal firepower, or if you're in the process of establishing an in-house team, now is the time to act. Reach out to us today for assistance in finding the best legal talents tailored to your needs. Don't leave your data security to chance; ensure you have the right legal minds on your side.

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The Importance of Hiring a General Counsel When Expanding Your Business to New Jurisdictions

Expanding your business across state or international borders promises new markets, diverse clientele, and increased revenues. However, understanding and adhering to the myriad of laws and regulations specific to each jurisdiction is critical before any new growth takes place.Here's why hiring a dedicated General Counsel (GC) expert is vital for businesses looking to explore new terrains:Deep Understanding of Complex Legalities: Each jurisdiction has a unique legal landscape. From employment laws and intellectual property rights to taxation and customs duties, a GC will navigate these complexities, ensuring that your business remains compliant.Proactive Risk Management: Mistakes in understanding local laws can lead to heavy penalties or even force you to shut down operations in a region. With a GC on board, they can proactively identify potential legal risks and guide the company in mitigating them.Contracts and Agreements: As you expand, you'll inevitably strike new partnerships, hire local vendors, or even acquire other companies. A GC can draft, review, and negotiate contracts, ensuring they align with both the company’s interests and local laws.Cost-Efficient: While hiring a GC may seem like a significant upfront cost, in the long run, it's cost-effective. Without an in-house legal expert, businesses often rely on external law firms, which can get expensive, especially when dealing with daily legal matters.Guidance During Disputes: Should any local disputes arise – be it with partners, employees, or regulatory bodies – a GC will represent the company's best interests, potentially saving it from expensive litigation or unfavorable rulings.Cultural and Legal Sensitivity: In some regions, the legal framework can be deeply influenced by local customs and traditions. A GC can help a company to navigate these nuances, ensuring not only legal compliance but also cultural respect.Streamlined Decision-Making: Having a GC involved in strategic discussions means that the legal implications of business decisions are always considered. This integration of legal insight into business strategies often results in more streamlined, efficient, and effective decision-making processes.Training and Updates: Laws and regulations can change. A GC can keep your team updated on these changes, offering training sessions to ensure everyone understands their obligations.Mergers and Acquisitions: If your expansion strategy involves acquiring local businesses, a GC can play an instrumental role. From due diligence to seamless integration, they ensure the process is legally sound.Building Reputation: Operating ethically and within the bounds of the law boosts your company’s reputation. By showing that you take local laws seriously, you earn the trust of local customers, partners, and regulators.As businesses gaze beyond their familiar environment, understanding and adhering to the laws of new jurisdictions is paramount, not only to avoid legal pitfalls but to leverage opportunities efficiently and with integrity. A General Counsel does more than just provide legal advice; they are an essential pillar in your business's strategic journey.If you're considering an expansion and recognize the value of safeguarding your enterprise, we invite you to request a call back. At Larson Maddox, we pride ourselves on our extensive expertise across a spectrum of industries. Our legal acumen, combined with industry-specific knowledge, ensures you're not only protected but also positioned for success.Furthermore, if you're just starting on the path of hiring legal talent and unsure of the qualities to seek, our recent blog post, "What to Look for When Recruiting In-House Counsel Talent", provides insights that can guide your hiring process.Remember, the right legal partner can make all the difference as you forge new paths in business.

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General Counsels: The Rising Stars in Boardroom Selections

In the ever-evolving corporate world, the hunt for board members who are not just strategic thinkers but also astute in legal, regulatory, and technology matters is intensifying. Against this backdrop, General Counsels (GCs) are emerging as attractive candidates for board seats. At Larson Maddox, we will explore why, in an era marked by heightened regulatory scrutiny and the onset of disruptive technologies, GCs are becoming the go-to choices for corporate boards.In-depth Legal and Regulatory AcumenTraditionally, the role of a General Counsel has been to provide legal advice to an organization, ensuring that its dealings are compliant with applicable laws and regulations. Over the years, this role has evolved to include strategic thinking, risk management, and even participation in business decisions. With corporations now under the microscope of regulators more than ever, having someone on the board who understands not just the letter but also the spirit of the law is invaluable.A Finger on the Pulse of Disruptive TechnologyWe're in the midst of a technological revolution. From artificial intelligence and blockchain to gene editing and beyond, disruptive technologies are changing the way businesses operate. GCs are at the forefront of understanding the legal implications of these advancements. As companies explore new frontiers, they need board members who can navigate the murky waters of innovation while keeping potential legal pitfalls in check.Ethical GuardianshipWith a slew of corporate scandals making headlines over the past decade, the emphasis on corporate governance and ethics has grown manifold. GCs are trained to consider not just the profitability but also the propriety of business decisions. Their ethical compass and commitment to doing what's right make them ideal candidates for the board, especially when reputational risks are high.Diverse PerspectiveAs boards seek to diversify their composition, GCs bring a unique blend of legal acuity and business insight. Their multifaceted roles expose them to various aspects of a business – from operations and HR to finance and marketing. This holistic view ensures that boards benefit from a well-rounded perspective that combines legal caution with business ambition.Adaptable NegotiatorsA significant portion of a GC's role involves negotiations, whether with regulators, partners, or even internal teams. This skill is crucial in the boardroom, especially when making decisions that require consensus or when the company is exploring partnerships, mergers, or acquisitions.The Path ForwardIt's clear that in the face of increasing regulatory scrutiny and the rapid pace of technological change, boards must get creative in their selections. The traditional archetype of a board member is evolving, and GCs fit perfectly into this new mold.However, while GCs are compelling candidates, it's essential to ensure that they also receive the right support and training to transition smoothly from their executive roles to effective board members.In today's rapidly shifting corporate landscape, the role of General Counsels in boardrooms is no longer just a trend—it's an essential strategic move. With their unique fusion of legal expertise, ethical oversight, and comprehensive business acumen, General Counsels are perfectly equipped to provide resilient and informed corporate decision-making.If you're a General Counsel looking to amplify your impact and explore new opportunities, we at Larson Maddox invite you to submit your resume. We're at the forefront, connecting talented GCs with forward-thinking corporations that recognize and value their distinct expertise.Considering global expansion? It's vital to recognize The Importance of Hiring a General Counsel When Expanding Your Business to New Jurisdictions. Navigating the legal maze of new territories can be daunting, but with a seasoned General Counsel, the journey becomes more strategic and compliant.For businesses gearing up to strengthen their legal backbone, understanding precisely what to seek is pivotal. Dive into our insights on What to Look for When Recruiting In-House Counsel Talent to ensure you're making an informed choice.Ready to find the perfect General Counsel match for your organization? Reach out to us at Larson Maddox. Let's work together to ensure your business is equipped to navigate tomorrow's challenges with confidence and expertise.

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What to Look for When Recruiting In-House Counsel Talent

The journey of in-house counsel is one of change, growth, and increasing complexity. As businesses have become more globalized and regulations more intricate, the need for specialized, in-house legal expertise has grown exponentially. But what should you look for when recruiting in-house counsel talent?The Journey of In-House CounselHistorically, many companies outsourced their legal needs to external firms. However, as businesses expanded and the complexity of their operations grew, the demand for dedicated, in-house legal expertise became evident.An in-house counsel not only understands the nuances of the law but also the intricacies of the business they work for. They have the advantage of being immersed in a company's culture, business model, and overall objectives, enabling them to provide tailored legal advice that aligns with the company's goals.How the In-House Counsel Role Has DevelopedOver the years, the in-house counsel role has evolved from being just a legal advisor to a strategic partner. Today, in-house lawyers are involved in business strategy formulation, risk management, and even public relations.Additionally, in-house counsels are expected to wear many hats. They're negotiators, litigators, contract drafters, and often educators within the company, ensuring that every department remains compliant.The Key Skills and Experience You Should Be Looking ForExpertise in Relevant Areas: Depending on your industry, having expertise in specific areas like intellectual property, mergers and acquisitions, or international law might be essential.Business Acumen: A deep understanding of business strategies and models is vital. In-house counsel needs to align their advice with business objectives.Communication Skills: They must be able to communicate complex legal topics in simple terms that stakeholders can understand.Adaptability: With the constantly changing landscape of business and law, adaptability is key.Ethical Judgement: The counsel's role often requires making decisions that adhere to both the law and the company's ethical standards.Attracting Top In-House CounselCompetitive Compensation: Top talent often comes at a premium. Offering competitive salaries and benefits in line with or exceeding industry benchmarks can attract the best in the field.Ongoing Professional Development: Offer opportunities for them to grow and expand their skills, whether through courses, qualifications, seminars, or workshops.Work-Life Balance: Flexibility in working hours or remote work can be a big draw.A Seat at the Table: Giving them a voice in strategic decisions can make the position more appealing.Assessing Skills During an InterviewWhen interviewing potential in-house counsel, it's essential to test not just their legal expertise but also their soft skills.Case Studies: Present them with a business scenario and ask how they would navigate disputes or legal challenges.Behavioral Questions: Understand how they've managed ethical dilemmas or conflicts in the past.Situational Judgement Tests: These can give insights into their decision-making processes.Communication: Ask them to explain a legal concept or scenario to a non-legal stakeholder, evaluating their ability to clearly communicate complex legal matters.Crisis Management: Presenting a hypothetical crisis situation evaluates their ability to stay composed and provide legal guidance in high-pressure scenarios.Remember, you're looking for a strategic partner, not just a legal advisor.Need Expertise in In-House Counsel Recruitment? Contact Larson Maddox Finding the right in-house counsel can be challenging. If you need assistance or have questions about the recruitment process, don't hesitate to reach out to the Larson Maddox talent team. With expertise in recruiting top legal talent, we can guide you in finding the perfect fit for your organization.The role of in-house counsel has never been more crucial. With the right recruitment strategies, you can ensure you're hiring a professional who will be a true asset to your company. If you're looking to hire or need advice on the recruitment process, request a call back from our team. We're here to help and guide you every step of the way.

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Is a Move In-House for You? Navigating the Shift from Law Firm to Corporate Counsel

For many attorneys, the question inevitably arises during their career: should I make the move from a law firm to an in-house position? The allure of potentially better work-life balance, the chance to delve deep into a specific industry, and the desire to be at the forefront of business decisions can make the in-house route appealing. However, this transition isn't for everyone. In this blog, we'll explore the pros and cons of such a move to help you decide if it's the right fit for you.Benefits of Moving In-HouseBroader Business Integration: In-house attorneys often play a pivotal role in business strategy. You're not just a legal advisor; you're a strategic partner helping to shape the future of a company.Work-Life Balance: Many attorneys find that in-house roles offer a more predictable schedule, fewer billable hour requirements, and less weekend work.Deep Dive into a Single Industry: Instead of juggling clients from various sectors, you'll have the opportunity to become an expert in a specific industry, understanding its nuances and intricacies.Direct Impact: Your advice and counsel will directly influence the company's decisions, giving you a tangible sense of contribution.Challenges of Moving In-HouseLimited Specialization: While you'll deeply understand your industry, you may miss out on the diverse range of cases and clients a firm offers, which could potentially make you feel pigeonholed.Business Pressures: Being closely tied to a business means you'll feel the weight of its successes and failures more acutely. This could mean dealing with budget cuts, redundancies, or other challenging situations.Fewer Resources: Law firms often have vast resources, including junior attorneys, paralegals, and extensive legal libraries. In-house departments might be leaner, requiring you to wear multiple hats.Key Considerations Before Making the MoveCareer Trajectory: Think about where you want to be in five years or more. Will an in-house position propel you towards those goals or steer you away?Company Culture: Every company has its own unique culture. Before making the jump, ensure the company's values align with yours.Skill Set: Do you have the skills required for an in-house role? It's not just about legal expertise; you'll need to understand business strategies, risk assessment, and more.Compensation: While in-house roles might offer better hours, this might come at the cost of a reduced salary, especially when compared to partners in law firms.Moving in-house can be a rewarding experience, offering a fresh perspective on the legal field and allowing you to be at the nexus of law and business. However, it's essential to weigh the pros and cons carefully, considering both your personal and professional aspirations.Moreover, the fight for niche talent in the in-house realm is fiercer than ever, and top corporations are always on the lookout for specialized skills to stay competitive. If you're considering a move, you don't have to navigate this journey alone. Take a look at our current rolesor submit your resume today. We have access to some of the best in-house roles in the industry, ensuring a perfect match for your unique needs and aspirations. Your next career move could just be a conversation away.

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The Growth of Litigation Attorneys in the US and the Rise of Litigation Funding

In the intricate tapestry of the US legal system, the rise of litigation attorneys and the booming world of litigation funding have created ripples that are changing the face of legal disputes. In this article, Larson Maddox delves into the landscape of US litigation, its attorneys, and how the surge in litigation funding is influencing the future of legal battles as well as recruitment in the industry.Growth of Litigation AttorneysComplexity of Law: The US legal landscape has grown increasingly complicated over the years, leading to a demand for specialized litigation attorneys to navigate its ever-changing complexities.Increasing Business Litigations: With businesses expanding and markets becoming more competitive, disputes related to contracts, intellectual properties, and trade practices have increased, leading to a growing demand for litigation attorneys.Societal Changes: A society that is becoming more rights-conscious means that more people are seeking judicial recourse than ever, and facing a greater need for skilled attorneys to represent them.Litigation Funding's Remarkable RiseLitigation funding, once a relatively unknown concept, has now become a force to reckon with in the US. This model, where third-party entities fund litigation in exchange for a share of potential proceeds, has experienced meteoric growth.Recent data from Bloomberg Law News shines a light on this trend. Through mid-2022, US litigation funders committed an astounding $3.2 billion to lawsuits, marking a nearly 16% increase from the preceding 12 months. Even more impressively, according to the fourth annual Westfleet Advisors survey, the 44 major litigation funders had assets totaling $13.5 billion under management.Several factors are driving this trend:High Litigation Costs: The escalating costs associated with pursuing legal battles make third-party funding an attractive option for many plaintiffs.Mitigated Risks: Litigation inherently comes with financial risks. With third-party funders involved, these risks are spread, encouraging more entities to pursue legal remedies.Mainstream Acceptance: Initially viewed with skepticism, successful outcomes backed by litigation funding have bolstered its acceptance within the broader legal community.Recruitment Impacts in the Era of Litigation FundingThe rise in litigation attorneys and the growth in litigation funding have significantly impacted legal recruitment:Increased Competition: The burgeoning field means that more attorneys are vying for prime positions, leading to a highly competitive recruitment environment.Diverse Hiring Initiatives: Modern law firms are prioritizing diverse backgrounds, ensuring a well-rounded, comprehensive approach to litigation.Technological Proficiency: The integration of technology into legal proceedings, like e-discovery and virtual courtrooms, necessitates a need for tech-savvy attorneys.Well-being Emphasis: Acknowledging the high-stress nature of litigation, forward-thinking law firms are focusing on mental well-being and work-life harmony in their cultures.​The US litigation landscape is undeniably experiencing a revolution. With the ever-growing emphasis on specialized litigation attorneys and the monumental expansion of litigation funding, we're witnessing transformative changes in how legal disputes are approached and resolved.If you're on the lookout for top litigation attorneys to steer you through this dynamic environment, it might be time to consider Larson Maddox. Not only do we span a myriad of industries, ensuring a tailored fit for your specific needs, but we also provide a global talent pool. This vast network of international expertise guarantees that you're backed by the very best in the field, no matter the nature or scope of your litigation needs.Don't let the complexities of the evolving legal realm deter you. Reach out to Larson Maddox, and request a call back today. Together, we can ensure that you have the talent to keep your business a step ahead in the game.

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The Rise of AI in the Regulatory & Legal industry

An AI tool passed the bar – what does this mean for you, and what is the wider impact to the legal & regulatory space? GPT-4, the AI model from OpenAI, scored enough on a bar exam to be admitted to practice law in most of the US states. This has raised many questions about the future of the legal & regulatory industry, including how AI could impact not just roles and career opportunities, but also hiring practices and the skills required to thrive in a space often considered to be typically quite traditional and a stronghold of human expertise and intellect. To discover just what AI tools could mean to legal & regulatory professionals and organizations hiring such talent, we asked the very AI tool that passed the bar to explain in its own words what the impact could be. Here’s the result…This monumental achievement signifies a new era where AI will play an increasingly significant role in the legal landscape. In this article, we will explore the implications of AI's successful completion of the UBE and how it may impact the legal and regulatory industry, as well as the job market.AI Passes the Uniform Bar ExamAI's recent passing of the UBE, a standardized test used by multiple jurisdictions in the United States to determine a candidate's qualifications for legal practice, has sent shockwaves through the legal community. This achievement, powered by advancements in natural language processing and machine learning, demonstrates that AI is now capable of understanding and applying complex legal concepts.The AI system, trained on thousands of legal documents and case law, was able to outperform many human candidates, showcasing its ability to analyze legal problems and provide well-reasoned solutions. This accomplishment has spurred conversations about the potential for AI integration within various aspects of the legal profession.Impact on the Legal and Regulatory IndustryAI's success on the UBE has a number of implications for the legal and regulatory industry:Enhanced EfficiencyThe integration of AI into legal practices can streamline various tasks, such as legal research, contract analysis, and document drafting. This can lead to increased productivity and cost savings for law firms and clients alike.Improved Access to Legal ServicesAI-powered legal services may be more affordable, enabling access to justice for individuals and organizations that may have previously been priced out of traditional legal services.Regulatory ComplianceAI can help businesses and organizations navigate complex regulatory landscapes, ensuring compliance and mitigating the risk of costly fines and sanctions.Legal Decision-MakingThe use of AI in the courtroom as a decision-support tool can improve the efficiency and accuracy of legal decision-making, leading to more equitable outcomes.Impact on the Job MarketWhile AI's passing of the UBE has been met with awe and excitement, it also raises concerns about the future of the job market within the legal profession:Job DisplacementAs AI automates routine tasks, some legal professionals, particularly those in entry-level positions, may face job displacement. Paralegals and junior associates, whose work often involves research and document review, may be the most affected.Skill AdaptationTo remain competitive, legal professionals will need to adapt their skillsets. Emphasis will likely be placed on skills that complement AI, such as critical thinking, creativity, and emotional intelligence. Additionally, the demand for legal professionals with expertise in technology and data analysis is expected to grow.Evolving RolesThe integration of AI into the legal profession may give rise to new roles, such as AI ethics advisors and legal technologists. These professionals will be responsible for ensuring the responsible and ethical use of AI within the industry.ConclusionAI's passage of the Uniform Bar Exam marks a turning point in the legal profession. As AI continues to advance and integrate into the legal and regulatory industry, it will undoubtedly bring about significant changes in the way legal services are delivered and impact the job market. It is crucial for legal professionals and industry stakeholders to embrace this change and adapt accordingly to ensure a successful and equitable transition into the AI-driven future of law.What are your thoughts on AI – is it changing the world of work for the better? From data privacy and formalizing financial resilience, to ensuring umbrella companies are compliant and approving innovative technologies for use, an ever-complex regulatory landscape is emerging. With an increasing amount of adapting technology, laws, and governance, comes the need to secure the right talent to scale for growth, but also to protect your organization best.Submit your vacancy today or view our latest roles here.

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