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Mike pens a monthly career advice column in Corporate Counsel magazine.

Check out his most recent columns in Corporate Counsel (law.com) discussing salary trends in 2024, the top traits that make a great general counsel and the challenges of year-end hiring in 2023. He also celebrates the legal department leaders who landed on Fortune’s top-paid list of general counsel.

If you have any topic ideas you would like to see addressed in a future column, please send ideas and suggestions to [email protected].  

2024 to Upend the Salary Applecart

The recent drama involving OpenAI CEO Sam Altman and Microsoft caught my attention not only for the entertaining corporate governance drama…it also got me thinking about compensation.

Top 5 Traits of Great General Counsel from a Legal Recruiter (PDF)

What follows is observational, based on 20+ years recruiting for corporate law departments. In my opinion, here are the top 5 traits needed to become a great General Counsel.

Year-end Hiring in 2023

Year-end hiring, or “Q4 placement” as search firms refer to it, is always tricky. But 2023 presents an additional challenge.

Celebrating General Counsel Compensation

I love this annual list of Fortune 1000 general counsel compensation that Corporate Counsel puts together. Mainly because it validates the value of the role. But also, I enjoy celebrating the success of many people on this list who I have the good fortune to know.

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