Law Department Operations Profile: John Barber, Amgen Inc.
Since he was a kid, John Barber thought he would grow up to be a paramedic. And, while he’s not administering emergency medical attention to accident victims as the Senior Manager of Law Operations at Amgen, he is providing therapeutic administration to the growing “LDO” movement.
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Law Department Operations Profile: Steve Harmon, Cisco Systems, Inc.
While at LegalTech West Coast 2012, I had the opportunity to rub elbows with Steve Harmon from Cisco Systems, Inc. Steve runs Cisco Systems’ legal technology efforts and operations. If David Cambria is the Godfather of law department operations (Vito Corleone – Marlon Brando’s character in the Godfather), then Steve is certainly Michael Corleone (Al Pacino). Seriously, that is how David and Steve were referred to me by one of the execs sitting in the audience at one of the sessions Steve participated in. With a reference like that, I knew I had to get his profile up on LDOBuzz.com. (read the post)
Honywell GC Katherine Adams is a ‘Jill of All Trades’
Roger Adler, CorporateCounsel
General Counsel Katherine Adams leads a legal team comprising 650 professionals, with approximately 150 legal supervisors working in supporting roles. Adams reports to chairman and chief executive officer David Cote.
Given the scale of the business, the department needs help from a lot of outside lawyers. The firms that Adams hires most often include Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi (intellectual property protection); Kirkland & Ellis (large litigation); Arnold & Porter and McDermott Will & Emery (environmental and legacy liability issues); and O’Melveny & Myers (antitrust). Adams’ internal budget outpaces the external spend, but she is “not trying to in-source everything.”
Billing arrangements depend on the specific matter at hand, but Adams generally uses a mixture of alternative and conventional rates. She has paid contingent fees and fixed prices, with add-ons or reductions when warranted. A large block of litigation may call for an annual arrangement with a set fee, she said. (read the article)
Law Department Operations Profiles: Lisa Girmscheid at Rockwell Automation
“I report directly to the General Counsel,” says Lisa. “Our Legal Leadership is made up of six practice group leaders: Litigation, Corporate Secretary, Intellectual Property, Employment, Compliance and Commercial, and myself- the one non-lawyer.” The practice leaders supervise other lawyers, paralegals and administrative staff. There are a few other professional positions in the department consisting of a patent agent, records manager and transaction specialist.” (read the post)