If you are in-house counsel, what exactly is your role? Do you consider yourself a lawyer first and foremost, or a business executive? In an era of widespread organizational belt-tightening, how do you do more with less? What do you want your legal department to look like five years from now? How should you reorganize your staffing and technology to meet today’s challenges? What does it mean to operate in a global economy? These were among the thought-provoking questions that general counsel and other senior in-house counsel debated at a recent Washington, D.C., event to mark the culmination of the 2011 Generals of the Revolution™ series, presented by Datacert, Inc., in collaboration with InsideCounsel and The General Counsel Forum. Generals of the Revolution is an exclusive network of in-house counsel focused on identifying actionable plans to confront current industry challenges and develop strategies to mitigate those likely to surface in the future.
“Following the overwhelming success from the smaller Generals of the Revolution groups that met in cities across the country in 2010 and 2011 to discuss their changing roles, the pressures they face and how they can lead the change in their departments and organizations, we thought it would be advantageous to convene members of the network again to debate those issues further, share best practices and gather insight from industry leaders,” said Mark Poag, general counsel and senior vice president of Datacert. Among the event’s featured speakers were Richard Susskind, author, professor and lecturer; and Peter Beshar, executive vice president and general counsel at Marsh & McLennan Companies (Marsh). The Q&A session with Susskind and the presentation by Beshar afforded participants an opportunity to explore meaningful metrics to manage legal departments and to discuss the specific strategies that are currently being implemented in leading global law departments, like