Advice for young in-house lawyers on explaining risk

Young lawyers can prove their value by clearly identifying and articulating risk, and offering suggestions to mitigate it

In the second article of a three-part series focusing on young in-house lawyers (read part one here), this article provides specific strategies for successfully articulating and explaining the concept of risk.

While many lawyers have been taught how to identify risks, or issue spot, often lawyers—particularly young lawyers—have trouble explaining risks with sufficient clarity to decision makers. In particular, young lawyers need to internalize their company’s appetite for risk, understand the different methods for explaining risk and provide diverse mitigation suggestions to their business colleagues.

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Jason Mosley

Jason Mosley is corporate counsel for an industry leading Software-as-a-Service technology company. He holds a J.D., M.B.A., and LL.M in corporate governance. 

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