Since stepping into my new role as editor-in-chief of InsideCounsel in August, I have gained a genuine appreciation for the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for those working in the legal industry. One of my first interviews as EIC of this magazine was with Sara Moss, general counsel of The Estée Lauder Companies. One of the key takeaways from my conversation with Sara is how the regulatory landscape is impacting the role of the GC, in both public companies and private organizations. To some extent, every public company has similarities, one of which is dealing with the complexities of federal regulations.
The role of the GC is evolving from being viewed as a necessary evil to a mission-critical part of the business. During her tenure with Estée Lauder, Sara’s areas of expertise have grown dramatically (see “Foundation for Success,” page 46) as she navigates regulatory requirements and stakeholder expectations in a way that supports performance objectives, sustains value and protects the brand. During her 30-year career in the legal industry, Sara has taken risks that ultimately led to her dream job. Sara’s impressive story is just one among a rising number of tales of women who are advancing in the legal profession.