About the Author

Rich Steeves

Rich Steeves

Richard P. Steeves is Senior Editor of InsideCounsel magazine, where he covers the intellectual property and compliance beats. Rich earned a B.A. in English Literature and an M.Ed. from The George Washington University. In addition to working nine years as a teacher of English Language Arts at the secondary level, Rich has worked in both print and online publishing, most recently serving as Managing Editor at TMCnet. He is also a published author, having written two novels and over a dozen short stories collected in various anthologies.

Article List

  • Developing leaders in the legal department, part 1

    At Office Depot, for example, the company’s Leadership Development programs extend to all departments, including legal. According to Elisa Garcia, executive vice president and chief legal officer, the most important program for her legal team is the Advanced Leadership Development Program (ALDP).

  • Top of mind: IP counsel discuss innovation, litigation and reform

    IP continues to grow in prominence and impact, both as a business asset and as a matter of concern for legal departments. With that in mind, having an IP specialist as part of a comprehensive legal team remains essential.

  • Building from without and within

    As the first ever GC at Digital Risk, Hoffman approached the challenge of building her legal team with an eye toward growth from within. Combine this with her experience as a professor, and one can understand why she begins her external talent searches with a strong internship program.

  • Red sole diaries

    Recently, Louboutin accused a Dutch retail store, Van Dalen Footwear, of infringing on its registered trademark of the red-soles shoes. But Van Dalen filed a counterclaim and Louboutin lost its trademark in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

  • Octane verdict a ‘victory for the entire industry’

    Rudy Telscher, head of litigation at Harness Dickey, argued the case in front of the Supreme Court and viewed the decision as a ‘slam dunk across the board’

  • Moving beyond diversity in the legal department

    The businessman’s comments “remind us that work is left to be done to create a true culture of inclusion,” and that action steps need to be taken in order to create that culture. The panelists agreed, and shared the best practices used to achieve this goal in their legal departments.

  • GCs face challenges head-on

    How to face these challenges was the topic of the keynote address on the second day of the 14th annual SuperConference. The panel featured Gloria Santona, executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary, McDonald's Corporation, Elisa Garcia, executive vice president and chief legal officer, Office Depot, Inc. and Scott...

  • Whistleblower won’t testify before Senate in NCAA hearing

    Mary Willingham from the University of North Carolina won’t appear as a witness in the upcoming committee hearings on the welfare of college athletes

  • Gender gap still prevalent for female attorneys

    When one takes a look at the billing statistics of male and female attorneys, the disparity is glaring.

  • New solution makes tax filing easier for bitcoin users

    One solution to that dilemma has come from Avalara, Inc., a company that offers a cloud-based solution that calculates sales tax for businesses, even when those sales are conducted using bitcoins.

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