Debra Zumwalt, Vice President and General Counsel, Stanford University, shared her thoughts on how general counsels can work effectively with people day after day during a Fireside Chat with Susan Marsch, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Flex, and Argyle's Chief Legal Officer membership at the 2016 Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum in San Francisco on April 14.
David Lancelot, Head of Legal, eBay Classifieds Group, shared his thoughts on the modern in-house lawyer and what it takes for attorneys to contribute to a company's decision-making process in his keynote presentation to Argyle's Chief Legal Officer membership at the 2016 Chief Legal Officer Leadership Forum in San Francisco on April 14.
"When you’re tackling the work directly a lot of times it makes a lot of sense to work directly with service providers to take on some of the heavy lifting or handle more of the technical aspects around the e-discovery process while still keeping in-house eyes on the data."
"[There is] lots and lots and lots of concern for those of us in-house to make sure we’re doing everything we can to work with our own teams, to work with our technical people and to make sure that we’re availing ourselves of the best possible technology so that if we get hacked and if we get sued we can at least proffer the defense that we did everything reasonably possible to prevent it."
"What we’re seeing is that the innovative leading legal departments are focusing on their legal operations groups as a way not only to reduce costs and gain efficiencies, but to actually create competitive advantage for their organizations."
"Having a point of view about what you’re going to pay attention to, what’s important that you need to spend your time on and how are you going to be comfortable that other things are going to happen right, I think is a very important thing."
"Businesspeople are inherently passionate about what they do. They’ll marshal the facts to their advantage, oftentimes running amok over things they don’t consider to be facts. There are apparent facts, hoped for facts, wished for facts versus real facts. They try to bring that sense of discipline to their decision making."