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.
"Your story is never going to be a winning story, but you can avoid losing with the media depending on how you prepare and how you package your answers and how you interact with the media. It’s a battle that you’re playing for; it’s a battle for your corporate or your personal reputation and it is a battle that you can win."
Shantala Sadananda, President of Mindcrest discussed the changing role of outsourcing in the legal industry, how globalization is affecting the way corporations approach compliance and regulatory requirements, the benefits of having a holistic view of legal support services across industries, and the importance of approaching outsourcing as a collaborative, custom-tailored solution.
"Employees across the U.S. tweet and post on Facebook about all issues in life, and as the workplace is often one of the most important aspects of people’s lives, it can have both a positive and a negative impact on a company. If employees say or do something inappropriate on social media, other employees may see it and post about it, and before long, it can go viral and lead to some embarrassing litigation for the company"
"These investigations can go on for months or years, and the structure of those investigations is decided relatively early and critical decisions are made relatively early. In some of the matters I’ve been involved in recently, I see things that people wish had been done differently when the investigating lawyers were first structuring the representation or the company was first structuring the representation. They wish thought had been given to what was going to happen at the end of the investigation."