The Corporate Counsel Survival Guide
Making the decision to pursue an in-house counsel position can be a daunting experience, in part because in-house positions are so different from working in a firm and can vary by company and industry. This is a must-read book for any lawyer considering an in-house position, offering valuable advice for a wide audience, from law students and recent law school graduates to current in-house counsel and those who are contemplating going in-house or considering a career change.
Written by William E. Kruse, Regulatory Compliance Officer and in-house legal counsel at Gallup, The Corporate Counsel Survival Guide offers helpful insights into the unique aspects of serving as in-house counsel and provides a foundation for anyone who wants to learn more about in-house counsel life. But beyond the book’s wise counsel, the author’s witty and clever words make his advice fun to read and easy to follow. As he puts it in the Preface, this is a book that passes "on valuable advice for new in-house counsel that won’t bore anyone to death in the process."
Topics cover the essentials for anyone starting or considering an in-house counsel position, including:
How to get your bearings during your first hundred days
Managing an internal crisis, from not overreacting to understanding the critical importance of the signs that are being sent
Getting work done and how to use time wisely
Avoiding land mines
The business of law in a business
Working with others in your company and how to make arguments to convince people of what’s in their best legal interest
Surviving a crisis, adapting to change, relocation, training, mentoring, and other challenges of corporate life