- On July 12, 2015
At a recent forum, four general counsels (from Varian, AOptix, NVIDIA, and AdRoll) talked how about how they want to be counseled by firm lawyers.
The advice below clearly applies to in-house lawyers as well when communicating with their own top lawyer or business team:
- Make your advice practical. Brian Cabrera of NVIDIA noted he can Google black letter law, but he really wants a tailored solution that his business team will easily grasp. So write clearly, and give a solution specific to the situation.
- Understand the business. GCs don’t want to parse through generalities to figure out what applies to their situation, and don’t want junior firm lawyers trained on their dime. They do want attorneys who get the business and show passion about it.
- Deliver advice in the way the GC wants. Ask whether you should give it via email, in bullet points, by PowerPoint, etc.