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Lordstown Motors Recruits Top M&A Lawyer as New General Counsel

2022-01-20T20:50:32+00:00January 20th, 2022|General Counsel|

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Lordstown Motors is an electric vehicle maker that seeks to rival Tesla, Rivian, and Nikola. It recently hired top mergers and acquisitions lawyer Melissa Leonard as its new general counsel. Melissa Leonard […]

Text Messages and Emails: Disoverable in Litigation?

2022-01-20T20:30:54+00:00January 10th, 2022|General Counsel|

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In this digitally connected age, there is a routine casualness to sending text messages, social media direct messages, and emails. However, courts are heavily scrutinizing many digital communications that initially seemed harmless.

Upon the filing of a […]

Gucci America General Counsel Jumps to Apparel Startup CreateMe

2022-01-26T22:13:19+00:00December 30th, 2021|General Counsel|

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House of Gucci is a new movie starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver. This headline-stealing Hollywood film profiles the Italian family behind the Gucci fashion empire and casts a light on the glamour and drama inside […]

Real Estate Startup Reali Hires First Ever Chief Legal Officer

2022-01-26T22:13:59+00:00December 29th, 2021|General Counsel, Start Ups|

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Reali, a real estate and fintech startup, hired Delma Locke as its first ever Chief Legal Officer. Ms. Locke was formerly the associate general counsel at Uber Technologies. She assumed the Chief Legal Officer position […]

Chief Sustainability Officer Role is Becoming the Norm

2021-12-22T19:51:57+00:00December 22nd, 2021|General Counsel|

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The Chief Sustainability Officer job function has grown in response to shareholder pressure. In recent years, companies have been urged to consider social good and other non-financial performance metrics, and to factor […]

COVID Vaccine Mandates Apply to Many Workers in Washington State

2021-12-10T22:44:37+00:00December 10th, 2021|General Counsel|

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Across the United States, state and local governments have taken different approaches with respect to COVID vaccine mandates in the workplace. Some government regulators have imposed strict mandates for workers in the […]

Corporate Governance Essentials: The Audit Committee

2021-11-30T22:41:01+00:00November 30th, 2021|General Counsel|

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All publicly traded companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) or Nasdaq must have an audit committee. It is an essential committee of a company’s board of directors that provides risk oversight over financial […]

Delaware Business Law: An Explanation of Fiduciary Duties

2021-11-26T21:26:58+00:00November 26th, 2021|General Counsel|

It is essential for U.S. businesses to understand Delaware business law. Millions of businesses have incorporated in the state of Delaware. In fact, businesses outnumber the state’s population. Over 50% of all publicly traded companies have registered in Delaware. […]

Corporate Governance: Developing a Code of Conduct & Ethics

2021-11-23T21:23:15+00:00November 23rd, 2021|General Counsel|

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It is essential for companies to implement and maintain strong corporate governance practices, regardless of their size or industry. This is especially important for public companies or companies seeking to go public. […]

SEC Chair Gensler’s Former Aide New SEC General Counsel

2021-11-15T22:13:44+00:00November 15th, 2021|General Counsel|

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is the federal government agency responsible for enforcing securities laws. As of November 1, it has appointed a new General Counsel: Dan Berkovitz.

A former aide to SEC Chair Gary Gensler, Berkovitz […]

Quarterly Reporting: Best Practices for Startups Seeking IPO

2021-11-04T21:17:44+00:00November 4th, 2021|General Counsel|

For both public and private companies alike, quarterly earnings results can have an outsized impact on setting investor expectations. They also can expose weak points in the company’s growth outlook. Public companies must file quarterly reports with the Securities […]

Corporate Legal Departments Turn to Interim Counsel

2021-11-02T00:11:39+00:00November 1st, 2021|General Counsel|

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Corporate legal departments often search for ways to reduce costs and optimize performance. It can be beneficial to maintain a large department of in-house lawyers. This practice ensures adequate staffing as well as retention of subject […]

Square General Counsel Offers Lessons for Success

2021-10-28T20:43:13+00:00October 28th, 2021|General Counsel|

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Sivan Whiteley is the General Counsel of fintech payments company Square. She is a prime example of a lawyer who manages numerous challenging responsibilities. As the head of Square’s legal […]

Twilio Chief Legal Officer Shapes Communications Platform

2021-10-25T22:24:14+00:00October 25th, 2021|General Counsel|

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Twilio is democratizing voice, messaging, and video communication channels through easy-to-use communications application programming interfaces (APIs). Karyn Smith, Twilio’s Chief Legal Officer, is a key part of that effort. Ms. Smith has […]

Chief Legal Officer of Impossible Foods Leads with Purpose

2021-10-27T16:10:15+00:00October 21st, 2021|General Counsel|

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Impossible Foods produces plant-based substitutes for meat products. It has a Chief Legal Officer who leads the company’s legal and compliance functions with purpose. The California company sells Impossible Burgers and other […]

Anti-Dilution Provisions: What You Should Know

2021-10-27T17:53:06+00:00October 14th, 2021|General Counsel|

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When startups and investors negotiate a term sheet, it is important they understand anti-dilution provisions. Dilution is a decrease in a shareholder’s ownership percentage in a company. An increase in the total […]

Ten Legal Pitfalls for Startups and Emerging Companies

2021-10-27T16:01:22+00:00October 13th, 2021|General Counsel|

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There’s little more exciting than founding a company and nurturing it so it grows and flourishes. As a startup and emerging business owner, you have a lot to manage and balance. However, there can be unforeseen […]

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