Category: General Counsel


Bjarne P. Tellmann is Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel of Pearson and a member of its Executive team. A FTSE 40 company with 36,000 employees in over 70 countries, Pearson provides a range of education products and services to institutions, governments and individual learners. Here he talks to High Performance Counsel as part of our exclusive #FearlessLaw series.

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On #Cybersecurity: Addressing The Cyberthreat To Law Firms – Expert Chuck Brooks Interviews Jon Loew, CEO Of AppGuard

The legal industry faces significant challenges in embracing the issue of Cybersecurity – and in responding to the growing Cybersecurity threat. It is also a top-of-mind issue for a growing number of clients who turn to their legal advisers for strategic direction. Here, HPC Cybersecurity Expert Contributor Chuck Brooks interviews the CEO of AppGuard, Jon Loew.

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Tom Trujillo – Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel & Chief Operating Officer, Wells Fargo Law Department – in Interview for the #BakersDozen

Tom speaks with refreshing authenticity from a rich well of experience in the legal industry. His voice speaks clearly to both the challenges and opportunities ahead for lawyers and the industry we embrace. As we congratulate him on his new appointment as Deputy General Counsel & COO with Wells Fargo’s Law Department, we invite you to share in what he has to say about the road ahead.

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Cybersecurity: A Quick Summary of Recent Trends & Developments That Businesses and Law Firms Should Know

According to market research firm Gartner, global spending on information security is expected to reach nearly $87 billion in 2017 — an increase of around 7 per cent over 2016 – and is expected to top $113 billion by 2020. In this helpful article, our Cybersecurity Expert Contributor Chuck Brooks highlights a few items every law firm and business should know.

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HPC Analysis: On Legal Costs And Expectations – The Road Ahead Calls For Confidence In Closer Collaboration

The best way to tackle a difficult subject is to understand it – and talk about it. Legal costs and expectations would seem to be a good example. We see some great conversations ahead and even stronger business relationships emerging as clients and their legal service providers engage around data, embrace change and realize the benefits of greater transparency in helping one another succeed.

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James Joyce And The Legal Sector Myth

As the industry faces cost pressures and business interjections from outside – from the C-suite, from new technology and new legal service providers, from data and automation – we may yet see a new and greater symbiosis between these communities around what unites us, not what divides us. In my various conversations with leaders, I see a shared passion for “better” – not just for cost reduction though that is a consideration for every business. I see a genuine “fire” in the eyes for advancement in how we do things, the purpose it serves and the value it creates or adds to our clients. The future will come soon enough, as they say, and it will bring mighty change. Of that there can be no mistake. But on both sides of this discussion – and looking further afield into the growing array of participants – I see encouraging evidence of great innovative and forward-thinking individuals that will carry the torch and take the opportunity to champion “better”.

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Mary Kopczynski, J.D./Ph.D. is CEO and Founder of 8of9 – a RegTech company focused on simplifying the complex world of financial regulation. Mary is recognized as one of the country’s leading financial regulatory consultants, having advised some of the world’s largest financial institutions navigating through the technical requirements of complex global regulations such as Dodd Frank, FATCA, Basel, EMIR, AIFMD, Margin Rules and more. Here she tackles questions on cybersecurity, legal innovation and much more for #FearlessLaw.

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Those who think gender diversity on boards is merely “for the sake of diversity” can learn from Cisco’s example – our expert Contributors argue. Olga V. Mack and Neha Sareen make the connection between how business is done – and good business. They point to industry leader Cisco, where innovation in tech is matched by innovation in corporate culture. Cisco is one of the few companies that has recognized the importance of gender diversity on its board: when diverse leaders make big picture decisions, corporate culture thrives, and corporate growth follows. You can read their analysis here.

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