Over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, general counsels and members of human resources departments have had to advise business owners on how to mitigate the damage of the pandemic. These professionals have had to do this without public health expertise and without jeopardizing the well-being of employees or their business’ bottom line. That seems a tall order indeed!

From handling real estate assets to addressing a global health crisis, GCs work diligently to provide valuable insight into what businesses must do to survive. As more businesses begin to reopen, general counsels will also need to be cognizant of public…


It’s easy for professionals to become consumed by their careers. It happens all the time: professionals of all stripes see “success” as the ultimate end goal, and they believe the only way to meet this target (and fast) is to throw themselves into their work. They take the ‘work hard, play hard’ mantra and turn it on its head. Instead of ‘work hard, play hard’, it becomes ‘work hard now so you can play hard later.’

Except later doesn’t always come. People trick themselves into believing that there’s a finish line they’ll eventually cross. They think that when they break…


We’ve all heard that before. We were also promised flying cars! But as we’ve come full-force into the 21 st century, the idea that artificial intelligence could be useful in our everyday lives has finally emerged as not merely a sci-fi movie concept, but a reality.

The rapid development and integration of artificial intelligence in a variety of industries has proven to be a productive, cost-effective, and efficient practice. The legal field in particular stands to benefit immensely from the adoption of AI, but a large number of legal professionals have yet to embrace automation and utilize it to its…


When I graduated from law school in 2005, I was confident I would embark on the “traditional” legal career path: work as an associate at a large law firm, burn the midnight oil, market my skills to clients, and, finally, land in the elite ranks of my firm’s partnership. That autumn, I started work at a large New York law firm, and began the long climb towards the coveted title of Partner.

Over the next few years, I changed firms a few times, seeking changes in the type of law firms and practice groups I worked with. Despite these generally…


On the day after Thanksgiving every year, Crossroads Community hosts their annual ‘Fare Share Friday’ event where one thousand volunteers, donors, and soup kitchen regulars have a chance to sit down and share a gourmet meal together.

Based in Midtown Manhattan, Crossroads is a soup kitchen, women’s shelter, and choice pantry that was established to help end hunger and fight homelessness across New York. Every day, the organization provides hot meals and groceries to New Yorkers in need. But our ‘Fare Share Friday’ event is a particularly special part of the Crossroads program. …


General counsels do it all. Their primary role is serving as a company’s attorney and source of legal advice, but in order to do this role, and do it well, a GC must be involved in all aspects of an organization. From running the gauntlet of regulatory enforcement to overseeing the marketing communications to negotiating strategic business transactions, the list of responsibilities within the direct scope of being a GC is exhaustive. It’s a rewarding job, but it’s also incredibly difficult and demanding. …

Meredith Ann Simmons

Meredith Ann Simmons is an experienced business management and legal advice counsel. https://meredithannsimmons.com/

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