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Sharing this interesting article from this week’s The Economist about the power of being concise and redundant in our communications which I believe is instructive for in-house counsel.

Here’s my favorite quote from the article which is a great best practice for in-house lawyers when they communicate with clients: “The advice to keep it trim

One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is to read books about athletes as they provide great lessons for our personal and professional lives.I recently finished the book entitled “The Last Folk Hero: The Life and Myth of Bo Jackson” by Jeff Pearlman.It’s an excellent book as it takes us through

As many legal organizations are increasingly focused on appropriate resource allocation and relentless prioritization of work, it’s important for senior leaders in legal departments to thoughtfully delegate work.

Presidents Day was earlier this week and I think we would all agree that being a President of the United States is a highly challenging job!


I was saddened to learn about the passing of legendary baseball broadcaster and player Tim McCarver yesterday.

When I was a kid, I wrote a letter to McCarver asking for his autograph on my 1973 and 1976 baseball cards in the pictures above and below. McCarver generously obliged – which is an example of how

The funny lawyer-centric cartoon in the picture above was recently posted to the “The New Yorker Cartoons” Instagram account.

This cartoon reminds me of lawyers who overengineer and overcomplicate #contracts for their clients.

Since establishing thoughtful contracts are fundamental to the success of most businesses, creating and negotiating meaningful contracts are a critical skill for

There’s no doubt that artificial intelligence (AI) is one of the hot topics that we have been talking about so far during the first month of 2023. In fact, perhaps 2023 will be the year of AI – especially as technology continues to rapidly advance and we discover more real-world use applications for AI that

Relentless prioritization of work is increasingly an important skill for in-house counsel and business leaders.

Here’s my checklist of steps that corporate counsel can take to ruthlessly prioritize their work and be even more productive:

☑️ Alignment on Work > Maximum Impact: Gain clarity from your legal management team and senior business clients on specific

Many experts are predicting that we will see growing business uncertainty during 2023 in the US and that perhaps a recession may even be on the horizon.

If that is the case, a challenging economic climate provides opportunities for in-house counsel to really “show-up” for their clients and to deliver higher-impact legal services. For instance,

Like many folks, I’m intrigued by ChatGPT– the new and powerful AI #chatbot that was released to the public last week.
I took ChatGPT “out for a spin” and I was very impressed with its capabilities.
ChatGPT highlights the possibilities for AI to be used as a tool by lawyers to better serve clients

A big congrats to Fred McGriff AKA the “Crime Dog” 🐶 who was elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame this past weekend!
Mr. McGriff was a model of consistency as a terrific power hitting first baseman over a very long career for baseball teams like the Toronto Blue Jays, the San Diego

A few days ago, I officially marked my 20th anniversary working for the greatest legal team on the planet: the Microsoft Corporate, External & Legal Affairs team.
While it’s hard to believe that I joined Microsoft 20 years ago on December 2, 2002, it continues to be an absolute honor and privilege to work at

As technology is playing a bigger role in our lives, social media is also consuming more time in our lives.
As a recent report states, “the typical user now spends 2 hours and 25 minutes on social media each day, equating to roughly one full waking day of their life each week.” I consider myself