2015 In-House Legal Department of the Year

Daily Report

SUNTRUST BANKS INC.: Large Office
When Fortin became general counsel, SunTrust assets were $46.5 billion. He had 20 attorneys in-house and contracted with outside counsel in different states for different needs. As in the entire industry, the bank grew, regulation decreased and the combination proved problematic.


COLONIAL PIPELINE CO.: Quality of Life
Colonial Pipeline Co. in-house lawyers don't just pack a lunch for work. Some pack a change of clothes and a toothbrush in an overnight bag too, in what they call a "go bag."


CNN AND TURNER BROADCASTING SYSTEM INC.: Technology
Whether they are in the courtroom or the boardroom, attorneys deal with paper and documents. But the lawyers at CNN are spending a great deal of time dealing with small, remote-controlled aircraft with cameras.


JAMESTOWN: Real Estate
It's a Jamestown philosophy to have their lawyers at the table from the beginning, said Jamestown Chief Executive Officer Matt Bronfman, who used to be its general counsel.



CITY OF ATLANTA: Government
The city's legal department is building a reputation as a place that handles huge cases in-house rather than farming them out to private firms. It's also becoming known for allowing attorneys new to the department to play cleanup hitter, and not just utility infielder, in these big games.


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