Mark R. Shaw is the vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Southwest Airlines Co. He has been with Southwest for 13 years and prior to becoming GC in February 2013, he was the associate general counsel-corporate and transactions. In that role, one of his primary areas of responsibility was aircraft finance and lease transactions.
Kristen K. McGuffey is general counsel, secretary and executive vice president of Serta Simmons Holdings, the Atlanta-based manufacturer of mattresses and bedding products.
This is Greg Heller's 13th season as legal counsel for the Braves. As senior vice president and general counsel, Heller manages legal affairs for the Braves and the minor-league affiliates it owns, including the Gwinnett Braves, the Mississippi Braves near Jackson, Miss., the Rome Braves and the Danville, Va., Braves.
This summer, in United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. ___, 133 S. Ct. 2675 (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court found Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional. From now on, the federal government cannot treat same-sex marriages differently from heterosexual marriages. The states still may. But for how long?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that more than one-third of adults in the United States are considered "obese."
It is very common to draft an arbitration clause to apply only to certain types of disputes—but usually a mistake to do so. If the parties want arbitration for certain issues, they would be well advised to consider arbitration for all of them.
The law was far from her thoughts when Nicole Morris was a child; her parents wanted her to be a doctor. That dream faded as she got older and realized she couldn't handle the sight of blood. Today Morris is managing patent counsel for one of the best-recognized brands in the world—The Coca-Cola Company.
While it is rare for a member of a company's board of directors to go rogue—as J.C. Penney Co. Inc.'s just-resigned William Ackman did—it does happen occasionally. Companies—and their general counsel—need to plan for it as they do any other crisis management moment, experts say.
Along with the indictment against SAC Capital, the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office filed a civil forfeiture complaint seeking to forfeit "any and all" assets of SAC. With the government increasingly seeking forfeiture in criminal cases, we have put together a quick primer for in-house lawyers to understand how forfeiture works.
The ABA's Presidential Task Force on Gender Equity says law firm clients can use their leverage to encourage firms to make gender policies and practices fairer.