Best Generalcounsel podcasts we could find (Updated September 2019)
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Learn from corporate defense law firm leaders such as the chairmen, managing partners, executive committee members and law partners along with general counsel and legal industry consultants. We interview these men and women across the United States who practice law and provide leadership at the largest law firms to elite corporate boutiques, public and private companies. Glean wisdom, new ideas, relate to their stories and follow along as we talk about current legal industry topics, firm man ...
 
After several years acting informally as Unwinnable.com's occasional lawyer, Ed Coleman was offered the opportunity of a lifetime by his childhood friend and founder of Unwinnable, Stu Horvath - to become the General Counsel for Unwinnable's parent corporation, Unwinnable, Inc. Knowing a good thing (and an obscene amount of money) when he sees it, Ed accepted immediately, only to learn that his employment contract requires him to record a podcast with Unwinnable's Audio Producer, Ken Lucas. ...
 
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I interviewed Rhonda Powell | General Counsel on BuzzFeed on Monday, December 10th, 2018. In talking with Rhonda, we touched on several subjects: Her new role within BuzzFeed #metoo Movement Creating a Work Environment with Open Communication Fake News vs. Entertainment Mentoring of Young People Paying-it-Forward Attitude Positive Side Effects ...…
 
I interviewed Jordan Furlong | Principal at Law21 on Friday December 7th, 2018. Many of you know him for his Twitter account and his blog, where he shares insights on the global legal industry. We discussed the following topics: His legal career Continued developments in law firm competition Innovative things law firms are doing Non-attorney ow ...…
 
I interviewed Jeremy Fudge | Managing Partner of Berry Appleman & Leiden on Friday November 19th, 2018. We discussed the following topics: First-of-its-kind strategic alliance with Deloitte UK Opening of their New York office with 60 people Center of Excellence in Richardson Texas The growth of the firm from 270 to 500 The future of law His pas ...…
 
I interviewed Russ Welsh | Chairman & CEO of Polsinelli on Thursday November 1st, 2018. Topics of Discussion: Polsinelli's history of growth and acquisitions Lessons learned and advice for existing and newly elected law firm chairmen and managing partners Important areas of personal growth in his life Funding the law firm's expansion Insights o ...…
 
I interviewed Alan Bryan | Senior Associate General Counsel of Walmart on Monday October 15th, 2018. We Discussed the Following Topics: His initial years in private practice The Walmart Legal Operations and Outside Counsel Management department Outside counsel law firms need to focus on investing in people and technology Legal tech tools Walmar ...…
 
I interviewed Rick Hung | General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Bowlmor AMF on Friday September 7th, 2018. Rick and I discussed: His current role with Bowlmor AMF The office of General Counsel as a strategy for growth. Private Equity Distilling Bowlmor AMF’s outside counsel law firms down from 50 Background in coding His bookshelf The im ...…
 
I interviewed Andrew Glincher | CEO & Managing Partner of Nixon Peabody on Tues May 29th, 2018. Topics we discussed: Laterals and attracting talent Space usage for all their attorneys firm wide His role at Nixon Peabody Weathering the Great Financial Crisis of 2008 Leadership qualities in Abraham Lincoln, Warren Buffett, his parents, etc. His p ...…
 
I interviewed Gina Passarella | Editor-in-Chief of The American Lawyer on Wed May 16th, 2018. We discussed these topics: Her career as a reporter in the business of law The many changes to the media business How data has been a part of reporting on the legal industry Her values in her role at The American Lawyer Rules of engagement with reporte ...…
 
I interviewed Jodie Baker | CEO of Xakia Technologies on Friday April 20th, 2018. Topics discussed were: The award-winning Australian law firm Hive Legal The use of Xakia Technologies for corporate legal departments Being a scrappy startup tech CEO The Australian legal market Trends within emerging legal technologies How firms can approach lega ...…
 
I interviewed Frank Aquila | Partner of Sullivan and Cromwell on Thursday February 1st, 2018. Topics we discussed were: The global M&A market How several geopolitical pressures impact large deals InBev-Anheuser Busch and Diageo’s acquisitions Advice for the experienced or aspiring M&A attorney New US tax legislation NAFTA trade negotiations The ...…
 
I interviewed Erik Gustafson, CEO of LeClairRyan on Friday January 12th, 2018. We discussed the following topics: Evolving client trends of procuring legal services How the buyers are younger general counsel The non-law firm competitors Trends of aging attorneys and succession planning The lateral market Advice for aspiring law firm leaders and ...…
 
I interviewed Manar Morales, CEO of Diversity and Flexibility Alliance on Thursday December 7th, 2017. Topics we discussed were: A holistic approach to diversity initiatives How Manar goes to an employer, assesses culture and presents findings to leadership Flexibility in the work environment Getting more women in leadership How employees can b ...…
 
We discussed the following topics: Global perspective vs. In-House perspective Transition from a sellers to a buyers market Better discussions about services and value delivered Getting 9 independent firms to work together The shirking supply of lawyers Importance of law firms utilizing technology His family and marriage Woodworking Recommended ...…
 
I interviewed Lea Ann King, General Counsel of Toyota Material Handling USA on Friday November 17th, 2017. We discussed these topics: How she landed a position in a corporate legal department Her role at Toyota Being a division of a Japanese company What inspired her to be a General Counsel What she looks for in hiring attorneys Mentoring other ...…
 
We discussed the following topics: Law Firm merger and combination trends Tools they provide at Altman Weil such as MergerLine Why do some deals succeed Law firm merger deal killers and what can prevent the death of a deal Why law firms should consider a combination The leadership of law firms His passion for the outdoors, woodworking, UNC spor ...…
 
I interviewed Steve Harper, Author, Retired BigLaw Trial Lawyer and Adjunct Law Professor on Wednesday October 4th, 2017. We discussed the following topics: The legal industry critique of the law firm model His book The Lawyer Bubble Downfalls of the eat what you kill law firm incentive model His fictional account of law firm culture called The ...…
 
Attorney Edward A. Coleman, Esq. kicks the show off in a glum manner. He thanks the listeners for listening and recounts his abduction for sympathy. Ed bores producer Ken Lucas with the details of his illness. We cut to the Guess My Middle Name contest and announce Don Becker as the winner. Congrats Don! We will contact you shortly about your p ...…
 
I interviewed James Fisher, Managing Partner of FisherBroyles on Wednesday September 29th, 2017. We discussed the following topics: The history of FisherBroyles Cloud-based law firms Vision and anticipated growth trajectory of the firm Future of training lawyers Technology and talent to leverage a win-win for both clients and attorneys Developi ...…
 
Attorney Edward A. Coleman, Esq. kicks the show off with a slightly defeated attitude. He claims he’s a bit down in the dumps but is trying to fight his way out of it. He’s still reeling from the effects of his abduction. Podcast producer Ken Lucas disproves Ed’s claims. Ken also brings up Ed’s novel. Ed chats about the conspiracy theory agains ...…
 
I interviewed Daniel Rodriguez, Dean of Northwestern University Pritzker Law School on Thursday September 7th 2017. We discussed the following topics: Law school trends such as enrollment, LSAT vs. GRE, law firm hiring trends, etc. The current impact and use of legal tech in law schools Law school’s Innovation Lab Non-attorney ownership of law ...…
 
I interviewed Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons, on Tuesday August 29th, 2017. Topics we discussed were: Meteoric growth since he took the role Numerous combinations, mergers, and group acquisitions M&A advice for firm managing partners and leadership His team and friendship with Joe Andrews Who Denton’s competitors are What will and won’t ...…
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. starts the show with a rundown of events that led to his supposed abduction. Producer Ken Lucas disagrees. Ed then explains every detail of his harrowing experience. We find out that Ed fell into the Gowanus Canal and is plagued with a toxic virus. Ian stops in to hang out and imbue Ed with positive vibes. Out of nowhere ...…
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. starts the show in a speedy manner. Ed talks about his approach to hiring and announces the winner of the Lego contest. Ed gushes over prime numbers and producer Ken Lucas seems bored. Ken leaves to make himself a drink at the juicer and Ed secretly talks about his novel. Ken catches Ed off-guard and then we hear from ou ...…
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. starts alone. He is interrupted by the ramblings of boss Stu Horvath, producer Ken Lucas and Co-Attorney Ted Goldman. We find out the Ed sent Ted on a wild goose chase and then we move into parkour. Ed answers some law questions and the we play a game of Probable Cause or Reasonable Suspicion. The guys give a shout out t ...…
 
I interviewed Norm Champ | Partner of Kirkland & Ellis on April 21st, 2017. We discussed: Hedge fund to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Being the Director of the Division of Investment Management Being a law partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis His new book Going Public: My Adventures Inside the SEC and How to Prev ...…
 
I interviewed Bob Bostrom on March 9th, 2017. In Part 2 of our interview we discussed: Stories of being General Counsel of Freddie Mac before, during and after the Financial Crisis of 2008/09 Numerous leadership changes and investigations endured Why there are corporate crises The several takeaways of what corporate legal departments can do to ...…
 
I interviewed Bob Bostrom on March 9th, 2017. In Part 1 of our interview, we discussed: The evolution of the General Counsel role 20 years How Ben Heineman of GE was a catalyst for these changes Responsibilities increased as the role changed within corporate America Different draws to in-house vs private practice What an attorney needs to make ...…
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. starts the show thanking everyone. He talks briefly about his Corporate Casual gig and returns to the RICO investigation. Ed also issues an apology to the Department of Maniacs. Ed mentions our guest to producer Ken Lucas and receives a response he was not expecting to hear and then we take a break. After the break we ar ...…
 
I interviewed Alan Hoffman | Chairman and Managing partner of Blank Rome on March 8th, 2017. Today we discussed: The Christmas Eve deal with Jim Kelly to absorb remaining partners of Dickstein Shapiro His conversation with a law professor and how that greatly impacted him and his leadership at Blank Rome Stories about how he got the job at the ...…
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. starts the show awkwardly. Producer Ken Lucas is excited to use the new juicer courtesy of Ted Goldman. We learn that Stanley Spiemer has accepted the open position on the Board of Directors and that EIC Stu Horvath is living the dream. Ed found a way to get gigs for his office band Corporate Casual and then Ed apologize ...…
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. starts the show with a lullaby to his grandmother. Ed prods producer Ken Lucas about his mood and is excited to interview for the Board of Directors position. Ed is also looking for applications for the Unwinnable legal department. Ed talks about dismantling departments and then we take a break. After the break, Ken call ...…
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. kicks the show off with a soothing proclamation of success. Ed informs us that he’s finally read his contract and is already looking to exploit it. He also now has access to the archives. Shhhh. Podcast Producer Ken Lucas talks about the office Halloween party and then we take a break. After the break we interview Tront ...…
 
I interviewed Kim Johnson of Quarles & Brady, partner, and Firm Chairperson. Today, we discussed: Highlights of their executive committee's annual retreat Growth within the firm How to work better together Succession planning Forming an Innovation Committee The effects of the new White House administration Advice to future law firm chairmen and ...…
 
Welcome to a brand new Office of the General Counsel featuring Ted A. Goldman, Esq. Ted is a longtime employee of Unwinnable, Inc. and is our new host! Ted begins the show by addressing colleague and producer Ken Lucas. Ken is in complete shock as he joyfully welcomes Ted. Suddenly, former OotGC host Edward A. Coleman, Esq. bursts into the room ...…
 
We get into the holiday spirit with Edward A. Coleman, Esq. and company's take on A Christmas Carol. Happy Holidays from OotGC and Unwinnable.com.
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. kicks the show off praising podcast producer Ken Lucas and then reveals Ken’s nervous energy as they are about to visit Standards & Practices. Ed panders to the audience and then asks Ken to be his activity partner for the company barbecue. Ed talks about Corporate Casual, the Unwinnable, Inc band and then Ken reveals th ...…
 
I interviewed Don Prophete of Constangy Brooks Smith & Prophete, partner and practice chair of the firm's Whistle Blower Group. Today we discussed: Being a minority black man among a dominant white male industry Advice for young minorities in BigLaw Advice for law firm leaders wanting a more diverse law firm Insights as a rainmaker and business ...…
 
Performance AnxietyWe start the show with the sultry tones of podcast producer Ken Lucas. Ken states he checked the podcast metrics and discovered he has a fan. Counsel Edward A. Coleman, Esq. recaps the office events from the last episode and Ed reviews his wardrobe. Ed regretfully mentions that this episode is his performance review. Ed talks ...…
 
I interviewed Richard Supple of Hinshaw & Culbertson, the New York Managing partner and Co-leader Hinshaw’s Lawyers for Professionals We discussed these topics: Representing law firms and lawyers in professional ethics-related matters Law partner departures Management and the delicate dance they have when exploring new lateral opportunities Why ...…
 
The episode begins from Ed’s apartment and we learn that his office is infested. Ed laments about the internet and millennials and then turns to his new artwork courtesy of Unwinnable, Inc. Ed mentions some new guesses from the “Guess My Middle Name” contest and some questions from the “Ask An Attorney” segment. The show ends with Ed building p ...…
 
I interviewed Aric Press of Bernero & Press. We discussed the following topics: What sets apart average and above average law firms Client conversations and surveys Meeting global client demand How the Am Law 100 and 200 are compiled Peter Kalis' leadership Competition and Axiom Non-attorney ownership of law firms Favorite Sports Teams Aric's h ...…
 
The show begins with producer Ken Lucas’ issues with Standards & Practices. We find out they offered Ken a job but he declined the position. We also learn the Ed Coleman’s salary is based on the amount of listeners for the show. We find out that Ed is lobbying for a chair on the Board of Directors. We dip into Ed’s RICO case and then we take a ...…
 
On this second episode, I interviewed Kent Zimmerman of Zeughauser Group. We discussed the following: The 2016 law firm merger environment The merger of Andrews Kurth with Kenyon & Kenyon The Hogan Lovells merger The Polsinelli & Novack Druce merger Denton's challenge to global law firms and the race to 10,000 Attorneys Managing partner qualiti ...…
 
Ed Coleman begins the show with some positivity exercises and is quickly thwarted by producer Ken Lucas. Ed then urges the listener(s) to stop what they are doing and go back to episode 1 to catch up on the show. We review Ed’s punishment session after his antics in Episode 6. The gents have a heated discussion about Ed’s contract and then they ...…
 
For episode #1, I interviewed Lee Schreter, the Chairperson of Littler Mendelson. We discussed the following topics: Diversity and inclusion Littler's Protege Program The firm's strategic initiatives A key aspiring law firm leader trait Her go-to metric as a big law firm manager What she reads, drinks, her heroes and what's on her bucket list. ...…
 
The show starts off on a sour note as Edward A. Coleman, Esq. has received bad news about his contract and we find out that Standards & Practices offers Ken Lucas a job. Ed talks about the spanking machine and then gives a quick rundown of this episodes guest, Tour Guide, Ian Gonzales. After a quick message from our sponsors, we introduce Ian. ...…
 
Ed kicks things off with more guesses from his “Guess My Middle Name” contest. Ed talks about his process of reading his contract and then talks about racketeering and Unwinnable, Inc’s legal woes. Ken is less than enthused to hear another Strunk and White recording. Luckily Ian Gonzales stops by with his tour group and we chat with him briefly ...…
 
We start the show with Ken’s rumblings about Standards and Practices. Ed recaps the last show and questions why he hasn’t seen Trip “Flippington” Fitzsimmons. We talk about bathrooms, surveillance, legal issues and Ed’s contract before we interview Accounting Intern, Evelyn Mitchell. After a stressful interview, Ed promises to figure things out ...…
 
This week we kick things off with the guess my middle name contest and so far no one has picked the correct name. Ed has received one book for his work library and reads an excerpt about trademarks. We learn about the Unwinnable, Inc PO boxes and the amount of lawsuits filed against the company. Ed finally got a key to the executive bathroom on ...…
 
We reluctantly start the show with a new game, What is Edward A. Coleman Esquire's, middle name. Tweet your answers to @UnwinnableOotGC. We learn that Ed is officially the last person in the U.S. to get a podcast. Ed has been General Counsel for a few weeks and still has no idea what he is doing. Unwinnable Audio Producer, Ken Lucas, really doe ...…
 
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