The Global Concerns of a General Counsel
New York, March 17, 2016—A panel of distinguished alumni shared insights into the general counsel role, and revealed just how much their jobs have in common, in a March 4 discussion at Columbia Law School. The speakers—heads of legal departments at global corporations in industries as varied as music and healthcare—emphasized the changing demands on in-house lawyers, as general counsels take a more prominent role in company decisions, helping to plot business strategies and manage crises.
|Micheal H. Ullmann '83, Steven F. Reich '86, Eve Konstan '92 and Wade Leak '89, discuss their roles as GC of four of the world's largest and most influential corporations.|
- Eve Konstan ’92, executive vice president and general counsel at HBO;
- Wade Leak ’89, deputy general counsel at Sony Music Entertainment;
- Steven F. Reich ’86, general counsel for the Americas at Deutsche Bank; and
- Michael H. Ullmann ’83, vice president and general counsel at Johnson & Johnson.
|Dean Gillian Lester leads the discussion titled "Inside the Mind of a Client."|
|Students had an opportunity to ask questions of the four alumni who spoke about their corporate law careers.|
"Since the meltdown, there has been an incredible change in what lawyers do and how we perceive ourselves,” Reich said. “Before the meltdown, we were an engine of transactions. It’s completely different now. Our primary function is to manage risks.”
The discussion resulted in a full house, which spilled over into an adjoining room.