Welcome to In-house Roundhouse, a bi-weekly podcast focused on providing corporate attorneys with tips, insights and other valuable info that will help keep you ahead of the game. Join our host, veteran litigator Mark Henriques, as he talks with general counsel from industry-leading companies, as well as politicians, analysts and other leading personalities with their finger on the pulse of business today.
Mark Henriques is a business litigation attorney who has successfully litigated cases involving fraud, unfair trade practices, class actions, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements, and breach of contract. Henriques also has considerable experience in e-discovery and is a leader of the firm's Bulldox: Documents & E-Discovery Review Team. He practices in Womble Bond Dickinson’s Charlotte office.
Guests: Curtis Frasier and Liz Klingensmith
Topic: The Past, Present, and Future of the Oil & Gas Industry
Longtime oil and gas industry attorney Curtis Frasier, talks with Mark and fellow Womble Bond Dickinson Partner Liz Klingensmith about how the industry has evolved and where it is heading.
Guest: Kristi McCarthy
Topic: Management Lessons from a Chevron GC
Kristi McCarthy, General Counsel and Vice President of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Company talks with Mark and fellow Womble Bond Dickinson Partner Liz Klingensmith about knowing when to keep it simple, encouraging honest feedback, and managing an in-house team.
Guest: Gregory Brown
Topic: Going In-house in the Oil & Gas Industry
Gregory Brown, General Counsel with Evolution Well Services, a full service hydraulic fracturing company, sits down with Mark and fellow Womble Bond Dickinson Partners Liz Klingensmith and Lisa Rushton to talk about transitioning from a firm to in-house counsel and what it takes to manage a small legal department.
Guest: Karen Valentine
Topic: Tips For Getting It Done In A Small Legal Department
Many corporate legal departments consist of three or fewer attorneys. Managing those small offices requires lean thinking and nimbleness, according to Karen Valentine, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for Constellation Pharmaceuticals. She shares her insights on the topic with Mark and two of his Womble colleagues, Dwane Bryant and Caitlin MacDowell.
Guests: Bill Bobbora and Bob Girton
Topic: Financing The Specialty Chemicals Boom
The specialty chemicals industry is experiencing a boom, so while we were at the Chemicals America conference we took some time to talk with two insiders about how this growth is being funded. Our guests are Bill Bobbora, Managing Director & Executive Vice President of Cadence Bank, and Bob Girton, a partner with Edgewater Capital Partners.
Guest: Dr. Eric Mittlefehldt
Topic: The Specialty Chemicals Industry - Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
Dr. Eric Mittlefehldt, Vice President of ORG CHEM Group, LLC, provides an overview of where the Specialty Chemicals Industry has come from, where it is, and where it's likely heading.
Guest: Owen Jappen
Topic: SOCMA and the Specialty Chemicals Industry
Owen Jappen, Senior Manager, Industry Relations & Strategic Partnerships at SOCMA, discusses the state of the organization and the industry it supports.
Guest: Ron Levin
Topic: Marketing and the Chemicals Industry
Ron Levin, CJB Applied Technologies, talks with Mark about marketing challenges in the chemicals industry and bringing a new product to market.
Guests: Brooke DiDomenico, Mara Gliozzi, Barry Herman
Topic: Diversity in the Specialty Chemicals Industry
Brooke DiDomenico, Technical Manager with Nation Ford, and Mara Gliozzi, Vice President & Global Business Manager of McGean, join Mark and his fellow Womble Bond Dickinson Partner Barry Herman, talk about diversity and leadership in the chemicals industry.
Guests: Chuck Hinton, Doug Cochran
Topic: Challenges Facing the Specialty Chemicals Industry
Chuck Hinton, President of Ethox Chemicals, and Doug Cochran, General Manager of Optima Chemical Group, share their thoughts on the challenges facing the specialty chemicals industry.
Guest: Anita Cicero
Topic: Going Back To Work Amid COVID: Guidance From Johns Hopkins
Anita Cicero, Deputy Director & COO of the Center for Health Security at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, drops in to provide some insight on returning to work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Johns Hopkins recently released a toolkit to help business leaders develop their return to work plans.
Guests: Carl Peterson, Ryan Brown, Taber Cathcart
Topic: What The Pandemic Has Taught The Legal Department
Carl Peterson, General Counsel of Mid-Atlantic Business Unit at Titan America LLC, and Ryan Brown, Assistant General Counsel & Director with Rosetta Stone, join Mark and fellow Womble Bond Dickinson Partner Taber Cathcart to talk about the biggest lessons they've learned from dealing with the legal implications of COVID-19 and what the pandemic's long-term impact might be on corporate law.
Guest: Hannah Randolph Haynes
Topic: Creating A Living Compliance Program
Hannah Randolph Haynes, Corporate Counsel and Compliance Manager at Joerns Healthcare, explains how a “living” compliance program is an effective one.
Guests: Christine Brown, Amber Harrison, and Andrew Walsh
Topic: Leading Legal Departments During A Pandemic
Mark talks with three in-house attorneys about managing their companies' legal needs during the COVID-19 lock down. Our guests are Christine Brown, VP, Assistant General Counsel & Compliance Officer, Hub Americas with SCOR, Amber Harrison, who leads Compliance, Contracts, & Legal Management with Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporate America, and Andrew Walsh, Chief Legal Officer & General Counsel with Partners Behavioral Health Management.
Guest: Jay Dickson
Topic: The Growth of the Specialty Chemicals Industry
Jay Dickson, President of Nation Ford Chemical, talks about what's driving growth in the specialty chemicals industry and what the future might hold.
Guests: Manisha Merchant and Kristin Walker-Probst
Topic: Streamlining The Use Of Outside Counsel
Manisha Merchant, Executive Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Banc of California, sits down with Mark and fellow Womble Partner Kristin Walker-Probst to talk about how legal departments can streamline the use and selection of outside counsel.
Guests: Steve Cavezza and Ashley Horne
Topic: Getting The Legal Department Involved In Proactive Public Relations
Steve Cavezza, Legal Counsel with Mars Inc., and Womble Bond Dickinson CMO Ashley Horne chat with Mark about how the legal department can take a proactive approach to public relations.
Guests: Ron Peppe and Tracy Walsh
Topic: Tackling Unconscious Bias
Ron Peppe, General Counsel and VP of Human Resources with Canam Steel joins Mark and Womble UK Partner Tracy Walsh to discuss how the legal department can help eliminate unconscious bias from the hiring and promotion process.
Guests: Jason Stevens and Kevin Hall
Topic: Managing Medical Malpractice Litigation
Jason Stevens, SVP & Deputy GC of WellStar Health System, talks with Mark and fellow Womble Partner Kevin Hall about managing medical malpractice litigation.
Guest: Tanu Chatterji
Topic: Commercialization Of University Research
Tanu Chatterji, Assistant Director of the Office of Tech Transfer and Innovation at the University of Houston sits down with Mark and fellow Womble Bond Dickinson Partner Karthika Perumal to talk about why more university researchers should be patenting and commercializing their work.
Guest: Kaye Cyrus
Topic: Optimizing The Workday: Tips For In-house Counsel
Time management. It seems like a simple concept but by 5 p.m. most of us are wondering where the day went. Kaye Cyrus has a few tips for in-house attorneys on how to get organized and make the most of the workday. Kaye is the Director of Legal & Compliance with The Burgess Group.
Guests: Kelly Armstrong, Jordan Dinos and Kristen Walker-Probst
Topic: Women in Law: The Shifting Landscape
More than half of law school students are women but women only make up 36 percent of practicing attorneys in the US and the stats are even lower for women in leadership roles. Kelly Armstrong, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at Safe Auto Insurance Group, Inc., Jordan Dinos Corporate Counsel and Compliance Manager at Canal Insurance Company, and Womble Bond Dickinson Partner Kristen Walker-Probst talk about how far women have come in the legal profession and where things should be heading.
Guests: Tracy Walsh and John Grupp
Topic: The Importance of Pro Bono
Mark is joined by his Womble UK colleague Tracy Walsh and John Grupp, Associate General Counsel with Husqvarna, to talk about why you should make time for pro bono work.
Guest: Nathan Harwell
Topic: Building A Corporate Legal Department From The Ground Up
Nathan Harwell talks about what he learned building a legal department from the ground up.
*At the time of this recording, Nathan was the General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Rinnai America. He has since joined U.S. Xpress, Inc., where he serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary.
Guest: David Mitrou
Topic: Tips For Communicating With Non-attorneys And Outside Counsel
David Mitrou, General Counsel and VP of Client and Commercial Affairs at Keolis Commuter Services, LLC, joins Womble Bond Dickinson attorneys Caitlin MacDowell and Simon Watts to talk about translating legalese for better communication between attorneys and their colleagues and outside counsel.
Guests: Carl Peterson and Stephanie Bortnyk
Topic: Be Aware of Your Digital Footprint
Carl Peterson of Titan America and Stephanie Bortnyk of Dassault Falcon discuss why it's important for attorneys to be aware of their digital footprint and embrace social media. You can read the ACC article we discuss in this episode here.
Guests: Diana Toman and Cathy Hinger
Topic: Why The Mansfield Rule Matters
Veteran general counsel Diana Toman and Womble Bond Dickinson litigator Cathy Hinger sit down with Mark to talk about the Mansfield Rule and its impact on diversity in law firm leadership. To learn more about the Mansfield Rule, click here
Guests: Jon Olson and Stephanie Few
Topic: The Legal Department's Role in Economic Development Matters
Blackbaud GC Jon Olson and WBD's own Stephanie Yarbrough discuss with Mark the legal work that goes into negotiating economic development incentives.
Guest: Ryan Gum
Topic: Managing Intellectual Property: A view from the oil fields
Ryan Gum, intellectual property counsel at Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, joins Mark and our new Houston Office Managing Partner, Jeff Whittle, to discuss legal department best practices for protecting, monetizing and managing intellectual property.
Guests: Adam Fisher
Topic: The In-house Lawyer As Business Adviser
Adam Fisher, Associate General Counsel with The Carroll Companies, shares his thoughts on how in-house counsel can serve as a business adviser as well as a legal adviser.
Guests: Evan Slavitt
Topic: Best Practices for Managing Litigation with Evan Slavitt
Evan Slavitt, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of AVX Corporation, shares his thoughts on managing litigation as corporate counsel.
You can also find Evan's book on Amazon here.
Guests: Anneliese Reinhold
Topic: Managing Outside Counsel with Annelise Reinhold
Anneliese Reinhold, General Counsel with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company and Vice Chair of ACC Global Board, shares her philosophy on managing outside counsel.
Guests: Nici Comer, Marshall Tinsley Minton, Jamie Francis, and Alex O'Rourke
Topic: Transitions: Going In-house or Joining a Firm
It's a full house this episode as Mark is joined by South State Bank attorneys Nicole "Nici" Comer and Marshall Tinsley Minton as well as his Womble partners Jamie Francis and Alex O'Rourke. The group talks about their experience going from private practice to in-house and going from a legal department to a firm.
Guests: Adrian Gross and Mike Madden
Topic: Career Development Tips For In-house Counsel
Adrian Goss, General Counsel of Bauer Media Group, and Mike Madden, General Counsel of Hyne Timber, share their career development tips for in-house counsel and how management can support it.
Guest: Dan Harper
Topic: Emotional Intelligence and the In-house Lawyer
Dan Harper, General Counsel with GEA Farm Technologies, Inc., talks with Mark about why lawyers need a high emotional IQ as well as traditional smarts.
Guest: Amy Duvanich
Topic: Top 5 Questions Every General Counsel Gets Asked
Amy Duvanich, corporate counsel with real estate company Keller Williams, shares her list of the five most common questions general counsel are asked by their company colleagues.
Guests: Debra Cheng and Amy Much
Topic: Developing an Industry-leading Compliance Program
Corporate attorneys Debra Cheng and Amy Much join Mark and his fellow Womble Bond Dickinson partner Claire Rauscher to talk about what it takes to develop and manage an effective corporate compliance program.
Guest: Matt Latrick
Topic: Developing and Maintaining Effective Nondisclosure Agreements
Matt Latrick, Regional Counsel, Americas with Morgan Advanced Materials, explains why the one-size-fits-all approach to nondisclosure agreements is a bad idea and offers insight into developing better NDAs.
Guest: Russ Dempsey
Topic: Project Management Tips for the GC
Russ Dempsey, Associate General Counsel with AIG insurance, gives his tips for managing legal department projects, including what KPI he uses and how he spots issues early.
Guest: Emily Vijayakirthi
Topic: Managing Third-Party Due Diligence In A Global Marketplace
Emily Vijayakirthi, Senior Attorney and Assistant Compliance Manager with Black & Veatch Corporation, explains why simply have an FCPA program doesn't cut it when managing risk for the modern global company.
Guest: Ryan Brown
Topic: Navigating ADA Accommodation Requests
Rosetta Stone attorney Ryan Brown returns to talk about navigating requests for US Americans with Disabilities Act accommodations, including engaging in the interactive process and determining which accommodations are required.
Guest: Chris Greene
Topic: Corporate Use of Predictive Analytics And AI
Canal Insurance VP Chris Greene discusses legal issues corporate legal departments must tackle when the company implements predictive analytics and artificial intelligence.
Guests: Womble Bond Dickinson (US) lawyer, Melinda Davis Lux, Associate GC for Michelin North America, Gant Sowinski
Topic: Key Performance Indicators for the Legal Department
How do you measure the success of a corporate legal department? Gant Sowinski, Associate General Counsel with Michelin North America, talks with us about his experience defining Key Performance Indicators for his office and gives some insight into what he learned. Gant and Mark are joined by Melinda Davis Lux, a Womble Bond Dickinson partner who shares her thoughts on KPI for outside counsel.
Guests: Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) lawyer, Jonathan Drake, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) lawyer, Lisa Bondurant
Topic: Womble Bond Dickinson's Insurance Sector
Our Insurance sector co-leads Lisa Bondurant and Jonathan Drake stop by to talk about the legal challenges facing the industry and how the firm is helping clients address them.
Guests: Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) lawyers, Paul Stockley and Chris Towner, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) lawyer, Belton Zeigler
Topic: Womble Bond Dickinson's Energy Sector
Belton Zeigler, Paul Stockley, and Chris Towner from Womble Bond Dickinson’s Energy Sector sit in with Mark to discuss current trends in the industry and where things are heading.
Guests: Womble Bond Dickinson (UK) lawyer, Peter Snaith and Womble Bond Dickinson (US) lawyer, Melinda Davis Lux
Topic: Womble Bond Dickinson's Manufacturing Sector
Our UK Manufacturing lead Peter Snaith and US deals attorney Melinda Davis Lux chat with Mark about Manufacturing 4.0, Brexit, trade deals and more.
Guest: John Silverstein, NC State Bar President
Topic: The State Bar and You
There’s more to your state bar than you might realize. Mark talks with North Carolina State Bar President John Silverstein about the resources state bars provide attorneys, how GCs benefit from participating in state bars, and the role of state bars in shaping the future of the legal profession, among other items.
Guests: Karen Litsinger, SVP, Operations & General Counsel, Mirixa Corporation
Lawrence Vernaglia, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
Chris Mollet, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Edward-Elmhurst Health Care
Jill Girardeau, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson
Topic: Compliance, Ethics, and Governance in the Healthcare Industry
Mark hosts a roundtable discussion of compliance, ethics, and governance in the healthcare industry.
Guest: Chris Greene, Senior Vice President, Chief Claims Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Canal Insurance Company
Topic: Managing Relationships Between the Legal Department and the Corporation
Chris shares his insights and tips on managing the relationship between the legal department and the rest of the corporate structure.
Guest: Ryan Brown, Corporate Counsel for Global Operations at Rosetta Stone
Topic: Managing Employment Law for a Global Company
Ryan shares his thoughts on managing employment law for a global company with Mark and Robert Phillips, a partner in our Newcastle office.
Guests: Julie Wood, Chief Executive Officer, Guidepost Solutions LLC, and Paige Mason, Associate Director of Compliance, Guidepost Solutions LLC,
Topic: Money Laundering
Julie and Paige join Mark and Claire Rauscher, a partner in our Charlotte office, to discuss how businesses other than banks can be used for money laundering and how they can avoid it.
Guest: George Jurch, General Counsel – the Americas, Continental Automotive, Inc.
Topic: Managing Talent in a Corporate Legal Department
George shares his philosophy on developing and managing talent in a corporate legal department.
Guest: John Grupp, Associate General Counsel with Husqvarna Americas
Topic: Managing Litigation
John sits with Mark to discuss managing litigation. Grupp talks about why he looks for outside counsel with ideas.
Guest: Allen O’Rourke (litigator and cybersecurity attorney, Womble Bond Dickinson)
Topic: Cybersecurity and Federal Prosecutors: What in-house counsel needs to know
Allen O’Rourke and Mark discuss the common issues companies face when involved in a federal cybercrime investigation. Allen recently joined Womble Bond Dickinson after serving six years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. specializing in cybercrime.
Guest: Christiaan Mazza, Legal Counsel with Valencell, Inc.
Topic: Wearables, Privacy, And The Future Of Tech Law
Our guests for this episode are Christiaan Mazza, Legal Counsel with Valencell, Inc., a leading innovator in high-performance biometric sensor technology for wearables, and Ted Claypoole, who heads up Womble Bond Dickinson’s Privacy and Data Protection team. They join Mark to discuss how innovation is improving our lives while also creating new legal questions.
Guest: Jeremy Smuckler, Vice President and General Counsel at ACN
Topic: Managing Legal Spend
For the modern GC, managing legal spend is nearly as important as managing risk. But, as our guest explains, there’s a difference between “managing” a budget and simply cutting costs. Jeremey Smuckler, Vice President General Counsel with ACN, Inc., and Mark trade perspectives on legal spend in this episode, including weighing the pros and cons of alternative fee arrangements, emphasizing the value of communication, and pondering the true longevity of snack cakes.
Guest: Claire Rauscher, Business Litigation attorney at Womble Bond Dickinson, and special guest
Topic: Lessons from a Ransomware Attack
The GC of a leading manufacturer shares his first-hand experience dealing with a ransomware attack and provides some valuable lessons learned. Mark and fellow Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Claire Rauscher talk with him about the challenges corporate leaders face when a company’s data is breached, including why it’s important not to overreact and how to work with law enforcement.
Guest: Jeff Jackson, Business Litigation attorney at Womble Bond Dickinson
Topic: Elections Results - What They Mean for the General Assembly and your Company
North Carolina legislator and Womble Bond Dickinson attorney Jeff Jackson joins Mark to chat about what the Trump administration might look like, how Roy Cooper’s election to the N.C. governor’s seat could impact the state, and generally what the 2016 election results mean for business in the U.S.