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May 16th, 2023
How GCs Can Handle Internal Pressure To Hire A Certain Firm
Ethics & Professional Responsibility Partner Tyler Maulsby is quoted in the article, “How GCs Can Handle Internal Pressure To Hire A Certain Firm” published by Law360. The article discusses the pressure that general counsels face over sending work to certain law firms and how experts suggest handling these obstacles. Tyler is quoted saying, “Pressure on general counsel can be both perceived and actual. If an in-house attorney previously worked for a law firm that's capable of handling a certain matter, there's no harm in encouraging colleagues to hire those lawyers. But if there is outward, oppressive pressure to steer work to a certain law firm for political reasons, regardless of whether that is in the best interest of the company, that's where you get into issues with ethics, and that's where you also get into issues with all kinds of corporate officer and director liabilities for breach of fiduciary duty, et cetera.” Tyler adds, “Anyone in a hiring position, whether that's for legal services or otherwise, has to be careful about and cognizant about outside pressures when they have a duty to do something that's in the best interest of their employer or of their client.”
Read the full article here. (Behind paywall)
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