This should be interesting.
By legalthing on Aug 09, 2006
I'm taking the plunge. Along with more than 3,000 of my fellow employees at
Sun and our CEO (go here he needs the traffic ), I've decided to add my external voice.
My primary motivation is a question that I am frequently asked. It comes in two forms. From others in my profession, it is articulated as: "What is it like being the General Counsel of a Fortune 500 company like Sun Microsystems?" From my children it is posed as: "Daddy, what do you DO at work all day?"
In the future, I'll share with you my observations on life as a GC, my views on a variety of legal issues and business trends and my thoughts about what makes this company so unique. Given the sensitive nature of much that I do and my professional obligations as a licensed attorney, it will be at times challenging to be as open as I would like. But, I'll do my best. Like I said, this should be interesting.
I'll also give you an idea of what it is like to "do the legal thing" in-house. The title comes from what are known in my world as the "Reebok Rules". Written by that company's former GC, Jack Douglass, III, they describe rules for being a successful in-house attorney. They include things like: "Learn the Business", "Be a Problem Solver" and "Make the Coffee". The latter is what I'm going to do right now...