Sean Elliott in Texas Lawbook: Six Key Attributes of Today’s General Counsel


During my tenure as a general counsel at CARBO Ceramics, I read many articles written by skilled lawyers that gave advice on a myriad of substantive legal topics. They were usually well-reasoned and provided observations based on a thoughtful analysis of the law.

While sound legal reasoning is an important part of the GC’s responsibilities, it is just that- one part. If the responsibilities of the general counsel stopped with getting the law right, the position might be better titled “General Lawyer.”

This article provides my view on six key attributes that are expected of today’s general counsel, and how those attributes play into the exercise of judgment and sound decision making which are paramount in the discharge of the GC’s responsibilities.

Excerpted from Texas Lawbook. To read full article please click here (subscription required).

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