The Recorder

Below are stories from my current tenure at The Recorder, the San Francisco arm of and American Lawyer Media. I cover the in-house counsel beat, meaning I write about company legal department obstacles and trends, including how to manage outside law firms, keeping litigation costs down and learning how to run the department more like a business.

May 24, 2017: Google’s Winding Road Through the Office of Administrative Law Judges
– My first video explainer for The Recorder and Google is facing a complaint before the Office of Administrative Law Judges claiming the company failed to comply with an external government audit of employee compensation data.

March 28, 2017: Lawyers Using Social Media Lack Framework for What’s Allowed
– Ever since employees began sharing too much information on Twitter and Facebook, employers have found reasons to fire them. In less serious cases, lawyers have at least raised eyebrows at questionable social media conduct of their colleagues.
Companies and firms are dealing with lawyers’ social media use on a case-by-base basis, leading to uncertainty, in-house and outside counsel say.

January 19, 2017: 4 Lessons for In-House Lawyers From the Bio-Rad Whistleblower Trial
– The trial pitting Bio-Rad Laboratories Inc. against its former general counsel, Sanford Wadler, is in full swing, and after two days of testimony from Wadler, some clear lessons emerged for in-house lawyers.

August 26, 2016: Behind Apple Suit, a Curious Appearance by Jane Doe
– Perhaps the most remarkable thing about an in-house lawyer’s discrimination suit against Apple Inc. was what it didn’t include: the plaintiff’s name.

May 8, 2015: Uber Legal Goes from Zero to 70 in Three Years
– Expanding to more than 300 cities throughout 57 countries requires a little legal work. So does raising a couple billion dollars. To carry that load, ride-hailing service Uber has built a 43-lawyer legal department almost overnight. Thirty-three of the company’s 36 U.S.-based lawyers have joined since Jan. 1, 2014, according to a Recorder analysis of bar records and LinkedIn profiles. The 70-person department includes 20 paralegals and seven admins.

November 13, 2015: As Google Morphs Into Alphabet, Its Lawyers Figure Out the Future
– Google Inc.’s lawyers are not afraid of change. And they can’t be, not at a company that is creating or entering new businesses, expanding around the globe and hit with novel litigation and regulatory challenges seemingly every month. And now, of course, the company’s structure is undergoing a transformation, and so too the legal department.

April 17, 2015: New Hire Signals New Era for eBay Lawyers
– With the appointment of a new general counsel at eBay Inc., the bifurcation of the 200-lawyer legal department long led by Michael Jacobson is taking shape.

September 4, 2015: Little Diversity Seen in Big Tech’s Trial Teams
– At Google, Apple, Facebook and HP, more than 96 percent of outside counsel in local open matters are white or Asian-American, and less than a third are women.