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How to make a strong positive impact when starting a new job as general counsel? Find practical tips and strategies shared by experienced in-house counsel and condensed by ACC in this toolkit.

Nine checklists to guide your success:

  1. Five Steps for Your First 90 Days as GC
  2. Take Your Seat at the Executive Table
  3. Develop Leadership and Business Skills
  4. Use Effective Legal Operations
  5. Managing Relationships with Outside Counsel
  6. Your Role in Advancing DEI
  7. Being the First GC of Your Organization
  8. Five Tips for New In-house Counsel
  9. Talent Retention Tips for Legal Leaders

You will also find:

  • A data-driven list of five key priorities for chief legal officers.
  • A shortlist of additional informative tools and insights to help you save time and resources.

This resource is particularly relevant if you are in (or preparing for) these phases:

  • A first-time general counsel recently appointed to the position at a new company; 
  • An experienced in-house counsel newly promoted as GC within your company; or
  • An experienced general counsel moving to a different company.

We are very grateful to Robert Half for their generous contribution and sponsorship of the checklist on Talent Retention Tips for Legal Leaders.

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(This resource was last edited April 11, 2024).


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