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Corporate Counsel Committee


This committee focuses on solutions to corporate law and practice issues through dialogue between inside and outside counsel representing corporations. Its membership is balanced between inside and outside counsel. It has led the profession in focusing on methods of controlling the cost of corporate litigation through the study of innovative billing and budgeting techniques, imaginative litigation management methods and alternatives to litigation.

It is also focusing on corporate compliance and preventative law and a variety of substantive topics of interest to its members. The committee sponsors an annual three-day mid-year meeting on President's Day weekend, a series of regional workshops, and presents other CLE programs. The committee has also published The Corporate Litigator (1989), is now working on its second edition, and publishes a regular newsletter with timely articles and law surveys.


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Call For Article Proposals

The Corporate Counsel Committee is seeking articles for publication in its October 2016 newsletter. We accept articles on a wide range of issues related to litigation, trial, arbitration, mediation, discovery, and notable developments in the law. If you would like to submit an article, please send a proposal (200 words or less) describing the topic of your article to newsletter editor-in-chief Robin Perkins).

Articles must be 750–2500 words, with citations in text (no endnotes or footnotes). Please include hyperlinks for electronic sources within the text of the article.

Message from the Chairs

Welcome to the Corporate Counsel Committee’s webpage. Our committee is made up of both in-house and outside counsel, and our focus is on the unique needs of these lawyers who represent corporations. The committee’s mission is to keep our members abreast of the changes in law and regulations and trends that affect our in-house clients, to provide a forum where in-house and outside lawyers can have an open dialogue that results in best practices for litigation management, and to lead the profession in finding solutions to various professional issues. The committee has been active for almost 30 years and is unique in that it provides a forum where these issues and potential solutions can be discussed candidly among in-house and outside counsel.

To that end, the committee puts on an annual CLE seminar in February where we present two very exciting programs: the General Counsel Forum and the Litigation Roundtable. At the General Counsel Forum, general counsel share issues and concerns, explore innovative methods for controlling costs and risks, and discuss what they expect (but sometimes do not get) from their outside lawyers. The Litigation Roundtable provides an opportunity for in-house and outside lawyers to interact and brainstorm about best practices and how they can best work together. These two programs are just a part of the Corporate Counsel CLE Seminar, which also includes our annual Pro Bono Award, in which we recognize a corporate legal department that has done great work in the pro bono arena—our 2016 award recipient was Citi. Materials from the 2016 seminar have been posted under the Program & Materials section of this website. Our 2017 seminar is planned for February 16-18 at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes in Orlando, Florida, so mark your calendar now! As more information becomes available about the 2017 seminar, we’ll post in on this website.

Members can also become active in our committee by participating in one of our subcommittees and the many projects we have in the works. One of the easiest and most fulfilling ways to get started is to submit content for our newsletter or website. We also have subcommittees/task forces in the following areas: ADR/Settlement, Billing and Budgeting, Complex Toxic Torts, Corporate Governance, Insurance Coverage, Intellectual Property, Labor and Employment, Legal Ethics, Litigation Management, Litigation Technology, Pro Bono, and Special Programming. If you are interested in joining any of our subcommittees or submitting program proposals, newsletter articles, or website content, or if you have ideas on ways we can meet your needs, please contact any of the committee co-chairs.

We look forward to meeting you, hearing from you, and actively addressing your professional needs and the needs of your in-house clients.

—Ryan E. Blair, Patricia C. O'Prey, David Singh, and Zachary G. Newman
Corporate Counsel Committee cochairs



Our active subcommittees include:

  • ADR/ Settlement
  • Billing and Budgeting
  • Complex Torts
  • Corporate Governance
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment


  • Legal Ethics
  • Litigation Management
  • Litigation Technology
  • Membership
  • Newsletter
  • Pro Bono
  • Special Programming

Find contact information for committee and subcommittee chairs:

Navigant Partners

Steve McNew

Houston, TX

Bernie Woolfley

Washington, D.C.

Sonya Kwon

Los Angeles, CA


Corporate Counsel Leadership
Cochairs Publications and Communications Editors

Ryan E. Blair

San Diego, CA

Patricia C. O'Prey

New York, NY

David Singh

Redwood City, CA

Zachary Newman

New York, NY

Vice Chairs

Sean O'D. Bosack

Milwaukee, WI

Laura McLaughlin

Chesterfield, MO

Robin Perkins

Las Vegas, NV

Brian Spahn

Milwaukee, WI

Stephen Ginsberg

Garden City, NY

William Panlilio

The Hague, Netherlands

Nic Echevestre

San Diego, CA

Greg Hearing

Denver, CO

Gregory Boulos

Miami, FL

Jenn Le

San Francisco, CA