Many general counsel recognize the value of sitting next to or near the CEO, but worry that having an office on Executive Row means not working in the midst of the law department. The GCs relish proximity to the senior executives, yet miss leading and interacting easily with their staff.
Some general counsel have more than one office, but my sense is that this compromise does not genuinely solve the dilemma. In the end, if I had to make a recommendation, I would have the GC sit near his or her peer executives, because that intimacy best serves the law department.
But, the remote general counsel must redouble efforts to keep in touch and to have presence with the troops