Competing demands on the time of a general counsel – outside arbitrations?

Sometimes pulled in various directions, a general counsel might continue as a partner in a law firm (See my post of July 17, 2005 with two examples.), oversees other staff functions of a company (See my post of Aug. 27, 2005 on Brad Smith of Microsoft.), split the job between two clients (See my post of March 28, 2006 on Dana Scaduto.), or work part-time.

Beyond these circumstances, it struck me as even stranger when Exec. Legal Advisor, July/Aug. 2006 at 38 ran a piece about the general counsel of Hall Financial Group, Melinda Jayson. The CEO said: “With Melinda being in demand as an arbitrator – which she does outside of her work with Hall Financial – we realize there are competing demands for her time.” Does that mean she balances paid arbitration work and service to her employer? Competing demands for a full-time general counsel?

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