Mighty talk about the clout of a general counsel, but business lawyers didn’t report to him (General Electric)

Ben Heineman, in Corp. Counsel, Vol. 14, April 2007 at 88, notes that “As general counsel, I had a strong ‘dotted’ line to lawyers in the field working in the business divisions …”

Why did a general counsel who now writes and speaks so frequently and passionately about all that a business should expect of that position not insist that all practicing lawyers report solid line, directly, to him? Why did he settle for “having a major role in decisions about their cash compensation, equity grants, and promotions”?

How can a general counsel magnify the role and accept accountability for all things legal if all people legal are not under direct control?

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