Some general counsel live far from their main office and commute by air. One, in the defense industry, flew in every week and stayed in an apartment. Another one I know flies from Connecticut to the Midwest where he heads a Fortune 250 company’s law department. I believe that Bill Ide commuted from Atlanta while he was the top lawyer for Monsanto.
And there are probably others who do not want to uproot their family but covet the remote chief lawyer position (See my post of May 3, 2007 on other idiosyncrasies of some general counsel.).