On the Move

Michael Fricklas, GC at Viacom. Photo by Annie Tritt

Viacom GC: 'After 24 Years and Seven CEOs, It’s Time for Me to Move On'

By Stephanie Forshee |

Michael Fricklas, general counsel to Viacom Inc., is departing the New York-based media company after spending two decades in the legal department. In an email to Corporate Counsel, Fricklas said he is uncertain about next steps but is considering "a number of interesting entrepreneurial opportunities."

Takata airbag components.

Takata's US General Counsel Departs Amid Company's Scandal

By Stephanie Forshee |

Takata Corp.'s top lawyer in the United States, Eric Laptook, has left his post, weeks after the Tokyo-based automotive safety equipment maker agreed to pay $1 billion in criminal penalties to the U.S. Department of Justice.

SurveyMonkey general counsel Lora Blum

Meet SurveyMonkey's Incoming GC

By David Ruiz |

Lora Blum, director of corporate legal, is leaving her job to head SurveyMonkey's legal department. She inherits a nine-lawyer team that has helped the company grow for years.

Bradford Berenson

TPG Taps Former Bush Lawyer as GC

By Sue Reisinger |

Bradford Berenson knows what it means to respond to pressure and power, having served as associate counsel to President George W. Bush during and in the aftermath of 9/11. Now Berenson is taking his first general counsel role, joining TPG, a global alternative asset firm.

Lisa Strauch Eggers.

Next Stop for Eddie Bauer's Ex-GC: Foreign Service in Paris

By Stephanie Forshee |

After a long career as an in-house lawyer, Lisa Strauch Eggers recently decided to fulfill a lifelong dream. She's preparing to become a foreign service officer and will be posted in Paris.


Weyerhaeuser Moves GC to Business Side, Appoints Successor

By Stephanie Forshee |

There's a shake-up in the legal department of Seattle-based Weyerhaeuser Co. The company's top in-house lawyer is moving to the business side, and a new general counsel is joining from one of Weyerhaeuser's go-to law firms.

Petco Animal Supplies.

Amid Leadership Shake-Up, Petco Announces New GC

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez |

For nearly six years, in-house lawyer Alan Tse has been helping run the Kentucky Derby. Now he'll be lending his talents to another animal-centric company, the retailer Petro Animal Supplies Inc.

December Brings Flurry of GC Hires

By David Ruiz |

As a new year brings refreshed, vacation-happy workers—and sometimes renewed budgets—many companies go on a GC hiring spree.

Ronald Janis.

Day Pitney M&A Partner Takes Over as Bank's General Counsel

By David Gialanella |

The recently vacated general counsel post at Valley National Bank has been filled by a New Jersey partner of Day Pitney who for decades has served as lead counsel in the bank's mergers and acquisitions.

Eric Miller, general counsel of Berkeley Research Group.

Berkeley Research Group Taps New GC

By Stephanie Forshee |

Berkeley Research Group has named Eric Miller as its new general counsel.