Top 10 In House Legal Stories of 2013

By Aditi Mukherji, JD on December 31, 2013 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

The end of the year is a time for us to reflect on the issues that resonated with us the most. For In-House readers, those issues entailed compensation and experience of serving as in-house counsel.

Here are the Top Ten In House stories of 2013:

  1. In-House Counsel Salaries: What Can You Expect in the First 3 Years? In the in-house world, an attorney with one-to-three years' experience is expected to make between $77,500 and $124,500.
  2. How Much Do First-Year In House Jobs Pay? In the in-house world, a first-year associate is expected to rake in between $66,250 and $100,250.
  3. After a Decade, How Much Do In-House Attorneys Make? In-house lawyers with 10 to 12 years' experience made between $134,500 and $235,500, a 3.9 percent change from 2012.
  4. The 'Double Irish' Tax Loophole: Can Your Company Exploit it? The "Double Irish" tax loophole begins with the licensing of patents and IP to an Irish subsidiary and ends in tech companies saving billions of dollars in taxes.
  5. Top 10 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Went In-House (Part 1). An in-house gig sounds like the holy grail of work-life balance. Unfortunately, it's not all sunshine and rainbows.
  6. Can You Go In-House Straight out of Law School? To land an in-house position as a newly minted attorney, you need to focus on a small company and get the right experience while you're in school.
  7. Be Specific in Your Rule 68 Offer of Judgment. As demonstrated by Lima v. Newark Police Department and cases in other circuits, if a defendant wants the offer of judgment to include costs and fees, the offer must specifically state so.
  8. The Top 10 Tips for a Cost-Effective Legal Department. From unbundling legal services to performing more work in-house, there are a number of efficiency trends every legal department should watch for.
  9. Don't Let Interoffice Relationships Lead to Lawsuits. When it comes to the workplace, nepotism and harassment are realities for any sufficiently large company. Fortunately, companies can take steps to help limit their liability.
  10. Best Buy Bust: Why Counsel Should Review Everything You Do ... Ever. A poorly drafted Best Buy coupon cost the retail giant one pretty penny and reminded all transactional attorneys of the importance of oversight.

Here's to a 2014 of perfect work-life balance. (One can dream, right?)

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