What's Keeping General Counsel Up at Night?

The role of the general counsel has increased in importance in the last several years, both in terms of scope and responsibilities within the corporate suite. There’s plenty to keep a GC up a night, whether it’s assessing and mitigating risk, ensuring compliance, managing to budget, or enabling the business to meet its strategic objectives.

As a follow-up to the publication of the inaugural General Counsel Up-at-Night Report by ALM Intelligence and Morrison & Foerster, we have prepared deeper analyses of two emerging and significant areas of concern facing corporate law departments today:

  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Risk & Crisis Management

“We conducted this survey to gain additional insights on the critical challenges facing GCs....The report highlights opportunities for GCs to prepare more robustly for real-world situations in these areas.”

Larren Nashelsky, Chair,
Morrison & Foerster

Download each of these reports for insights into each of these areas, as well as the potential legal issues facing in-house counsel. Interested in participating in upcoming surveys? Sign up here.

General Counsel Up at Night Privacy and Data Security report
Privacy & Data Security

How effectively are law departments addressing the corporate governance, compliance, and operational challenges associated with cyber and privacy?


General Counsel Up at Night Crisis Management report
Risk & Crisis Management

How confident are law departments in the effectiveness of their company’s response plans to manage the potential impact of a significant corporate crisis?


General Counsel Up at Night Report
General Counsel Up-at-Night Report

Read the key findings from this inaugural survey.


Privacy & Data Security Report

Privacy and data security are top concerns among general counsel. High-profile incidents dominate headlines, and enhanced global regulatory regimes have created a complex matrix of new compliance requirements.

Our report examines the challenges that cybersecurity and privacy present for law departments with respect to:

  • Corporate Governance
  • Compliance
  • Operations

Risk & Crisis Management Report

Law department leaders identify risk and crisis management as an important area of concern, but the majority feels that their companies are less than adequately prepared to handle a crisis effectively.

Our report takes a closer look at the reasons behind these concerns, as well as the role that outside counsel in crisis planning.

General Counsel Up-at-Night Report

The inaugural survey asked 200 U.S.-based general counsel and in-house lawyers about the demand for legal services, law department operational and sourcing strategies, and the approaches taken by law departments in confronting five crucial issues identified through our ongoing conversations with clients:

  • Privacy and Data Security
  • Risk and Crisis Management
  • Regulation and Enforcement
  • Litigation
  • Intellectual Property

Among the report’s key findings is a disconnect between the importance and amount of time that law departments devote to addressing these concerns.

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