Legal Departments of the Year
Each year, the New Jersey Law Journal recognizes law departments that stand out in selected categories of achievement. We invite nominations by or on behalf of corporations with in-house legal presences in New Jersey, and winners are chosen by our editorial staff.
This year's awards go to DSM North America (In-House Legal Work) for closing six major M&A multinational transactions in house; Bristol-Myers Squibb (Outside Counsel Management) for its Law Partners for Productivity program that has rationalized its use of law firms; Chubb Corporation (Corporate Compliance) for its elaborate and well-structured program that makes compliance the responsibility of all employees; Becton, Dickinson (Technology and Information Systems) for use of performance analytics to reduce outside legal spend and improve productivity; and Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (Pro Bono and Community Service Efforts) for its standing program that actively encourages attorneys and paralegals to volunteer their time.
The profiles that follow make clear, we think, that these departments display innovation, ingenuity and dedication in applying resources to attaining high standards of productivity, ethics and corporate citizenship.
Ronald J. Fleury, Editor in Chief
In-House Legal Work
DSM North America: Keeping It at Arms Length
Outside Counsel Management
Bristol-Myers Squibb: Life on the Preferred List
At Chubb, Compliance Is an Evolutionary Process
Technology and Information Systems
BD: On the Cutting Edge of Controlling the Spend
Pro Bono and Community Service Efforts
Wyndham Worldwide: Paying It Back in KIND
About the Author
Anne Dorfman is an attorney and journalist with a quarter century of experience as a news writer and television and radio producer. Her writing and production credits include news and documentaries for clients such as ABC News, Bloomberg Radio, COURT-TV and MSNBC. Dorfman currently lives and works in Paris, France.
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