The Leadership Role of Today’s General Counsel

Published in the fall 2014 edition of Willamette Lawyer, the magazine of the first law school in the Pacific Northwest. Excerpt and link to read the full article follows.


Once perceived as a “necessary evil,” general counsel are now viewed as strategic members of the leadership team.


Eva Kirpalani JD’86 had no intention of building a career as general counsel when she went to work as an associate for Stoel Rives in 1987. Few attorneys did in those days.


“When I began my career, the idea of becoming general counsel was not glamorous,” recalls Kripalani, now senior corporate counsel for tech firm FEI Company and the co-author of a new book about the influence of today’s in-house attorneys.


Continue reading the article on page 8 of Willamette Lawyer, The magazine of the first law school in the Pacific Northwest: https://issuu.com/willametteu/docs/wlawyer_fall14_web