I’m taking the plunge. Along with more than 3,000 of my fellow employees at Sun and our CEO (go here he needs the traffic 😉 ), I’ve decided to add my external voice.
My primary motivation is a question that I am frequently asked. It comes in two forms. From others in my profession, it is articulated as: “What is it like being the General Counsel of a Fortune 500 company like Sun Microsystems?” From my children it is posed as: “Daddy, what do you DO at work all day?”
In the future, I’ll share with you my observations on life as a GC, my views on a variety of legal issues and business trends and my thoughts about what makes this company so unique. Given the sensitive nature of much that I do and my professional obligations as a licensed attorney, it will be at times challenging to be as open as I would like. But, I’ll do my best. Like I said, this should be interesting.
I’ll also give you an idea of what it is like to “do the legal thing” in-house. The title comes from what are known in my world as the “Reebok Rules”. Written by that company’s former GC, Jack Douglass, III, they describe rules for being a successful in-house attorney. They include things like: “Learn the Business”, “Be a Problem Solver” and “Make the Coffee”. The latter is what I’m going to do right now…