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Salary negotiations can be a bit more difficult for in-house attorneys than for other lawyers. Whereas BigLaw firms tend to follow strict compensation plans, pay for in-house lawyers can vary significantly across companies, industries, and experience levels.

That means you'll need to put in extra work to understand what salary is possible for you and negotiate a decent compensation plan. Here are some tips.

Volkswagen Exec Arrested in Diesel Scandal

When Volkswagen first got caught cheating emissions tests in 2014, Oliver Schmidt was right to think his company might have a problem.

"It should first be decided whether we are honest," he said in an email to a Volkswagen colleague in April 2014. Schmidt was working as an executive over emissions testing in the United States at the time, but was transferred to Germany after the revelations led to a fiasco that has cost the company so far about $20 billion to pay for recalls, settlements, and criminal defense.

Arrested this week in Miami, Schmidt may now be thinking whether he should have returned to the United States. He has been charged with defrauding the government and conspiracy in the biggest cover-up of Clean Air Act violations in history.

Millennials are taking over. With more than 75 million 20- to 30-somethings in their ranks, Millennials now outnumber Baby Boomers as America's largest generation. They recently became the largest part of the workforce, as well, and by 2025 they'll make up 75 percent of all workers.

But what do in-house counsel think of this new generation? According to a recent survey by Thomson Reuters, many in-house attorneys think Millennials will bring much-needed changes to the profession, while some of the old guard still have concerns about these upstarts.

Last year was a busy one for corporate insiders exposing wrongdoing. Spurred by large SEC whistleblower awards and stronger interpretations of federal laws protecting whistleblowers, 2016 saw major developments when it came to calling out corporate rule breaking. That even includes one in-house attorney turned whistleblower.

So, here are our top six whistleblower stories of the year, taken from the (recent) FindLaw archives.

As 2016 comes to a close, what does the new year hold for in-house counsel?

Our crystal ball is on the fritz, but we have a few solid predictions nonetheless. Attorneys in corporate legal departments can expect some current in-house trends to continue strong in to 2017, as companies, for example, continue to place more responsibility on in-house counsel. But big changes could be ahead, too, largely due to the incoming presidential administration which has promised to turn long-standing regulations (and practices) on their head.

Holiday Etiquette for the Office Party

Should I wear a Santa hat or a Christmas sweater to the office party? Is it alright to drink at the office before New Year's Eve? Does this fruit cake make me look fat?

Decisions about holiday etiquette; they're almost as hard as deciding what gifts to buy. So here are some general principles, suited particularly for lawyers and their clients at those office parties.

Corporate purse tightening continues to impact how in-house legal departments work, a new study shows. Companies increased their total legal spend by just a single percentage point, according HRB Consulting's 2016 Law Department Survey.

But how that cash is being spent is changing. Corporate legal departments are reducing their spending on outside counsel, the survey found, while upping their investments in legal technology. Meanwhile, in-house salaries have shown only the most modest gains.

NFL In-House: How to Get Paid by Pro Football Without Wearing a Helmet

Getting paid to watch NFL football? No helmet? No microphone? What kinda job is this anyway?

Cassie Sadowitz, any football fan would say, has a dream job. She is general counsel for the Jacksonville Jaguars. She spends most of her time on the legal department's document retention and management systems. She also works on sponsorships and HIPAA compliance for the team.

Do In-House Lawyers Still Get Bonuses?

In-house counsel have seen their fortunes rise and fall with American business, almost as predictably as the stock market. Right. Right?

Obviously, it is hard to predict or even monitor the ups-and-downs of the economy, especially in terms of the pay of in-house counsel. They are bound by ethics and law not to reveal certain aspects of their clients' businesses, and they are often unwilling to share information about their compensation. Yet they are inherently curious about how much others are making, and so anonymous surveys can give some insights into trends in their compensation.

Skip the commute. Work in your pajamas. Pass the day in a coffee shop. Spend more time with your kids. These are just a few of the perks of working from home, a trend that's grown so quickly that 20 to 25 percent of the American workforce now telecommutes "at some frequency," according to Global Workplace Analytics. But telecommuters aren't spread out evenly. Working from home has been slow to catch on in corporate legal departments, where working in-house typically requires being in-office.

But can in-house lawyers work successfully from home? The answer, from a former general counsel, is yes, so long as the right systems are in place.