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If you don't already work for a corporate Goliath, you may soon. From health care to tech to hospitality, corporate mergers and acquisitions are skyrocketing. They'll soon outpace the $4.6 trillion record set in 2007, the Los Angeles Times reports.

But when two companies merge, what happens to their in-house attorneys?

Your company is growing and the legal department needs to expand to keep pace. Or perhaps you’re one of the 20 percent of in-house lawyers who work solo and it’s time you got some company. Whatever the case, you’re looking to hire.

But finding the right candidate takes more than just posting a listing on a recruiting website. Here are some tips to help guide you through the process.

It was one of the biggest product defects ever, a faulty ignition switch in General Motors cars which lead to at least 124 deaths. GM settled a federal investigation over the switches last month for $900 million. Shutting down a series of private lawsuits cost the carmaker another $575 million -- relatively small amounts compared to what might be in store for automakers like Volkswagen.

But if GM and its executives are getting off light, the company's in-house counsel aren't coming away unscathed. If there's one clear lesson to come out of GM's deadly fiasco, it's that in-house attorneys can't ignore problems and have a duty to report issues up the food chain.

If you started your legal career in a foreign country like China, France, or Texas, the New York courts are contemplating a rule change that could make your life a bit easier. The Empire State is considering an amendment to the Rules of the Court of Appeals that would permit foreign lawyers to register as in-house counsel.

Under the change, foreign attorneys would not have to be admitted to the New York bar to work in-house, so long as they are a member in good standing of a foreign legal jurisdiction. The switch would put them on equal footing with their American-barred colleagues.

It's no secret that in-house lawyers are motivated by more than just cold hard cash -- though that helps, too. Many lawyers seek out in-house positions even though they could make more in big firms or their own practices. It's the desire for work-life balance, an interest in business, or a yearning for greater variety that brings them to corporate legal departments.

Those non-monetary motivations don't disappear once in-house attorneys land a job. The desires for status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness, and fairness can all be used to help in-house teams achieve goals. It's basic neuroscience.

When it comes to international business, the arm of anti-bribery and corruption laws is long, reaching transactions across the world. And the arms of the law are growing more numerous. It's no longer just America's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act that companies have to worry about. Canada and Brazil both have strong anti-bribery laws, while the U.K.'s Bribery Act is stricter than that of any other country. Companies don't need to just worry about themselves, either. Third-parties can open up corporate actors to liability for bribery and corruption violations.

No wonder many companies rank auditing third parties as their number one challenge. A recent survey by KPMG highlights those challenges, showing where companies are falling short in their international anti-bribery and corruption compliance efforts.

Microsoft has a new president and chief legal officer. Brad Smith, the tech company's longtime general counsel, has moved into the C-suite, becoming Microsoft's new prez and CLO. Smith joined Microsoft in 1993, back when the Internet barely existed and photographers could still get Bill Gates to lie seductively across the top of an IBM machine.

Having served as Microsoft's general counsel since 2002, Smith is no stranger to the company's legal troubles. But despite being the legal face of the sometimes aggressive tech giant, Smith is widely known as a diplomat and a thoughtful strategist, having been described as "Microsoft's peacemaker" by The Seattle Times.

Fortune magazine released its annual Most Powerful Women list yesterday. The list surveys 50 successful female business women who represent $1 trillion dollars in stock and include over 27 female CEOs (with a bonus shout out to Taylor Swift).

Sadly, none of the top 50 are lawyers. But all of them have robust legal departments that would make a great home for any ambitious in-house attorney. Here are the top 3 most powerful women in America and an overview of the legal departments that support them:

When it comes to hacking, in-house legal departments are one of the easiest targets. A new report on data breaches, put together by Verizon, identified corporate legal departments as more likely than almost any other to fall victim to email phishing scams. That's right, one of your company's biggest cybersecurity threats is its legal department.

Phishing emails can result in identity theft and the loss of confidential information, spread computer viruses and install ransomware, programs that encrypt your computer and return access for a fee. Phishing emails can be easy to fall for, too. Russian hackers were able to infiltrate the White House's email, for example, via phishing schemes. Luckily, phishing emails can be spotted and avoided.

Sure, legal writing isn't poetry. Those rare "Law as Literature" texts have some moving pieces, but so would a "Best Automotive Technical Manuals" anthology. But for all its faults, legal composition is Shakespeare compared to the formless, meaningless muck that often passes as writing in the corporate world.

Thankfully, that J.D. or Esq. behind your name can help you stave off the pressure to shift paradigms, buy-in to corporate writing core competencies, and synergize your base touching. As a lawyer in the corporate world, remember: there's no need to sound like a corporate drone.