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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.

A mix between outside counsel and in-house attorney, compliance attorneys are the Liger of the legal industry. They've managed to straddle both the corporate and private practice worlds and they've been getting a lot of press as the solution to legal unemployment and corporate regulation.

Why all the hype? The work of a compliance attorney will be familiar to most in-house lawyers, though the compliance attorney generally makes only a fraction of an in-house lawyer's salary.

In-house counsel are playing an ever greater role in the C-suite. Some are even joining it, not just as CLOs but as CEO. Despite the stereotype of the lawyer as roadblock -- attorneys are derided as the "vice-presidents of No" by plenty of business people -- many companies are realizing that their in-house attorneys have what it takes to succeed not only in the legal department, but at the helm of the company.

That lawyers make good CEOs might seem counter intuitive. Most lawyers don't have much of an entrepreneurial bent. Plenty of lawyers can't do basic accounting. They're not known for embracing risk. But, despite the stereotype, we think in-house lawyers can make great business leaders. Here's why:

In-house jobs are in demand. There is rarely a shortage of candidates for an in-house position. That means that prospective corporate counsel will need to truly stand out in order to land a position in-house.

If you manage to get an interview for an in-house position, don't think that your skills, talent, and experience alone will be enough to carry you through. In-house interviews require a bit more. Here are three tips to help you master yours:

Whether you're a legal department of one or in charge of a behemoth in-house team, managing a legal department is no easy task -- especially if you're doing it blindly. How exactly do you track your performance or know if you are maximizing your department's resources?

Metrics, of course. Thankfully, Thomson Reuters, FindLaw's parent company, has an extensive series on legal department metrics over at its Corporate Counsel Blog. We think these metrics should be integrated into every in-house teams' practice. Here are some highlights:

Perhaps you have an offer to be a company's first in-house attorney or perhaps you're trying to convince a company that they need to take you on, alone. Can you be a legal department of one? Is there such thing as a solo in-house attorney?

Of course you can and of course there is! In fact, it's fairly common for there to be only one in-house lawyer at many companies.