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When it comes to the general counsel paper chase, a recent report explains that the gender pay gap is rather large.

On average, a man serving as general counsel will make 39 percent or $125,000 more than a woman. These findings show that the gender pay gap is alive and just as bad for general counsel as in other industries. And while the CEO of Association of Corporate Counsel explained that growth for GCs is unparalleled at the moment, women seem to be underrepresented and underpaid.

For in-house counsel to be successful in tech, just like in any other industry, it requires just the right combination of skill and luck. And while luck may be fickle and unpredictable, skills are learnable.

If you hope to succeed in tech as an in-house attorney, the following three skills are among the most important to continually be working on:

Dirty Money: Behind the Scenes of the Netflix Original 'Cartel Bank'

Netflix is not just movies; it's about real-life drama.

Dirty Money: Cartel Bank is a documentary that speaks for itself. Watch it and you'll see the real story about Mexican drug cartels laundering money through a global bank.

The producers turned to Brett Wolf, a senior correspondent with Thomson Reuters, for deep background. Here's the inside scoop.

Finance Industry Pays General Counsel the Most

Morgan Stanley's Eric Grossman made nearly $7 million last year, the most among general counsel in a new survey.

According to the 2018 General Counsel Compensation Survey, Grossman topped 341 in-house attorneys in compensation. That included salary, cash bonuses, and nonequity incentives.

The survey also had good news for most general counsel, reporting that salaries increased slightly and bonuses jumped 31 percent. The bad news is their average cash compensation went down.

How to Be The Coolest Lawyer, Like the 49ers GC

Football, perhaps more than any professional sport, is not ready for women on the field.

But some women, like Hannah Gordon, are making an impact on the sport. She is general counsel for the San Francisco 49ers, and may be the coolest in the businesses.

After all, how many general counsel get to run down on the football field and high-five a team for winning a championship?

Some in-house attorneys lament a life devoid of excitement and limelight. But considering the plight of the in-house team at Michigan State University right now, those bored by their in-house drudgery should probably change those lamentations to celebrations.

In a recent post on Above the Law, whose editorial coverage and reader comments are second to none when it comes to legal snark, the university's in-house job was described as "The Absolute Worst In-House Job Right Now." The reason? Well, there are about ten, and each one is a different investigation or inquiry into just how MSU allowed the sexual predator, Larry Nassar, to do what he did, for as long as he did. Curiously though, ATL notes that an outside counsel is actually taking the lead for the institution, which probably makes the MSU in-house team's job even worse.

Apple's Former GC Joins Village Enterprise to Help End Extreme Poverty

Somewhere in rural Africa is a business woman who will never meet the people who helped launch her business -- people like attorney Bruce Sewell.

The retired general counsel serves on the board of Village Enterprise, which trains impoverished Africans to start their own businesses. He donated to the non-profit in the past because he couldn't do the work himself.

"Now, it's time for me to roll up my sleeves and participate at the board level," he said.

The living metal, or perhaps iron, legend himself, Ozzy Osbourne, has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Anschutz Entertainment Group (aka AEG) over a contract requirement that the Prince of Darkness play a show at the Staples Center in Los Angeles in order to book the O2 Arena in London.

For performers, as Osbourne alleges, this contract term encourages anti-competitive behavior as there are other venues besides the Staples Center that are suitable for performers as popular as the Blizzard of Oz. Specifically, anticompetitive tying is alleged. Rather than living with something that just isn't fair, the Great Ozz is seeking the help of the federal court in California to enjoin the enforcement of AEG's contract term, and not just for him, he's suing on behalf of all performers and underworld royalty.

The general counsel for Midas's parent company (TBC Corp.) recently received a two year stayed suspension as a result of another former in-house colleague tipping off authorities in two states. It was alleged and eventually admitted that the TBC GC engaged in the (accidental) unauthorized practice of law. Interestingly, while the GC lives and works in Florida, the suspension was issued from the Supreme Court of the state of Ohio.

The attorney moved from Ohio, where he was licensed, to Florida to take the in-house position with TBC. Somehow, he managed to miss notices that he was out of compliance for his CLE in Ohio and that he had been suspended. And though the first suspension seemed to get resolved without much on his part, a second suspension issued when the conditions for resolving the first went unfulfilled.

Despite the push of modernity demanding that businesses tear down the cubicle walls in favor of open concept offices, in-house lawyers aren't clamoring to join that club. In general, in-house attorneys do not like working in cubicles, let alone open work spaces, due to the lack of prestige that comes from not having an office.

Sure, there are privacy and confidentiality issues to consider as well. However, depending on the type of work, many attorneys don't need anything more than a computer (hopefully with a couple large monitors) to complete it, which can really put those big concerns to rest. But that still doesn't mean lawyers want to work in an open space.