Those studying the role of in-house lawyers would be wise to watch Facebook’s team as they respond to the many challenges the company is facing. Developing strategy and acting as a company’s public face to governmental entities are often key elements of an in-house lawyer’s role. For these lawyers, there is no time to procrastinate.
“Anyone ruminating over the elevated role of in-house lawyers might consider the case of Facebook. Its top two lawyers, Colin Stretch and Paul Grewal, have played both lawyer and spokesperson as the social media giant confronts a dizzying number of legal issues, which are besieging the Wild West of data privacy at tech companies. As tales of data misuse spilled into the open, Grewal, a former federal magistrate, took to social media to staunchly defend his employer…”
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