Ms. JD Chats: Carving a Path to In-House Counsel

Going in-house is a goal for many lawyers but the path to those coveted jobs is less than clear and young attorneys are often told that they need to "wait their turn" or that there's a perfect time to join the in-house ranks.  Others hear that in-house is more like a Pandora's box - and not the perfect place of work-life balance and job satisfaction that legal lore would have it be.  So how do you plot a course to in-house?  How do you know which in-house position is right for you?  What are you gaining and/or giving up by making the move in-house?

Ms. JD is here to help!  We've assembled a talented group of attorneys who work for companies of various sizes and name brands - each of whom has taken a different route to land in-house.  In this engaging Ms. JD Chat, we'll hear about why these attorneys have gone in-house, how they got there, and all of their tips for determining if an in-house position is right for you and then getting yourself there!  

Watch the live stream on Monday, September 12th at 9:00 AM PT / 12:00 PM ET using this link!

Meet Our Speakers

Kris Isham, Associate General Counsel – Corporate Division, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Kris first joined Walmart in December 2000 as a paralegal in the Corporate division of the Walmart legal department. From 2003-2006, he attended law school at the University of Arkansas while continuing to work for Walmart Legal, and upon graduation was promoted to an attorney position. He spent the next 8 years in International-Legal supporting the mergers and acquisition business team and was Walmart’s lead internal lawyer for a $2.6 billion cross-border tender offer and local partnership with the controlling family of D&S in Chile in 2009 and the $2.4 billion acquisition of a controlling stake in Massmart Holdings in South Africa in 2011. He rejoined Corporate-Legal in 2015 and now advises and supports the team that manages Walmart’s equity awards around the world. He also works on the annual proxy statement disclosure and supports the Board of Directors, including serving as acting secretary for the Technology and eCommerce Committee of the Board and the Global Compensation Committee of the Board.

Reda Hicks, Senior Counsel, Americas Region - Basel, Switzerland-based global freight forwarder Panalpina.

Panalpina is the fifth largest freight forwarder in the world, with 500 offices in 90 countries all over the world. Prior to joining Panalpina, Reda was a partner at litigation boutique Diamond McCarthy LLP, where she practiced complex environmental, commercial and insolvency litigation for nine years. Reda is an active member of her Houston, Texas community. She is the Chair of the Board of Leadership Houston and serves as Vice President for Civic Engagement for the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area. Reda is also the Houston delegate to the Texas Veteran Spouse Network, and is a member of the Texas Lyceum Board of Directors. Reda was a 2013 recipient of the American Bar Association's Distinguished Environmental Advocate Award, and the Houston Business Journal named Reda as one of six finalists for its 2016 Best Corporate Counsel Up-and-Comer award. 


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