Legal support staff, Dallas, TX - February 26, 2014
While all the legal staff work in cubicles in one area, there is very little open or regular communication among them and they are very isolated. The atmosphere is typically tense and silent. Co-workers do not routinely (or even often) leverage their knowledge to advance the legal objectives of the company and some significant top executives do not appear receptive to legal advice. The General Counsel often gives the appearance of evaluating issues more like a business unit leader than the chief legal/compliance officer. Often, numerous legal staff members will be working on one project (from different substantive perspectives), but will not share or collaborate, and the client ultimately receives conflicting advice. There does not seem to be much respect overall for the legal department within the company, and important company policies are applied inconsistently.