Top 10 New Year Resolutions for In-House Counsel

Top 10 New Year Resolutions for In-House Counsel
Posted by  Cyndi Baily Jan 4, 2022

Resolutions for the new year are typically serious and focused on important areas of our lives, such a health, exercise, career development, and being better organized

Although these are all noble initiatives, laughing more often also can improve the start of the new year. As ee cummings said: “ The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.”

  1. Learn to do more with less (again).
  2. Memorize the meaning of all privacy law acronyms: GDPR, HIPAA, CCPR, CCPA, FERPA COPPA, and the hundreds of others and concede that more are on the way.
  3. Realize that your sales team will continue asking for the “most important contract EVER “ to be done yesterday and your phrase “poor planning on your part, does not create an emergency at mine” is useless.
  4. Do NOT click the link in the email from your “CEO” and send money to a bank account in a remote foreign country (really irks the CFO and the IT Security Team).
  5. Accept that SPACs will be around for a while and commit to learning what SPAC stands for.
  6. Seek guidance from a psychic about what “work life balance” really means .
  7. Continue the debate with the audit department about the “right” reporting structure for the compliance team.
  8. Allow yourself to use Grammarly without being embarrassed about doing so.
  9. Stop marking every email you send attorney-client privileged because most aren’t.
  10. Keep your COVID-19 masks and practice radical acceptance that the “remote work policy” likely will need several more revisions.

Best wishes from all of us at Outside GC for a happy and healthy 2022!


Cyndi Baily is a Member of our Mid-Atlantic/South team. She brings more than twenty-five years of experience in senior in-house counsel roles and private legal practice with extensive experience across diverse fields, including pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, health care and academia. She can be reached at [email protected] or 509-713-5127.


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