Senior Partner and Practice Leader, Legal and Compliance
In Crisis, What Makes Lawyers Leaders?
Lawyers within corporations and other large organizations tend to play the role of safe harbor. When storms appear and circumstances become uncertain or stressful, sooner or later lawyers—in particular, the general counsel—find a way to calm things down.
Lawyers are also crisis managers. It is no surprise, then, that a lot of organizations are turning to lawyers to take on broader leadership and strategic roles. We are weathering a sustained crisis unlike any we have seen, and some issues can only be resolved after being considered through a legal lens.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a spotlight on lawyers as leaders. It has made organizations realize that greater responsibilities and authority should be placed on the shoulders of their top legal experts.
In this article for the American Bar Association’s Business Law Today, WittKieffer senior partner Werner Boel, L.L.M., leader of the WittKieffer Legal and Compliance Practice, looks at the reasons that lawyers are increasingly taking top spots in organizations across industries.