In January 2014, I presented to 50+ corporate counsel about the career value of being active on social media. With few exceptions, in-house don’t tweet. And when they do, it’s usually about their personal life (kids, travels, foodieism).
Outside counsel, however, often share their views on the law and their practice. For some, it’s a stream of press releases disguised as posts. For some, its gastronomic voyeurism.
Given that C-suite executives are posting, in-house counsel should post and comment in order to build their brand and promote their company’s brand. To do that, they’ll need to talk about the law or their work.
For those considering posting, here are a few senior in-house counsel who are active on social media:
|Name||Title||Company||Followers||Twitter Handle||Type of Posts|
|Alex Macgillivray||Former General Counsel||30300||@amac||Personal & Professional|
|Tim Yip||Counsel||Square||7387||@tyip||Personal & Professional|
|Vijaya Gadde||General Counsel||4411||@vijaya||Personal + Official Tweets|
|Michelle Sherman||Senior Corporate Counsel||Farmers Insurance||1304||@mshermanesq||Personal (very active)|
|Michael Yang||General Counsel||915||@mikeyang||Half-personal/half-professional|
|Ramsey Homsany||General Counsel||Dropbox||874||@rhomsany||Mostly retweets in 2014/Personal in 2013|
|Priya Sanger||Corporate Counsel||544||@priyasanger||Personal with a bit of professional|
|Chintan Amin||Senior Counsel||Bayer||255||@chintankamin||Personal (sports/travel/kids)|
|Stephen Coates||Chief Trademark Counsel||144||@trademarkninja||Personal & Trademark-related posts|
|Brian Downing||Director (Legal)||128||@brianrdowning||Personal|
Almost all of these folks are at social networking companies. Amazingly, Michelle Sherman (Farmers) and Chintan Amin (Bayer) were very active on social media before they went in-house and haven’t slowed down.
If you know of other active in-house posters, please let me know and I’ll add them. The number of followers was accurate on the date I added them to the list. It might be higher or lower now.
Shirish Gupta is an award-winning mediator and arbitrator with JAMS. He’s active on social media (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) and is doing his best to get the Judiciary and the Bar on board.
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