December 2016 Publisher's note

We’ve made it through 2016 and what a year!

             With so much change this year and so much expected in the coming year, we’ve hit the season when the work day typically winds down to holiday parties and shorter hours at our desks. We here at Metropolitan Corporate Counsel will be busy ramping up our 2017 projects, like a webinar series titled The Enforcement Institute and another titled Women in Business and Law. We are also working with our contributors to develop our 2nd annual Tech Buyer’s Guide for the January issue.  The guide, which continues to grow, will offer law department professionals a quick reference guide to some of the newest technology solutions.

             The December issue of MCC is forward looking to not only the new year, but also, the coming generational shift with the rise of millennials in the workplace, the evolving landscape within legal and a look to gauge the legal and regulatory landscape under the incoming presidential administration, as well as what to expect with a Republican majority working with President-elect Trump.

             In this issue, we are pleased to feature Laura Ellsworth, the partner-in-charge of Global Community Service Initiatives with Jones Day, as she discusses a landmark partnership with the ABA for VetLex, a program designed to meet the sundry legal needs of millions of veterans. Ellsworth details the inspiration for the project and ways lawyers in-house or with firms can participate and act as change agents for returned service members. Jeffrey Kelson, tax partner with EisnerAmper, offers insights about the art and science of Section 382 studies. We sat down with the Defense Research Institute (DRI), John Cuttino of Gallivan, White & Boyd, to discuss the forward-looking focus of the organization for the next generation. Charlie Scott, Sr., Managing Director of iDisovery Solutions, offers strategies for using metadata to create compelling narratives in litigation. In our special section, the Future of Healthcare, Laura Jehl, a partner with Sheppard Mullin, weighs in on the cyberattacks facing hospitals, and Nathan Kottkamp, a partner with McGuireWoods’ healthcare practice, looks at the FTC’s evolving focus. Nathan Brown and Martha Kendrick, partners with Akin Gump, dive deep into the new administrations’ potential effects on the regulations governing the Medtech community. Finally, our In-House Ops section looks at new litigation funding opportunities and Lloyd Johnson of Chief Legal Executive offers thoughts on how to influence the C-suite.

From all of us here at MCC, happy new year and, as always, thank you for your support.