General Counsel: Challenge to Stay Focused in a World of Organizational Distractions, Limitations and Restrictions
Bruce Ortwine, Joint General Manager and General Counsel, Sumitomo Trust & Banking Co, USA
The General Counsel of any organization plays a vital role in the success—or failure—of the organization, and his or her responsibilities legitimately span the full spectrum of that organization’s activities and operations. Because of the unique role that the General Counsel plays—trusted and ethical advisor to management and independent ombudsman for the organization and its owners—the General Counsel must always remain focused on the priorities of the job and try to minimize the inevitable distractions, limitations and restrictions that he or she faces on a daily basis. To remain focused may be a critical challenge to the General Counsel, yet it is a challenge that must be successfully addressed.
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