Member Testimonials

Elizabeth Giddens  | SVP, Dep. General Counsel & Corp Sec.  | Nationstar Mortgage LLC

The Forum more than fulfills its mission to improve the professional lives of general counsel and managing counsel.  The Forum has provided me many varied opportunities to get to know numerous general counsel, managing counsel, law firm partners and others involved in the legal profession.    The breath of the Forum’s programs and its networking with senior leaders sets it apart from other legal organizations.

John Torres  |  EVP, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary  |  Lennox International – Dallas

The Forum provides the senior level in-house legal community first rate benchmarking, networking, CLE and sharing of best practices, for an extremely modest cost.  The quality and value are unmatched by any other legal organization.

Theis Rice | SVP and Chief Legal Officer| Trinity Industries, Inc. – Dallas

While the Forum offers networking opportunities, educational programs and best practice collaboration, an often overlooked attribute is the breadth of experiences the members bring to the Forum. Members have such varied backgrounds that simply gathering together at one of the Forum’s functions offers a host of opportunities to improve and expand one’s thoughts about a wide range of subjects.

Les Trobman | General Counsel | Texas Workforce Commission – Austin

With its focus on the varied issues faced by legal advisors to government organizations and decision makers, the General Counsel Forum provides unique value to the State and Federal public sectors.  Time and again the Forum proves remarkably relevant to the critical needs and missions of our governmental institutions.

Brian Baird | SVP, General Counsel & Secretary | Stallion Oilfield Services – Houston

The Forum’s mantra is identifying and sharing best legal practices.  In the course of that mission, relationships are formed – both among the member lawyers and with the sponsoring firms’ lawyers.  I have leveraged these relationships on many occasions to ask for guidance, seek a referral, and resolve potential conflicts. As with any association, you generally get back as much as you put into it.  But even if all you do is show up to the Forum’s events, you will begin to reap benefits.

Kimble H. Scott  |  SVP & General Counsel  |  FedEx Office – Dallas

The Forum provides an outstanding way to experience peer-to-peer networking, professional development and bench-marking opportunities.  While all of the Forum members are my professional colleagues, many of the members have become true friends whom I trust and respect and share both professional and personal experiences. The overall value provided by the Forum ins invaluable.

Kelvin F. Sellers  | General Counsel  |  Interstate Batteries – Dallas

Time continues to be a rare commodity; as such, I am very intentional about with whom I choose to spend my time.  The General Counsel Forum is a vehicle that brings together leading attorneys to discuss real life cutting-edge topics that matter to me – issues that make a difference in how I manage a legal department and discussions that impact my thinking on how to best bring value to my organization.  The value harvested from the Forum leaves no doubt in my mind that each opportunity I have to connect with my fellow members is time well-spent.

Dona H. Cornell  |  Vice Chancellor/VP for Legal Affairs, General Counsel  |  University of Houston System – Houston

The focus of the Forum on the needs of senior level in-house counsel at a local level is unparalleled and is unquestionably incredibly useful in our work.  The focus on best practices and problem sharing and solving involves real give and take in smaller settings that goes beyond the typical continuing education and networking for lawyers.

Bryan Barksdale  |  General Counsel & Secretary |  YETI Coolers – Austin

The Forum provides me with a network of senior in-house counsel that I can tap into for guidance and best practices. I’ve found that no other professional organization with which I am involved can match the value of the resources that the Forum brings to bear, whether that be in a quarterly event, the annual meeting, or an informal lunch discussion.

Stan McCormick  |  Former EVP, Corporate Counsel & Secretary  |  Frost Bank – San Antonio

The General Counsel Forum is the preeminent organization for bringing together, in one venue, an impressive group of chief legal officers of forward thinking private and public companies. The value of networking and sharing of General Counsel best practices is priceless. Of equally immense value is the emphasis on the importance of achieving balance in our personal and profession lives as portrayed by gifted bestselling authors, leadership focused CEO’s, passionate chief legal officers, and stimulating law professors. Thought-provoking, life change experiences are the norm, not the exception. The Forum truly captures the spirit of the belief of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. that: “A man’s mind is stretched by a new idea or sensation, and never sinks back to its former dimensions.” For serious General Counsel, the Forum is a must.

Gerald P. Kenney | Former General Counsel | NEC Corporation of America – Dallas

The Forum is a great venue to network with other GC’s who share my issues and challenges and the discussions and programs are spot on.  The information sharing is only surpassed by the overall collegiality of the group.