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Corporate Secretary In-House Gigs

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Aug 03, 2017 8:36 pm

I'm a mid-level biglaw corporate associate looking to move in-house, and some of the gigs I've seen postings for or had first interviews with have been with for positions with the office of the corporate secretary at large public companies/investment banks. Overall they seem like good gigs, with decent hours, seemingly interesting (or at least, not totally terrible) work and pretty good compensation, but I'm curious to hear if these positions look good on resumes for making another move if I have to re-locate and/or if there's room to grow within the position, or if its somewhat limited in that it doesn't necessarily translate to other in-house gigs or moves back to biglaw.

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Re: Corporate Secretary In-House Gigs

Postby RedGiant » Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:30 am

Anonymous User wrote:I'm a mid-level biglaw corporate associate looking to move in-house, and some of the gigs I've seen postings for or had first interviews with have been with for positions with the office of the corporate secretary at large public companies/investment banks. Overall they seem like good gigs, with decent hours, seemingly interesting (or at least, not totally terrible) work and pretty good compensation, but I'm curious to hear if these positions look good on resumes for making another move if I have to re-locate and/or if there's room to grow within the position, or if its somewhat limited in that it doesn't necessarily translate to other in-house gigs or moves back to biglaw.


I was a paralegal at Wells Fargo, and worked closely with the secretarial team. I would suspect these jobs are not, in fact, a good conduit back into biglaw. At Wells, we had literally thousands of entities to manage. We helped manage things for the Board for the top level bank. There were some attorneys who worked on the legal team who did M&A (bank M&A), but generally, this work was ministerial, plus whatever strategic imperatives involving legal that the bank was thinking of at the time. You will certainly get high level exposure to the company and know all the execs, but...it's not "high quality" work in that you're not really specializing in any one area of law. I think it would translate to other corporate secretary gigs at other in-house places. But many other places which don't have as much administrative corporate secretary work would rather have that function supervised by an attorney who is a specialist (GC + secretary), the GC having some specialized skillset. If you're just a corporate secretary, you have no special sauce, unless you are also doing other corporate work. Hope that helps.

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Re: Corporate Secretary In-House Gigs

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:29 am

RedGiant wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I'm a mid-level biglaw corporate associate looking to move in-house, and some of the gigs I've seen postings for or had first interviews with have been with for positions with the office of the corporate secretary at large public companies/investment banks. Overall they seem like good gigs, with decent hours, seemingly interesting (or at least, not totally terrible) work and pretty good compensation, but I'm curious to hear if these positions look good on resumes for making another move if I have to re-locate and/or if there's room to grow within the position, or if its somewhat limited in that it doesn't necessarily translate to other in-house gigs or moves back to biglaw.


I was a paralegal at Wells Fargo, and worked closely with the secretarial team. I would suspect these jobs are not, in fact, a good conduit back into biglaw. At Wells, we had literally thousands of entities to manage. We helped manage things for the Board for the top level bank. There were some attorneys who worked on the legal team who did M&A (bank M&A), but generally, this work was ministerial, plus whatever strategic imperatives involving legal that the bank was thinking of at the time. You will certainly get high level exposure to the company and know all the execs, but...it's not "high quality" work in that you're not really specializing in any one area of law. I think it would translate to other corporate secretary gigs at other in-house places. But many other places which don't have as much administrative corporate secretary work would rather have that function supervised by an attorney who is a specialist (GC + secretary), the GC having some specialized skillset. If you're just a corporate secretary, you have no special sauce, unless you are also doing other corporate work. Hope that helps.

Thanks! Appreciate the response, very helpful.



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