What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Corporate Counsel in San Francisco:
"Learn Your Business, Learn Your Product."
It is absolutely impossible to be a truly effective corporate counsel without understanding your business and your product intimately. It is easy to bury yourself in pure legal work but you should always make sure that you ask questions and learn everything there is to learn about your company.
Corporate Counsel in Phoenix:
Learning the ins and outs of your position and the organization takes time, but it is well worth it. Get to know the departments within the organization. They will rely on you, so a good working relationship is key. Learn from more experienced attorneys around you, especially those who have been in-house for an extended time.