Courageous Counsel: Conversations With Women General Counsel In The Fortune 500

Tuesday, October 4, 2011 - 00:00

Kara Baysinger, SNR Denton partner, is co-author of a just-released book Courageous Counsel: Conversations with Women General Counsel in the Fortune 500, the first full account of the rise and growing clout of women general counsel at Fortune 500 companies. Through in-depth interviews, Courageous Counsel weaves together up-close-and-personal interviews with more than 50 women who have served as GCs at America's largest corporations or have played executive management roles in their legal departments.

Written with Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel at Allstate Insurance Co., the book, published by Leverage Media, recounts the risks, opportunities and lessons learned that characterize the career paths of remarkable women who have made it to the top legal post at Fortune 500 companies in recent years. In 1979, one woman stood alone as general counsel of a Fortune 500 business - Mary Ann Hynes of tax and business IT firm CCH. Today there are more than 100, serving all major industry sectors.

Ms. Baysinger and Ms. Mayes, along with selected GCs from Courageous Counsel, will appear at a series of roll-out events, beginning in New York on October 27 and continuing in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and other cities. Additionally, they will give keynotes at both the California Minority Counsel Program Annual Meeting on October 6 and the 2011 Association of Corporate Counsel Annual Meeting on October 25. Courageous Counsel is available through and other online retailers, and select bookshops, as well as through SNR Denton at