Month: November 2014

Ten Things: How to be a Successful In-House Counsel

Whether you are new to the in-house department or a long-term veteran, the General Counsel or just a basic contract lawyer, there are a number of things that can help make you more successful in your career.  I have distilled a lot of hard-learned lessons into ten key tips.  These are not exhaustive and there are always more, but these are the ten things I consistently taught to my teams over the years.




My name is Sterling Miller and for the past six years I have been General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Compliance officer for Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR).  Prior to that, I was the General Counsel for from 2004 to 2008.  I was in the Sabre Corporation legal department from 1996 to 2004, and the American Airlines legal department from 1994 to 1996.  Before moving in-house in 1994 I was an associate in the Litigation Section of Gallop, Johnson & Neuman in St. Louis from 1988 to 1994.

I recently retired from Sabre.  I will likely get back in the game in some capacity after a few months off.  In the interim (and probably while I move along into the next phase of my career) I have decided to start a blog featuring lessons learned in my 20+ years as an in-house lawyer.  I will share them with you.  I know from experience that in-house lawyers do not need a 10- page memo.  You need quick points that you can digest and work into your everyday practice.  Consequently, I have titled my blog “Ten Things You Need to Know as In-House Counsel.”  My direction will be to cover interesting and important topic in with a “Top Ten” list.

I hope you find it interesting and useful.  I would greatly appreciate any feedback or ideas for future blogs.  I have been thinking about my first topic and plan on launching the first substantive issue in the next few days.   I am pretty new to this (blogging), so bear with me as I learn the ropes.  Things may be a little jagged at the start but I believe I’ll catch on quickly!

Be careful out there,

Sterling Miller