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As a Senior Client Advisor within Perkins Coie’s Client Advantage team, Mark leverages his wide-ranging experience to help his general counsel clients innovate, solve problems, understand trends in legal services and bring value to the law firm-client relationship.

Clients in both public and private sectors turn to Mark Roellig for his decades of experience at the highest levels of Fortune 500 companies. Armed with best practices and deep knowledge, he advises general counsel and their senior teams on effectively and efficiently managing diverse and inclusive corporate legal departments, and improving operational processes.

Mark brings extensive knowhow to his clients not only in the legal arena, but also in corporate strategy, public policy, government relations, internal audits, compliance, human resources, business resources, facilities and real estate management and information technology.

As the former Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, Mark earned a reputation for leading successful in-house counsel and administrative teams. Over his career he also held C-suite roles at Fisher Scientific International Inc., Storage Technology Corp. and U S WEST Inc., overseeing critical functions including marketing, corporate strategy and executive compensation and benefits. He also served as Mass Mutual’s Chief Technology Officer for two years.

Widely known for his leadership in the general counsel space, Mark writes a monthly column for the Association of Corporate Counsel. He was named among America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel by the National Law Journal and Legal Times and was recognized by Ethisphere as one of 75 attorneys worldwide who matter.

Following up on this blog about the challenges of being in-house and handling your emotional intelligence, here’s another excerpt from this piece that I wrote with Sarah Kalgaard, General Counsel of Vital Images, for the Association of Corporate Counsel – this excerpt is our #1 point, “Building Relationships”:

With your supervisor: Depending on the law