Former Drinker Biddle Partner To Serve as First GC of Environ
Mason, a corporate transactional lawyer, said the bulk of his work as Environ's outside counsel involved international mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and financing matters.
As Environ's GC and the company's only in-house lawyer, Mason said, he'll still continue to handle the bulk of the business law matters himself, but will have "more of a supervisory role" with regard to other areas of law.
"As inside counsel, I'll be coordinating work for Drinker and for foreign outside counsel," Mason said.
According to a press release, Mason will report to COO Thomas R. Vetrano and will also provide counsel to Environ's board of directors and global management committee.
Mason said there are currently no plans to build an in-house legal department at Environ, but noted that it's not out of the question as the company continues to grow.
Overall, Mason said his job, like any GC's, will be to manage the company's legal functions as efficiently as possible and having a deep familiarity with both Drinker Biddle and Environ will be a significant benefit to that end.
"I think when you take on any particular matter, whether it's litigation or financing, you have to think about the most efficient way of handling it and the most effective way," Mason said. "There should be communication between inside counsel and outside counsel as to how to handle a matter."
Mason said he's confident both his former firm and his new employer "are acutely aware that if there's a $100,000 matter, you don't want to spend $100,000 dealing with it."
Robert C. Juelke, chair of Drinker Biddle's corporate and securities practice group, said that while the firm was sad to lose Mason as a partner, his new role will help the firm strengthen its relationship with a longtime client.
The past few years has seen a good deal of lateral movement between firms and their clients.