The general counsel (GC) club is small and exclusive. Openings are few and far between; more than half of GCs at S&P 500 companies have spent over 10 years in the role, while only 28% of Fortune 500 GCs have previously served as GCs in other companies. 

Gartner spoke to four first-time GCs about their rise to legal leadership. Their paths to the top range from serving as outside counsel for organizations to rising within the ranks of in-house legal departments.

Download our exclusive article to learn how a willingness to take career and business risks helped these legal leaders step up for the role of legal chief. Essential reading for corporate counsels with ambitions for the C-suite and for GCs who want to help their teams manage career trajectories.