The WashBiz Guest Blog: My Busy Days

Our inaugural guest blog comes to a close today. All this week we have run posts from Adam Palmer, policy counsel for .ORG, the Public Interest Registry based in Reston. Adam works on policy issues dealing with Internet governance, cybersecurity, and e-commerce. Today, in his fifth piece, Adam talks about the busy life of an in-house counsel.

By Adam Palmer

If anyone thinks an in-house corporate lawyer's life is not as busy as a lawyer at a law firm, then they are badly mistaken. So next time you think that you have a busy day, consider my Friday schedule.

I wake up at 6:00 a.m. and drive 1 hour and 30 minutes from Woodbridge to the .ORG corporate offices in Reston. At 9:00 a.m. I start two hours of back-to-back teleconferences on complex Internet security issues before heading for the gym at 11:00 a.m.

Every six months my Navy reserve unit requires that I pass their physical fitness test. The test includes a timed 1.5 mile run and the ability to do approximately 50 push-ups and 60 sit-ups in two minutes when timed separately. I also must be within certain height and weight standards. To make sure I pass this test, I try to go to the gym every day.

After leaving the gym I head back to my office for a lunch with Microsoft representatives to talk about their Internet safety programs. Bill Gates has been a big proponent of the idea that people will not use the Internet if they don't think it is safe. Microsoft has a great program to work with industry and law enforcement leaders on Internet safety issues. My lunch with Microsoft ends up being postponed, which is a relief, because I have a 1:30 teleconference for which I need to be prepared. I spend the next hour reviewing legal issues involving non-English Internet domain names.

Adam Palmer (left) with Womble Carlyle Washington office managing member Pamela Rothenberg and Womble Carlyle national director of sale Steve Bell. Photo courtesy of Adam Palmer.

Following my 1:30 meeting, I race over to McPherson Square for a meeting with Pam Rothenberg, the managing partner of the law firm of Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice. Womble is the law firm sponsor of a group I belong to called the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). I am the chairperson of the 2,000 member ACC national New to In-House Committee which is designed for junior corporate lawyers. Our committee was just named the 2008 ACC committee of the year and Womble was named the 2008 ACC law firm sponsor of the year. I am meeting with Womble to discuss a committee celebration in Seattle where we plan to rent out the iconic Seattle Space Needle for our party.

After my meeting at Womble, I drive back to Reston to finalize some work before driving an hour back to my home in Woodbridge. Before going home, I first drive to the Dale City Wegmans grocery store to buy dinner. I enjoy cooking and have a fantasy goal of owning a gourmet kitchen in my home some day. I stop every night to buy fresh ingredients for dinner. Since it is Friday, I try to get something extra special. Tonight's menu will be herb marinated chicken, Mediterranean couscous and a Greek salad. I pair it with a Petit Verdot from the Pollak Vineyards. Pollak is a Virginia winery that I think makes some of the best red wines in the state.

Around 9:00 p.m. my amazing wife, Angela, arrives home from her job as a consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton and we eat a late dinner. We end the night watching some TV and talking about our busy week. My night ends by reading a chapter from David McCullough's John Adams biography. It is my favorite book and the second time I have read it. At about midnight I finally put my head on the pillow and call it a day.

Read the rest of Adam's posts here.

By Dan Beyers  |  August 2, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
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this is an extremely interesting series; thank you for posting!

Posted by: ixtrian | August 2, 2008 5:53 PM


Thanks for a very interesting series. I worked with Alexa at VeriSign, so some of the issues you wrestle with at .org are near and dear to me. Please give her my best. And I like wine, which it sounds like you do as well!

In any of your Internet security discussions, did you talk about the new DNS vulnerability? I wrote on that recently in my blog -- would be interesting to get your take:

Chris Parente

Posted by: Chris Parente | August 4, 2008 11:59 AM

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