Corporate America is under siege. In addition to the harsh economic climate and relentless global competition, the nationâ€™s largest publicly traded companies have had to contend with a series of threats to their viability and profitability. An expansion in government regulation, public outrage, shareholder lawsuits, and intellectual property piracy represent just a few. So who do CEOs turn to when they need to fend off business-crippling attacks? Their version of corporate centurions: the general counsel.