Hello! I am Olga V. Mack, CEO of Parley Pro, next-generation contract management and digital negotiation technology.
I love legal innovation and had dedicated my career to improving and shaping the future of law. I am convinced that the legal profession will emerge even stronger, more resilient, and more inclusive than before by embracing technology.
This podcast will focus on the future of law, especially the future of contracts, what it means to be a next-generation leader in law, and legal technologies.
ri Redbord is the Head of Legal and Government Affairs at TRM Labs, the blockchain intelligence company. Prior to joining TRM, Ari was the Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary and the Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the United States Treasury. In that position, Ari led teams from the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), and other Treasury components to use sanctions and other regulatory tools effectively to safeguard the financial system from illicit use by terrorist financiers, weapons of mass destruction proliferators, drug kingpins, and other rogue actors, including Iran, Syria, North Korea and Venezuela.
In addition, Ari worked closely with regulators, the Hill and the interagency on issues related to the Bank Secrecy Act, cryptocurrency, and anti-money laundering strategies. Prior to Treasury, Ari was an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia for eleven years where he investigated and prosecuted terrorism, espionage, threat finance, cryptocurrency, export control, child exploitation and human trafficking cases.
In this episode, we discuss Ari’s background as a federal prosecutor and his work at the blockchain intelligence company. What made him choose to join a tech startup after a career in government? What is his to lawyers navigating the transition?
Vandana Dhamija is a lawyer, accountant, Founder and CEO of boutique consulting practice Legal Operations Consulting, LLC. Winner of 2017 Process Improvement Award - Harman by Buying Legal Council. She brings over 20 years of project management and operational experience to her corporate legal department and law firm clients, encouraging an atmosphere of understanding and collaboration between both. Her expertise spans diverse in-house legal and compliance roles at multi-billion dollar organizations such as - Viacom, BlackRock, and JPMorgan Chase. Her solution driven practice provides real-world, long and short-term tailor-made strategic solutions in Spend Management including Global Rate Review, RFPs and AFAs, Law Firm Panel Program Management, Process Improvement, Vendor Selection (Technology or Law firms), Secondment - Head of Legal Operations, Training, Change Management, and Enterprise Legal Management.
She recently published an article in Bloomberg Law - Strategic Planning for In- House Legal Operations, Rate Negotiation Primer (Best approach) and conducted a webinar on Global Rate Review Process for the Buying Legal Council. She also moderated a session at ALM’s SuperConference 2018 on the topic of Operational Transformation & Best Practices and was a guest lecturer at Columbia Law School.
In this episode, we discuss strategic planning for your legal department. Strategic planning in legal operations involves streamlining, optimizing, and incorporating technology in every aspect of the legal department. Learn the importance of creating a long-term approach instead of dealing with one issue/pain point at a time.
Deb Feder is a business development coach, strategist, owner and CEO of Feder Development LLC, a consulting firm focused on helping lawyers bring in consistent clients through curious, confident conversations and changing the way we view productivity for professionals.
Deb believes in dropping excuses and simple productivity solutions. Using LinkedIn as a platform to validate and share ideas, Deb helps professionals engage in meaningful content and connections. For the last decade, Deb has committed herself to changing the way we think about work-life balance and tackle high stakes work, allowing for big careers and enjoying our free time. Deb leads the community in dropping excuses, getting productive, and bringing in business through the monthly membership program, Focus30.
Prior to founding Feder Development, Deb practiced corporate law for 15 years and holds a history degree from the University of Michigan and her JD/MBA from the University of Iowa. Deb completed her coach training and certification through New Ventures West and completed the training in The Daring Way™, which is based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. As a contributing author to the best-selling anthology #Networked, Deb shares her common-sense approach to building business relationships. Deb is a frequent speaker at conferences, podcasts, CLE programs, and corporate retreats on business development, productivity, networking, authenticity, and communication.
In this episode, we discuss building relationships, the right way. What is Focus30? What is great about LinkedIn for business development? What’s the one piece of advice for professionals wanting to take their career to the next level?
Frank Ramos is the Managing Partner of Clarke Silverglate, where he practices in the areas of commercial litigation, drug and medical device, products liability and catastrophic personal injury. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers in America for his defense work in product liability matters. Frank has been with Clarke Silverglate for virtually his entire career. He has tried to verdict personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, and inverse condemnation cases. As a certified mediator, Frank has resolved numerous matters through alternative dispute resolution.
Frank is an ambassador for the Firm’s mission of leadership and service.
He has been President of the Florida Defense Lawyers Association and the 11th Judicial Historical Society and has served on the boards of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Florida International University’s Alumni Association, Florida International University’s Honors College, Parent to Parent of Miami, Miami-Dade Defense Bar Association, Legal Services of Greater Miami, and Florida Christian School. He serves as a mentor to countless young lawyers and law students through his publications, social media posts, presentations, webinars, and his “coffee chats.” Frank has written 20 books for lawyers, edited five books for lawyers, and has written over 400 articles for lawyers and business professionals.
In this episode, we discuss how in house counsel can identify the right attorneys to hire and how to keep them. How can a company define the right candidate for their open position? What questions should a company ask to find the right candidate during the interview process? How does a company train new hires?
Angela Han is a healthcare lawyer and a health coach for lawyers' physical, mental, and professional health. She coaches lawyers on their physical and mental health through her Fit to Practice Society fitness program, and she coaches lawyers on their professional health for those who want to create more impact beyond their day job. She is also host of the Fit to Practice podcast, where she interviews lawyers all over the country on their health journey as legal professionals.
In this episode we discuss mental, physical, and professional health for lawyers. How did Angela become a health coach? What are some mistakes people make in building an ideal lifestyle? How can anyone create their optimal life and health?
Felipe Jaramillo is an experienced senior legal counsel working for Ingram Micro, a global technology distributor that offers a focus on cloud, mobility, technology lifecycle, supply chain, and technology solutions. A US attorney (currently based in Barcelona, Spain) with extensive international experience, including U.S., Latin American, and European jurisdictions. As a passionate in-house lawyer for multinational companies, he is committed to providing the best legal and business strategies with a practical and innovative approach.
In this episode, we discuss the unique experiences that took him from practicing litigation to a career as in-house with a strong international component. What is the biggest challenge he has faced in his career? What tools does he use to continue adapting to change as the career continues? How is it to be working abroad as a US attorney?
Meyling Ly Ortiz currently holds the position of Managing Counsel of Employment & Labor at Toyota Motor North America. She is a child of refugees and grew up in a small town in Texas. She turned big city employment lawyer and now in house in a mobility company. Wife to Navy Veteran and Ironman. Mom to Olivia (5) and Orion (3). Passionate about mentoring and paying it forward. Forever committed to learning.
In this episode, we discuss the importance of individual actions. Perhaps one of the greatest skills of a lawyer that is often forgotten is the ability to figure it out, even if the answer is unknown.
Aviram is a legal and business leader, who qualifies both in England and in Israel. He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees of law. In a professional career of 25 years in law and business, he has accumulated extensive international experience of team management and transnational deals. Involvement in international deals since the early stages of his professional route, via leading a 10 professional team in 3 continents and 5 countries in AIG, and now he is making first steps for his company in the UAE, less than 3 month after the Abraham Peace Accords were signed.
In this episode, we discuss leading international teams. What are the keystones for a great international team? How do we build one? What should we focus on from the start?
Robyn Frank is responsible for all legal matters at Centerforce USA, an enterprise which develops and hosts conferences around the country on issues that concern female and minority leaders in the legal profession. Robyn oversees the Diversity Division, including speaker recruitment, panel prep, creation of all content, and on-site management of the Women in the Law Summit Series, where she moderates panels on diversity, equity, and inclusion before audiences of 150+ attendees. She also founded Frank Talk as a powerful resource for professionals and organizations that want to further their DEI initiatives by participating in one-to-one training, workshops, and retreats that deliver high-impact results toward full inclusion.
Robyn’s expertise in workplace equity goes back even further, to her days as General Counsel at Great Eastern Energy in Brooklyn, New York. There she headed the legal and regulatory departments, and she led the development of the company’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Robyn holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from the Ohio State University, a J.D. from the Washington College of Law at American University, and a Master’s in Energy Law from the University of Tulsa. Robyn is also a Member in Good Standing of the New York State Bar.
In this episode, we discuss her journey from GC of an energy company to a spokesperson and advocate for DEI. Why has DEI become such a hot button topic? Why should companies prioritize DEI as a core value as we head into 2021? What advice can she offer to those organizations that want to embrace DEI but don't know where to begin? What other resources can she suggest in order to further these initiatives?
Julie Honor is General Counsel at 3Q Digital, where she brings an energetic and passionate change management approach to in-house legal, partnering with various leaders throughout the organization to identify and optimize processes and increase productivity. Julie also oversees HR at 3Q, developing proactive programs to support managers while managing personnel-related risk factors.
Prior to her role at 3Q, Julie built out and led the legal department at Rise Interactive and managed North American commercial work for Anixter. Pre-in house, in addition to her years in private practice focusing on class action, business, and intellectual property litigation, Julie also took a break from her legal career with a stop in change management consulting, where she worked with clients to re-engineer processes and optimize organizational design.
In this episode we discuss Julie’s legal career. Fall of 2008 was a rough time for lawyers everywhere; how was she able to survive that time? How did she create opportunities for herself? How did she address vulnerabilities that came about from this experience, especially on job applications and in interviews? How did this experience shape her as a lawyer?
Nada Alnajafi is an award-winning attorney with deep experience serving as in-house counsel for startups and public companies that are building or using ground-breaking technology products. She currently serves as Corporate Counsel for Franklin Templeton, a Fortune-500 global financial services organization. Previously, she served as in-house counsel for Faraday Future, Indi EV, Lexus, and Concannon Business Consulting. Nada is passionate about leveraging the latest in legal tech to gain efficiencies in the contracts management process. With her dynamic legal and consulting background, she is more than just an attorney; she is a trusted advisor, business partner, project manager, creative problem-solver, and skilled negotiator. In addition, Nada enjoys training contracts and procurement personnel on the ins and outs of contracts negotiations. This is what sparked her new blog, Contract Nerds, which provides powerful tips and strategies that any smart in-house counsel or procurement professional should use to successfully and effectively negotiate contracts. In addition, Nada has recently joined The Conscious Inclusion Company as a Board Advisor and Faculty Member.
In this episode, we discuss Nada’s passion for contracts and the way legal tech is impacting the contracts space. How can attorneys leverage CLM tools to negotiate better contracts? What is one aspect of contract negotiations that cannot be replaced by technology?
Annmarie is the founding and principal attorney of Giblin Law PLLC which specializes in cyber and privacy law and general litigation. Annmarie is considered a cyber law thought leader, who regularly speaks about cyber and privacy law, and is currently developing a blog to better share her thought leadership with her clients and colleagues. She is also a seasoned litigator, having spent well over 10 years practicing “in the trench” litigation in a wide variety of practice areas. She brings a litigator’s eye to every client engagement, trying to both identify and address potential problems to avoid litigation and set up the best-case scenario should the matter end up in litigation. Annmarie is also an experienced drafter, having spent a little over two years as the Global Cyber Attorney for a large multinational insurance carrier drafting insurance policies, endorsements and other contract provisions.
She is married and has two young children, who both keep her young and age her mercilessly. In addition to being an avid reader and cook, Annmarie also enjoys spending time with her family, watching movies and major league baseball. She is also a member of her local PTA and has worked with charities to help with the homelessness crisis in New York City.
In this episode we discuss moving closer to AI negotiated and drafted contracts, and the legal concerns and opportunities that follow. How has Artificial Intelligence started to infiltrate the legal community already? If AI does all the work, will we still need the lawyers anymore? How will the use of AI in the contract process affect traditional contract negotiations? Who is responsible for drafting or other mistakes if made by the AI?
Breen Sullivan is the Founder of The Fourth Floor, an innovative community and ecosystem for women reimagining the board room, investment and how we support female entrepreneurship. Women have a hard time getting board seats and they also have a hard time raising money to scale their companies. To solve for this, the Fourth Floor brings entrepreneurs and leaders together so we can increase the number of women on boards, be more competitive fundraisers, and create wealth.
Breen is a C-Suite executive with concentrated experience in operations, commercial contracting, human resources and employment matters; organization, corporate and deal strategy; Board of Director communications and responsibilities; privacy and risk management; financial matters, and occasionally novel challenges. As a career general counsel, Breen has worked with startup and high growth companies for nearly a decade, specializing in technology, SaaS, energy efficiency and data science.
Breen and The Fourth Floor have been featured by Forbes, Corporate Counsel Magazine, Law.com, The American Lawyer, Above The Law, Women On The Record Podcast, and Her CEO Journey: The Business Finance Podcast for Women Entrepreneurs. She holds a JD from Tulane, and a BA from Yale University. She has earned certificates and completed coursework at Boalt Hall, Berkeley, Universita Degli Studi di Firenzi, and Humboldt-Universität Zu.
In this episode, we discuss collaboration and competition trends. Competition is not always better than collaboration. Are certain groups better at leveraging collaboration? What can be the benefits of collaboration? How can it lead to innovation? Is the idea that collaboration enlarges the pie so there is more value for everyone to than compete over?
Phil Strauss has more than 20 years of diverse experience at the intersection of law, business, technology, privacy and compliance in the San Francisco Bay Area. Phil is the VP & Chief Compliance Officer for Rakuten USA, where he started the Americas privacy and compliance functions, 12 business units in the Americas for Japanese e-commerce giant, Rakuten, Inc. Phil was previously General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer at Ebates Inc., a shopping rewards company acquired by Rakuten in 2014.
Phil has had several other General Counsel, CPO and CCO positions: Health Fidelity, Inc. (health care analytics software); MarketTools, Inc. (market research software, now Survey Monkey); Actuate Corporation (enterprise software, now OpenText); and Brio Software (enterprise software, now Oracle). Phil was also a Director at KPMG LLP and an associate at Shearman & Sterling and Jones Day. Phil holds a B.A. in International Relations from Emory University, a J.D. from Duke University, and an M.B.A. from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he has served as Adjunct Faculty, teaching business law.
In this episode we discuss navigating the line between Legal and Compliance. How do you build a Compliance department from scratch at a large, established company like Rakuten? What are the main differences between being an in-house lawyer vs. a compliance officer? How have the events of 2020 shaped the Compliance function going forward? Can legal professionals smoothly transition back-and-forth between the Legal and Compliance worlds?
Rachita Maker is the head of Global Legal Operations at Tata Communications and is responsible for leading the legal department’s transformational journey to be more technology and data driven. She is responsible for multiple technology implementations, continuous improvement, and automation projects.
She brings more than 18 years of legal industry experience, and prior to joining Tata Communications, she was Vice President – Legal Services at Integreon where she was heading the India Legal Services team of over 1000 legal and non-legal professionals. As her last assignment at Integreon, Rachita spent about six months in Integreon’s London office in a business development role.
Prior to Integreon, Rachita was a Director for Ernst & Young’s contract lifecycle management solutions team, where she oversaw the development of new solutions, improvements to workflow and quality control processes, the application of Six Sigma methodologies to ALSP engagements, the selection of enabling contract management automation tools and other technologies, and the management of complex client engagements. Prior to Ernst & Young, she consulted with a Dubai-based private equity firm to set up Sri Lanka’s first ALSP.
In this episode, we discuss Rachita’s professional background and her perspective of legal operations departments. Where should new legal operations leaders begin in their journey? How can legal operations leaders be strategic and take charge of leading the legal department through changing times? Why should GCs invest in a strong legal operations department? And, finally, what can GCs do to support the success of the legal operations department?
Mel Scott is the Senior Legal Counsel at Megaport Limited, a global technology company founded in Brisbane and now in the ASX200. She has worked in house for 7 years across multiple industries such as aviation, infrastructure, financial services and cloud computing. Mel has previously been awarded the Lawyers Weekly Corporate Counsel 30 Under 30 Award. She is a passionate advocate for all things in-house and shares career insights for law students and graduates on Instagram @theinhouselawyer. She serves as a Member of the Queensland Law Society's In-House Committee, the Association of Corporate Counsel Early Career Advisory Committee and as the In-House Advisor to the Women Lawyers Association Queensland. She is excited to have recently launched "Counsel", a self-made and self-funded podcast about in-house lawyer life.
In this episode, we discuss Mel’s thoughts on personal branding in 2020 and the inspiration for her content. What is the best social media for self-promotion? Where to get ideas for posts? And what is the best career advice nowadays?
James J Strange is a legal and policy professional that specializes in the renewable energy industry to ensure programmatic compliance with municipal, state, and federal laws and regulations. He works as an Associate General Counsel at the Center for Sustainable Energy.
In this episode, we discuss the regulation of energy and what challenges this creates for the market and regulators. How does renewable energy fit in this mix? Can we truly achieve a net zero carbon electric grid?
Catherine is the author of the successful book focused on the business of law for legal departments Business Thinking in Practice for In-House Counsel: Taking Your Seat at The Table (Globe Law & Business, 2020). She runs her own company Catherine McGregor Research working as a consultant to law firms and legal departments around the world. Her work focuses on a range of areas including business ideas, the future of law; human centered skills, leadership and inclusion and diversity.
Prior to moving into the legal sector, Catherine was a lecturer at universities in the UK and USA, including the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston.
In this episode, Catherine McGregor speaks about how her creative background has inspired her work in law. She shares how these ideas came together in her new book Business Thinking in Practice for In-House Counsel. And why she thinks in-house lawyers are the architects of creative thinking in the legal profession.
Sarah Feingold is the co-founder of The Fourth Floor, a next level community democratizing women’s access to board seats and investments to drive systemic change. She is also the creator and producer of the play, Legal Madness, an NYU Law School Engelberg Center fellow, a board member, an investor, and a speaker. Previously, Sarah was Etsy’s first attorney (and 17th employee) and Vroom’s first attorney and General Counsel.
In this episode, we discuss the interception of art and law. How can art help reduce work related stress? What are the similarities between making art and contract negotiation? What is the beginners mindset and how important is it for practising law? Find out in this episode.
Neil Greenbaum is a transactional attorney and strategic consultant with offices in Florida and New York. He focuses on corporate and commercial real estate transactions and contracts.
In this episode, we focus on the difference between in-house and private practices and why LinkedIn is a great tool for users.
Lauren Zajac is a Chief Legal Officer of Workhuman, a multinational company providing cloud-based, human capital management software solutions. As vice president, general counsel and data protection officer, Lauren oversees all legal, regulatory, and compliance affairs for Workhuman. With more than 15 years of experience, she has served as legal counsel for a broad mix of high-growth public and private companies. Lauren is on the advisory board for the Leader Mom Project and is part of the Ellevate Women’s Network. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and a Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law.
We discuss her career path, problems associated with being the only woman on the executive team and what it means to be a leader. We focus on building strong cultures and implementing a robust employee recognition program:
What is a culture of recognition and how does it promote authenticity?
Why is it important to live up to your values and ideals in the work environment?
What are the pros and cons of implementing employee recognition?
Ken I. Ito is General Counsel of Green Solar, a nationwide solar installer. After Ken graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School , hee began his career as a litigator and eventually transitioned to in-house in 2017.
Ken discusses his legal career path that took off after the 2008 financial crisis and the difficulties that followed. He gives advice and pragmatic suggestions for anyone who looking for a first job in law or wants to pivot. What does job hunting in the recession look like? Why is it important to gain any legal experience to build your resume and leverage new opportunities?
Laurie Ehrlich is an experienced legal leader with a passion for creation and transformation, who actively works to create more value and devise better solutions for her business partners through cross-functional and intradepartmental collaboration while protecting the company against potential risks. Laurie is currently Chief Counsel - Sales and Alliances at Datadog. Prior to joining, Datadog, Laurie was at Cognizant where she spent many years as the Chief Counsel for Cognizant’s North America Insurance vertical, serving as a business-savvy, trusted advisor to her business teams, before deciding to establish and run the legal operations function so she could focus on solutions for more cost-effective and efficient delivery of internal legal services powered by common sense and data analytics.
In this episode, she describes how technology-facilitated its growth in her career. You will learn how side projects can be a great way to pivot your career and why financial knowledge is critical for all lawyers, especially in-house lawyers. Laurie also shares her vision for the perfect legal department of the future and profession.
Jeanette Nyden is an internationally recognized contract negotiation expert. She’s written and co-authored four books including The Contract Professionals Playbook; A Definitive Guide to Mastering Performance-Based Contracts. With more than 20 years of experience drafting and negotiating a variety of agreements, Jeanette guides contract professionals as they negotiate complex performance- and outcome-based agreements.
She shares her love for contracts. When reaching an agreement, it is important to promote collaboration and interdependence between all parties involved: this notion is still problematic for some lawyers and leads to high risks. Mutual gain, performance, and outcome-based agreements are explained in detail. What is a risk profile thinking, why is it an important start, and what steps need to be taken to reach it? What is the intentionality and benefits associated with using legal tools?
Heather Stevenson discusses her experience of running a business and finding her way back to law. They touch upon finding the courage to go off the traditional legal career path. Why is it beneficial to be a business-minded lawyer? What are the rewards of making atypical choices when it comes to law?
Lourdes is the Founder and CEO of Karta Legal LLC, a legal operations and technology management consulting firm. She has over 20 years of legal operations, technology management, and litigation experience. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and a Legal Project Manager.
In this episode, she discusses digital transformation in the legal industry and various approaches to it. She touches on the importance of implementing a Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) system, the critical importance of legal culture, and how to build a modern legal department.
Together with Simon Zinger we discuss the General Counsel Oath. What is it? Why did he create it? How did his career lead to leading this initiative?
Following the global pandemic and developments in the United States, it is clear that many companies struggle in, among other areas, with diversity, equity, and inclusion. The General Oath is a tool for the legal leaders to lead the change and move in the right direction.