Notes To My (Legal) Self
By Olga V. Mack
Hello! Welcome to the Intersection of Law & Fun. 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.
Season 5, Episode 3: Breaking Down Stovepipes and Silos with Robin Taylor
Robin Taylor leads the global nonprofit, Lawyers Without Borders, harnessing the power of pro bono service to promote the rule of law and increase access to justice. Under her leadership, Lawyers Without Borders trains human rights lawyers, builds case management and trial advocacy skills, provides technical assistance to combat transnational organized crime such as human trafficking and wildlife poaching, and creates sustainable institutions, including the new Kenyan Prosecution Training Institute. Ms. Taylor has extensive trial and international experience serving more than 20 years at the U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) as an Assistant United States Attorney Investigating and prosecuting cases in federal court specializing in international cybercrime and fraud. Ms. Taylor served overseas as USDOJ’s legal advisor in Stuttgart, Germany as part of a newly-created U.S. interagency team advising the U.S. Department of Defense and European officials on transnational threats, foreign influence, illicit finance, and cyberspace challenges. As the legal advisor to the U.S. Embassies in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Nairobi, Kenya she provided technical assistance to combat terrorism, transnational organized crime, and money laundering, creating trusted networks and multi-agency working groups to improve financial integrity and inclusion. Reflecting on her service, the Kenyan Director of Public Prosecutions said publicly that Ms. Taylor came to Africa not as a doctor with a cure, but as a highly experienced and competent advisor and collaborator to help solve vastly complex and often polarizing issues. Ms. Taylor is a frequent public speaker who briefed the Joint Chiefs of Staff and regularly lectured at the USDOJ’s National Advocacy Center, the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, European Commission, Eurojust, Global Counterterrorism Form, Defeat ISIS Working Group, United Nations, U.S. Department of State, and Cambridge University, among others. She co-founded "Operation Protect & Defend,” a nationally recognized civil education program; served as a Judicial Applicant Evaluator for the State Bar of California; as the President, Vice President, Treasurer, of Sacramento's Federal Bar Association, and was named a Master of the Bench for the Sacramento Inn of Court. The military cannot bring peace and security down the barrel of a gun alone. Prosecution will not by itself decrease crime. Global, national, and regional challenges require an integrated and whole-of-government approach. Join Robin Taylor, the Executive Director of Lawyers Without Borders, an international not-for-profit, and former US Federal Prosecutor, for this conversation. She will share real-world stories from prosecuting cases; living overseas in Kenya and Indonesia working for the US Department of Justice; her four years advising and collaborating w US Military; and new assignment leading a global nonprofit to explain how a whole-of-government effort is essential to addressing significant, headline-grabbing criminal and security threats.
August 30, 2022
Season 5, Episode 2: Coaching In-House Legal Leaders with Aparna Williams
Aparna Dasai Williams joined Coalfire Systems, Inc. in 2022 as General Counsel. She is an accomplished in-house legal leader with over 20 years of experience scaling and managing global legal teams for high growth private and public software companies. She was previously Head of Legal at Shippo, a venture backed ecommerce company, AGC at Imperva, Inc., a privately held application security technology company, and Senior Director at Symantec Corporation, the world's largest public cybersecurity company at the time. She is excited to be a board member of the Pride Hockey Association, fostering youth hockey for girls and propelling them into success in their education and sports careers. Aparna received her B.A. in Literature and History from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and a J.D. from the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law. Aparna is admitted to practice in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC. It's easy to impress young lawyers with your story and how you overcame obstacles and became a seasoned and respected in-house leader; but usually we leave out a lot of the mundane and repetition and frustration to spin a good tale. It's important not only to share your story, with brutal truth, but to coach the next generation to use their own strengths and perspectives to achieve their own style of success. Join Aparna Dasai Williams, a 20+ year veteran of in-house tech legal, for this episode of NTMLS. She will reveal her trials and errors, and some successes in the journey to learning how to coach and develop the next generation to be invaluable business partners and leaders in their organizations.
August 22, 2022
Season 5, Episode 1: Evolving Issues in Data Privacy with Alex A. Rosales
Since 2003, Alex has been advising tech's leading companies on complex commercial arrangements and the handling of personal data. Alex focuses on new products and services and on commercial arrangements involving personal data, responding to data breaches, cross-border data transfers, marketing/ad tech, and data governance. He has provided trainings on evolving areas of data privacy law such as cookie compliance and was recently named to the 2022 Top 50 Lawyers In America list. Alex is certified by the IAPP in both the U.S. and in the E.U. and holds a global MBA from INSEAD in France. Do you know just how much information companies around the world collect about you? If you did, would this change your behavior online or even in the real world? There is a massive sea change in the way governments around the world are looking at personal data and consumer rights are at the heart of this debate. The companies that "get" privacy will lead the transition to a future where our personal data will be seen for what it is...a global currency...those that don't will lose not only consumer trust but also market share. Big Brother has been watching for a long time. How this story ends is in the hands of big tech and the in-house legal teams that advise them.
June 28, 2022
Season 4, Episode 20: What's Your More with Gisele Kalonzo-Douglas
Gisele Kalonzo-Douglas is an accomplished legal counsel and trusted advisor to senior management and boards of directors on risk mitigation, ethics and compliance, litigation, and corporate governance. Currently, Gisele is the General Counsel and Director of Business Affairs for Bethel Gospel Assembly Inc. and The Pavilion Off The Park, LLC. In this role, Gisele is responsible for guiding the organization’s leadership in the identification and mitigation of risk, ensuring adherence with applicable laws and regulations governing tax-exempt and religious corporations and providing oversight over its growing real estate portfolio. Gisele was previously a criminal defense attorney for a prominent firm in New York City where she represented clients in a variety of cases including white collar crimes and high level felonies. She has argued and litigated in state and federal courts, managing cases throughout all stages of litigation, including disposition at trial. Gisele, who was born in the Democratic Republic of The Congo, received a Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts, from The City College of New York. She has been a prior speaker on risk management, property development for churches, and diversity, equity and inclusion. She serves as a Senior Editorial Advisor to Church Law and Tax which engages over 4.5 million Christian leaders worldwide and provides critical content and practical solutions on important issues pertinent to religious organizations. Gisele is an advocate for women, youth and immigrants. She, her husband and son currently reside in Atlanta, Ga. In 2019, while at a football game, my son asked me what I had wanted to be growing up. I said, I am doing it, I am a lawyer. He looked at me casually and asked, "but what's your more?". How do we get to our more? Gisele will share her search for her more. She will help you discover your "more" and how you can harness this discovery for personal and professional growth.
June 21, 2022
Season 4, Episode 19: We've Had It Backwards the Entire Time with Chad Aboud
Chad Aboud tries hard to be an approachable General Counsel that focuses on genuine and fun relationships built on selflessness and curiosity, so that we all create amazing solutions and find fulfillment in our careers. Chad currently holds a position of a General Counsel at AudienceView, where he creates and leads the Legal function for an int'l portfolio of tech companies. There, he is responsible for developing scalable LegalTech, systems and tools to empower the business and leading cross-functional projects. In the Legal industry we 've been inundated with self-promotion and the pressure to get the bigger title, salary increase, or book of business. Yet we know that even after meeting these milestones, so many Lawyers remain unfulfilled and dissatisfied with our profession. That's because we've had it backwards. Lifting others first, lifts us in a way that's more rewarding internally and creates greater external success. The best news is that there are so many fast and no/lost cost ways to prove this to ourselves. It just takes a bit of curiosity and humility for our outlook to change.
June 06, 2022
Season 4, Episode 18: Smart Contracts with Louis Sanchez de Lozada
Dr Louis Sanchez de Lozada is Director Legal Counsel at Unigestion (UK) Limited, a Swiss management company based in London. He has more than 20 years’ experience as a financial and corporate legal counsel in international banks and asset management companies all over the world. Louis has a solid educational foundation with a PhD in Financial comparative law from University Paris 2 Pantheon-Assas and an infinite passion for LegalTech. During his PhD, he wrote a book on all kinds of fiduciary Funds and investment companies that was published in 2012. He is a qualified lawyer in France and Bolivia and interchangeably uses English, French and Spanish as his working languages and rely heavily upon Common Law, French and European Law for work and for his academic writing. Instead of painfully negotiating long contracts in Word to set up Investment Funds, you can set up a DAO in the DLT, give some nodes to your investor friends, get some Oracles for the external data, and code a few smart contracts to automate all operational obligations. The machine will do the investor’s ID checks for you, receive their investments and issue some security tokens for them to trade. Meanwhile, you will have time to finally chill, spend time with your family and learn how to code your next contract. Are you a beginner in Blockchain and this sounds like Japanese to you? Or are you an expert and you think that this is too good to be true? Join Dr Louis Sanchez de Lozada, LegalTech expert and authorfor this episode of NTMLS. He will explain step by step how to automate investment Funds. He will help to understand and use the Blockchain, DAOs, smart contracts and Oracles. Most importantly, he will inspire you to find your own path to begin, continue or enhance the automation of your own legal and operational activities. Time to full automation is here. Let’s move forward to the future now.
May 30, 2022
Season 4, Episode 17: Relaunching Legal Career with Mindy Berkower
Mindy S. Berkower is Chief Client Officer and General Counsel of iRelaunch, LLC. iRelaunch, a consulting, events, and content firm founded in 2007, is the pioneer, industry leader, and chief innovator in the return to work space, bringing progressive employers together with “career relaunchers”: educated, experienced professionals seeking to return to work after a career break. Since joining iRelaunch in 2013, Mindy has held multiple cross-functional roles encompassing marketing and communications, audience development, strategic planning, business development, client and partner relationship management, and legal. Currently, Mindy develops and manages key corporate client relationships, shapes iRelaunch’s overall corporate client practice and policies, and leads iRelaunch’s legal function as the sole in-house attorney. A career relauncher herself, Mindy practiced corporate and securities law in major New York City law firms before taking a multi-year career break to raise her two children. During her time away from paid work, Mindy used and enhanced her skills by project-managing important family undertakings and volunteering extensively in her community, including in what she calls “skin-thickening” PTA leadership roles. She is a lifelong New Yorker and received her JD from New York University School of Law and her BA in Political Science from Binghamton University (SUNY). Many of us pursue career paths because of parental expectations or fall into a career by accident. Taking a career break can often shed light on one’s true interests and provide direction, leading to a career pivot. In other cases, as with Dorothy in ”The Wizard of Oz,” one’s heart’s desire has actually been close at hand all along. Mindy Berkower shares her story of leaving the grueling life of “big law” to raise her family, having a multi-year career break as a recovering lawyer and community volunteer, relaunching her career in a marketing role for a small company, and eventually, and happily, becoming the solo general counsel at the same company.
May 24, 2022
Season 4, Episode 16: Can Web 3 Save The Internet with Duane Valz
Duane Valz has led the legal and IP functions at prominent Silicon Valley companies operating at a variety of scales and growth stages. He has been broadly recognized over the past 10 years as one of the world’s leading IP strategists. Duane is currently VP & General Counsel of Insitro, a venture-backed company applying machine learning and automation to disease target identification and new drug development. Prior to Insitro, he was VP & General Counsel of Zymergen Inc., a molecular technology growth company operating at the intersection of biology, chemistry, automation and machine learning. Duane was previously a senior member of the Patent Team at Google, where he led strategic IP initiatives bearing on mobile, cloud, web, and open source technologies. He was also previously Associate General Counsel in charge of patent development at Yahoo! Duane began his career at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin (now combined with Arnold & Porter LLP). Duane serves on the Board of Directors for SMASH.org, is an advisory board member for UCOP's MESA program, and is on the advisory Board for the National Society of Black Physicists — all organizations focused on supporting underrepresented students in the pursuit of educations and careers in STEM fields. The assemblage of computing devices, sensors, cloud-based services, artificial intelligence and software applications that make up the internet have transformed our daily lives quite remarkably over the past 25 years. We enjoy connection, information, entertainment and host of conveniences with an ease and utility previously unimaginable. But along with those positives has come a shadow side that is increasingly concerning. This includes intrusive user tracking and targeting, secret government surveillance, cyber bullying, misinformation and distortions of history, election interference and voter manipulation, wide dissemination of conspiracies and violent ideologies, large scale cyber breaches, etc. Can Web 3 save us from the various ills that are afflicting the Internet? Its proponents suggest that a new approach to designing web services can help address many of the problems impacting internet users. In this discussion, Duane Valz will address the promise and possible shortcomings of Web 3. We'll also discuss what else might be needed to create a more positive internet experience going forward.
May 24, 2022
Season 4, Episode 15: Alternative In-House Paths with Kevin Keller
Kevin Keller counseled, advised, invested and been an inventor for a wide variety of start-ups and emerging tech businesses, including being the first in-house legal support for moonshots of some of the worlds largest tech companies. Kevin is an engineer and attorney with broad experience that includes privacy, intellectual property, employment, regulatory, compliance, complex commercial contracts and general product counseling. He has developed and led diverse and inclusive teams that supported the development and worldwide launch of innovative consumer and enterprise hardware, software and services, including innovative retail and payment solutions, advanced autonomous robotics, social media, text, audio and video content and physical retail and delivery services. Law schools rarely show students more than a handful of possible career paths, leading a lot of students to believe that one of the only ways to be successful is to run the BigLaw gauntlet and then turn to working in-House at similarly big and apparent stable companies. In this episode, Kevin Keller will discuss his walk down one of those conventional paths, but also why some of his best career moves and the best career moves of those he knows were not those imagined by law school career counselors and were real leaps of faith. In addition Kevin will explore some of his insights after meeting with hundreds of law students and practitioners over his career to discuss career paths and choices.
May 02, 2022
Season 4, Episode 14: Humanizing Tech and Law with Fatima Jafri
Fatima Jafri is a Lead Product and Privacy Counsel at Facebook where she leads the Social Impact, Election and Health product teams. She manages all of the legal and compliance issues related to the Blood Donation Products, Covid-19 Information Hub, Racial and Social Justice, Facebook Health Groups, Preventive Health, Voter Information Center and Voter Registration drives. She was previously at ChargePoint where she focused on the privacy, legal and regulatory regimes around electric vehicle charging stations in the US, EU and Asia. Prior to that she was at Inventus Law, where she practiced corporate law and advised startups on venture financings and other corporate matters. Fatima is involved with and on the board of a variety of organizations focused on women's leadership, startup growth and legal services including Leading Women in Technology, Asian Law Alliance, TechWadi, Lazardis Institute and Founder's Space. She has a JD from Northeastern School of Law, a Masters in International Relations and Economics from the Fletcher School of Diplomacy, Tufts University and a BA in International Relations and Economics from Trinity College. Can technology save the world? For decades, tech enthusiasts have made grandiose statements about the power of technology, how lines of code can change the world. Join Fatima Jafri, the Lead Attorney for Social Impact for a LinkedIn this conversation. She will talk about her path into social impact and synthesizing her passion for social justice, impact and equity through the channels of technology.
April 25, 2022
Season 4, Episode 13: How to Launch a Product Counsel Role with Robert Esposito
Robert Esposito spent the first eight years of his career as a litigator at the law firms Morrison & Foerster and Bryan Cave in San Francisco, focusing on intellectual property, consumer protection, and business disputes. In 2018, on the verge of GDPR's enforcement date, Robert made the jump in-house as a product counsel at Facebook, where he helped launch social good products and programs. Later, Robert joined Pandora Media, where he led the development of Pandora’s privacy program and worked on digital entertainment services. Robert currently serves as Senior Legal Counsel, Technology and Product Counsel at Hillspire, LLC, which advises a number of initiatives such as Schmidt Futures, which partners with leaders in the public and private sectors to help scale promising new ideas in science, technology, and society. In the past decade, in-house legal departments, primarily at large technology companies, began creating a new role called "product counsel." The product counsel role is amorphous. Most in-house lawyers don't know what product counsel do, let alone the product, engineering, and marketing teams they're meant to serve. Join Robert Esposito, law firm litigator turned in-house product counsel to learn about this "new" type of attorney and how to become one.
April 18, 2022
Season 4, Episode 12: Why Legal AI Needs Lawyers to Act Now with Wei Chen
Wei Chen is the SVP and Associate General Counsel, Strategic Transactions, at salesforce.com, inc., the global CRM leader that empowers companies to digitally transform and create a 360° view of their customers. Wei and her team are responsible for providing legal support of Salesforce’s global mergers & acquisitions, strategic investment, real estate and data center transactions. Wei founded The Atticus Project, a non-profit organization and the curator of CUAD, an open-sourced high quality AI training dataset of legal contracts with 13,000+ annotations crowd-sourced under the supervision of experienced lawyers, and the dataset powering the 2021 ABA Public Target Deal Points Study. Wei is a member of the Advisory Board of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and a frequent lecturer on the topics of AI innovations in Legal, including at various legal conferences hosted by TechGC and Transaction Advisors Institute, as well as law schools such as Columbia, Berkeley and Stanford. As part of The Atticus Project, Wei has mobilized over 50 experienced lawyers to create rich learning materials and provide hands-on legal training to nearly 100 law students and volunteers around the world. Wei started her legal career at Skadden Arps and then at Cooley. Prior to joining Salesforce, Wei served as the Assistant General Counsel at Sun Microsystems responsible for all of its M&A legal activities. Wei is a sub-4-hour marathoner and an active volunteer in her community and local schools. Very few legal professionals understand the secret of success of the modern-day AI - it requires a large amount of training data to be able to perform a task that surpasses human accuracy. The only group of people who can create the training data or perform quality checks are highly skilled legal professionals, but many are oblivious of the fact that their contributions are required to advance the quality of the AI. A successful legal transformation depends on creating a human-centric strategy that motivates legal professionals to take part. Its success depends on our ability to design systems and workflows that make the human lawyers’ experience more rewarding than before.
April 10, 2022
Season 4, Episode 11: It's Ok to Stop Trying to Have It All with Adele Tegger
Adele Tegger is a 20+ year attorney having practiced in-house the entirety of her career. She has spent her career at some of Orange County's best companies including Boeing, Yamaha, Arbonne and now Western Digital. Our culture, and the legal field particularly, says you should always be striving for the next level, the next promotion and if you do not you must be lazy. Adele disagrees, you can be an amazing attorney and contributor without wanting to become the General Counsel. You can be a great attorney and not be reaching for the next big client or next big promotion.
April 05, 2022
Season 4, Episode 10: It's All About the People with Anirma Gupta
Anirma Gupta is an accomplished business executive with broad experience in the technology industry, including cybersecurity and privacy. She has a proven track record of managing challenging corporate, business and legal issues, with the demonstrated ability to advise and provide strategic analysis on technology, products, business strategy, risk management, and regulatory and compliance matters. Ms. Gupta is currently SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Carbon, Inc., a leader in the additive manufacturing industry making innovative 3D printers, polymer resins and software. Prior to Carbon, Ms. Gupta was General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary at Tanium Inc., a revolutionary cyber security and systems management software company. Both at Carbon as well as at Tanium, Ms. Gupta advised the Company and the Board on business strategy implementation, managing global compliance and a variety of legal issues associated with a high growth stage company. Ms. Gupta additionally built legal teams at both companies to address a broad range of global legal and compliance issues as the companies grew domestically and internationally. . Prior to joining Tanium, Ms. Gupta held a number of roles with increasing breadth of responsibility, including with Intuit, Inc., where in addition to managing several legal functions, she was a strategic member of several cross-company technology and change management initiatives and regularly presented to the company’s Audit Committee. Ms. Gupta has also held roles at Sun Microsystems as well as in private practice as a patent litigator. Ms. Gupta is also a co-founder and board member of a non-profit dedicated to the promotion and advancement of women in technology, policy and law and has volunteered with the Tech Talent Project and Lawyers for Biden. In addition to her law degree, Ms. Gupta holds a degree in Electrical Engineering. As leaders and managers, we’ve traveled the path of advancement by being good at what we do. As a leader and a manager, it’s about more than getting the work done. It’s about leading teams of individuals and enabling them to do their best work. Join Anirma Gupta, a seasoned leader as she shares her experiences of growing into the full leadership role.
March 28, 2022
Season 4, Episode 9: Colombo’s Four “C”s of Education in Law with Beth Colombo
Elizabeth A. Colombo ("Beth") is from Ridgewood, New Jersey, but lives in sunny Sarasota, Florida. Beth earned her B.A., magna cum laude, in Film, Television, and Theatre from The University of Notre Dame and her J.D., cum laude, from Quinnipiac University School of Law. With 15 years of legal experience and a decade of in-house experience, Beth was corporate counsel for Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. and senior associate, cyber risk for Kroll. Beth currently serves as senior legal counsel at Vendavo, Inc., working cross-functionally with the relevant business teams and stakeholders, providing legal advice on a broad range of topics and guiding the business on legal compliance with a particular focus on drafting, managing, and negotiating client and vendor contracts of moderate-to-high complexity from the bid phase through contract execution, including software licensing and SaaS-specific provisions, as well as matters related to contractual liability and risk-shifting provisions, data privacy, intellectual property, and products. When not working for Vendavo, Beth teaches business law for Southern New Hampshire University and sits on the Board of her all-girls Catholic high school in Washington Township, New Jersey, Immaculate Heart Academy. On a personal level, Beth enjoys spending time with loved ones and swimming, writing, dancing, dining out, and television! Beth moved to Sarasota, in part, because she loves the beach, sunsets, birds, manatees, and other wildlife! As attorneys, we are often continual learners. Thus, it makes sense that we can utilize lessons learned from education to enhance our practice of law. Join Beth Colombo, corporate counsel, board member, professor of business law, and author this episode. She will explore skills and abilities utilized in education as a means to excel in your legal career. Join Beth as she discusses her Four “C”s of Education in Law: Communication, Counsel, Creativity, and Compassion.
March 22, 2022
Season 4, Episode 8: Finding Your Voice as a Trusted Advisor with Alexandra Ross
Alexandra Ross is Senor Director, Senior Data Protection, Use & Ethics Counsel at Autodesk, Inc. where she provides legal, strategic and governance support for Autodesk’s global privacy, security, data use and ethics programs. She is also an Advisor to BreachRx and an Innovators Evangelist for The Rise of Privacy Tech (TROPT). Previously she was Senior Counsel at Paragon Legal and Associate General Counsel for Wal-Mart Stores. She is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT, FIP and PLS) and a frequent speaker at privacy and security conferences. She holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and a B.S. in theater from Northwestern University. Alexandra is a recipient of the 2019 Bay Area Corporate Counsel Award – Privacy. Alexandra launched The Privacy Guru blog in 2014 and has published an ebook Privacy for Humans (available on Amazon and iTunes). An Advisor is someone who provides advice and expertise to organizations to help them improve parts of their business. Privacy professionals [or in house counsel if you want to speak more generally] have the opportunity to act as advisors to their teams, business colleagues, peers, and formally as Advisors or Board Members of start-ups and other organizations. Join Alexandra Ross to learn how to leverage your skills and experience, provide sound advice and become a trusted advisor.
March 13, 2022
Season 4, Episode 7: Perception IS Reality with Carolyn Herzog
Carolyn Herzog is a C-Suite executive with over 25 years of broad technology experience in multinational companies, having worked in the U.S. and overseas. Currently, as EVP, General Counsel, Company Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer at Arm Ltd., the world’s leading semiconductor IP company, Carolyn is responsible globally for all legal, regulatory and public affairs matters for the company and provides strategic counsel to the CEO, Board and leadership team on a broad range of corporate, commercial and regulatory issues. Prior to Arm, Carolyn was the VP, CCO and Deputy GC at Symantec Corporation (SYMC), the world’s largest cybersecurity company. Prior roles included acting as Head of Legal for EMEA. Carolyn joined Symantec through the acquisition of AXENT Technologies, Inc. (AXNT) where she led the transaction as GC. Prior to her legal career, Carolyn worked at The World Bank in Washington, D.C. Carolyn currently serves on the Board of the Association of Corporate Counsel and has served as an Advisory Board member to IPWatch Systems Corporation and on the Board for the National Cyber Security Alliance. She has been recognized by the Silicon Valley Business Journal C-Suite Awards, as a Distinguished GC by the Director’s Roundtable and an Attorney That Matters by Ethisphere. Carolyn and the Arm Legal Department were recognized for their innovation and positive human impact in 2020 by the American Legal Technology Awards. Both within the companies that Carolyn has worked and externally, she has been an executive advocate for equality and diversity and inclusion initiatives. As in house counsel - and leaders - it is not always our job to be right, but to influence others to want to do the right thing. Lawyers often pride ourselves on our depth of knowledge in our chosen profession - and it's important to ensure that we can advise our clients on legal requirements. Equally important to the success of an in house leader is that our clients seek our counsel.
March 07, 2022
Season 4, Episode 6: Crafting an International In-house Counsel Career with Nikhil Patel
Nikhil Patel is an internationally experienced in-house counsel with a top tier M.B.A. and LL.M. He has hands-on generalist experience in the pharmaceutical and FMCG industries, across Europe, Asia, the Middle East & Africa, with a special emphasis on M&A and competition law. Nikhil is currently Chief Legal Officer (AMEA) & Global Anti-Trust Counsel at Upfield B.V. in the Netherlands. He's lived in the Netherlands since 2016, after stints in Malaysia and South Africa working with large multinational organizations in legal roles. A career as an in-house counsel is now a viable alternative to the traditional law firm or practicing attorney path, however, making a move outside of the country or region of qualification remains daunting. While this remains the most lucrative and rewarding career for an in-house counsel, it does require a shift in mindset. We are going to discuss these views in this episode.
March 05, 2022
Season 4, Episode 5: "Fail Better" - The importance of a growth mindset with Victoria Libin
Victoria Libin is an accomplished strategic legal executive with a passion for disruptive technology. She most recently was at Accenture Digital, where she led a global team of senior lawyers focused on expansion into new business areas and development of cutting-edge technology platforms. Previously, she served in senior legal roles at Viacom and multiple startups. Victoria holds a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, a master’s in art history from Harvard University, and a bachelor’s in art history from Brandeis University. As senior in-house counsel we are required to see "around corners" and not only anticipate change but help lead the companies through times of change and turmoil. This requires the ability embrace risk, be willing to make mistakes, learn and grow from those mistakes, which is not natural for lawyers. However, while counterintuitive adopting a growth mindset and stepping out of our comfort zone will make us more resilient and successful. In this episode, we will explore how to become comfortable in the "grey zones" and embrace intelligent risk taking. We will discuss how to create safe zones where our team members and colleagues feel empowered to take intelligent risks and be able to make mistakes.
February 21, 2022
Season 4, Episode 4: How to Get Hired as a GC of an Early Stage Company with Andy Dale
Andy Dale is General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer of Alyce, Inc. a B2B gifting and engagement platform. Andy leads all legal affairs including data privacy, strategic partnerships and corporate compliance. He has led the legal, privacy and compliance functions at SessionM which was acquired by Mastercard in 2019 and dataxu. Inc. an advertising technology company which is now owned by Roku. Andy was also an in-house lawyer at TD Ameritrade, worked in a corporate law firm and clerked for a judge in Baltimore. Andy received his BA from Colgate University, his JD from University of Baltimore and holds the IAPP’s CIPP/US and CIPP/E certifications. Its hard to get in early! It is great to be able to come in and build a legal function but how do you convince founders and investors to bring in a lawyer? It's not easy! We will discuss some tricks and trends that can help. How do you show value? How do you combat the idea that legal is a cost center only? How can legal help sales? What are the key relationships to develop? Who can help me do this? Are there platforms/tools that help legal show value in the early going?
February 14, 2022
Season 4, Episode 3: Outside General Counsel and Alternative Fee Arrangement with Steven J. Shanker, Esq.
For the past 20 years, Steven J. Shanker, Esq. has helped businesses that provide for-hire transportation navigate the complex industry they work in and the unique legal issues they face. Through his understanding of the for-hire transportation market and his relationship with the leaders of the industry, Steven has been able to not just help his clients mitigate and manage risk, but also to continue to flourish all in the face of the massive disruption brought about by Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft. Steven also reinvented the relationship between the client and the lawyer by creating what he calls the position of "Outside General Counsel". This construct more closely aligns the interests of the lawyer and the client for the benefit of both. Sarah is licensed to practice in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts. One of his favorite things to do is meet new and interesting people on LinkedIn via his informative posts about historical New York City. Steven believes that if we do not learn the lessons history has taught us, then we are bound to repeat the mistakes we have made. This applies not just in the legal profession, but in business and life in general. The legal industry has historically been slow to adapt, but in the for-hire transportation industry, either you overcome and adapt or you die a slow death. Steven helps his clients not just survive, but to thrive. Let's face it. Most people do not like lawyers and almost everyone hates when they have to find and retain one. But when you need one, you want one who you trust and have faith in their ability to represent your interests. The billable hour business model for lawyers is broken and puts the client's interests at odds with the lawyer. Alternative fee arrangements and the role of "Outside General Counsel" have enabled Steven J. Shanker, Esq. to revolutionize the delivery of legal services in a way that is more cost-effective and more closely aligns the interests of the lawyer and client. It is a win-win situation for everyone. Steven helps businesses in dynamic industries adapt to change and thrive.
February 06, 2022
Season 4, Episode 2: Better Contract Content with Chris Simkins
Chris is an experienced commercial lawyer who now specialises in helping clients optimise how contracts are created, agreed and managed. This includes working with clients to develop and design better contracts. Chris is currently Head of Contract Optimisation at Simmons Wavelength (part of global law firm Simmons & Simmons). Most of his work is with household names, supporting them to simplify and improve their contract templates and playbooks. This includes creating modular contracts, writing plain English content, preparing documents for automation and more. Before joining Simmons, Chris was a senior in-house lawyer at two FTSE100 companies. Before that, he qualified and worked at a leading international law firm. He has spent most of his career creating, negotiating and advising on a wide range of contracts - from large-scale outsourcing arrangements to consumer terms and conditions - and is passionate about finding practical ways to improve contracts and the contracting process. The CLM market is booming. More than ever, companies are focussing on how to improve the way contracts are created, agreed and managed. Technology grabs a lot of attention. But optimising the content of our contracts is critical. Clear, balanced and well-designed contracts remain key to optimising so much of the contract lifecycle. Join Chris Simkins, Head of Contract Optimisation at Simmons Wavelength, for this discussion about the benefits and challenge of creating better contracts, including practical tips for your own projects.
January 31, 2022
Season 4, Episode 1: Better Contract Design with Stefania Passera and Paula Doyle
Stefania Passera is a contract design and simplification expert based in Espoo, Finland. She runs her one-woman consultancy Passera Design, and is Contract Designer in Residence at World Commerce & Contracting. In these roles, she helps organizations transform their contracts and policies into user-friendly, effective tools that work for business. Stefania is an all-rounder, backing her design expertise with a solid academic background. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Vaasa, Department of Business Law, and has earned her doctoral degree from Aalto University School of Science. She has guest lectured at prestigious institutions such as Stanford University, Bucerius Center on the Legal Profession, KU Leuven, UC Louvain, European University Institute, ESADE Law School, and California Western School of Law. She is a co-founder of the Legal Design Alliance, a co-author of the Legal Design Manifesto, and the creator of Legal Design Jam. In 2020, she received the European Women of Legal Tech Award. Paula Doyle is Chief Legal Innovation Officer at World Commerce & Contracting. She works with organizations to build efficient contract frameworks, reimagine, and redesign their terms and conditions for greater ease of doing business, understand and work with the WorldCC contracting principles, and collaborate with technology for better outcomes. Before World Commerce & Contracting, Paula headed up the European Cloud and Solutions legal team at IBM. Prior to joining IBM, she worked for leading New York law firm Weil Gotshal and ex Silicon Valley-based start-up Micromuse. Paula is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Quintin Hogg Trust, a charity dedicated to the advancement of education. She has been working tirelessly for greater equality and has successfully lobbied the UK government to agree changes in the law to help vulnerable children access education. In an age of fast-growing complexity, the winners are those who simplify the lives of others. So why are most contracts still so complex? They can be made so much easier to understand and still control risk. They can be designed to be better for business. It's time to join the revolution! In this episode, Stefania and Paula discuss why the time for better contract design and simplification is now. They explore the many benefits of simplified contracts and how user-centered design is now a must-have!.
January 24, 2022
Season 3, Episode 20: The Fear of Letting Go - A Journey to Self with Niti Nadarajah and Lisa Lang
With academic prowess comes a fear of failure and perfectionism. As lawyers, this fear is honed time and time again - at school, when we go to university and later when we start practicing. Making mistakes is frowned about - every "i" dotted and every "t" crossed. We learn that we need to wear armor...a mask...HIDE. But what happens when everything unravels? What happens when we reach breaking point? How do we find our way back to the self that hides beneath all that armor? In this epizode, we have two guests – Niti Nadarajah and Lisa Lang! In a career spanning almost 20 years, Niti Nadarajah has worked as a corporate lawyer at major law firms in Melbourne, London and Sydney, and is now the head of the legal department at Philip Morris in Australia. But, in addition to being a lawyer, Niti is also a woman, a mother and a human being. As she has grown into her career and life has thrown challenges at her, including the juggle of motherhood, Niti has become an advocate for authenticity and vulnerability, mental health issues and DEI. After spending a total of nine years with a mid-size law firm in Kentucky, first as a paralegal then as an associate attorney specializing in insurance defense, Lisa Lang left private practice to work for the Commonwealth of Kentucky first with the Office of the Attorney General and then for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE). She worked at KDE in various roles including an Assistant General Counsel, an Assistant Director, and then as a General Counsel for the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). It was because of her work in education that she eventually landed a job as a General Counsel for a regional public university.
January 16, 2022
Season 3, Episode 19: Calling All Aspiring GCs with David Hamm
David Hamm is Senior Counsel – Corporate at Summit Materials where he provides legal support for the company’s board and its committees, SEC filings and other disclosure matters, mergers and acquisitions and commercial transactions. He graduated from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University in 2008 and is currently pursuing an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center in Financial Regulation and Securities (projected graduation December 2021). David is co-chair of the In-House Subcommittee of the ABA Corporate Governance Committee and, in connection with the subcommittee’s activities, is currently recording an upcoming ABA podcast entitled Conversations with GCs designed to educate and develop aspiring general counsels by interviewing leading general counsels for the purpose of exploring the path that led them to becoming a general counsel, essential skills and characteristics of a successful general counsel, current issues that are of a particular focus for general counsel and advice for aspiring general counsels. He and his family are based in the Denver area and try to find as much time as possible to hike, ski and explore. David Hamm is the host of the new ABA Podcast, Conversations with GCs, that was created to help aspiring GCs find practical and actionable guidance as they pursue the top in-house legal role. The podcast facilitates conversations with leading GCs that explore the paths that led them to the role of GC, essential GC skills and characteristics, current GC hot topics and advice for those aspiring to be GCs. In this episode, he will tell the origin story of the podcast, share the highlights of the first three episodes and why aspiring GCs should consider listening in.
January 09, 2022
Season 3, Episode 18: The Future of Law with Electra Japonas
Electra Japonas is the co-founder of oneNDA, the first peer-to-peer, legal community-led initiative to create a universally standardized, open-source NDA contract. Electra worked for over ten years in various large organizations in commercial legal roles, and is now founder and CEO of tlb, a contracts optimisation company. Her experience has given her a passion for legal design and better ways of working, and a staunch belief that there must be a better way than the current contract process. Since its inception in February 2021, the oneNDA has garnered incredible support, with over 1,000 sign ups to the oneNDA club and a steering committee that will give anyone FOMO. In this episode, we discuss my favorite topic - contracts! We go over the following questions: how did Electra start in the industry? Why contracts aren’t documents but data? How long does it take to understand your agreements? Why did Electra start oneNDA? Why do some contract problems need to be addressed at an industry level?
January 06, 2022
Season 3, Episode 17: Creating the New Conscious Legal System with J Kim Wright
For over two decades, J Kim Wright has been an advocate for systems change in the law. She focuses on a set of values and models called Integrative Law. In the early 2000s, Kim attended dozens of events and conferences about many innovative legal practices: holistic law, therapeutic jurisprudence, law and creative problem-solving, sacred activism, humanizing legal education, plain language, PISLAP (the Project for Integrating Spirituality and Law), ADR (alternative dispute resolution), mediation, collaborative law, restorative justice, non-violent communication, and more. She applied all of those in her law practice while building a network of lawyers practicing the models. Kim saw a lot of common ground among the ideas and decided to pull those siloed approaches together and to support the developing movement. In 2008, she gave up her house and law practice and went on the road to focus on her mission. (There wasn't a name for it then but we now would say that Kim became a digital nomad.) In the beginning, Kim was just seen as a weird lawyer but as the movement grew, it has become more mainstream. In 2009, she was named by the American Bar Association as a Legal Rebel. In 2010 the ABA published her first bestselling book, "Lawyers as Peacemakers, Practicing Holistic, Problem-Solving Law" followed by "Lawyers as Changemakers, the Global Integrative Law Movement" in 2016. She has collaborated on several other books and is co-editor of "Trauma-Informed Law: A Primer for Practicing Lawyers," to be published by the ABA in 2022. She is also one of the collaborators of the Lawyers as Designers project. Kim is a coach and consultant, a co-founder of the Conscious Contracts® project, a speaker and trainer. She is an educator and visiting clinical professor at Quinnipiac University School of Law and collaborates with the Institute of International Education in South Africa, where Integrative Law is taught in seven law schools. She has relationships and projects on six continents. She views the changes in the legal system as a transformation that is the foundation of a new legal system being built. Systems change experts are predicting the collapse of most of our institutions. The signs of previous collapses in history are there. Pandemics, climate change, income inequality, social unrest, racism, sexism...the list of wicked VUCA problems is daunting. Systemic racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, toxic adversarialism, incivility, and a number of other dysfunctional models are baked into the legal system. Even the roles of victim, offender, and judge (rescuer) are based on a dysfunctional drama triangle model. The old legal system is dying. A new legal system is emerging. The Integrative Law Movement offers alternatives that are conscious, humanistic, holistic, values-based, and flexible enough to respond to rapid change.
December 13, 2021
Season 3, Episode 16: Freelance Paralegals with Berlinda Bernard
Berlinda Bernard is an experienced paralegal, owner and founder of Quintessential Pillar Paralegal Consulting, LLC. Prior to starting her paralegal consulting business, Berlinda spent 12 years utilizing her education, skills, and professional experience providing quality legal support to lawyers in law firms, corporate in-house departments, and government settings. She has worked in various areas of law including labor & employment and bankruptcy law. Berlinda is also a co-author and has published several blog articles which can be found on her company website. Berlinda is also a member of several paralegal associations, where she continues to share her knowledge and insights. Freelance paralegals help lawyers work smarter. They help them save time and clients money. They are available as needed and can be retained on a contract basis. When a lawyer realizes that he needs additional legal support but not necessarily a new hire, he can reach out to a virtual freelance paralegal to get the help he needs to run his practice smoothly. Freelance paralegals can help lawyers be more productive by simply taking on some of the substantive legal tasks and legal administrative work that a lawyer is responsible for completing. This partnership is precisely what the legal industry needs as legal fees rise and cases become more complex.
December 08, 2021
Season 3, Episode 15: Storytelling for Thought Leaders with Jay Harrington
Jay Harrington is the President of Harrington Communications, a leading thought-leadership marketing agency for the professional services industry. Jay has written four books, hosts The Thought Leadership Project podcast, and previously practiced law at Skadden Arps, Foley & Lardner, and co-founded and ran his own small law firm. We think we make decisions based on logic and reason, but we're really driven by emotion. And story is the best way to unite an idea to an emotion. From hiring to buying to fundraising, decision-makers are driven to act by compelling stories that illuminate risk and bring opportunity into focus. Join Jay Harrington, who will discuss what storytelling is and why it matters in business, and will describe frameworks for telling stories in our thought-leadership content that engage our audiences. In short, Jay will make the case as to why we need to get people interested in us, as individuals, before they will become interested in buying what we have to sell.
November 22, 2021
Season 3, Episode 14: Mental Illness with Emma Sharma
Emma Sharma serves as Chief Administrative Officer; General Counsel of Valiant Integrated Services, overseeing many of the organization's vital administrative and legal functions. As one of the core executive team members who stood up Valiant Integrated Services, Emma drew on her 25 years of experience as a global business executive known for her entrepreneurial approach. Emma has a proven track record in complex organizational transformations and a strong empathetic leadership style with a gift for pulling together high value creation teams. Additionally, Emma’s passion for organizational design, psychology, and development led her to pioneer mentoring and leadership development initiatives for fellow executives and senior managers at Valiant Integrated Services. Emma is also a passionate advocate for workplace mental health issues. Since the pandemic began, mental illness has finally been acknowledged as a real scourge that affects many people especially during times of unforeseen stress and loss. With a strong support network, empathy and understanding, a full recovery is possible; however, fear of being labelled, ostracized or worse prevents many sufferers seeking the very support they need to win their own personal battle. Join Emma Sharma, a successful business woman and attorney, who is courageously open about her own struggles with PTSD, as she shares practical tips and an encouraging message of real hope for a life of total freedom beyond mental illness!
November 15, 2021
Season 3, Episode 13: Board Service with Marla Persky
Marla Persky is CEO and President of WOMN LLC, a company dedicated to helping women succeed in the business of law by increasing their knowledge of and acuity with financial drivers, client development, and leadership. Throughout her professional life, Ms. Persky has had the opportunity to understand and practice business principles that lead to personal and company success. Ms. Persky retired in 2013 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Boehringer Ingelheim Inc., where she oversaw a department of over 70 individuals. She also was a member of Boehringer’s executive management team and a director of the company and several of its subsidiaries. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim, Ms. Persky spent 19 years at Baxter International Inc. where she held numerous business and legal positions, the most recent of which was Acting General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. During her career at Baxter, Ms. Persky managed global legal services, was General Manager of an international medical device business, led international crisis management teams, acquired, and integrated international businesses, and designed/implemented strategies to manage global mass torts. Ms. Persky currently serves on the Audit and Chairs the Governance Committees of Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc.(NASDAQ: XERS), a specialty pharmaceutical company that leverages proprietary non-aqueous formulation technology platforms. She is also on the Board of Directors of Revolo Biotherapeutics and serves on the Audit and Strategic Planning Committees of the Board of Directors of YGEIA, a medical informatics technology company. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors of Cytyc Corporation (NASDAQ: CYTYC) a device and diagnostics company. She was also on the Board of Boehringer Ingelheim Corporation, the world’s largest privately owned pharmaceutical company. Ms. Persky was a director of Watermark, Inc. a private publisher and broker of children’s literature and on the board of advisors of Text IQ, a technology company that harnesses thepower of artificial intelligence to prevent legal, compliance and reputational disasters. In addition to her corporate activities, Ms. Persky is on the Board of several not-for-profit organizations such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Primary Stages (Off-Broadway Theater Company) and World Neighbors Inc. Ms. Persky is a frequent speaker on a variety of subjects including leadership principles, career development, board service, mentoring, diversity, and crisis management. She is a graduate of Washington University, School of Law and Northwestern University. Throughout her career, Ms. Persky has focused on improving diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. She has been awarded for her contributions by elite organizations such as the Lawyer's Collaborative for Diversity and the Connecticut Appleseed Foundation. She was recognized as one of the ten most innovative in-house counsel for her strategy and efforts to increase the opportunities and visibility of women in high profile litigation. Many rumors abound about how difficult it is for lawyers to get on corporate boards...too risk averse...no P&L experience...companies already have their own general counsel. What these nay-sayers overlook, however, are the skills and competencies that lawyers, particularly general counsel, bring to boards of directors. Just like sitting CEOs and CFOs are sought for board service, so are general counsel. Join Marla Persky, a former general counsel, as she discusses her pathway to board service. Marla is president and CEO of WOMN LLC and sits on several boards of directors. Somehow she managed to overcome the burden of being a lawyer and found her way to board service.
November 07, 2021
Season 3, Episode 12: COOL in COOmpLiance with Stanley Lui
Stanley Lui is TI Fluid Systems’ Legal Director for the APAC region, mainly dealing with legal and risk aspects in both the selling and manufacturing fronts. Between 2015 and 2018, he served as the Head of Legal and Compliance for the APAC of Hilti (construction material manufacturer); one of his key functions is formulating and directing compliance programs. Prior to that, Stanley worked five and a half years at Nobel Biocare – a medical device manufacturer – as its General Counsel for APAC where he was responsible for procuring legal, compliance and risk related advice to various business functions. Stanley has also worked for the Fire and Security unit of United Technology Corporation (2007 to 2009) and local apparel retailer G2000 (2005 to 2007). Stanley is also the founder of “White Hat Guys”, a legal and compliance communication best-practice sharing platform, whose objective is to engage employees via innovative messaging. (www.whitehatguys.com) Dude! Compliance communications and training are seriously BORING! Heck no! White Hat Guys can really put the COOL in COOmpLiance! They believe Innovation is Communication! If you're looking to put some zing in your legal and compliance narrative framework, do drop into this episode where White Hat Guys will be showcasing the creative process behind the design and production of "sticky messages".
November 01, 2021
Season 3, Episode 11: Instagram-Worthy Privacy Statements - Challenging the Status Quo with Anna Posthumus Meyjes
Anna Posthumus Meyjes is a lawyer with 10 years experience in international litigation turned legal designer (lawyer + information designer) and founder of Aclara Legal Design. She brings creativity, design and a user-centred approach to law. Anna's focus is on information design and user-centricity. She started Aclara Legal Design to improve communication in law and legal services. Anna designs clarifying visualisations that communicate legal information effectively and convincingly. Most legal documents are not designed, they're only written. A design approach focuses on the users' needs: what is a privacy statement actually for? The days of mindlessly clicking 'agree' should be over. Join Anna Posthumus Meyjes, legal designer, who will discuss clear, concise and creative privacy statements and all other legal documents that need a redesign and change of mindset.
October 24, 2021
Season 3, Episode 10: Rewirement with Norman Bacal
Norman Bacal spent a career as a lawyer in the film and television finance industry for over 25 years, representing various Hollywood studios on their Canadian made productions and sat on the board of directors of LionsGate for almost ten years. He was the founder of the Toronto office of Heenan Blaikie in 1989 and went on to build the firm into an iconic Canadian and international firm. In 2016 he retired from practice and began writing books. The first, a career memoir that went on to be a Canadian bestseller. That spurred a second career as an author of fiction and self-help books for young professionals. Norman also consults with law firm leaders across the continent and mentors young professionals. So many of us doubt whether we have it in us to succeed. Perhaps that's why most give up without a try. They settle for good enough. They see the success stories as exceptional. As not applying to them. Join Norman Bacal for this episode where he debunks that thesis. You do have greatness in you. You can succeed. Defining the path to success, capturing it, and mastering the elements in your own head, that are keeping you from it, is what this is all about.
October 18, 2021
Season 3, Episode 9: Being a Solo GC with Kristen Porter
Kristen Porter has more than 20 years of experience in legal compliance, risk management, government relations, and contract negotiation in the automotive, aerospace, appliance, real estate, and home automation industries. She has collaborated with members of Congress on language for federal legislation and prepared briefs for the U.S. Supreme Court. She has also examined commercial property titles and managed the implementation of an internet domain dispute system. Kristen is currently with GHSP, Inc. as General Counsel. She serves as a strategic business partner to all functions of the company and brings collaborative experience with federal and state lawmakers and regulators. In her free time, Kristen serves on the boards of directors for nonprofit organizations and is currently serving on an advisory board for a mental healthcare facility. She is also a registered yoga teacher, Reiki Master, and certified health and wellness coach. This week, we speak with Kristen who is the solo general counsel for a mid-size private company. She was their first in-house counsel and has learned some tricks and tips to being effective and influential in her role. It is a balancing act, but with supportive leadership and the willingness to be agile, Kristen has been successful in making a large impact in her company. Join us as we talk about the challenges and rewards of being a solo general counsel. You’ll learn how to thrive in this exciting and ever-changing role.
October 10, 2021
Season 3, Episode 8: How to Think Creatively about the Law with Tessa Manuello
Tessa Manuello is Legal Design pioneer, Internationally recognized speaker, Certified High Performance Coach, Tessa Manuello is considered one of the world's reference in Legal Design and Innovation. She's regularly invited to speak to international audiences worldwide as a thought leader at the intersection of innovation, creativity, disruption and law. Tessa has grown one of the biggest and most engaged community in the Legal Design space with her highly engaging and motivating virtual events and trainings, through the Legal Creatives Academy and most recent Legal Creatives podcast. Everybody is creative, and lawyers too! Let's demystify what is creativity, innovation, also disruption for legal professionals. Thinking creatively about the law is the starting point for legal innovation. In this highly interactive talk, you will learn the fundamentals of creativity and innovation, and the methodologies you can use to seize the new opportunities in this modern, fast-paced technological age.
October 03, 2021
Season 3, Episode 7: Growing Personal Brand with Sarah Ouis
Sarah Ouis is an in-house legal counsel specialized in commercial and data protection related matters. She is also a legal content creator who produces innovative legal content on social media (on LinkedIn Sarah OUIS and Instagram @verylawyerproblems). She is on a mission to contribute to a more user centric approach to the delivery of legal services and has been helping legal departments and legal service providers revisiting their approach to legal materials and value add to the end users With in-house legal teams not being at the core of the business and often being described as cost centers, how can in-house lawyers demonstrate their value both internally and externally by leveraging something that is personal and unique to them, their creativity? Join Sarah as she explores her journey to creating innovative legal content, first as an in-house lawyer for internal and educational purposes and then on social media for the legal community.
September 26, 2021
Season 3, Episode 6: Diversity in Legal Sourcing with Omar Sweiss
Omar Sweiss is Founder/CEO of Justice Bid, a Chicago-based technology company that helps legal departments source legal services in a data-driven manner, using the robust RFI, RFP, e-Auction, and diversity survey capabilities included in the Justice Bid platform. Omar, a trained lawyer, lifelong entrepreneur, and South Side Chicagoan, spent 20+ years building businesses and investing in diverse opportunities, and a decade as in-house counsel for his real estate development company. Omar is also an outspoken advocate for DEI and social justice issues, especially in the legal and technology space, frequently writing and speaking on these topics. In this episode, we discuss how sourcing can lead to better diversity results. How did Omar’s business inspire him to go to law school? What excites him about RFP? Why is sourcing so important? Why does it make sense to make more data-driven decisions in sourcing? What is the value that Justice Bid provides to its customers? What do legal departments need to pay attention to when sourcing? Is there more interest in the diversity of sourcing this year among companies?
September 26, 2021
Season 3, Episode 5: Digital Attacks and Disruption with Mark Sangster
Mark Sangster is the author of No Safe Harbor: The Inside Truth About Cybercrime and How to Protect Your Business. He is an award-winning speaker at international conferences and prestigious stages including the Harvard Law School and RSAConference. His thought-provoking work and perspective on shifting risk trends has influenced industry thought leaders, and is a go-to subject matter expert for leading publications and media outlets including the Wall Street Journal and Forbes when covering major data breach events. As humans, we bring biases to the table that hinder our ability to understand cause, seek forward accountability, and reduce risks. Join Mark Sangster, cyber expert and author, as he explores real-world stories of disaster to unpack our human biases, and help us find a path to understanding cause without assigning blame, and move our business forward.
September 12, 2021
Season 3, Episode 4: Wellness for In-House Lawyers with Stacey Shaw
Stacey Shaw is an experienced attorney who has held various regulatory and legal roles at the Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance and in Legal departments for financial services companies. She is a solutions-focused corporate generalist with a strong background in technology, privacy, and marketing. Stacey has led projects to implement matter management, contract lifecycle management, and data mapping and continuously leverages technology solutions to streamline processes within the Legal department. She was a co-presenter for the DocuSign “Capturing Customer Consent Online with a Single Click” webinar in May of 2020 and was also on a customer panel for the Thomson Reuters Annual Sales Meeting in February of 2019. Stacey is passionate about attorney wellness and is leading the new wellness initiative in the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel. In 2016, the American Bar Association conducted a study with the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation on lawyer impairment and found attorney experience issues with alcohol at a higher rate than other professions. The study also found attorneys experience significant mental health distress. This research highlights the need for more resources for lawyer assistance programs and a focus on attorney wellness. So why are we focused on this now? Over the last year during the pandemic, many attorneys experienced burnout and isolation, along with higher levels of stress and anxiety due to longer hours and no boundaries between work and home. Join Stacey Shaw this Wednesday for a LinkedIn LIVE conversation on how to work mindfulness into your daily routine at work and at home (or both if you work from home still). She will discuss the wellness initiative she started in the Dallas Fort Worth Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and how she is combining CLE and wellness in the Legal Department. Stacey will go over practical tips you can use to start "working with wellness in mind."
September 07, 2021
Season 3, Episode 3: GC Leading the Social Responsibility Initiatives with Christine Uri
Christine Uri is the Chief Sustainability and Legal Officer at ENGIE Impact - a company committed to accelerating the sustainability transformation. Christine built her in-house career over the last 8 years at ENGIE starting as Corporate Counsel, moving to General Counsel, and expanding her breadth to include other executive leadership roles. In addition to leading a global legal team, Christine is currently responsible for the development and implementation of ENGIE Impact’s corporate sustainability strategy. She recently launched a series on LinkedIn under the hashtag #SustainableCounsel. The #Sustainable Counsel series is designed to help in-house counsel take a leading role on corporate sustainability. Transformation is underway. More and more companies are making bold public commitments to ambitious sustainability goals like net zero carbon. Together with Christine Uri, Chief Sustainability and Legal Officer at ENGIE Impact, we explore the role of in-house legal departments in helping chart the course for their company's sustainability initiatives. She helps us see new opportunities to make a difference on some of the most challenging social issues of our time.
September 07, 2021
Season 3, Episode 2: Adventures of a Silicon Valley General Counsel with Sangeetha Raghunathan
Sangeetha Raghunathan is a member of the executive team and as General Counsel, CCO, and Head of Government Relations for Earnin, a financial services app financed by Andreessen Horowitz and other investors. Her experience covers a broad range of areas relevant to technology-driven companies at all stages of development and she is sought out by boards and investors consistently to collaborate on business structure and strategy for companies or business units in disruptive and unproven industries with unclear or evolving regulatory oversight. She also has expertise in recruiting, building and managing teams, including key players who can support robust growth in a start-up environment. Prior roles include General Counsel for Indiegogo, Deputy GC for Squaretrade (acquired by Allstate for $1.4B), in-house positions at Disney Interactive and Visa, and Deputy Attorney General III (and lead counsel for multi-state corporate fraud and antitrust cases) at the California Office of the Attorney General. She also has a master’s degree in Public Health and a bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology In this episode we discuss Sangeetha’s career and her journey from antitrust litigation to privacy and fintech. Where did she begin her legal journey? How did she transition to the startup business? What parts of litigation does she find helpful for a big company but also for a startup? What attracts her to fintech? How do you go about building your legal team? How do you align yourself with a business to help it to scale up as a legal professional? How do you build trustworthy relationships with your colleagues?
September 07, 2021
Season 3, Episode 1: Exploring a Change to the Mindset of IT Contracting with Robin Meyer
Robin Meyer, CIPP/US and CIPP/E, is General Counsel for TokenEx, a company that protects sensitive data through tokenization. Prior to recently joining TokenEx, Robin developed a deep expertise from the buyer's perspective of tech contracting of all different flavors as well as procurement. She has significant experience as a point of input for senior leadership teams and is energized by the intersections of legal, technical and business issues and projects. In this episode, Olga and Robin explore the approach to tech contracts and ways in which that approach needs to change. They discuss review and negotiation approaches that highlight the default of the tech industry in its contracts -- and a different way ahead.
August 08, 2021
Season 2, Episode 20: Legal Design with Marty Finestone
Marty Finestone is an artist, DJ, lawyer, and legal designer. Marty has over 15 years of experience in private practice, in-house, and government. Today, he helps in-house legal and business teams simplify their legal docs and legal ops at Legal Adjacency, a boutique legal consultancy founded by Marty in 2020. Legal Adjacency challenges legal and business teams to thrive through better outcomes. Marty uses a blend of legal expertise and law adjacent methods and tools to simplify and solve the challenges that matter most to his clients. Your value as in-house counsel is not in being a good lawyer, but in being a great advisor. The organization doesn’t have legal problems, it has business problems. Typically, the business problems of an organization have legal aspects, but they are not discreetly legal. Business problems often require creativity. Working in a role like legal, where there are many constraints and an established “way it’s done,” can feel like there’s limited opportunity to infuse more creativity or innovation, into your work. If we zoom out and change our perspective, we can see that the law may tell you to do one thing, but it doesn’t dictate how you do it. This mindset opens the door to finding creative ways to advise and provide legal solutions to the organization’s problems. This is where legal design comes into play. Legal design is a mindset, an approach, that starts with the user - the internal client - their needs, interests, communication style, constraints, and more.
August 01, 2021
Season 2, Episode 19: Selecting a Mediator with Winter Wheeler
Winter Wheeler is a former top civil litigator who has made her niche as an expert mediator. She is sought out for her unique, compassionate, and successful style handling complex matters that involve a diverse range of cultures, including Spanish speaking clients. Most recently, Winter was a senior attorney at a prominent law firm, and it’s this extensive body of experience she brings into her current mediation practice that makes her work stand out. A graduate of Georgetown University and Tulane Law School, Winter has always combined her passions for culture, diplomacy, and the law. Winter is the creator of The Four Cornerstones of Mediation™, which she introduced to the world in her first TEDx talk in March 2021. She is co-author of the bestselling book, #Networked. She is also creator and host of The Mediate Now™ podcast. This podcast will discuss the changing face of mediation and how the industry is trying to keep up with the changing demographics of the United States. Most mediators are retired, judges, male, and white. We need to be sure that the parties involved in these lawsuits feel fully supported by their mediators. The Four Cornerstones of Mediation™ will help any mediator be certain to meet their clients where they need to be met. Additionally, the Four Cornerstones can apply to all human interaction and conversation.
July 25, 2021
Season 2, Episode 18: Diversity Metrics 3.0 - Correlation and Automation with David Cunningham and Ashley Clingo
David Cunningham is the founder of the data-driven legal ops initiative Legal Metrics and the Chief Information Officer of Winston & Strawn. Ashley Clingo is a licensed attorney who focuses on bringing Legal Metrics to life through dashboards and designs that provide clear and useful insights for legal and business teams. Ashley has a background in data, statistics, and programming and has led numerous projects in legal artificial intelligence and data analytics. Diversity metrics define priority and progress, but have been very simple measures in the legal market. Consider the first phase of metrics (1.0) to be the diversity of timekeepers at a law firm. The second phase is more sophisticated by considering recruiting pipelines, committee inclusion, and financial rewards. We are now at the beginning of a third phase, whereby we correlate these diversity metrics to other aspects, such as matter outcome, client satisfaction, value, client business unit, cycle time, and other factors. And we finally automate the calculations of these metrics to free up the time of the diversity team and allow more sophistication and trending analysis. In this podcast, we'll cover this journey and the expected insights to be learned.
July 18, 2021
Season 2, Episode 17: Why I’m Trading Contracts for Code with Ryan Finn
Ryan Finn is an attorney turned technologist working at the intersection of people/process/tech innovation. He loves contracts—especially those that facilitate strategic business growth and currently works in the field of Contracts & Risk Management for Boeing. He has negotiated hundreds of commercial agreements, including numerous complex technology transactions and cloud-based, hybrid software offerings from OEMs and resellers. Ryan has also helped many startups through formation and financing. His favorite current projects include: -Software Procurement (100+ Enterprise Terms and Conditions Contract Negotiations) - No-code self-help contracting tools (applicable agreement creator and interactive negotiation support tool) -Clause Library (Constructed Back-end database of provisions built on Transaction Attributes & Use-Case Logic to support automated contract creation and negotiation deviations based on enterprise risk profile) -Contract Governance (Template management) The exchange of goods and services between people and companies has always been governed by laws and contracts—with lawyers as the intermediaries. The limitations of these mechanisms to quickly, efficiently, and intelligently govern our economic and financial exchanges has reached their limit. More and more we see evidence of a future of law and contracts as code! Software provides efficient mediums of exchange: cost-effective, scalable, and data-driven computational law to the benefits of clients. There will be winners and losers in this new system, but mostly, a much different set of rules.
July 12, 2021
Season 2, Episode 16: Unicorns Do Exist with Sarah Stogner
For the past 13 years, Sarah Stogner has helped energy-related businesses understand, mitigate, allocate, and manage risk. She is now bringing that experience to help cannabis-related entities learn from other industries and avoid the same mistakes. Sarah is licensed to practice in Louisiana, Texas, and Colorado (pending in Mississippi). And yes - one of her favorite things to do is banter about indemnity provisions and new insurance provision wording. But the world is changing. And the legal industry is slow to adapt. Sarah is actively working with other oil and gas industry leaders to develop smart contracts and utilize blockchain technology to avoid legal issues. We now have data that can prevent accidents. It was nearly impossible to know what happened downhole 60 years ago. That is rapidly changing and she is helping clients develop new ways of contracting and insuring risks by integrating data into legal decisions. Sarah is also helping clients in the cannabis industry. Cannabis, like oil and gas, is a commodity. Federal decriminalization is inevitable, and it will open the industry up for quick and rapid expansion. Cannabis will be grown in the most efficient means possible - no longer restricted by state boundaries and laws. Oil and gas contracts can be modified to allocate risk for cannabis just like we currently do for the energy sector. It's exciting and she is looking forward to making a lasting impact as these legal issues develop. She loves helping clients identify, mitigate, and allocate risk through contracts and insurance. Please send Sarah a request to connect with #unicorntribe so she knows you've read this far. @unicornlawyer on Clubhouse. You can also follow her on twitter & instagram: @sarah_e_unicorn. In this episode, we discuss advising cannabis clients. Where does the unicorn name come from? How did Sarah get into cannabis law? What are the most frustrating issues? What the legalization will look like over the next 5 years? What are 3 pieces of advice to someone interested in the cannabis space?
July 04, 2021
Season 2, Episode 15: Limitless Mindsets to Elevate Your Legal Career with Charlotte Smith
Charlotte Smith is a former lawyer and professionally certified leadership coach. Starting her career at a top-tier UK law firm, she now resides in Silicon Valley coaching lawyer leaders from around the globe. Charlotte is the premier lawyer coach for the next generation of leaders in the law. She takes general counsels, in-house counsel, attorneys, legal operators, and lawyer entrepreneurs, on a transformational journey to let go of feeling stifled, so that they can create a life and career which is in alignment with who they truly are. She supports her clients to harness their true potential on the journey of becoming who they are meant to be, as leaders, and as individuals. In this episode, we discuss how to overcome common mindset challenges facing lawyers. How does mindset impact performance when it comes to our legal careers? How can we be more aware of our mindsets? Imposter syndrome impacts many lawyers. Why is that, and what can we do about it, as individuals and as leaders?
June 27, 2021
Season 2, Episode 14: After Getting the Seat at the Table with Yilin Chen
Yilin Chen is General Counsel at Hearth. Hearth is a fintech company with a SaaS platform that provides over 10,000 contractors the financial tools they need to close more business, including financing solutions, invoicing, payment collections, and insurance products, all in one, modern system designed specifically for the home improvement industry. Her practice areas include fintech regulations such as data privacy, consumer financial services, venture financing, capital markets, and software product counseling for SaaS. Prior to her tenure with Shogun, she was heavily involved in legal and compliance with leading companies in the private equity/structured finance, mortgage banking, capital markets and consumer finance space. Beyond her expertise in legal and compliance, she enjoys leverages her business acumen to help drive business growth and mitigate the company's overall exposure to risk and liability. She enjoys working with companies with a mission to democratize financial services offering to consumers and small business owners by leveraging cutting edge technology. We as women are often told to get a seat at the table. But what happens afterwards? How do we effectively communicate our opinions and belief in a room where we are often the lone minority female voice? This podcast chronicles what happens after you get a seat at the table from the perspective of a female minority General Counsel. The podcast will walk you through her experiences, some of the pitfalls she has experienced along with some effectively strategies that can enhance communications between the business stakeholders. The podcast is one woman's experience of being an Asian American Genera Counsel in the FinTech startup world and how she found her voice to become a more confident and empathetic business leader within her organization.
June 06, 2021
Season 2, Episode 13: Data Storytelling with Julie Honor
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 data. What are the business questions that resonate with execs most? How do you decide what data or relevant metrics to collect and measure? How do you set up your legal organization to be data-focused? What could possibly go wrong with data collection or analysis? How data could be used inappropriately?
June 02, 2021
Season 2, Episode 12: Loving Your Job vs. Loving Your Work with Punam Kaji
Punam Kaji is Assistant General Counsel at Ben E. Keith Company, a food and alcohol distributor. Her practice focuses on employment and litigation matters for the Company, which has about 5000 employees working in 14 states. She is Board Certified in Labor and Employment law. Punam’s expertise comes from years of counseling and litigating employment law matters for clients while working at Haynes and Boone, LLP in the firm’s Fort Worth, Dallas, and Houston offices. Punam is an alumni from SMU Dedman School of Law and the University of Texas at Austin for her undergraduate studies. Punam has been recognized for her legal work as a 2019 Top Lawyer in Fort Worth Magazine, and she was a Finalist for a Corporate Counsel award from the ACC-DFW in 2019. When Punam is not handling labor and employment issues, she serves her community. She is currently on the Diversity Committee of the Tarrant County Bar Association. She was recently appointed to the State Bar of Texas Diversity Taskforce. She is the past Chair of the Asian Pacific Interest Section of the State Bar of Texas. She has served on the board of the South Asian Bar Association of Houston (SABA Houston) and as a committee chairperson of the Dallas Asian American Bar Association (DAABA). Punam’s commitment to local bar associations and D&I initiatives has been recognized on various occasions. She was named a Finalize for Achievement in Diversity and Inclusion by the ACC-DFW in 2020. In 2013, she was recognized as DAABA’s Member of the Year. In 2016 she received the Outstanding Public Service Award by SABA Houston. She has served on the board of various non-profit organizations in Houston and Dallas. She is currently on the board of New Leaders Council Dallas as the Mentorship Chair, and she is on the board of WiseUp TX, a nonprofit for South Asian Texans to become more engaged citizens and a host of their podcast. Punam regularly speaks at conferences and other venues regarding workplace issues, employment law, and on diversity and inclusion. She enjoys traveling with her husband, eating out and cooking (you can follow her food adventures on Instagram @eatsbyPK). In this episode, we discuss what it means to love your job vs. to love your work. Many attorneys struggle with mental health and poor job satisfaction - how to have a realistic approach to job-satisfaction? Why is the “do what you love” message not an equitable one? How to find your balance and maintain job satisfaction?
May 23, 2021
Season 2, Episode 11: Parsing the Biotech Enigma with Darshan Kulkarni
Darshan is the Principal Attorney of the Kulkarni Law Firm, and focuses his practice on providing life science, healthcare and healthtech companies with comprehensive regulatory advice. Darshan has worked at multiple Venture Capital backed in-house positions, and started multiple legal departments including at Embedded Healthcare, LLC where he served as General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer and as Corporate Counsel for Nostrum Pharmaceuticals where he was responsible for and oversaw multiple legal and compliance matters including issues relating to advertising, clinical research, and creating and reviewing a variety of agreements including NDAs, MSAs, CDAs, employment agreements, and licensing agreements. He has created multiple compliance programs including addressing issues relating to the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Law, HIPAA, HITRUST issues etc. Most recently, he has also served as Vice President of Regulatory Strategy and Policy at Synchrogenix, another Venture Capital backed global consulting company. He has spent over 20 years counseling clients on regulatory issues, and has served as a pharmacist for over a decade.Darshan has also written several book chapters on regulatory compliance for various publications on behalf of the American Bar Association where he is Chair of the Life Sciences Interest Group. In this episode, we discuss parsing the biotech enigma. Why is there a boom in biotech right now? What is patient centricity and does it matter in the biosciences? Is transparency the cure to the lack of trust in the biosciences? What is biohacking and is it the future of bioscience?
May 10, 2021
Season 2, Episode 10: Unconscious Bias with Helen Yoon
Helen Yoon is Assistant General Counsel – North America, for Brink’s, Incorporated. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History from The University of Texas at Austin and her Juris Doctorate from The University of Houston Law Center. Helen is a full-time attorney, small business owner, mom, and diversity advocate. In addition to her devotion to supporting women in corporate leadership, she is passionate about supporting women-owned small businesses. She lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, son, mother, and dogs. In this episode, we discuss unconscious gender bias in the workplace.What types of unconscious bias has Helen experienced? How have these biased interactions affected her self-esteem? What advice would she give to others who are experiencing similar interactions at work? What can we do to change the negative effects of unconscious bias?
May 02, 2021
Season 2, Episode 9: Bringing Wellness Back and Its Benefits to the Bottom Line with Monica Phillips
Monica Phillips is the president and founder of Spark Plug Labs. She delivers powerful keynotes and workshops on wellness, heart-based leadership, team culture, and business development. She is a Career Coach with the Association of Corporate Counsel, a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach with the Co-Active Training Institute, and a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation. She has led innovation and change in law firms for 22 years. She is a certified yoga teacher and trained in positive intelligence. In this episode, we discuss how wellness benefits the bottom line. What are the top saboteurs we see in the legal industry? How do they impact our productivity and harm our relationships? What does wellness have to do with increased performance or diverse teams?
April 26, 2021
Season 2, Episode 8: At the Heart of Privacy with K Royal
K Royal is an attorney and global privacy professional with 25 years of experience in the legal and health-related fields. She has the distinct honor of filing the first successful joint controller / processor Binding Corporate Rules for data transfers out of the European Union and also founded a program for women in house attorneys that is now a Global Women in Law and Leadership annual summit held at the United Nations in New York. As an attorney, she has received numerous honors for her leadership in both technology and diversity/inclusivity, including being named an Outstanding Woman in Business and Member of the Year for the Association of Corporate Counsel (out of 43k members globally). K received her law degree from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and is in the dissertation phase of her PhD in public policy from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is currently the Associate General Counsel at TrustArc and is an adjunct law professor teaching privacy law. She is certified through the IAPP as a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP), Information Privacy Management (CIPM), US and EU Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US, CIPP/E), and as a Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) through ISACA. K also serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations, co-hosts the popular Serious Privacy podcast, and is the USOA Mrs. Arizona for 2021. In this episode, we discuss finding that professional niche that matches your lifestyle and interests. How did K Royal transitioned from being a registered nurse into being a lawyer? What are some advantages of being a privacy attorney? How to keep up a good work / life balance? What challenges do female attorneys face in a tech-driven industry?
April 18, 2021
Season 2, Episode 7: From Suits to Hoodies: A Career Prosecutor and Treasury Official Goes Start-Up with Ari Redbord
Ari 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?
April 11, 2021
Season 2, Episode 6: Do You Have a Strategic Plan For Your Legal Department? with Vandana Dhamija
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.
April 01, 2021
Season 2, Episode 5: Build Relationships, the Right Way with Deb Feder
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?
March 21, 2021
Season 2, Episode 4: Hiring and Keeping the Best for Your Team with Frank Ramos
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?
March 15, 2021
Season 2, Episode 3: Building Your Ideal Lifestyle and Health with Angela Han
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?
March 08, 2021
Season 2, Episode 2: The Adventures in International Law with Felipe Jaramillo
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?
March 01, 2021
Season 2, Episode 1: The Power of Being Different with Meyling Ly Ortiz
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.
February 22, 2021
Season 1, Episode 20: Leading International Teams with Aviram Gavish
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?
February 14, 2021
Season 1, Episode 19: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Movement with Robyn Frank
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?
February 07, 2021
Season 1, Episode 18: Embracing Vulnerability to Find Your Strengths with Julie Honor
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?
January 24, 2021
Season 1, Episode 17: Digital Contracting and Negotiation with Nada Alnajafi
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?
January 17, 2021
Season 1, Episode 16: Artificial Intelligence, e-Contracts, Autonomous Vehicles in Law with Annmarie Giblin
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?
January 10, 2021
Season 1, Episode 15: Collaboration to Change the Balance of Power with Breen Sullivan
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?
January 04, 2021
Season 1, Episode 14: Compliance - Player? Coach? Umpire? -- with Phil Strauss
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?
December 14, 2020
Season 1, Episode 13: Legal Ops Journey - How to Set Yourself on a Path to Success with Rachita Maker
Podcast: 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?
December 07, 2020
Season 1, Episode 12: Personal Branding for Lawyers with Mel Scott
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?
November 30, 2020
Season 1, Episode 11: How We Regulate One of Our Most Crucial Resources – Energy with James Strange
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?
November 23, 2020
Season 1, Episode 10: Creativity and Innovation for In-House Lawyers with Catherine McGregor
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.
November 16, 2020
Season 1, Episode 9: The Intersection of Art and Law with Sarah Feingold
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.
November 09, 2020
Season 1, Episode 8: LinkedIn for Lawyers with Neil Greenbaum
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.
November 02, 2020
Season 1, Episode 7: The Culture of Recognition with Lauren Zajac
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?
October 25, 2020
Season 1, Episode 6: Finding Your First Legal Job in a Bad Economy with Ken Ito
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?
October 20, 2020
Season 1, Episode 5: Building The Legal Department of The Future with Laurie Ehrlich
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.
October 12, 2020
Season 1, Episode 4: The Changing Future of Contracts with Jeanette Nyden
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?
October 05, 2020
Season 1, Episode 3: Non-Traditional Legal Path with Heather Stevenson
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?
September 29, 2020
Season 1, Episode 2: Legal Department Of The Future with Lourdes Slater
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.
September 14, 2020
Season 1, Episode 1: The General Counsel Oath with Simon Zinger
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.
September 10, 2020