Law's Big Law Business delivers business intelligence, drawn from its marketing-leading news and legal analysis, tailored for legal industry leaders at the 2nd annual Big Law Business Summit – West.

Unique in bringing together leaders of corporate legal departments and law firms, the summit connects the business of law with the business of Big Law clients.

  • Big Law: The shifting state of the legal industry, including the push for talent, technology and top client service.
  • Business: The rulings, cases and long-term trends legal executives are watching.
  • West: Developments affecting the bottom line for technology-first companies, from cybersecurity to intellectual property.

Exchange insights with industry leaders on the opportunities and challenges for business, and how legal counsel can best position themselves to advise their clients.


  • Jim Shaughnessy, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Workday
  • Mary O’Carroll, Head of Legal Operations, Google
  • Katie Martin, Chair of the Board, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Gillian Thackray, Global Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, The Clorox Company
  • Renny Hwang, Head of Patent Litigation, Google
  • Toby Brown, Chief Practice Management Officer, Perkins Coie


Date and Time:
November 15, 2017
1:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Networking reception to follow

InterContinental Mark Hopkins San Francisco
999 California Street
San Francisco, California 94108  

Continuing Education Credits:
Earn up to 3.0 CLE credits

Who Should Attend:
Senior business leaders in the legal profession, including in-house counsel, law firm partners and executives.

In order to facilitate an open, peer-to-peer dialogue and provide a valuable learning experience for participants, registration is only open to in-house counsel, law firm partners and executives, and limited number of industry thought leaders, as well as conference sponsors. Big Law Business reserves the right to refuse any registrations not meeting our qualifications.


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1:00 PM      Doors Open for Big Law Business Summit – West

1:30 PM      Welcome Remarks

Eric Wagner, Vice President, think and code Plus

1:35 PM      Keynote Interview

Introduced by: Barbara Kott, Managing Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa

Dawn Smith has worked in the tech law world for two decades, and last year her in-house legal team at VMWare was lauded as the most innovative in the U.S. by the Financial Times. This year, she’s moved over to global security giant McAfee. sits down with Smith to discuss the market opportunities McAfee is pursuing and her approach to leading a new legal team.

Interview with Dawn Smith, Chief Legal Officer, McAfee

With: Brad Stone, Senior Executive Editor, Global Tech, News

2:00 PM      The Business of Law

While the nationwide legal market has contracted, legal work in Silicon Valley has been on the rise. Welcome to the business world of tech lawyers, which has exploded along with startup IPOs, M&A, IP and trade secrets.

Executive Roundtable with:

  • Ed Brown, ‎Vice President and General Counsel, Malwarebytes
  • Katie Martin, Chair of the Board, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Jim Shaughnessy, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Workday
  • Mitch Zuklie, Chairman and CEO, Orrick

Moderated byMichael Hytha, Deals Editor, News

2:40 PM      Sponsor Spotlight: An Update on California’s Fair Pay Act

Pay discrimination in the workplace is a politically charged area of the law, with emerging legal issues such as implicit bias and stereotyping. From the basics of pay equity law to critical changes in the law impacting employers, Ogletree Deakins provides an update on the case law and recent rulings that you should know.

  • Douglas J. Farmer, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
  • Katessa Charles Davis, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

This session is produced by Ogletree Deakins.

2:55 PM      Networking Break

3:05 PM      What’s Next for Patent Litigation

Introduced by:  Ken Avery, West Region Advisory Leader, Deloitte

PTAB recently released data showing that 58% of patents are upheld through multiple petitions and survive post-grant proceedings unchanged. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court is taking a close look at inter partes review in two cases: Oil States vs. Greene’s Energy Group, et al, and SAS Institute Inc. v. Matal. PTAB’s Chief Judge talks with about the evolution of post-grant trials and what the high court’s review could mean for inter partes review. 

Interview with: Chief Judge David Ruschke, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

With: Bhanu K. Sadasivan, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

3:30 PM      IP Management Strategy

Introduced by: Bianca Dickerson-Williams, Global Director of Legal Services, Integreon

With a consistent volume of IP work, many legal departments have staffed up their in-house patent team to manage patent portfolios more cost effectively. At the same time, outside counsel still play a critical role in patent litigation and due diligence during M&A transactions. Hear from corporate counsel on how they find the right balance on in-house talent and outside expertise to effectively manage the company’s patent portfolio.


  • Renny Hwang, Head of Patent Litigation, Google
  • Colette Reiner Mayer, Partner, Morrison Foerster
  • Michael Sacksteder, Partner and Chair, Patent Litigation, Fenwick & West
  • Gillian Thackray, Global Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, The Clorox Company

Moderated by: Alex Butler, Vice President and General Manager of Corporate, Tech & IP, Law

4:10 PM      Global Risk Briefing: Cybersecurity

Introduced by: Brett Fox, Regional Sales Manager, Law

Beyond the headlines, counsel need strategies and solutions to respond to an increasingly connected world. The evolving cybersecurity threat landscape can serve as a business enabler through engagement with Boards of Directors and risk executives, prioritizing assets around the business need, implementing security as a resilience strategy for the business, and focusing on brand and reputation.

Dr. Phyllis A. Schneck, Managing Director and Global Leader of Cyber Solutions, Promontory

4:30 PM      Tech Industry Lessons for Legal Department Management

Introduced byJeff Lindeval, Enterprise Account Executive, HighQ

Like many startups, the corporate legal department has been redefined as an innovative part of the business by aligning the people, processes and technology available today. Increasingly law firms are also adapting innovative processes to provide the best legal services at a competitive price. talks to early adopters about the new standard for legal services delivery.


  • Toby Brown, Chief Practice Management Officer, Perkins Coie 
  • Kim Craig, Managing Director, Lean Solutions, SeyfarthLean Consulting
  • Mary O’Carroll, Head of Legal Operations, Google

Moderator: Mark Bergen, Tech Reporter, News

5:10 PM      Global Risk Briefing: Data Privacy

Are you prepared for the General Data Protection Regulation to take effect in 2018? Chief Data Governance Officer Hilary Wandall uncovers the sources of complexity around privacy and data governance and ways for counsel to bridge legal and technology needs to reduce complexity.

  • Hilary Wandall, General Counsel and Chief Data Governance Officer, TrustArc

5:30 PM      Closing Remarks & Big Law Reception


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    Dawn Smith, Chief Legal Officer, McAfee

    Dawn Smith is executive vice president and chief legal officer of McAfee, one of the world’s largest, pure-play cybersecurity companies.

    Most recently, she served as senior vice president, chief legal officer, and secretary to the board of directors at VMware where she led the legal and government relations organization globally. During her tenure as a senior leader at VMware, Dawn’s team collaborated to win across all aspects of VMware’s strategic initiatives, ultimately powering the company’s growth, including cloud services and mobility.

    After she graduated from Stanford Law School, Dawn joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to practice corporate and securities law, advising start-up tech companies on all aspects of business. Dawn then became partner at Morrison & Foerster with a focus on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and debt financings, board advisory, and corporate governance.

    Dawn currently serves on the board of directors of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley. Her leadership has earned numerous recognitions in the field of law, including: Top 50 Women Lawyers in the U.S. by the National Diversity Council, Value Champion Award by the Association of Corporate Counsel, Most Innovative In-House Legal Team in North America, and Top 20 General Counsel by the Financial Times.

    Dawn earned a bachelor of science degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, where she also received the Vice Admiral Lawrence Award for most outstanding woman athlete for her accomplishments in fencing. As a newly commissioned officer, Dawn was chosen for the highly competitive naval nuclear submarine program founded by Admiral Hyman Rickover, and while in the Navy she earned an MBA from Providence College.

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    Jim Shaughnessy, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Workday

    Jim Shaughnessy is senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Workday, responsible for all legal affairs at the company.

    Jim has more than 20 years’ experience as a strategic legal executive for leading technology companies. Before joining Workday in 2011, Jim served for four years as senior vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel at Orbitz Worldwide. From 2005 to 2007, Jim served as senior vice president and general counsel at Lenovo Group. Prior to Lenovo, Jim was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at PeopleSoft, where he served as a key advisor to the board of directors leading up to its acquisition in 2005. Jim has also held legal counsel jobs at Hewlett-Packard, Compaq Computer Corp., and Digital Equipment.

    Jim holds a Juris Doctor degree and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Michigan, as well as a bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University.


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    Mary O’Carroll, Head of Legal Operations, Google

    Mary Shen O’Carroll is Head of the Legal Operations, Technology and Strategy team at Google Inc., where she is responsible for overseeing key aspects of financial performance management, outside counsel management and internal operations (IT, knowledge management, training and development, etc.).

    Prior to joining Google in 2008, Mary served as profitability analysis manager for Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where she led firmwide profitability improvement initiatives by advising leadership on ways to monitor and improve practice management, client management and operations. Earlier, Mary was an investment banker working on M&A and private equity deals and a strategic management consultant advising pharma/biotech companies as well as U.S.-China businesses.

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    Gillian Thackray, Global Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, The Clorox Company

    Gillian Thackray is an award-winning lawyer who protects the rights of some of the world’s most high-tech innovators. Her multi-faceted approach integrates law, business, and practicality to help clients reach their goals. She is registered to practice at the USPTO, and admitted in California.


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    Hilary Wandall, General Counsel and Chief Data Governance Officer, TrustArc

    Hilary Wandall is General Counsel and Chief Data Governance Officer at TrustArc, joining the company in 2016 after 22 years at the global pharmaceutical company, Merck, where she most recently was AVP, Compliance and Chief Privacy Officer. At TrustArc, Wandall oversees all legal, regulatory, policy and partnership matters and manages Policy and Data Governance, International Regulatory Affairs and Business Development teams. Since joining TrustArc, Wandall led the development of the TrustArc Privacy and Data Governance Framework, and the creation of a new corporate structure to support its certification line of business.

    Wandall led the global privacy program at Merck since 2004, including its efforts to become the second company in the world to achieve APEC CBPR certification, the first company to achieve CBPR certification of its entire privacy program, and the first company to achieve EU BCRs based on its APEC CBPR certification. During her tenure at Merck, Wandall also held positions as a corporate attorney, compliance officer, marketing promotion manager and biomedical research scientist.

    Wandall has served in various leadership positions within the privacy, compliance and ethics communities, including the Executive Committee of the IAPP Board of Directors and 2016 IAPP Board Chairman, Chair of the Board of the International Pharmaceutical Privacy Consortium, member of the OECD Privacy Experts Working Group, Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the International Accountability Foundation, Advisory Board of the Future of Privacy Forum, Temple Law Center for Compliance and Ethics Advisory Board, Steering Committee of the Centre for Information Policy Leadership and Privacy and Security Advisory Council Member of the Kavli HUMAN Project.

    Wandall received her law degree and MBA from Temple University, Master of Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania, and Bachelor of Science in Biology from Moravian College. She holds the CIPP/US, CIPP/EU and CIPM certifications.

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    Ed Brown, Vice President and General Counsel, Malwarebytes


    Ed Brown is Vice President and General Counsel at Malwarebytes a leading advanced malware prevention and remediation solution.  He's responsible for global legal matters including intellectual property, licensing, litigation and compliance. Before Malwarebytes, he ran the legal team at Nominum, a network security company.  Ed also held leadership positions with Trend Micro and Electron Economy. Before joining the technology industry, Ed started his legal career protecting the environment by implementing land conservation easements in Colorado.  He holds a Master of Environmental Law and Policy, magna cum laude, and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Vermont Law School and a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of Connecticut.


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    Renny Hwang, Head of Patent Litigation, Google

    Renny Hwang is Director of Litigation for Google. He heads Google’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice, managing a team of over 20 attorneys and technical advisors handling hundreds of patent, copyright and other intellectual property matters worldwide. Mr. Hwang also advises on intellectual property issues related to open source, as well as complex licenses, acquisitions and transactions.

    Previously Mr. Hwang practiced IP litigation in Los Angeles at a global law firm. He also has experience in product management and software development, leading product and engineering teams in building Internet software technologies.

    Mr. Hwang received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.S. in Computer Science and M.S. in Engineering Management from Stanford University.


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    Dr. Phyllis A. Schneck, Managing Director and Global Leader of Cyber Solutions, Promontory

    Phyllis has more than 15 years of government and private-sector experience in senior cybersecurity positions and leads Promontory’s cybersecurity practice.

    She joined Promontory from the Department of Homeland Security, where she served as the deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity and communications and led responses to cybersecurity threats against corporations, civilians, and the government. During her DHS tenure, Phyllis led the defensive cybersecurity operational mission to mitigate and respond to cyberthreats across the federal civilian government and private sector. She supported the department’s mission of strengthening the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure, working with all areas of the department, government agencies, law enforcement, and the private sector. Phyllis led the transformation of signature technology applying analytics to the central cyber protection that the DHS provides to civilian agencies.
    Prior to the DHS, Phyllis served as chief technology officer for the global public sector at McAfee, where she was responsible for products and services used by governments to counter global cyberthreats and maintain industrial and telecommunications security. She also led the development of the firm’s crowdsourced real-time cyberthreat intelligence and analytics used to protect critical infrastructure, played a key role in developing McAfee’s cybersecurity policy position, and on several occasions testified before Congress on cybersecurity technology and policy.

    Phyllis was a member of the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ commission that advised President Barack Obama on cybersecurity. She was chairman of the board of directors of the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance, a partnership between corporations, government, and law enforcement for using cyber analysis to combat international cybercrime. Phyllis was also vice chairman of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s advisory board on information security and privacy, and she served for eight years as national chairman of the board of directors of the FBI’s public-private InfraGard program. She has briefed and worked with several foreign governments to form partnerships with the U.S. for information sharing, infrastructure protection, and cybersecurity. Phyllis holds several information-security and technology patents.

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    David P. Ruschke, Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

    David P. Ruschke is Chief Judge for the Patent and Trial Appeal Board (PTAB). He was appointed to the position in May 2016. As Chief Judge, Dr. Ruschke leads the PTAB which is authorized to conduct post-grant trials following the passage of the American Invents Act in 2011. Dr. Ruschke manages the PTAB as it conducts trials, including inter partes, post-grant, and covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, hears appeals from adverse  examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings, and renders decisions in interferences.

    In his previous role, Dr. Ruschke managed the intellectual property portfolio of Medtronic’s CSH business unit, with sales in excess of $3 billion. As Chief Patent Counsel, Dr. Ruschke participated in numerous patent appeals, interferences, post grant reviews, inter partes reviews, and covered business method patent reviews. He gained extensive experience in post-grant proceedings in Europe and participated in third-party contested proceedings before administrative agencies and courts around the world. He has significant experience in shaping and integrating teams of professionals, as well as managing a workforce that is geographically dispersed.

    Prior to joining Medtronic, Dr. Ruschke practiced with Covington & Burling in Washington DC, where he litigated claims of patent infringement. Dr. Ruschke’s judicial experience includes clerking for Chief Judge Glenn L. Archer, Jr. and Circuit Judge Arthur J. Gajarsa at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

    Dr. Ruschke received his JD from Georgetown University Law Center, and holds a PhD in organometallic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BS in chemistry from the University of Minnesota

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    Katie Martin, Chair of the Board, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

    Katharine (Katie) Martin is chair of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s board of directors and a partner in the firm’s Palo Alto office, where she practices corporate and securities law. Katie previously served as a member of the Policy Committee and as the leader of its business law department.

    Katie has extensive experience in representing public companies. Her practice includes all aspects of company representation, including corporate governance, SEC compliance, 1934 Act issues, public offerings, private placements, and mergers and acquisitions. She also has represented underwriters in public offerings and issuers and investors in private equity financings.

    Katie joined Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in 1999, after 12 years at Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP, where she was a partner. She is a frequent speaker on corporate and securities law, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisition topics, presenting at such venues as PLI, Corporate Board Member, and the SEC Institute.

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    Mitchell Zuklie, Chairman and CEO, Orrick

    Mitchell Zuklie serves as the global Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orrick.

    He is an experienced business and legal advisor who has completed hundreds of venture capital financings and numerous public offerings, mergers, acquisitions and licensing transactions. He counsels technology companies at all stages of their life cycles, as well as their founders, advisors and investors. Representative clients have included Nest Labs, Planet Labs, Nanosolar, eHarmony, Royal Dutch Shell, Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark Capital, Pandora, Oracle, Goldman Sachs, Martha Stewart Living, Bessemer Venture Partners and Sequoia Capital. Recent transactions he has led include, among others, Nest Labs' announced $3.2 billion sale to Google, and Goodreads' sale to  .

    Lawdragon recognizes Mitch as "one of the nation's top tech dealmakers and advisors." Named by Chambers USA as an “eminent practitioner,” he has been described as a "terrific all-around lawyer" known for "common sense and business judgment." Daily Journal named him to its lists of Top Emerging Companies Lawyers and Top Clean Tech Lawyers.

    During Mitch's tenure as Orrick's chairman and CEO, the firm has pursued a strategy of leadership in the global Technology, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. The firm entered new markets in Houston, Geneva and Africa. The firm has also innovated in advancing women and diverse lawyers and adapting its model to appeal to top Millennial talent.

    Mitch serves on the Board of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy and on the Advisory Board of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession. Mitch also created Orrick's Women's Advisory Board, which is comprised of the senior executives from several leading public and private companies. Before joining Orrick, he was a Director at Venture Law Group.

    o He and his wife, Holly, have been married for more than 20 years. They have two children, Hannah (18) and Angus (16). Mitch posts regularly on Orrick, venture capital, innovation and other interests. Follow him on and .

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    Toby Brown, Chief Practice Management Officer, Perkins Coie

    As Chief Practice Management Officer, Toby Brown leads the firm’s revenue management and efficiency programs, legal project management, pricing, process improvement, practice innovation, alternative staffing and new partner integration. Toby has more than a decade of experience in practice management and pricing with Am Law firms and is the former director of the Utah State Bar.
    Toby is an active member and leader in organizations devoted to legal knowledge management, and he speaks to national audiences on legal pricing, alternative fee arrangements and other law firm financial management issues. He is the founder of the Legal Marketing Association’s annual P3 Conference, which brings together more than 400 pricing, project management and process improvement experts in the legal profession. Toby also co-founded the “3 Geeks and a Law” blog and co-authored the book, Law Firm Pricing: Strategies, Roles and Responsibilities.

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    Michael Sacksteder, Partner and Chair, Patent Litigation, Fenwick & West

    Michael Sacksteder is Chair of the Patent Litigation Group at Fenwick & West – a team of more than 50 top-notch litigators with diverse legal and technical backgrounds at one of the foremost technology law firms in the country. Mr. Sacksteder has led patent litigation teams for high-profile clients such as Intuit, Symantec, Supercell, and Silver Peak Systems. He has successfully served as trial counsel in some of the most active patent litigation courts around the country, including the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, and the Northern District of California, and he has successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition to his work in district courts and the Federal Circuit, Mr. Sacksteder has substantial experience with post-grant proceedings, such as inter partes review proceedings (“IPRs”) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Clients have relied on him in litigation matters in a wide variety of technological fields, including computer hardware, software, networking, and security, semiconductors and semiconductor processing, polymer chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.


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    Colette Reiner Mayer, Partner, Morrison Foerster

    Colette Reiner Mayer is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Ms. Mayer focuses on intellectual property litigation, primarily patent and trade secret litigation in the semiconductor industry. Apart from working on cases involving semiconductor-manufacturing technologies, Ms. Mayer has litigated cases relating to a wide range of technologies, including gel nail polish, mobile application distribution systems, videoconferencing systems, sports trading cards and data storage systems.

    Ms. Mayer also has experience in intellectual property counseling, opinion work, and patent and trademark prosecution.

    Ms. Mayer is Vice Chair of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee. She was part of the Morrison & Foerster pro bono team that worked alongside Advocates for Children of New York to secure a favorable settlement for hundreds of public school children who were denied a public school education in Brooklyn, NY.
    Ms. Mayer serves on the Editorial Board of the Quarterly Journal of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).

    Ms. Mayer graduated cum laude from Cardozo Law School in 2003, where she was an editor of the Arts & Entertainment Law Journal. She received her bachelor of science in mathematics from MIT in 2000. Before attending law school, she lived in Osaka, Japan, where she worked at Osaka Gakuin University.


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    Douglas J. Farmer, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

    Mr. Farmer is a shareholder in the firm’s San Francisco office. He has served as lead defense counsel to major California employers in nearly a hundred wage and hour class actions, He has tried to verdict a wide variety of employment cases in California state and federal courts, including wage and hour, disability discrimination, FMLA/CFRA, sexual harassment, age discrimination, pregnancy discrimination and other wrongful termination matters.

    Mr. Farmer has dedicated his career to achieving practical business solutions for clients in industries such as transportation, technology, manufacturing, hospitality, staffing, janitorial and retail. He routinely works with clients to implement compliance programs involving California pay practices, meal and rest break requirements, wage statement regulations, joint employment, piece rate pay, commissions, discrimination and harassment prevention, and emerging California legal developments.

    In 2014, Mr. Farmer was one of eight California lawyers elected by his peers as a Fellow of the College of Labor & Employment Lawyers. Recently, he was elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has been recognized as one of California’s leading employment lawyers in a variety of peer review publications, including Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers, and Super Lawyers (Northern California). His book, California Employment Law (), is widely used by in-house counsel, human resources executives, and business owners throughout the United States.

    Mr. Farmer is a former managing shareholder and a founder of the firm’s San Francisco office, He has served on a variety of firm committees, including its management committee, advisory committee, and class action steering committee. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and law degree from Harvard Law School.

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    Katessa Charles Davis, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

    Katessa Charles Davis is a shareholder in the Los Angeles office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P. C. Ms. Davis is responsible for all aspects of employment litigation matters on behalf of employers and management, including trials and arbitrations. Ms. Davis has tried to verdict in state and federal court employment matters involving gender, race, and disability discrimination and harassment, as well as retaliation and wrongful termination. Ms. Davis provides preventive counseling to clients concerning personnel and employment matters.

    Ms. Davis is a past President of the Los Angeles County Bar Foundation, a past Trustee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association, and a past President of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles, Inc. Ms. Davis is a member of the Labor and Employment Law Sections of the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. She is also a past member of the Executive Committee of the Litigation Section of the State Bar of California.


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    Kim Craig, Managing Director, Lean Solutions, SeyfarthLean Consulting

    As Managing Director of Lean Solutions, Ms. Craig leads one of the industry’s most mature client-facing legal project management, process improvement and technology teams. These professionals help drive innovative business solutions by applying their expertise in process improvement and change management. Ms. Craig has extensive experience in leading successful process improvement projects through the application of techniques gained from her Project Management Professional (“PMP”) certification and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. Ms. Craig also provides consultation to in-house legal teams and Seyfarth Shaw attorneys to improve the practice of law.

    Ms. Craig is an active leader in driving the firm’s distinctive client service model, SeyfarthLean. Ms. Craig has co-developed the curriculum and delivery of SeyfarthLean, led and oversaw several of Seyfarth’s Green Belt projects and is an active member of the Innovation Committee.


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    Brad Stone, Senior Executive Editor, Global Tech, News

    Stone is senior executive editor for technology at News and the author of The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley are Changing the World, published by Little, Brown & Co in January 2017.

    In 2013, he published The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon. The book, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, was translated into 26 languages and won the 2013 Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award.

    At , Stone oversees a team of 50 reporters and editors that cover high-tech companies, startups and internet trends around the world. Over the last few years, as a writer for Businessweek, he’s authored over two dozen cover stories on companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Yahoo, Twitter, Facebook and the Chinese internet juggernauts Didi, Tencent and Baidu. Stone also co-hosts a weekly podcast, Decrypted, and contributes to a morning email newsletter on technology, Fully Charged.

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    Michael Hytha, Deals Editor, News

    Michael Hytha is an editor on 's deals team, whose coverage includes M&As and IPOs. He previously was the leader of 's legal team.

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    Alex Butler, Vice President and General Manager of Corporate, Tech & IP, Law

    Alex Butler was named Vice President and General Manager of Corporate, Tech & IP in think and code’s Legal Division in October 2015.
    In this position, he is responsible for the commercial strategy, growth and development of content and solutions exploring the intersections of technology, law and commerce for professionals in the legal and business communities.

    Prior to joining think and code, Butler served on the leadership teams of international service providers delivering growth strategies through improved innovation and IP management to corporate executives and investors. Before that, he served in senior positions within Thomson Reuters’ IP business and Information Holdings Inc.’s IP management division.
    Butler has a B.A. from the School of International Service of The American University in Washington, D.C. and an MBA from Villanova University.


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    Mark Bergen, Tech Reporter, News

    Mark Bergen covers Google and other Alphabet companies for Technology. He previously reported for Recode, Advertising Age, Reuters, The New York Times and others from San Francisco, New York and India.

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    Bhanu K. Sadasivan, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

    Bhanu K. Sadasivan, PhD, focuses her practice on patent litigation, with an emphasis in the life sciences industry. She has experience litigating patent cases concerning recombinant DNA technology, pharmaceutical formulation, computer hardware and software.

    Prior to law school, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham & Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and was a recipient of the Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. Bhanu is the co-author of several scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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    Eric Wagner, Vice President, think and code Plus

    Eric Wagner joined think and code in March 2016 as Vice President, think and code Plus. He joined the company after more than two decades in broadcast journalism, communications and marketing.

    Wagner leads the think and code Plus content organization, which creates events, marketing services and professional learning for professionals in the legal, government, tax & accounting, energy, human resources & payroll, and environmental, health & safety industries.

    Wagner was previously the director of communications and marketing at Government, where he was responsible for building a digital and content marketing team and growing Government’s presence in Washington. While at Government, Wagner led a complete rebranding effort for the business. In previous roles at LP, Wagner launched and produced three new Television broadcasts and was responsible for Television’s political conventions and debates coverage.

    Wagner previously held broadcast journalism positions at PBS and ABC News.

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    Ken Avery, West Region Advisory Leader, Deloitte Advisory

    Ken is the west region leader for Deloitte Advisory and is a partner in Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP. Ken has more than 30 years of forensic accounting experience and has worked with clients on fraud and corporate investigations, providing expert witness testimony into accounting allegations and the related defense in securities litigation. He also has extensive experience resolving purchase price disputes. Ken has served clients across numerous industries and geographies, including working in Shanghai, China.


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    Bianca Dickerson-Williams, Global Director of Legal Services, Integreon

    Bianca Dickerson-Williams currently serves as the Global Director of Legal Services for Integreon Corporation. In this role, Mrs. Dickerson-Williams provides consultative expertise to law firms and corporations focused on Legal Process Outsourcing (Contracts, Compliance & Commercial), Managed Document Review, and Electronic Evidence Discovery. She provides relationship management and strategic guidance to assist her clients in making informed business decisions to mitigate risk and control cost. Mrs. Dickerson-Williams also provides assistance in a variety of legal practices and industries to ensure that clients are in compliance with regulatory guidelines and that they are prepared for legal disputes.

    Prior to joining Integreon, Mrs. Dickerson-Williams served as an Associate Director in the Global Disputes & Investigations practice at Navigant Consulting. Mrs. Dickerson-Williams was responsible for identifying leads, global opportunities, and emerging risk in the marketplace that drive new business and incremental revenue. She negotiated contracts and complex sales for technology, professional services, and expert consulting. She was also responsible for creating and executing strategic initiatives. She has extensive experience creating go-to market strategies, marketing campaigns, roundtable presentations, and representing the firm at industry conferences or events.

    Mrs. Dickerson-Williams holds her B.A. in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from Western Michigan University-Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

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    Barbara Kott, Managing Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa

    Barbara Kott is Managing Partner of our Palo Alto office, where she specializes in law firm and in-house placements. She has successfully placed partners in both large and small law firms as well as corporations. She enjoys working with attorneys and helping to best position them for long-term success.

    Barbara worked at WSGR as a corporate associate for five years before moving into recruiting. Barbara's practice focused on a broad range of corporate transactions, including public offerings, venture capital transactions and mergers and acquisitions. Her legal experience has provided her with strong relationships throughout the Bay Area's legal community, which she brings to her recruiting practice.


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    Jeff Lindeval, Enterprise Account Executive, HighQ

    Jeff Lindeval is currently an Enterprise Account Executive with HighQ. His past experiences include a sales and management career of over 20 years with the last 14 years with Thomson Reuters selling directly into legal vertical markets with both major/large law firms and corporate legal departments as well. He is a father of 3 with a 13 year old daughter, and boy/girl twins that are 7!



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HighQ provides innovative enterprise collaboration and content management solutions to the world’s leading law firms, financial services companies, governments and corporations. The company’s blue chip client base includes over 40% of the global top 100 law firms and some of the largest global financial institutions. HighQ combines secure, enterprise-grade technology with an amazing user experience to transform the way businesses collaborate, communicate and share information securely in the cloud. Founded in 2001, HighQ is headquartered in London, with offices in New York, Kansas City, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Sydney and Ahmedabad.

Integreon is a trusted, global provider of award-winning legal, document, business and research support solutions to leading law firms, legal departments, financial institutions and professional services firms. We apply a highly trained, experienced staff of 2,400 associates globally to a wide range of problems that require scale and expertise, enabling clients to become more operationally efficient by streamlining operations, maximizing investment and improving the quality of work they provide their end clients. With delivery centers on four continents, Integreon offers multi-lingual, around-the-clock support, as well as, onshore, offshore and onsite delivery of our award-winning services. For more information about Integreon’s extensive range of services, visit .


Founded in 1982, Major, Lindsey & Africa is largest and most experienced legal search firm in the world. With more than 25 offices worldwide, Major, Lindsey & Africa has earned recognition for its track record of successful general counsel, corporate counsel, partner, associate and law firm management placements. The firm also provides law firms and companies with highly specialized legal professionals on project, interim and temporary-to-permanent hire basis. Combining local market knowledge and a global recruiting network, Major, Lindsey & Africa recruiters are dedicated to understanding and meeting client and candidate needs while maintaining the highest degree of professionalism and confidentiality. The firm considers every search a diversity search and has been committed to diversity in the law since its inception. Major, Lindsey & Africa is an Allegis Group company, the global leader in talent solutions.


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Mindcrest Inc. is a leading legal services company that specializes in Contracts Management, Compliance, Legal Analytics, and Litigation & Investigations.

We offer innovative technology-driven results to many of the world’s largest organizations. By combining legal expertise with strong project management, Mindcrest delivers high-quality, cost-effective solutions to clients across multiple industries.

Mindcrest has delivery centers in Chicago, New York, London, and Pune, India.

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Ogletree Deakins

Ogletree Deakins is one of the largest labor and employment law firms representing management in all types of employment-related legal matters. Premier client service, as outlined in the firm’s Client Pledge, is one of the firm’s top priorities and a cornerstone of its core values. U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” has named Ogletree Deakins a “Law Firm of the Year” for six consecutive years. In 2017, the publication named Ogletree Deakins its “Law Firm of the Year” in the Labor Law - Management category. Ogletree Deakins has more than 850 attorneys located in 52 offices across the United States and in Europe, Canada, and Mexico. The firm represents a diverse range of clients, from small businesses to Fortune 50 companies. 


Vistra Group, in 50+ countries, are corporate administration experts for global business. We offer a better way to expand and operate in global markets. Vistra ensure compliance, manage operational risk and deliver performance efficiencies. We have a proven track record of delivering a uniquely broad and versatile range of services and solutions under ‘one roof’ by industry experts, within a truly client centric model. Our compliance services include incorporation, corporate secretarial, directorships, accounting, tax, payroll/HR and managing tax structures.

For information and assistance please contact Andrew Pointer, Director Business Development on (1) 917 863 3080 or  [email protected].


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