The Law Firm Leadership Podcast | We Interview Corp Defense Law Firm Leaders, Partners, General Counsel and Legal Consultants

The Law Firm Leadership Podcast | We Interview Corp Defense Law Firm Leaders, Partners, General Counsel and Legal Consultants

Learn from corporate defense law firm leaders such as the chairmen, managing partners, executive committee members and law partners along with general counsel and legal industry consultants. We interview these men and women across the United States who practice law and provide leadership at the largest law firms to elite corporate boutiques, public and private companies. Glean wisdom, new ideas, relate to their stories and follow along as we talk about current legal industry topics, firm management, their personal journey as a leader and more.

Episodes

I interviewed Stephanie Stuckey | Chief Executive Officer of Stuckey’s Corporation on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021. We discussed several topics such as:

  • Becoming a Public Defender
  • Family Legacy in Politics and Business 
  • Justice System and Making Change through Legislature
  • Sustainability and Resiliency for the City of Atlanta
  • Family & Business is Complicated
  • Love of Road Trips 
  • Attorney and Politician Background Prepped her for CEO Rol...
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    I interviewed Kiwi Camara | Chief Executive Officer of DISCO on Friday, December 17th, 2021. We discussed several topics such as:

  • Graduating Law School at 19
  • Northwestern Fellow to Legal Tech CEO
  • Bell Ceremony at NYSE
  • Creating a Magical Product Experience
  • Building a Platform for the Full Lifecycle of Litigation
  • What’s to Love about Austin 
  • 10 Year Predictions for Software Transforming Legal
  • Diversity of Thought 
  • Ballroom Dancing, Harvard S...
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    I interviewed Nancy Stern | Chief Executive Officer of Allston Holdings on Wednesday, August 18th, 2021.

  • Her BigLaw Private Practice Years
  • Becoming Allston’s First General Counsel
  • Growing into the Role of CEO 
  • Learning how Authenticity can Advance Your Career 
  • How Success & Empathy Do Go Together 
  • Balancing the Expectations of the Board and Management 
  • Her Love for People Development
  • The Importance of Making a Decision as an Attorney ...
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    I interviewed Mark Menghini | Former EVP, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of Aegion Corporation on Thursday, September 30th, 2021. We discussed several topics such as:

  • A St Louis Family of Attorneys
  • Greensfelder & Being a Construction Attorney
  • The Process of Deciding to go In-House
  • Defining Value and Being an Effective Attorney
  • A Legacy of Cultural Change 
  • The Going Private Sale to Private Equity  
  • Sherman & Sterling’s ...
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    I interviewed Yvette Ostolaza | Chair-Elect of Sidley Austin’s Management Committee on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021.

    We discussed several topics such as:

  • Her Family Immigration Story from Cuba
  • The Benefit of Sales and Journalism experience 
  • Her Response to Leadership Opportunities 
  • The Lateral Move that involved 50 attorneys 
  • Why Sidley Austin felt like Home 
  • Maintaining an Active Docket while leading the Firm
  • 3 Trends to Watch 
  • Advice: Act...
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    I interviewed Debbie Read | Managing Partner of Thompson Hine on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021.

    We discussed several topics such as:

  • Analytical Thinking
  • Choosing Thompson Hine 
  • Family Values that Formed Her
  • Rising to Meet High Expectations
  • Innovating to Meet Client Needs 
  • Changing Lawyer Behavior is Hard 
  • SmartPaTH, Thompson Hine's Service Delivery Approach
  • Servant Leadership Creates Success for the Firm
  • Reading Recommendation
  • ____________...

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    I interviewed Pia Flanagan | Chief Operating Officer at CEO Action for Racial Equity on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021.

    We discussed topics such as:

  • Starting her Career at Deloitte in NYC
  • Why Representation Matters 
  • Adding Value and More Career Advice
  • Becoming Partner at Baker McKenzie
  • Listening to Mentors & Going In-House 
  • Why You Should Keep Raising Your Hand 
  • Leadership that Makes You Better 
  • The Work of CEO Action for Racial Equity
  • Adopti...
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    I interviewed Nancy Lieberman | Retired Partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom on Wednesday, April 21st, 2021.

    We discussed several topics such as:

  • Graduating from law school at 22
  • Creating M&A Law in the 80s 
  • Becoming Skadden’s Youngest Partner
  • Supportive Environment as a Female Attorney
  • Traits Partners look for in Associates 
  • Tips for Negotiating 
  • Deal Stories with Carl Icahn
  • Ski Accident & Beating the Odds
  • Dad’s Inspir...
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    I interviewed Lori Lorenzo | Managing Director at Deloitte on Friday, April 9th, 2021.

    We discussed several topics such as:

  • Her Journey in BigLaw
  • How Career Services Affirmed what She Loved to Do
  • Focused on real DE&I Impact 
  • The Unspoken Importance of Relationship Building
  • Lots of Career Advice for Job Hunters 
  • Deloitte’s free Programs for CLOs and Deputy GCs 
  • BigFour being Well-Positioned for the Legal Industry
  • Recommended Books 
  • Blen...
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    I interviewed Chris Lewis | General Counsel at Edward Jones on Friday, March 26th, 2021.

    We discussed several topics such as:

  • Civil Rights Heroes
  • Betting on Yourself 
  • Being Intentional with DE&I 
  • Joining Edward Jones & 10x the Legal Dept 
  • SIFMA & The Buttermilk Group
  • Leadership Inspiration 
  • St. Louis & his Community Involvement
  • From Jamaica to NY
  • Recommended Books on the Black Experience
  • ___________________________________...

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    I interviewed Norman Wain | General Counsel, Chief of Business Affairs at USA Track & Field on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021.

    We discussed several topics such as:

  • Having Passion in his Legal Career
  • Learning the Business of Sports
  • The Road to General Counsel
  • The Importance of Networking
  • US Soccer History
  • Leadership & Culture Building 
  • Public Speaking Advice
  • Fostering Success through Energizing Your Team
  • Using Analytics to Drive Business ...
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    I interviewed Deanna Sheridan | General Counsel, Vice President, & Corporate Secretary of Spartan Race on Friday, February 5th, 2021.

    We discussed:

  • Having Psychological Safety in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives
  • Keeping Spartan Race Afloat During COVID 
  • Acquiring & Integrating Tough Mudder
  • How Diversity Strengthens an Organization 
  • Learning from Joe de Sena, Founder & CEO of Spartan 
  • Spartan: More than an Obstac...
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    I interviewed Megan Belcher | Senior Vice President, General Counsel, & Corporate Secretary on Friday, November 20th, 2020.

    We discussed several topics such as:

  • Transferring Success to Others 
  • Drinks Among Friends in Omaha, NE 
  • Launching a Womens’ GC Mastermind 
  • The Position of Power & Privilege and Welcoming Others at the Table 
  • Having a Professional Development Plan
  • The Magic of Scoular 
  • Impacting Rural Communities 
  • A Passion fo...
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    I interviewed Michael Moradzadeh | Founding Partner & CEO of Rimon Law on Friday, November 6th, 2020. 

    We discussed several topics such as:

  • Growing up in Silicon Valley and the Transition to NYC
  • Beginning of His Career at Ropes & Gray
  • Innovating the Law Firm Business Model
  • First 3 Years of Rimon
  • Definition of Great Leadership
  • Benefits of Non-Attorney Ownership
  • Family Life During COVID
  • ____________________________________________...

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    I interviewed Verona Dorch | Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary at Providence Health on Monday, August 17th, 2020.

    We discussed several topics such as:

  • Her Move to the frontlines of the war on Covid  
  • Her time at Peabody Energy and Leading in Crisis
  • Streamlining Outside Counsel from 100+ firms to 12
  • Requiring Diversity with Outside Counsel
  • How she joined a For-Profit Board  
  • Leadership and Those Who Have He...
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    I interviewed Jeanie Latz | Board and Governance Consultant on Friday, July 17th, 2020.

    We discussed several topics including:

  • Her Journey to Board Consultant
  • Better Results with Diversity 
  • Helpful Tips for Getting Involved with Boards
  • Board Composition Trends
  • The ESG Question 
  • Signs of an Effective Board  
  • Bringing Work In-House & Managing Legal Spend 
  • A Hostile Takeover Story
  • Bill and Melinda Gates 
  • _________________________________...

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    I interviewed Mark Roellig | Senior Client Advisor at Perkins Coie on Friday, June 26th, 2020.

    We discussed several topics such as:

  • Embracing Self-awareness 
  • Surrounding Yourself with Diverse People & Perspectives
  • What General Counsel look for? 
  • The Value of an MBA 
  • Training People to Leave
  • Streamlining the Interview Process
  • People that Come to Win vs. to Play
  • Board Advice 
  • Adding Value to Your Team 
  • Career Advice for Those Stuck
  • What Do...
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    Hello friends, I had a wonderful conversation with the Chairman and Managing Partner of Spencer Fane.

    We discussed several topics such as:

  • The Incredible Growth Story of Spencer Fane 
  • Profit Margin Expansion through Scaling 
  • Humility as the Foundation 
  • 200% Headcount Growth with Laterals 
  • A Passion for Lifelong Learning & Harvard Business School 
  • Leadership and the Potential of Others 
  • Family Life & Gratitude 
  • Recommended Books &a...
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    I interviewed Sherry Williams | Senior Legal Executive and Former VP, Deputy General Counsel, Global Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Jabil on Friday, June 12th, 2020.

    We discussed several topics such as:

  • Her Experience in Working with Recruiters
  • 2 Myths Believed of Recruiters
  • Advice for Optimizing the Recruiter/Professional Relationship
  • What Sets Apart Recruiters & the Biggest Area of Needed Improvement
  • Rewards of Leadersh...
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    I interviewed Cheryl Heisler | President and Founder of Lawternatives on Friday, May 1st, 2019.

    We discussed several topics such as:

    - 4 Steps for Exploring Alternative Career Paths - Leaving BigLaw for Kraft’s Marketing Department - You Got Out. Can You Help Me? - Meeting Ben & Jerry from Vermont - From Litigator to Golf Passion - Advice for Lawyers Consider a Change - Becoming a Mixologist - Check Out Her Cocktail Recipe - Ho...

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