Women in Law - On The Record

Women in Law - On The Record

An interview-based podcast spotlighting women in the legal field. We will learn how they got to where they are, what lessons they have learned along the way, and what they are doing now to achieve their next goal.... Show More

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October 26, 2020

Today I’m talking to Megan Belcher, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Scoular in Omaha, Nebraska. Raised in the midwest, Megan began her legal career at Husch Blackwell in Kansas City where she cut her teeth and honed her legal skills. She made the jump to in-house counsel when she joined ConAgra Foods in 2014. She would spend the next 9 years with the company, specializing in employment and compliance and learning to le...

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Today I’m talking with Heather Hansen, a trial lawyer, coach, author, and podcast host. As an award-winning, 20-year trial lawyer, Heather discusses how courtroom skills can translate to everyday life and how we can all be better about presenting to our “inner jury.” This approach to winning life’s trials without losing yourself is the basis for Heather’s book and podcast, the Elegant Warrior. As a young female attorney, I was comf...

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Today I share brief, but meaningful, conversations with 3 women from across the country--all with very different jobs. First, I spoke with a friend and listener of the podcast, Maryann Zaki. Maryann is a litigation associate at Morgan Lewis in Houston and a mom of two young girls. She spoke about the importance of voicing your needs, wants, and concerns in your career. I next spoke with Kimberly Diego, a solo criminal defense lawye...

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Today I’m talking to Celeste Bruce, litigation partner at Rifkin, Weiner, and Livingston in Maryland and Lisa Borsook, a real estate partner at WeirFoulds in Toronto, Canada. Both women emphasized the importance of being an effective communicator, explained how clients and mentors have acted as sponsors and endorsed their skills, and discussed how they’ve been able to share mentoring advice they’ve received over the years with the ...

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Today I’m resharing an interview I did in the fall of 2018 with Brittany DeGan, who is the General Counsel of rewardStyle in Dallas, Texas. I wanted to share this interview again because many of you are new listeners and probably haven’t heard Brittany’s story yet. A few things come to mind when I think of my time with Brittany. The first is how nervous I was! This was only my second time interviewing someone and I was still just f...

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Today I’m talking with Lisa Baker Morgan, attorney turned chef and author. After leaving her litigation practice to focus on her daughters, Lisa found a new, more fulfilling way to live life. In her book, “Paris, Part Time,” Lisa shares how at the age of 38, and newly divorced, she unexpectedly found herself staring down death in a Monaco hospital, nine time zones away from her two young daughters in Los Angeles. After facing morta...

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Today I’m talking with my friend and colleague, Katie Tipper-McWhorter, a litigation associate at Greenberg Traurig’s Houston office. Katie attended SMU for undergrad and the University of Houston for law school. She’s been with GT for a little over two years and as you’ll hear, the reason I wanted to sit down with her is that she has quickly developed a reputation as a talented, hard-working, and passionate advocate. Katie also ha...

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Today I’m speaking with Helen Dooley, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Tandem Sports & Entertainment in Arlington, Virginia. Helen graduated from Duke University where she obtained both a history degree and her law degree. She spoke about her informative years clerking for federal judges in the 10th Circuit, including Judge Tacha, who taught her the importance of being yourself. It was there that she learned, among ...

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Aparna and I recorded this interview before the corona virus pandemic took over and Zoom became a way of daily life for millions and millions of people around the world. Originally from Michigan, Aparna set out to become a technology lawyer after graduating from Harvard Law School. She comes from a family of engineers and entrepreneurs, who she has leaned on throughout her career for advice. She shared inspiring stories of conversa...

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A native of southern California, Michelle attended UCLA for undergrad and UC Berkeley for law school. From there, she became a trial lawyer at Quinn Emanuel at a time when the firm had fewer than 100 lawyers. She gained deep trial experience and positioned herself to take on an in-house role at NBC Universal where she investigated and assisted with IP litigation. Michelle went on to eBay where she would spend the next nine years in...

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Bree Vculek is a first-year law student at George Washington University in D.C. Although she will be a lawyer soon enough, Bree is the first non-lawyer who I have featured on the podcast. I thought it was important to share a student’s perspective because things evolve, and we as lawyers are hiring these students. Plus, I have a lot of listeners who are students or people considering going to law school, so I thought Bree’s perspec...

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This is a special episode because it was done in collaboration with the University of Houston Law School student organization for First Generation Law Students. Lavonne is an alumni of the University of Houston Law School but before that, she attended Howard University and Johns Hopkins University where she obtained her Masters in Biomedical Engineering and performed her post-doc work. Lavonne was on track to go to medical school b...

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Allison takes time to talk about the current state of things in light of COVID-19. She shares what is going on with the podcast, some of the positive things that are happening in the community right now, and fun personal things she is enjoying.  

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Michelle Banks is currently a senior advisor at BarkerGilmore LLC where she specializes in providing executive coaching to corporate general counsel and their successors in development. Michelle draws on her international legal experience as the former general counsel of Gap and trusted outside counsel to various Latin American and Asian companies in providing guidance to her clients these days. She noted “You have to speak the lan...

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Molly’s kind and caring spirit shined as we talked through her already storied career. It started when she first tested the legal waters working as an assistant at a law firm. She ultimately decided to attend Santa Clara School of Law where she also obtained her MBA. Post-law school, Molly began her legal career working in-house and wearing “many hats” as she handled litigation, employment, human resources, and corporate issues as ...

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Shruti is a young, rising star lawyer in the DFW area and is General Counsel of Ziosk, the company that brought you the first-ever entertainment, ordering and pay-at-the-table touchscreen tablet for for the restaurant market. Shruti’s journey in the law began when she graduated law school in the height of the recession. She talks about how she powered through that difficult time in the legal market by networking and developing mean...

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Jana is a senior intellectual property lawyer for Louis Vuitton where she has spent the last five years protecting the luxury brand’s iconic logos and products. Before going in-house, Jana spent several years as a litigator at Gibson Dunn and Crutcher in New York City. There, she gained great experience including pro bono experience that allowed her to make a terrific difference in a person’s life and become part of a team of lawye...

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Robin is the US Head of Norton Rose Fulbright’s Antitrust and Competition practice group. Robin's pragmatic approach to the practice of law is informed by her experience, having served as in-house antitrust and litigation counsel at Swiss healthcare company Novartis before becoming North American General Counsel of Sandoz, the generics and biosimilars division of Novartis. She returned to private practice in 2015 to serve clien...

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Allison looks back on Women In Law On The Record in 2019, sharing favorite moments, lessons learned, and personal stories. She also previews what is to come in 2020!

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This was a special interview and experience for me as we recorded this episode from MMLaFleur’s Bryant Park store in New York City. That night we shared the stories of these two inspiring women, brought female executives and lawyers together, and supported a great cause--Bottomless Closet. The Bottomless Closet experience is all about helping women in need feel confident, prepared, and empowered to ace their job interviews, start a...

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