Bloomberg 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.

2017 Big Law Business New York Highlights

For more video clips and articles from past events, visit BigLawBusiness.com.


Date and Time:
November 15, 2017
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Networking reception to follow

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

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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Keynote Interview

Insights from a Chief Legal Officer on the market opportunities their businesses anticipate and the expectations they have of their legal departments in light of those goals and priorities.

Interview with Dawn Smith, Chief Legal Officer, McAfee


The Business of Law

Law firms and in-house law departments are in a fierce competition for top talent, and pursuing various strategies to differentiate their opportunities for incoming lawyers. Associate salaries, lateral onboarding, demonstrating diversity and inclusion, and supporting work-life balance are all on the table. 

At the same time, technology advances are replacing traditional work done by junior associates and allowing law firms to provide better legal services at a lower price. A panel of innovating counsel discuss the strategies and skills needed to advise their business, including diverse talent and the latest technology, that create the right legal team to meet business and client needs.

  • Executive Roundtable with Mitch Zuklie, Chairman and CEO, Orrick


What’s Next for Patent Litigation

Bloomberg sits down with the chief judge of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board to discuss the current patent litigation landscape, how PTAB has changed patent litigation, and PTAB’s stance on the upcoming Supreme Court case that challenges its very existence.

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


IP Management Strategy

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, Bloomberg BNA


Tech Industry Lessons for Legal Department Management

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. How are law firms are adapting to innovative processes, technologies and the new normal for business?


  • Toby Brown, Chief Practice Management Officer, Perkins Coie 
  • Christine Coats, Vice President, Legal Operations, Oracle
  • Kim Craig, Managing Director, Lean Solutions, SeyfarthLean Consulting
  • Frances Pomposo, Head of Legal Operations, Lyft


Global Risk Briefing: Cybersecurity

A current global perspective on how threats to U.S. businesses have evolved and the ramifications for corporate legal departments. How can corporate legal departments and law firms handle the increasing complexity of data as they respond to the changing nature of risks and risk management? We’ll go beyond the headlines to provide strategies and solutions for counsel to respond and prepare in an increasingly connected world.

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


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.


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.

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

Alex Butler was named Vice President and General Manager of Corporate, Tech & IP in Bloomberg BNA’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 Bloomberg BNA, 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.


Christine Coats, Vice President, Legal Operations, Oracle

Christine Coats is Vice President of Legal Operations at Oracle, reporting directly to Oracle’s Executive Vice President and General Counsel Dorian Daley. Oracle offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications and platform services.

Before joining Oracle, Coats spent the majority of her nine years at Symantec as its Chief of Staff. In this role, she oversaw the centralized operation of its legal and public relations teams. Coats was also responsible for executing significant expense reductions through preferred outside counsel programs, as well as implementing an e-billing and global enterprise contract management system and a company-wide records retention policy and program.

Prior to Symantec, Coats held a variety of financial planning and analysis (FP&A) positions, including software business controller and division consolidation manager, during her 21 years with IBM’s software and hardware divisions.

She currently serves as CFO Ex-officio and board member of Leadership California, a network of accomplished women leaders dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women in California.

Coats holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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.


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 (www.employmentlawpublishers.com), 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.

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.


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.


Sarah R. Nichols, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

Ms. Nichols is an attorney with more than 10 years of experience counseling and defending employers. She has an active advice practice, partnering with clients to develop and implement national and international policies relating to recruiting, hiring, background checks, training, performance management, leave, compensation, stock options, benefits, investigations and terminations.

She provides strategic advice and counseling to clients on all challenges related to the cross-border transference of a workforce and the hiring and handling of employees overseas. Admitted to practice in both California and Australia, she enjoys using her experience to translate a variety of foreign legal concepts so that U.S. companies can ensure their policies, contracts and payroll processes comply with local laws across the globe.

Ms. Nichols has defended employers against class actions and claims of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower claims, wrongful termination and wage and hour issues. In addition to her active labor and employment litigation practice, Ms. Nichols has litigated a range of business disputes including contract, defamation, business interference, trade secrets and unfair competition claims. She has represented both private and public employers in a broad array of industries including technology, retail, banking, biotechnology, education, hotel construction and transportation industries.

Ms. Nichols is a frequent speaker for trade groups and associations as well as private employers and provides compliance and liability prevention training for managers. She currently teaches mediation at Berkeley Law School as an Assistant Lecturer.

Frances Pomposo, Head of Legal Operations, Lyft

Frances Pomposo is the Head of Legal Operations at Lyft and has worked in legal & technology field for over 9 years. Frances received her MBA in 2016 and previously managed Legal Operations at Adobe. Her areas of responsibility and expertise include driving efficiency, communications, and processes across the company & department, strategic planning, knowledge management, budget analysis and management, outside counsel, legal technology, privacy and security, contract management, and tool implementation. Frances is also co-lead of CLOC’s Emerging Legal Department Group.


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

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.


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.

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.


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.

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 Amazon.com.

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.


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