Bloomberg Law Summit - West to Feature Corporate Legal & Law Firm Leaders Discussing Changes to the Business of Law

ARLINGTON, VA (October 23, 2017) — Bloomberg Law today announced that the 2nd annual Big Law Business Summit – West will be held on Wednesday, November 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins in San Francisco.  The event brings together leaders from corporate legal departments and law firms to discuss industry trends, developments affecting technology companies, and how legal counsel can best serve their clients.   To request an invitation to the summit, visit

The event kicks off with a keynote interview with Dawn Smith, chief legal officer of McAfee.  An executive discussion on the business of law featuring Mitch Zuklie, chairman and CEO of Orrick, will focus on the competition for top talent and how technology advances are enabling law firms to provide better legal services at a lower price.  Chief Judge David Raschke, chief judge of the Patent and Trial Appeal Board (PTAB), will share insights on patent litigation landscape, how PTAB has changed patent litigation, and PTAB’s stance on an upcoming Supreme Court case that impacts its existence.  The afternoon will also feature panels on IP management strategy and how corporate legal departments are adapting to technology changes.

The full list of event speakers includes:

  • Toby Brown, Chief Practice Management Officer, Perkins Coie 
  • Christine Coats, Vice President, Legal Operations, Oracle
  • Kim Craig, Managing Director, Lean Solutions, SeyfarthLean Consulting
  • Renny Hwang, Head of Patent Litigation, Google
  • Colette Reiner Mayer, Partner, Morrison Foerster
  • Frances Pomposo, Head of Legal Operations, Lyft
  • Chief Judge David Ruschke, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Michael Sacksteder, Partner and Chair, Patent Litigation, Fenwick & West
  • Dr. Phyllis A. Schneck, Managing Director and Global Leader of Cyber Solutions, Promontory
  • Dawn Smith, Chief Legal Officer, McAfee
  • Gillian Thackray, Global Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, The Clorox Company
  • Hilary Wandall, General Counsel and Chief Data Governance Officer, TrustArc
  • Mitch Zuklie, Chairman and CEO, Orrick

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