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  • Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Legal Analyst and Author

    Jeffrey Toobin, CNN Legal Analyst and Author

    Today, my guest is Jeffrey Toobin, Senior Legal Analyst at CNN, staff writer at the New Yorker and best selling author of The Run of His Life: The People v. O.J. Simpson; A Vast Conspiracy: the Real Story of the Sex Scandal that Nearly Brought Down a President; Too Close to Call: the Thirty-Six Day Battle to Decide the 2000 Election; The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court; The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court; and most recently, American Heiress: […]

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  • Jay Bilas, ESPN Broadcaster and Courtside Analyst

    Jay Bilas, ESPN Broadcaster and Courtside Analyst

    Today, my guest is Jay Bilas, an attorney at Moore & Van Allen who is also an Emmy nominated basketball analyst who provides courtside and studio commentary for ESPN and CBS Sports.  A four-year starter at Duke under Mike Krzyzewski, he helped lead Duke to the NCAA Final Four and National Championship Game.  After playing professional basketball, Jay went back to Duke as an assistant coach and won two National Championships while simultaneously attending Duke Law School.  Jay took time from […]

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  • Leigh Steinberg, Professional Sports Agent

    Leigh Steinberg, Professional Sports Agent

    Today, my guest is Leigh Steinberg, a legendary sports agent and lawyer, who has represented many of the most successful athletes in professional sports, including the #1 overall pick in the NFL draft 8 times as well as over 60 first round picks. During his career, Leigh has secured over $3 billion for his 300+ pro athlete clients and directed more than $750 million to various charities, receiving commendations from Congress, cities, states and Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton. Leigh’s historic career was portrayed […]

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  • Ben Stein, Economist, TV Show Host, Comedian, Writer

    Ben Stein, Economist, TV Show Host, Comedian, Writer

    Today, my guest is Ben Stein, economist, movie actor, author, novelist, screenwriter, law school professor, television show host and comedian.  A graduate of Columbia University and Yale Law School, Ben never had any aspirations to be a lawyer; but instead stumbled into a series of jobs that ultimately led to him to serving in the Nixon and Ford administrations and achieving overnight fame in the iconic movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.  Ben was kind enough to take time from his busy speaking […]

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  • Larry Sonsini, Chairman of Wilson Sonsini

    Larry Sonsini, Chairman of Wilson Sonsini

    Today, my guest is Larry Sonsini, Chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.  After graduating from Boalt Hall (Berkeley Law) in 1966, Larry decided to join John Wilson to work with Silicon Valley startups and has since gained international recognition for his expertise in the areas of corporate law, corporate governance, securities, and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to having served as CEO as well as Chairman for more than 35 years, Larry served as Chairman of the New York Stock […]

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  • Will Shortz, NY Times Crossword Puzzle Editor

    Will Shortz, NY Times Crossword Puzzle Editor

    Today, my guest is Will Shortz (aka the “Puzzle Master“), Editor of the New York Times Crossword Puzzles, and star of WordPlay (see trailer below), one of my favorite movies.  Some may know that he graduated from the University of Virginia Law School but probably not many know that he almost dropped out after his first semester and that his favorite class was intellectual property!  Listed as one of the 30 most famous people with law degrees, Will was gracious enough to join […]

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  • Scott Turow, Author of “One L” and NYTimes Best Selling Author

    Scott Turow, Author of “One L” and NYTimes Best Selling Author

    Today, my guest is Scott Turow, a lawyer and author of the best selling book One L about his experience as a first year student at Harvard Law School; as well as the author of ten best-selling works of fiction, including his first novel Presumed Innocent, which was made into a movie with Academy Award Nominee Harrison Ford.  Originally from Chicago, Scott has a degree from Amherst College and taught creative writing at Stanford as the E. H. Jones Lecturer before entering Harvard Law […]

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  • Lawrence Levy, on Steve Jobs, Pixar and Meditation

    Lawrence Levy, on Steve Jobs, Pixar and Meditation

    Today, my guest is Lawrence Levy, a Harvard Law School graduate and former partner at Wilson Sonsini, who is the author of To Pixar and Beyond: My Unlikely Journey with Steve Jobs to Make Entertainment History. In 1994, Lawrence received a personal call out of the blue from Steve Jobs to see if he had any interest in joining Pixar, which led to a 12 year working relationship with Steve Jobs, first serving as Pixar’s Chief Financial Officer, a member of […]

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  • James B. Stewart, Author of “Den of Thieves”

    James B. Stewart, Author of “Den of Thieves”

    Today, my guest is James Stewart, a Pulitzer Prize winning author, who wrote many best selling books, including Den of Thieves and Disney War.  A graduate of Harvard Law School and former Associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, he began his writing career at the American Lawyer in 1979.  He wrote a well known book on the nation’s elite law firms called The Partners before writing his New York Times best-seller Den of Thieves on Wall Street arbitrager Ivan Boesky and Michael Milken.  His 2005 book Disney War on Michael […]

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    Cass Sunstein, Harvard Law School Professor and Author

    Today my guest is Professor Cass Sunstein, the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard Law School. Prof. Sunstein graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, after which he clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall on the US Supreme Court.  From 2009 to 2012, he was Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. He is also the founder and director of the Program on Behavioral Economics and Public Policy at Harvard Law School.  Professor Sunstein has written numerous […]

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  • Daniel Pink, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Daniel Pink, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Today, my guest is Daniel Pink.  Most people know Daniel Pink as one of the most popular TED speakers of all time (see video below), New York Times best selling author of A Whole New Mind, Drive and To Sell is Human, and host of the National Geographic TV show Crowd Control.  But what is less known is that Dan actually went to law school (attended Columbia and graduated from Yale) and he discusses how law school shaped his career, but not in […]

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  • David Hornik, Partner at August Capital

    David Hornik, Partner at August Capital

    Today, my guest is David Hornik, general partner at August Capital and author of VentureBlog, who describes his career path from lawyer to venture capitalist, a profession he was born to do. David inspired me to start this interview series with his own VentureCast podcast and if you have ever heard him speak or present, then you would certainly agree that if he ever decided to leave venture capital, he would make a great late night talk show host! “@HsuTubeEsq: http://t.co/lMjzkOUYAW […]

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  • Brad Meltzer, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Brad Meltzer, NYTimes Best Selling Author and TV Show Host

    Today my guest is Brad Meltzer, a New York Times best-selling author, host of the TV show Decoded and fellow Columbia Law School Alumni.  Brad’s first novel received 24 rejection letters before getting his next book, The Tenth Justice, published while he was still in law school.  But even with all his accomplishments, Brad never takes his success for granted and  reminds himself every day what it was like getting those rejection letters.  His latest book is The President’s Shadow.

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    Salle Yoo, General Counsel at Uber

    Today, my guest is Salle Yoo, General Counsel at Uber, where she manages a team of over 200 lawyers to ensure the global presence and long term growth of Uber. Prior to joining Uber in 2012, Salle was a partner at the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine where she represented energy, telecommunications and technology firms.  Salle serves on the Museum Council for the Asian Art Museum and was named one of San Francisco Business Times‘ Most Influential Women in […]

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  • Steven Rodgers, SVP and General Counsel at Intel

    Steven Rodgers, SVP and General Counsel at Intel

    Today, my guest is Steven Rodgers, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Intel Corporation, whose hobby is coffee roasting.  Steve got into this hobby when his college roommate started roasting his own beans and he realized what a difference it made.  I never realized that making coffee involves everything from selecting the bean, how the bean is roasted (over 200 variables), how it’s brewed and even what kind of water is used! Had a blast talking for 30 minutes with […]

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  • Marie Oh Huber, SVP and General Counsel at eBay

    Marie Oh Huber, SVP and General Counsel at eBay

    Today, my guest is Marie Oh Huber*, Senior VP, General Counsel and Secretary at eBay, where she heads the global legal and government relations function. Prior to joining eBay, Marie served as Sr. VP, General Counsel and Secretary at Agilent and prior to that, she held senior legal positions at Hewlett Packard.  Marie is a strong champion for diversity and inclusion and has received a Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund’s 2015 Women of Achievement Award, a 2014 National Diversity Council’s Top 50 […]

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  • Mike Callahan, SVP and General Counsel at LinkedIn

    Mike Callahan, SVP and General Counsel at LinkedIn

    Today, my guest is Mike Callahan, SVP and General Counsel of LinkedIn where he oversees the legal, regulatory, intellectual property, government relations, compliance, ethics and corporate governance matters. Prior to joining LinkedIn, Mike was Chief Legal Officer of Auction.com and prior to that, served as EVP, General Counsel and Secretary of Yahoo! Inc. from 1999 to 2012. At Yahoo!, Mr. Callahan was a key advisor to the executive team and Board of Directors through numerous acquisitions, investments and divestitures, including the strategic […]

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  • Matt Fawcett, SVP and General Counsel at NetApp

    Matt Fawcett, SVP and General Counsel at NetApp

    Today, my guest is Matt Fawcett,  Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer at NetApp.  Under his leadership, NetApp’s legal team has been recognized for many achievements, including the Best Legal Department of 2014 (Best Legal Departments 2014, Corporate Counsel), one of the most innovative departments (The 2013 IC-10: Inside the Legal Profession’s Top Innovators, Inside Counsel Magazine, 2013), and as a top GC (America’s 50 Outstanding General Counsel, The National Law Journal, 2014).  He frequently writes about effective […]

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  • Mark Chandler, Cisco systems

    Mark Chandler, SVP and General Counsel at Cisco

    Today, my guest is Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President, Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel at Cisco, where he oversees Cisco’s global legal activities and policies.  Chandler joined Cisco in 1996 when Cisco acquired StrataCom, Inc. where he had been general counsel. In 2010, The National Law Journal named him one of the 40 Most Influential Lawyers of the Decade, and in 2013, American Lawyer named him among the Top 50 Big Law Innovators of the Last 50 Years. Chandler received a J.D. degree […]

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  • Brett Pletcher, General Counsel at Gilead Sciences

    Brett Pletcher, General Counsel at Gilead Sciences

    Today, my guest is Brett Pletcher, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Gilead Sciences.  After making partner at the prestigious law firm of Gunderson Dettmer, Brett decided that he wanted to do something different and joined Gilead — a company he had never heard of at the time — when it was still a relatively small public company.  I have known Brett since 1998 so it was nice to be able to catch up with him in his office in Foster […]

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  • Don Liu, EVP and Chief Legal Officer at Target Corp

    Don Liu, EVP and Chief Legal Officer at Target Corp

    Today, my guest is Don Liu*, Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary for Target Corp, where he oversees all legal, corporate governance and governmental affairs.  Prior to joining Target, Don was EVP, General Counsel and Secretary at Xerox Corporation; and he has also held legal leadership roles at Toll Brothers, IKON Office Solutions and Aetna U.S. Healthcare. A strong advocate and speaker on promoting diversity — specifically Asian Americans — in the legal profession, Don is a member of […]

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    Paula Boggs, Former Starbucks GC and Musician

    Today, my guest is Paula Boggs*, a musician and former General Counsel of Starbucks.  Despite her self-classification as the “quintessential reluctant lawyer,” Paula has enjoyed a successful career as a government prosecutor, inhouse counsel and law firm partner.  After serving as General Counsel at Starbucks, Paula decided to follow her childhood passion of being a musician by starting her own “soul grass” Paula Boggs Band, a fusion of folk, blues, jazz and rock.  Despite leaving the practice of law, she still remains very […]

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  • Augustine Yee, CLO and Head of Corp Dev at Hoya Corp

    Augustine Yee, CLO and Head of Corp Dev at Hoya Corp

    Today, my guest is Augustine Yee, Chief Legal Officer and Global Head of Corporate Development and Affairs at Hoya Corporation, who talks about recently taking a C-level role at a public Japanese multinational company leading legal, M&A/business development, venture capital investments and a number of other global functions for this highly diversified high tech and life sciences company.  Prior to joining Hoya, Augustine was AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals’ Head of Asia Pacific Regional and Corporate Business Development where he was an expat based […]

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  • Michael Dillon, Adobe

    Mike Dillon (Adobe) and Cross-Country Cycling

    Today, my guest is Mike Dillon, General Counsel of Adobe Systems, who bicycled across the country from Florida to California. When he started the trip, he was nothing more than a weekend cyclist and honestly didn’t even know if he would even complete the ride.  He eventually not only finished it, but he blogged about it every day and was inspired to write a book about it called Changing Cadence, the proceeds of which go to support the Aldar Academy. […]

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  • Ron Bell,  General Counsel of Yahoo!

    Ron Bell, General Counsel of Yahoo!

    Today, my guest is Ron Bell, Vice President and General Counsel of Yahoo!  Ron was very gracious to take the time to sit down with me at the Yahoo! headquarters to talk about what it’s like being the Yahoo! GC and the exciting challenges he faces. Only the Company’s 4th General Counsel, Ron talks about his predecessors, the influence they had on him, and his own style of management and leadership. Through hard work, foresight @HsuUntied cornered the lucrative GC […]

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  • Gillian Zoe Segal, Author of “Getting There”

    Gillian Zoe Segal, Author of “Getting There”

    Today, my guest is Gilian Zoe Segal*, author of the terrific book Getting There, a compilation of 30 incredible interviews.  Gillian originally started this project because she wanted to interview people at the top of their fields who struggled to achieve their success but what she discovered was that every success story has its challenges — there is no easy path.  An incredibly skilled interviewer and accomplished photographer in her own right, Gillian traveled across the country to interview all 30 people […]

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  • Joseph A. Grundfest, Stanford Law School Professor

    Joseph A. Grundfest, Stanford Law School Professor

    Today, my guest is Professor Joseph A. Grundfest, the W. A. Franke Professor of Law and Business at Stanford Law School and Senior Faculty, Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University. Before joining the Stanford Law School faculty in 1990, Professor Grundfest was a commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and served on the staff of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors as counsel and senior economist for legal and regulatory matters.  Professor Grundfest is also a co-founder and director […]

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  • Stephen L. Carter is the William Nelson Cromwell professor of law at Yale. He has previously written four novels and several works of nonfiction.

    Stephen L. Carter, Yale Law School Professor and Author

    Today, my guest is Professor Stephen L. Carter, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law at Yale, where he has taught for almost thirty years. A graduate of Stanford University and Yale Law School, where he was a Notes Editor of the Yale Law Journal, he then served as a law clerk for Judge Spottswood W. Robinson III on the DC Circuit, and then to Justice Thurgood Marshall of the US Supreme Court.  Professor Carter was one of my favorite authors even […]

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  • Bryan Garner on interviewing Supreme Court Justices

    Bryan Garner on interviewing Supreme Court Justices

    Today, my guest is Bryan Garner, Founder & President of LawProse, Inc. and Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University School of Law, who has personally interviewed 9 Supreme Court Justices on writing and oral advocacy: Justices Elena Kagan, John Roberts, John Paul Stevens,  Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer and Samuel Alito. In addition, Professor Garner is the co-author of 2 books with the late Justice Scalia: Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges and Reading Law: The Interpretation of Legal […]

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  • Frank Wu (UC Hastings) and “Honda Hawks”

    Frank Wu (UC Hastings) and “Honda Hawks”

    Today, my guest is Frank Wu, Chancellor and Dean of UC Hastings Law School, who has a passion for “Honda Hawks,” a very specific type of motorcycle that was only made by Honda from 1988-1992.  Although he recognizes the danger of motorcycle riding, he does not actually consider himself a risk taker by nature, but he does admit that riding a motorcycle is no more of a risk-taking venture than trying to be a dean of a national law school. […]

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  • Jack Sheridan, Partner at Latham & Watkins

    Jack Sheridan, Partner at Latham & Watkins

    Today, my guest is Jack Sheridan, a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Latham & Watkins whose practice focuses on corporate legal needs of public and private companies primarily in technology, life sciences, and retail consumer sectors. During his career, Jack has represented companies and underwriters in more than 100 public offerings raising billions of dollars of capital, more than 150 companies in successfully raising venture capital financing; and numerous public and private companies in sophisticated merger and acquisition transactions. Jack […]

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  • Daralyn Durie, Co-Founder of Durie Tangri

    Daralyn Durie, Co-Founder of Durie Tangri

    Today, my guest is Daralyn Durie, Co-Founder of Durie Tangri,  who is a Chambers ranked trial lawyer who has been selected by Benchmark Litigation as one of the top 100 trial lawyers in the United States, Chambers & Partners as one of the top 20 patent litigators in California, the Daily Journal as one of the top 100 lawyers and one of the top 75 intellectual property lawyers in California, and by Law360 as an Icon of IP and MVP.  […]

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  • James Yoon, Partner at Wilson Sonsini

    James Yoon, Partner at Wilson Sonsini

    Today, my guest is James Yoon, a Partner at Wilson Sonsini, who harnesses patent litigation big data about opponents and judicial decisions to more effectively advise clients on litigation risk management and case strategy. By analyzing past data about an opponent’s litigation practices and the judicial decisions made before a certain judge, clients can assess the statistical chance of success, thereby reducing uncertainty and better quantifying risk. As a former engineer, I found this discussion fascinating.

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  • Roger Meltzer, Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper

    Roger Meltzer, Global Co-Chair of DLA Piper

    Today, my guest is Roger Meltzer, Global Co-Chair and Americas Co-Chairman of DLA Piper. He is also a member of the firm’s Global Board, the US Executive Committee (Co-Chair) and the Office of the Chair (Co-Chair, Americas). Roger has practiced corporate and securities law for more than 35 years. Among his clients are corporations, investment banking firms, commercial banks, and private equity and investment funds. He has represented his clients in a range of finance transactions, including mergers, acquisitions and […]

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  • Michael Rhodes, Partner at Cooley

    Michael Rhodes, Partner at Cooley

    Today, my guest is Michael Rhodes, Co-Chair of Cooley‘s privacy & data protection and internet practice groups, who pairs his deep domain expertise with years of courtroom experience in handling the most challenging matters for leading technology companies. His experience spans intellectual property litigation of all types, privacy and data breach class actions, and high-profile trial engagements. Michael has formerly served in numerous management roles for the firm over the past two decades, including as the chair of the firm’s national litigation […]

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  • Michael Jacobs, Partner at Morrison & Foerster

    Michael Jacobs, Partner at Morrison & Foerster

    Today my guest is Michael Jacobs, a Partner at Morrison & Foerster, who co-founded and currently co-chairs the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. Many of the world’s leading technology and life sciences companies call on Michael to lead trial teams in their most complex litigation. He recently served as co-lead counsel in two of the most-watched intellectual property battles, including a high-profile smartphone case leading to a jury verdict of over $1 billion. He has also litigated patent and licensing […]

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  • Steve Immelt, CEO of Hogan Lovells

    Steve Immelt, CEO of Hogan Lovells

    Today, my guest is Steve Immelt, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Hogan Lovells where he is responsible for developing and driving our vision as a “bold and distinctive law firm creating valuable solutions for clients.” Steve spends his time focused on achieving the firm’s strategy and supporting partners in building their relationships with clients and each other around the world. Before taking up the role of CEO in 2014, Steve was the global co-head of the firm’s Litigation and […]

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  • Bert Fields, Partner at Greenberg Glusker

    Bert Fields, Partner at Greenberg Glusker

    Today, my guest is Bert Fields, a Partner at Greenberg Glusker, one of the nation’s leading entertainment attorneys who has represented the industry’s top performers, directors, writers, producers, studios, talent agencies, book publishers and record companies. Clients have included DreamWorks, MGM, United Artists, Toho, James Cameron, Tom Cruise, Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Mike Nichols, Jeffrey Katzenberg, David Geffen, Jerry Bruckheimer, Joel Silver, The Beatles, Madonna, Sony Music and many others. In addition, he has represented such major authors as Mario […]

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  • David Hashmall, Chairman of Goodwin

    David Hashmall, Chairman of Goodwin

    Today, my guest is David Hashmall, who serves as Chairman of Goodwin, a leading Global 50 firm with more than 1,000 lawyers. As Chairman, David is responsible for Goodwin’s overall strategy and growth, client relations and external communications. He chairs the firm’s Executive Committee and is a member of its Management and Allocations Committees. Prior to his current role, David led the firm’s Litigation Department for over 10 years and has more than 35 years of experience litigating complex commercial disputes and […]

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  • Charlie Verhoeven, Partner at Quinn Emmanuel

    Charlie Verhoeven, Partner at Quinn Emmanuel

    Today, my guest is Charlie Verhoeven, a Partner at Quinn Emanuel who is head of its Northern California offices and Co-Chair of the firm’s National Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. Charlie has won billion dollar defense verdicts and dismissals and on the plaintiff side, has won multiple 9 figure verdicts. He was lead counsel defending the Android operating system, Samsung, Motorola and HTC brought by Apple and Microsoft, popularly known as the “Smart Phone Wars.” Charlie is a “Band One” Chambers […]

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  • Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons

    Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons

    Today, my guest is Joe Andrew, Global Chairman of Dentons, the largest law firm in the world with more than 130 locations across 50 countries. A highly regarded corporate lawyer, Joe was Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from 1999 to 2001. As Global Chairman, Joe represents Dentons with clients around the world, key strategic partners, business and government leaders and other external groups. For nearly 30 years, Joe has practiced corporate law, focusing on mergers and acquisitions of […]

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  • Trevor Soames, Partner at Quinn Emanuel

    Trevor Soames, Partner at Quinn Emanuel

    Today, my guest is Trevor Soames, the Managing Partner of the Brussels office of Quinn Emmanuel who has been practising EU competition and regulatory law for more than 30 years. Trevor has first chaired many leading cases over the years in multiple areas of EU and indeed UK competition law. These have included mergers, joint ventures, cartels, monopolisation (dominance), state aid and associated litigation including civil damages claims and appeals. A significant portion of his practice relates to complex cases that […]

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  • Frank Aquila, Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell

    Frank Aquila, Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell

    Today, my guest is Frank Aquila, a Partner at Sullivan & Cromwell who has a broad multidisciplinary practice that includes extensive experience in mergers and acquisitions and corporate governance. He has been engaged in many high profile matters that include activism, cross-border transactions, leveraged buyouts, proxy contests and unsolicited bids as an adviser to global leaders such as Amgen, Andeavor, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Avon, Cheniere Energy, Diageo, Diebold Nixdorf, International Airlines Group, Kraft, Navistar International and United Rentals. He also regularly counsels boards of directors and board committees on corporate governance, crisis management and […]

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  • David Katz, Partner at Wachtell Lipton

    David Katz, Partner at Wachtell Lipton

    Today, my guest is David Katz, a partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law, and co-chair of the Board of Advisors of the NYU Law Institute for Corporate Governance and Finance. David is a corporate attorney focusing on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, shareholder activism and complex securities transactions, has been involved in many major domestic and international merger, acquisition and buyout transactions, strategic defense assignments and proxy contests, and has been […]

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  • Keith Wetmore, Chairman Emeritus, Morrison & Foerster

    Keith Wetmore, Chairman Emeritus, Morrison & Foerster

    Today, my guest is Keith Wetmore, a Partner and former Chairman of Morrison & Foerster from 2000-2012.  During his tenure, the firm expanded internationally and domestically in key financial and technology centers, and was ranked on The American Lawyer A-List 9 consecutive years.  Before becoming Chair, Mr. Wetmore led the firm’s 50-lawyer Finance and Infrastructure practice, bringing to his engagements 20 years’ experience in debt and lease finance, both domestic and international.  Keith holds a law degree from the University of […]

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  • Mitch Zuklie, Global Chairman and CEO of Orrick

    Mitch Zuklie, Global Chairman and CEO of Orrick

    Today, my guest is a long time colleague from Venture Law Group, Mitch Zuklie, who is currently Global Chairman and CEO of Orrick.  Mitch is a trusted business and legal advisor who has completed literally hundreds of venture capital financings and numerous public offerings, mergers, acquisitions and licensing transactions. His successful clients have included Nest Labs ($3.2 billion sale to Google), Goodreads (sold to Amazon), Planet Labs, Nanosolar, eHarmony, Royal Dutch Shell, Kleiner Perkins, Benchmark Capital, Pandora, Oracle, Goldman Sachs, Martha Stewart […]

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  • Mike Halloran, Silicon Valley Attorney

    Mike Halloran, Silicon Valley Attorney

    Today, my guest is Mike Halloran, a legendary Silicon Valley lawyer and founding Partner of Halloran, Farkas and Kattila LLP, who had spent most of his private practice career at Pillsbury Winthrop. From 2006-2008, Mike served as Counselor to the Chairman and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Securities and Exchange Commission where he advised on investor protection and capital formation and acted as the Chairman’s chief legal counsel. From 1990-1996, Mike was EVP and General Counsel for Bank of America, where he managed […]

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  • Steve Susman, Chairman and Founder, Susman Godfrey

    Steve Susman, Chairman and Founder, Susman Godfrey

    Today, my guest is Steve Susman, a former Supreme Court Clerk (to Hugo Black) and Founding Partner of Susman Godfrey.  At the age of 68, Steve challenged himself to make his first long distance bike ride by entering into MS150, the largest bike ride supporting multiple sclerosis in the country.  Hiring a personal trainer and training in Central Park in the dead of winter, Steve not only successfully completed the race, he later became the largest fundraiser and got to wear “#1” on his bike […]

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  • Maureen Sheehy, Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend

    Maureen Sheehy, Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend

    Today, my guest is Maureen Sheehy, the Managing Partner for the San Francisco office of Kilpatrick Townsend.  Prior to the merger of Townsend LLP with Kilpatrick Stockton, Maureen served as Managing Partner and Chair of Townsend and Townsend and Crew, making her one of the few women to lead an AmLaw 200 law firm. During her tenure, Maureen developed a firm-wide Client Service Initiative, established merit-based compensation for associates and created the department attorney position, a unique and innovative talent model at the […]

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  • Jeff Ostrow, Partner at Simpson Thacher

    Jeff Ostrow, Partner at Simpson Thacher

    Today, my guest is Jeff Ostrow, a Partner at Simpson Thacher and Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice where he litigates cases for high-profile technology companies and advises clients on the IP aspects of M&A and capital markets transactions. Jeff frequently lectures on IP issues and currently teaches at Berkeley Law School, where he is a cofounder of the UC Berkeley Informatics Lab. Jeff is consistently recognized as a national “Litigation Star”  for Intellectual Property by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation and is recommended in patent […]

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  • Jorge del Calvo, Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop

    Jorge del Calvo, Partner at Pillsbury Winthrop

    Today, my guest is Jorge del Calvo, a Senior Partner in the Silicon Valley office of Pillsbury Winthrop.  Over his career, Jorge has established himself as one of the most prolific and experienced IPO attorneys in the country and has handled over one hundred merger and acquisition transactions, including the representation of Atheros in its $3.6 billion acquisition by Qualcomm, WebEx in its $3.2 billion acquisition by Cisco, Nicira in its $1.26 billion acquisition by VMware, and Financial Engines, Inc. in […]

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  • Fabio Marino, Partner at McDermott

    Fabio Marino, Partner at McDermott

    Today, my guest is Fabio Marino, a Partner and experienced intellectual property trial lawyer at McDermott, Will & Emery who leads the firm’s Northern California IP practice. Fabio tries high-stakes patent, trade secrets and copyright cases across the United States, with particular emphasis on computer-related technologies. Fabio has technical experience in a variety of areas, including computer networks, telecommunications, software engineering, computer architecture, digital circuit design, flash memory, DRAMs, parallel computing and artificial intelligence. Fabio teaches the Intellectual Property Litigation class […]

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  • Warren Lazarow, Partner at O’Melveny

    Warren Lazarow, Partner at O’Melveny

    Today, my guest is Warren Lazarow, Firmwide Co-Chairman of O’Melveny’s Transactions Department, who is nationally and internationally recognized as one of the market’s leading advisors to technology-focused companies and investors. Over the course of his career, Warren has handled more than 150 M&A transactions ranging from US$1 million to more than US$5 billion; more than 100 public offerings of equity, debt, and convertible securities, raising more than US$2.6 billion; and more than 750 private financings spanning initial seed financings, venture capital […]

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  • Alan Mendelson, Partner at Latham & Watkins

    Alan Mendelson, Partner at Latham & Watkins

    Today, my guest is Alan Mendelson, a Partner at Latham & Watkins who is currently the Co-chair of the Life Sciences Industry Group.  Alan represents emerging and public growth companies, primarily in the life sciences industry and he served as the Co-chair of the firm’s Emerging Companies Practice from 2001 to 2013.  Alan currently serves on the Board of the California Life Sciences Association (CLSA), the Board of Trustees of the UC Berkeley Foundation and the Board of Advisors for the […]

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  • Morgan Chu, Partner at Irell & Manella

    Morgan Chu, Partner at Irell & Manella

    Today, my guest is Morgan Chu, a partner at Irell & Manella and current the Chair of the Litigation Group.  He was named The Outstanding Intellectual Property Lawyer in the United States in the first Chambers Award for Excellence in 2006 and was Co-Managing Partner of the firm from 1997 to 2003 and has been a member of its Executive Committee since 1985.  After law school, Morgan clerked for the Honorable Charles M. Merrill of the Ninth Circuit, joined Irell & Manella as an […]

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  • Nick Unkovic, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs

    Nick Unkovic, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs

    Today, my guest is Nick Unkovic, a Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, whose practice focuses on strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions and emerging company representations, particularly on international transactions for clients based in Asia and Europe. Nick also has substantial securities and regulatory law experience including public and private offerings of equity and debt securities; and he has handled numerous public company acquisitions including tender offers and a contested bank acquisition. Nick holds a JD (with honors) from University of Michigan and an […]

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  • Dick Pogue, Sr Advisor and Frmr Managing Partner at Jones Day

    Dick Pogue, Sr Advisor and Frmr Managing Partner at Jones Day

    Today, my guest is Dick Pogue, a Senior Advisor and former Managing Partner of Jones Day, who talks about how 2 Supreme Court cases in the 1970s and the creation of The American Lawyer dramatically changed the legal profession and shaped the way it is today. Although Dick officially retired from the firm in 1994 and spent 9 years at Dix & Eaton, a corporate public relations firm, he rejoined Jones Day in 2004 where he is still very active. His son David […]

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  • Hank Barry, Partner at Sidley Austin

    Hank Barry, Partner at Sidley Austin

    Today, my guest is Hank Barry, Chair of Sidley Austin‘s Emerging Companies and Venture Capital (ECVC) practice and a founder of the firm’s Palo Alto office. Prior to joining Sidley, Hank was a managing director at Hummer Winblad Venture Partners in San Francisco. From 2000 to 2002, he served as CEO and a Board member of Napster, Inc.  Hank has advised many prominent technology companies as a lawyer, investor and director, including seven companies in which he was involved from […]

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  • Jared Bobrow, Partner at Weil Gotshal

    Jared Bobrow, Partner at Weil Gotshal

    Today, my guest is Jared Bobrow,  Co-Chair of Weil Gotshal’s Patent Litigation practice nationally, where he specializes in trying and litigating complex patent cases nationwide. Since the late 1980’s, Jared has been involved extensively in all aspects of patent litigation, including trying numerous jury and bench trials.  Jared has served as lead counsel in numerous patent infringement actions and has first-chaired dozens of claim construction, summary judgment and preliminary injunction hearings. In addition, he has argued successfully before the Federal Circuit and is an […]

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  • Ken Clark, Partner at Wilson Sonsini

    Ken Clark, Partner at Wilson Sonsini

    Today, my guest is Ken Clark, a Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, who serves as general counsel to companies and their boards of directors, primarily in the biotechnology industry. Ken has extensive expertise in partnering and strategic transactions, having negotiated more than 100 major strategic alliance and M&A transactions. He also regularly represents companies in financings, spin-outs, and related matters.  Ken served on WSGR’s board of directors from 2011 to 2014 and from 2002 to 2006, and previously was […]

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Hsu Untied is a podcast series of interviews Richard Hsu does with lawyers and other special guests.