Home » Lawyer (Page 2)

  • 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 […]

    Continue reading »

  • 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 […]

    Continue reading »

  • 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 […]

    Continue reading »

  • 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 […]

    Continue reading »

  • Tom Kellerman, Partner at Morgan Lewis

    Tom Kellerman, Partner at Morgan Lewis

    Today, my guest is Tom Kellerman, a Partner at Morgan Lewis, who represents companies, investment banks, and venture capital funds, advising technology industry clients on public offerings, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), venture capital and other private finance transactions, and corporate governance matters. Having practiced in London for four years, Tom has deep experience in cross-border transactions for technology companies. A frequent speaker at the US Practising Law Institute and the Director Education and Certification Program of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Tom […]

    Continue reading »

  • T. Hale Boggs, Partner at Manatt Phelps

    T. Hale Boggs, Partner at Manatt Phelps

    Today, my guest is Hale Boggs, a partner in Manatt’s corporate and finance, capital markets and venture capital / emerging companies practice areas who splits his time between the firm’s Los Angeles and northern California offices. Hale chairs the firm’s nationwide Business Development Committee and is the Chair of Manatt Digital. I sat down with Hale to talk with him about his late father Thomas (“Tommy”) Hale Boggs, Jr., the name partner of the prestigious Washington, DC firm Patton Boggs, which merged with […]

    Continue reading »

  • Ian Ballon, Partner at Greenberg Traurig

    Ian Ballon, Partner at Greenberg Traurig

    Today, my guest is Ian Ballon, a Partner and Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig’s Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group. He represents clients in copyright, DMCA, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity, privacy, security, software, database and Internet- and mobile-related disputes and in the defense of data privacy, security breach, behavioral advertising, TCPA and other Internet-related class action suits. Ian, who splits his time between the firm’s Silicon Valley and LA offices, is also the author of the five-volume legal […]

    Continue reading »

  • Claude Stern, Partner at Quinn Emanuel

    Claude Stern, Partner at Quinn Emanuel

    Today, my guest is Claude Stern who is Co-Chair of Quinn Emanuel‘s National Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. In his thirty-seven years of practice, he has developed extensive national experience in all areas of intellectual property and technology litigation. Claude has been repeatedly recognized as one of the preeminent intellectual property trial lawyers and litigators in Silicon Valley, California, and the United States by such publications as Chambers: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2006-2017), Law Dragon, San Francisco Magazine, and San Jose Magazine. […]

    Continue reading »

  • Steve Bochner, Partner at Wilson Sonsini

    Steve Bochner, Partner at Wilson Sonsini

    Today, my guest is Steve Bochner, a Partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati who has served as lead counsel for many of Silicon Valley’s most prominent companies, assisting them in venture capital, public offering, and merger transactions valued in the billions of dollars. He also has represented numerous start-up companies, as well as major venture capital and investment banking firms. Steve’s corporate clients include Aruba Networks (acquired by Hewlett-Packard), Autodesk, Box, FireEye, ForeScout, Lumentum, MapR, NetApp, Quantum, Rackspace, Rocket […]

    Continue reading »

  • Michael Kim, Co-Founder of Kobre & Kim

    Michael Kim, Co-Founder of Kobre & Kim

    Today, my guest is Michael Kim, co-founder of Kobre & Kim, who serves as lead counsel in high-stakes disputes and investigations. Michael’s practice lies at the intersection of fraud and insolvency in situations involving government investigations and asset forfeiture/confiscation, recovery of hidden assets and bankruptcy, often in simultaneous legal proceedings in multiple countries. In the area of government investigations and asset forfeiture/confiscation, Michael has been recognized as one of the most highly regarded individuals in international business crime defense by […]

    Continue reading »

  • Alan Denenberg, Partner at Davis Polk

    Alan Denenberg, Partner at Davis Polk

    Today, my guest is Alan Denenberg, a Partner in Davis Polk’s Corporate Department and head of the Northern California office. He has extensive experience in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions transactions, which includes a broad range of public and private equity and debt financing representing both domestic and foreign issuers and underwriters in a variety of industries, including technology, telecommunications, health care, retail and manufacturing. In the mergers and acquisitions area, Alan has worked on a number of public and […]

    Continue reading »

  • Robert Townsend, Morrison & Foerster partner

    Rob Townsend, Partner at Morrison & Foerster

    Today, my guest is Rob Townsend, Partner and Co-Chair of Morrison & Foerster‘s Global M&A Practice Group where he has represented clients in more than 200 public and private company acquisitions, strategic alliances, and financings, including numerous multi-billion dollar transactions. Rob represents companies operating in a broad range of industries, including technology (semiconductors, software, computers, Internet), telecommunications, media, consumer products, healthcare, life sciences, cleantech, energy, and wine. Rob has experience in all aspects of M&A, including hostile and friendly public company transactions, […]

    Continue reading »

  • Bill Lee, Partner at WilmerHale

    Bill Lee, Partner at WilmerHale

    Today, my guest is Bill Lee, a Partner at WilmerHale and leading intellectual property litigator who has represented a variety of technology-focused clients for more than 35 years. Bill has tried more than 200 cases to verdict and argued more than 75 cases to the Court of Appeals of the Federal Circuit and other appellate courts. Those cases have included some of the highest profile patent cases of the last decade. He also has been a member of the faculty at […]

    Continue reading »

  • Yar Chaikovsky, Partner at Paul Hastings

    Yar Chaikovsky, Partner at Paul Hastings

    Today, my guest is Yar Chaikovsky, Global Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property practice at Paul Hastings where he oversees the firm’s 100-plus lawyer IP practice. He serves as lead trial counsel for some of the most preeminent global technology companies in their most important matters.  Throughout his career, he has won jury trials; and ITC hearings in addition to obtaining summary judgments and summary determination and he is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Yar was also Yahoo!’s first head patent […]

    Continue reading »

  • Buddy Arnheim, Partner at Perkins Coie

    Buddy Arnheim, Partner at Perkins Coie

    Today, my guest is Buddy Arnheim, a partner in Perkins Coie‘s Corporate practice where he focuses his practice on the representation of emerging growth companies, venture capital funds and other early stage investors, and investment banks. Buddy is widely acknowledged as one of the premier practitioners in the venture capital industry, and is widely referenced for his experience in the areas of corporate and securities law and corporate governance matters. He has been involved in hundreds of transactions such as public equity and debt offerings, […]

    Continue reading »

  • Stan Young, Partner at Covington

    Stan Young, Partner at Covington

    Today, my guest is Stan Young, a Partner at Covington who has more than 30 years of experience achieving the best results for his clients in intellectual property and other high stakes disputes. He has represented companies in the telecommunications, computer, electronics, semiconductor, software and financial services industries in all phases of federal and state court litigation, arbitration and International Trade Commission investigations. He is a partner in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, of which he was Managing Partner from […]

    Continue reading »

  • Chuck Birenbaum, Partner at Greenberg Traurig

    Chuck Birenbaum, Partner at Greenberg Traurig

    Today, my guest is Chuck Birenbaum, who serves as Greenberg Traurig’s Chair of Northern California and Co-Chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice’s Labor-Management Relations group. Chuck is an experienced labor and employment attorney who focuses his practice on traditional labor and employment law matters, and has wide-ranging experience litigating in state and federal courts as well as various administrative agencies. He has testified on proposed legislation impacting entire industries before state legislative committees, and has interfaced and negotiated with […]

    Continue reading »

  • Lothar Determann, Baker & McKenzie partner

photo by Jason Doiy

    Lothar Determann, Partner at Baker McKenzie

    Today, my guest is Lothar Determann, a Partner at Baker McKenzie who has been assisting companies take products, business models, intellectual property and contracts global for nearly 20 years. He advises on data privacy law compliance, information technology commercialization, copyrights, open source licensing, electronic commerce, technology transactions, sourcing and international distribution. Lothar has been a member of the Association of German Public Law Professors since 1999 and teaches Data Privacy Law, Computer Law and Internet Law at Freie Universität Berlin, UC […]

    Continue reading »

  • Creighton Condon, Chairman of Shearman & Sterling

    Creighton Condon, Chairman of Shearman & Sterling

      Today, my guest is Creighton Condon, Chairman (Senior Partner) of Shearman & Sterling. Formerly the European Managing Partner and Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Mergers & Acquisitions Group, Creighton represents multinational corporations in acquisitions and sales of public and private companies and in joint ventures and regularly provides advice regarding issues of corporate governance and control and shareholder activism. Creighton also represents the mergers and acquisitions groups of a number of investment banks. Creighton holds a BA from the University of […]

    Continue reading »

  • Mark Stevens, Partner at Fenwick & West

    Mark Stevens, Partner at Fenwick & West

    Today, my guest is Mark Stevens, a Partner at Fenwick & West who works with emerging companies, investment banks, and venture capital and other technology investors on complex corporate and transactional matters, as well as with mature companies in their tech-related initiatives. As a lawyer and a business principal, Mark has led teams handling merger, acquisition, and divestiture transactions with total announced value well in excess of $50 billion. He has directed dozens of initial public offerings and hundreds of […]

    Continue reading »

  • Daniel Mitz, Partner at Jones Day

    Daniel Mitz, Partner at Jones Day

    Today, my guest is Daniel Mitz, a Partner at Jones Day who represents companies in domestic and cross-border M&A transactions. He has extensive experience advising clients on corporate governance and fiduciary duty matters.  Some of his most recent representative public company transactions include SAP‘s acquisitions of Concur ($8.3 billion), Sybase ($5.8 billion), Ariba ($4.3 billion), and SuccessFactors ($3.4 billion); Linear Technology in its sale to Analog Devices ($14.8 billion); and Lam Research‘s acquisitions of KLA-Tencor ($10.6 billion) and Novellus ($3.3 […]

    Continue reading »

  • Kathi Vidal, Partner at Winston & Strawn

    Kathi Vidal, Partner at Winston & Strawn

    Today, my guest is Kathi Vidal, the Managing Partner of Winston & Strawn‘s Silicon Valley office where she is one of the leading patent litigators in the country. Nationally recognized for trying high-profile, high-stakes, and high-tech patent disputes for the region’s leading companies, her experience covers a myriad of technologies, including semiconductors, telecommunications, circuits and systems, computers, software, Internet applications, and consumer products. Kathi is a nationally-recognized IP litigator who has protected innovative companies through offensive patent actions to preserve their market or […]

    Continue reading »

  • Jim Batchelder, Partner at Ropes & Gray

    Jim Batchelder, Partner at Ropes & Gray

    Today, my guest is Jim Batchelder, a Partner at Ropes & Gray, who currently serves on the firm’s governing Policy Committee. A trial lawyer in its intellectual property litigation group, Jim has been recognized by Chambers, and named one of The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners and one of California’s Top Intellectual Property Lawyers. He has over 27 years of experience litigating high-stakes intellectual property cases in district courts, the ITC and the PTAB, where he has been named a “Legal Lion” by Law360. […]

    Continue reading »

  • Jeff Saper, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati

photo by Jason Doiy

    Jeff Saper, Partner at Wilson Sonsini

    Today, my guest is Jeff Saper, a Partner and Vice Chairman of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he specializes in public and private financings of technology and other emerging growth companies, as well as the representation of leading investment banks and corporate issuers in connection with public offerings and mergers and acquisitions. Jeff has been involved in more than 200 public offerings, and has served as company counsel with respect to the initial public offerings of such prominent companies as […]

    Continue reading »

  • Bob Van Nest, Partner at Keker, Van Nest & Peters

    Bob Van Nest, Partner at Keker, Van Nest & Peters

    Today, my guest is Bob Van Nest, a Partner at Keker, Van Nest & Peters, who is a nationally recognized trial lawyer who frequently handles high-stakes cases for clients such as Google, Qualcomm, Broadcom, and American Honda. His practice ranges widely over the field of complex business litigation and intellectual property. He has tried cases involving patent infringement, securities fraud, trademarks, commercial contracts and antitrust. Bob is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy […]

    Continue reading »

  • Rick Climan, Partner at Hogan Lovells

    Rick Climan, Partner at Hogan Lovells

    Today, my guest is Rick Climan, a Partner at Hogan Lovells and one of the leading M&A lawyers who has handled some of the most prominent and industry-changing acquisitions in the technology and life sciences sectors over the past three decades. Recognized as of one of the 10 most highly regarded M&A lawyers in North America by Who’s Who Legal, Rick excels at negotiating and advising multinational clients on all types of acquisition transactions and related matters. In Chambers USA, he has […]

    Continue reading »

  • David Tsai, Partner at Vinson & Elkins

    David Tsai, Partner at Vinson & Elkins

    Today, my guest is David Tsai, Co-Managing Partner of the Vinson & Elkins LLP’s Taipei office and also resident in the San Francisco office. David’s practice focuses on patent, trade secret, complex breach of contract, and product defect litigation for companies innovating biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, software and hardware (semiconductors, set-top boxes, smartphones, LEDs). David is fluent in spoken Taiwanese and Mandarin and represents over 30 leading Taiwan, China and Korea based companies. David is also committed to serving pro bono clients […]

    Continue reading »

  • Future for Lawyers conference at RBS

    Richard Susskind (II), Author of “Tomorrow’s Lawyers”

    Today, my guest is Professor Richard Susskind OBE, an author, speaker, and independent adviser to major professional firms and to national governments. He has written and edited numerous books, including Expert Systems in Law (OUP, 1987), The Future of Law (OUP, 1996), Transforming the Law (OUP, 2000), The Susskind Interviews: Legal Experts in Changing Times (Sweet & Maxwell, 2005), The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services (OUP, 2008), Tomorrow’s Lawyers (2013), and has written around 150 columns for The […]

    Continue reading »

  • Mark Lemley (Stanford Law School) and Video Games

    Mark Lemley (Stanford Law School) and Video Games

    Today, my guest is Stanford Law School Professor Mark Lemley  (who is also a Partner at Durie Tangri and Founder of Lex Machina (aquired by Lexis Nexis)) who talks about playing video games.  As a full-time professor, law firm partner and a founder of a startup, one would think Mark wouldn’t have time for something like video games.  But his hobby is a throwback to his childhood days of playing Dungeons & Dragons and an activity that allows him to completely forget about work — something we […]

    Continue reading »

  • Paul Goldstein, Stanford Law School Professor and Author

    Paul Goldstein, Stanford Law School Professor and Author

    Today my guest is Stanford Law School Professor Paul Goldstein, a globally recognized expert on intellectual property law and author of an influential four-volume Goldstein on Copyright (Aspen Publishers) treatise on U.S. copyright law, as well as leading casebooks on intellectual property and international intellectual property.  In addition, he is the author of several novels including Secret Justice (2016); the bestsellers Errors and Omissions (2006), A Patent Lie (2008), Havana Requiem (2012), which received the 2013 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction; and […]

    Continue reading »

  • Nathan Sawaya and Lego Brick Artist

    Nathan Sawaya and Lego Brick Artist

    Today, my guest is Nathan Sawaya who is a Lego Brick Artist.  What started as a side hobby after working as a lawyer has now blossomed into a full time profession with millions of bricks.  Even though Nathan has played with lego bricks as a child – like many of us – what he finds most fascinating is to transform simple plain square lego pieces into curved life size humans and other objects. Nathan’s most recent book is entitled The Art of the […]

    Continue reading »

  • Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, Professional Poker Player

    Greg “Fossilman” Raymer, Professional Poker Player

    Today, my guest is Greg “Fossilman” Raymer*, a professional poker player and former patent attorney. Nicknamed “Fossilman” for his unusual glasses, Greg was originally a scientist who played blackjack in graduate school as a way to make some extra income. That soon turned into poker and he went on to win the World Series of Poker Main Event in 2004 (see his winning hand below).  Now he splits his time with his 2 great loves: teaching poker and playing poker from his […]

    Continue reading »

  • Yul Kwon (Facebook) and Survivor Winner

    Yul Kwon (Facebook) and Survivor Winner

    Today, my guest is Yul Kwon*, Head of Privacy Program at Facebook.  Yul is most well known for being the winner of the CBS TV show Survivor but he has a number of incredible achievements: degrees from Stanford, Yale Law School, legislative assistant to Senator Lieberman, Second Circuit Law Clerk, McKinsey, Google, FCC, FBI, CNN — and all before the age of 40.  What’s even more incredible is that Yul self-classifies himself as an introvert — perhaps even a bit of […]

    Continue reading »

  • Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Olympic Gold Medalist

    Nancy Hogshead-Makar, Olympic Gold Medalist

    Today, my guest is Nancy Hogshead-Makar, an Olympic swimmer who won 3 Gold medals and one Silver medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics.   After retiring from competitive swimming, she obtained a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and later became a tenured professor  at Florida Coastal School of Law, where she taught torts and sports law courses until 2013.  After spending over 30 years with the Women’s Sports Foundation (starting as an intern in 1984), she is now the Founder and […]

    Continue reading »

  • Catalina Girald, Founder & CEO of Naja

    Catalina Girald, Founder & CEO of Naja

    Today, my guest is Catalina Girald, who is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Naja.  Although she started her career as an M&A attorney at Skadden Arps after earning her JD from Boston College, she quit her job after getting accepted into Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.  After graduating with her MBA, Catalina started Naja with the goal of empowering women through lingerie — from the wearer to the garment worker.  She is also the founder of Underwear for Hope, a […]

    Continue reading »

  • Rodney Gilmore, ESPN College Football Analyst

    Rodney Gilmore, ESPN College Football Analyst

    Today, my guest is Rodney Gilmore, a college football analyst for ESPN and practicing lawyer at the law firm of Doty Barlow Britt & Thieman LLP.  He is a graduate of Stanford University, where he played football for three years under legendary Coach Bill Walsh, and received his JD from the University of California, Berkeley. While at Stanford, he was involved in The Play (see video below), a legendary last-second kickoff return by the University of California (“Cal”) Golden Bears to defeat Stanford in […]

    Continue reading »

  • Len Elmore, Retired NBA Basketball Player

    Len Elmore, Retired NBA Basketball Player

    Today, my guest is Len Elmore, an All-American basketball player from 1971 to 1974 at the University of Maryland, who was a first round draft pick in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA).  Over his ten-year career, he played for the Indiana Pacers, Kansas City Kings (presently Sacramento Kings), Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks.  After retiring from professional basketball, Elmore received a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1987 and began his law career […]

    Continue reading »

  • Anja Manuel, co-Founder of Rice Hadley Gates LLC

    Anja Manuel, co-Founder of Rice Hadley Gates LLC

    Today, my guest is Anja Manuel*, author of “This Brave New World” and Co-Founder and Partner along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, of Rice Hadley Gates LLC, which assists companies to expand their businesses and meet regulatory challenges in international markets. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Stanford University, she also served as Special Assistant to Under-Secretary for Political Affairs Nicholas Burns at the U.S. Dept. of […]

    Continue reading »

  • Jack Brigham, Former SVP and General Counsel of HP

    Jack Brigham, Former SVP and General Counsel of HP

    Today, my guest is Jack Brigham*, who was Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs and General Counsel at Hewlett Packard from 1975-2000.  A graduate of the University of Utah law school, Jack began in the accounting department at HP and after becoming General Counsel in 1975, he worked closely with Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard (who are pictured to the left of Jack in photo below). In the early 1980s, Jack was responsible for overseeing Corporate Offices Personnel, Government Affairs, […]

    Continue reading »

  • Henry Bushkin, Author of “Johnny Carson”

    Henry Bushkin, Author of “Johnny Carson”

    Today, my guest is Henry Bushkin, who was Johnny Carson’s lawyer, business manager, advisor, confidante and author of the book Johnny Carson.  I sat down with Henry in his apartment on the Upper East Side to talk about what it was like to work for the “King of Late Night” for 18 years and to write a book about it 25 years later.  It took him over 3 years just to “get the voice right” in the book but despite having […]

    Continue reading »

  • Kelly Perdew and Apprentice 2 Winner

    Kelly Perdew and Apprentice 2 Winner

    Today, my guest is Kelly Perdew, entrepreneur, investor, advisor, author and winner of The Apprentice 2. A graduate of West Point and former Army Ranger, Kelly decided to start a company after law school and eventually won Season 2 of the television reality show “The Apprentice.” Even though he now works almost exclusively with startups as an investor and entrepreneur, he says not a day goes by where he doesn’t get a chance to use his law degree. Kelly Perdew and […]

    Continue reading »

  • Drew Shoals, Drummer for Train Band

    Drew Shoals, Drummer for Train Band

    Today, with the help of my 12 year old daughter Emma, we interview Drew Shoals*, the drummer for the Grammy Award winning band, Train.  Drew had previously played with the lead singer of Train, Pat Monahan, prior to going to law school.  Despite having a successful legal career at Shearman & Sterling, when he got the call to join the band, he couldn’t say no! *with special thanks to Michael Dorf Listen to an interview I did with @HsuUntied where I talk […]

    Continue reading »

  • Richard Susskind (I), Author and Speaker

    Richard Susskind (I), Author and Speaker

    Today, my guest is Dr. Richard Susskind, an author, speaker and thought leader in the legal profession.  He has written 4 books about the practice of law, including The Future of Law, Transforming the Law, The End of Lawyers? and most recently Tomorrow’s Lawyers.  He is as good a speaker as he is a profound thinker and it was a privilege to have him join me for this interview from his home in Radlett, England. Here is a recorded interview about […]

    Continue reading »

  • David Lat, Founder of “Above the Law”

    David Lat, Founder of “Above the Law”

    Today, my guest is David Lat, a Yale Law School alum, former Ninth Circuit clerk, Wachtell Associate and Founder and Managing Editor of “Above the Law,” a widely read and award-winning website covering the legal profession. When I spoke with David late last year, he had just published his first novel, Supreme Ambitions, which allowed him to combine his creative writing skills with his circuit court clerking experience. Although he hasn’t committed to writing a second book, the first one […]

    Continue reading »

  • Bill Henderson, Indiana University Law Professor

    Bill Henderson, Indiana University Law Professor

    Today, my guest is Bill Henderson, Professor of Law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  In 2009, Professor introduced a a new first-year course in 2009 called The Legal Profession and since then, his scholarship has focused on empirical analysis of the legal profession and legal education. His published work includes articles in the North Carolina Law Review, Indiana Law Journal, Texas Law Review, Michigan Law Review, and Stanford Law Review. He is also a frequent commentator, author, […]

    Continue reading »

  • Michelle Dennedy (Intel) and Runway Fashion Model

    Michelle Dennedy (Intel) and Runway Fashion Model

    Today, my guest is Michelle Dennedy, Chief Privacy Officer at McAfee (division of Intel Security), who was invited to represent McAfee Online Safety for Kids and The Identity Project as a runway fashion model for The Moms Struts for a Cause at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion week in New York City.  Michelle shares a surreal experience of being a fashion model for a day with hair extensions, 5-inch heels and the NY Knicks but at the end of it all, it was to support […]

    Continue reading »

  • Nicholas Carlisle, Founder & CEO of No Bully

    Nicholas Carlisle, Founder & CEO of No Bully

    Today, my guest is Nicholas Carlisle*, a former lawyer and Founder and CEO of No Bully, a non-profit focused on stopping childhood bullying and cyberbullying.  A graduate from Oxford University and former chairman of the non-profit section with Amnesty International, Nicholas left the practice of law to get a Ph.D. in psychology where he started studying the effects of school bullying.  Nicholas gave a TEDx talk (see video below) on bullying in 2015 and is now a speaker and commentator on school bullying […]

    Continue reading »

  • Tae Hea Nahm, Founding Partner at Storm Ventures

    Tae Hea Nahm, Founding Partner at Storm Ventures

    Today, my guest is Tae Hea Nahm, former partner at Wilson Sonsini and Venture Law Group, and one of the founding Managing Directors at Storm Ventures.  Going from a law firm partner to a venture capitalist is not an easy transition and Tae Hea’s success is largely attributable to his deep understanding of technology and careful decision-making.  He was recently interviewed by the New York Times and he shares his wisdom working with entrepreneurs on his blog Working with Tae Hea Nahm. […]

    Continue reading »

  • Doug Leeds, President & CEO of Ask.com

    Doug Leeds, President & CEO of Ask.com

    Today, my guest is Doug Leeds*, President & CEO of Ask.com.  After starting his career as a lawyer, Doug became an entrepreneur and then worked at a number of Internet search engine companies, including Overture and then Yahoo! (after acquiring Overture) before joining Ask Jeeves.  Doug credits Jim Lanzone (also a former lawyer) for hiring Doug in a business role which ultimately led to Doug’s current position as President & CEO. *with special thanks to David Hornik

    Continue reading »

  • Dr. Harrison Dillon, Founder of Solazyme

    Dr. Harrison Dillon, Founder of Solazyme

    Today, my guest is Dr. Harrison Dillon, founder of Solazyme.  Harrison always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur so even while he was at Duke Law School, he took biology classes to learn everything he could about algae genetics and got credit for it in the law school.  Harrison and I were colleagues at Townsend LLP (now Kilpatrick Townsend) so it was a privilege to know him before he become a successful entrepreneur!  Since the interview, Harrison has co-founded and is currently Chairman […]

    Continue reading »

  • Randy Schoenberg and “Woman in Gold” movie

    Randy Schoenberg and “Woman in Gold” movie

    Today, my guest is Randy Schoenberg, an attorney who specializes in legal cases related to the recovery of looted or stolen artworks.  Randy is widely known for representing Maria Altmann in her lawsuit to recover paintings from the government of Austria.  Their story was made into a critically acclaimed movie Woman in Gold, in which Randy was depicted by Ryan Reynolds and Maria Altmann was portrayed by Oscar Winning Actress Helen Mirren. A long and arduous case that took nearly […]

    Continue reading »

  • 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 […]

    Continue reading »

  • Ayelette Robinson, Actress

    Ayelette Robinson, Actress

    Today, my guest is Ayelette Robinson*, a former corporate lawyer turned actress. A Meisner-trained actor who has appeared in a variety of films as well as on TV, Ayelette is also an experienced competitive Latin ballroom dancer, having won the National Championship title in International Latin in 2011 and having placed 5th in the World finals that year.  Ayelette originally took acting lessons as a way to improve her ballroom dancing but once she started, she became hooked on acting.  Her theatrical reel is posted […]

    Continue reading »

  • Liz Stone (Stone Legal Search) and Standup Comedy

    Liz Stone (Stone Legal Search) and Standup Comedy

    Today, my guest is Liz Stone, Founder of Stone Legal Search, who is also a standup comedienne.  Liz actually started doing “stand-up” after a couple of friends noticed her performing a wedding speech and after doing many “open mics,” she now performs at clubs like the San Francisco Punchline and Cobbs Comedy Club.  Although she enjoys what she currently does, she admits there is nothing more exhilarating — or terrifying — than trying to make an audience laugh. You can see her […]

    Continue reading »

  • Ro Khanna, Congressional Candidate

    Ro Khanna, Congressional Candidate

    Today, my guest is Ro Khanna*, Congressional Candidate for the US House of Representatives in Silicon Valley.  With a law degree from Yale, Ro began his career as a successful Silicon Valley technology attorney but has found his passion in politics and policy, having written Entrepreneurial Nation and served in the Obama Administration. Ro took time from his very busy campaign schedule to talk candidly about his career and his current run for Congress. *with special thanks to Chad Walsh I had […]

    Continue reading »

  • Keith Wetmore (MoFo) and Funeral Homes

    Keith Wetmore (MoFo) and Funeral Homes

    Today, my guest is Keith Wetmore, former Chairman of Morrison and Foerster, who grew up working in his family-owned funeral home business.  I have known Keith for many years and in this candid conversation, we talked about death, the television show Six Feet Under and how everything he learned about being a service provider in the legal profession, he learned from working in the funeral home business. A link to the podcast of my conversation with the very gracious Richard Hsu. @HsuUntied […]

    Continue reading »

  • James E. Mitchell, Hedge Fund Manager and Value Investor

    James E. Mitchell, Hedge Fund Manager and Value Investor

    Today, my guest is James E. Mitchell, General Partner of Mitchell Partners, a value fund located in Costa Mesa, California which is focused on thinly traded stocks listed on the Pink Sheets.  Despite graduating from Stanford Law School and becoming the General Counsel of Century 21 Real Estate Corporation, a company which he helped incorporate, Jim’s passion has always been in picking stocks.  He bought his first stock at the age of 12 after selling newspaper subscriptions door-to-door and bought Berkshire Hathaway […]

    Continue reading »

  • Claude Stern on Sturgis and Harley Davidson

    Claude Stern on Sturgis and Harley Davidson

    Today, my guest is Claude Stern, a Partner at Quinn Emanuel, who has a passion for Harley Davidson motorcycles. Claude recently came back from the iconic Sturgis Motorcycle Rally (technically called the Black Hills rally), which takes place in Sturgis, South Dakota during the first week of August. Although an intellectual property lawyer from Silicon Valley seems like the last person to attend such a rally, Claude says he enjoys the change of pace and feels completely at home at […]

    Continue reading »

  • Mitch Zuklie (Orrick) & Stephen Kong (Stradling) and Boxing

    Mitch Zuklie (Orrick) & Stephen Kong (Stradling) and Boxing

    Today, my guests are 2 former colleagues, Mitch Zuklie (from Venture Law Group) and Stephen Kong (from Townsend) who both box as a hobby.  Stephen is more of a boxing aficionado and historian while Mitch takes a more meditative and therapeutic attitude towards the sport.  Both have totally different approaches to boxing, which is reflective of the very different styles of the sport itself.

    Continue reading »

  • Bart Lee (Mediator) and Ham Radio Operator

    Bart Lee (Mediator) and Ham Radio Operator

    Today, my guest is Bart Lee*, a mediator and litigator, who some might call the “godfather of ham radio.”  Bart was in 5th grade when his father brought home a book on how to build a ham radio using a pencil, a razor blade and some wire.  A noted wireless historian, he is a History Fellow at the California Historical Radio Society and was recently honored for his “historic preservation, research and publication.”  Over his lifetime, Bart has contacted hundreds, if not thousands, […]

    Continue reading »


About Hsu Untied

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