Hsu Untied Interviews

  • 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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  • 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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    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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Strauss Zelnick, Chairman & CEO of Take-Two Interactive

    Strauss Zelnick, Chairman & CEO of Take-Two Interactive

    Today my guest is Strauss Zelnick*, Founder of Zelnick Media Capital and Chairman & CEO of Take-Two Interactive, which owns and has published many notable games, including its most famous series Grand Theft Auto, Civilization, and the NBA 2K game series.  Although Mr. Zelnick has a JD from Harvard Law School, he never practiced as a lawyer and instead went straight into the media and entertainment business, holding executive positions at BMG Entertainment, Crystal Dynamics and 20th Century Fox.  A lifelong […]

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  • Sandy Kurtzig, Entrepreneur, CEO, ASK Group and Kenandy

    Sandy Kurtzig, Entrepreneur, CEO, ASK Group and Kenandy

    Today, my guest is Sandy Kurtzig, who has been the founder, co-founder and investor in many successful software companies. She founded her first company, the ASK Group and grew the company into one of the ten largest software companies in the world and was the first woman CEO to take a technology company public.  She is the author of the best-selling autobiography, CEO: Building a $400 Million Company from the Ground Up and her latest company, Kenandy, is transforming the world of enterprise software […]

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  • International Chef Ming Tsai and Family Reach

    International Chef Ming Tsai and Family Reach

    Today, my guest is Chef Ming Tsai, a world-renowned chef, owner of the famous Blue Ginger restaurant and host of the television show Simply Ming.  Despite his incredible success and international celebrity, what Ming finds most rewarding — after his family — is cooking for Family Reach, a national charity dedicated to providing direct financial support to families fighting cancer, where my daughter Maya has volunteered (see picture below).  As part of his role, Ming recently hosted a Cooking Live event on […]

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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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  • Lucy Kalanithi on “When Breath Becomes Air”

    Lucy Kalanithi on “When Breath Becomes Air”

    Today, my guest is Dr. Lucy Kalanithi, the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, When Breath Becomes Air, for which she wrote the epilogue.  At the age of thirty-six, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer and he wrote a deeply profound book on death and his illness as he went from doctor to patient and a new father to a baby girl, all the while confronting his own mortality.  I sat […]

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  • William Green, Author of “The Great Minds of Investing”

    William Green, Author of “The Great Minds of Investing”

    Today, my guest is William Green*, author of The Great Minds of Investing where he interviews 33 of the greatest investors, including Irving Kahn, Marty Whitman, Charles Brandes, Thomas Gayner, Bruce Greenwald, Paul Tudor Jones, Bill Miller, Arnold Van Den Berg, Thomas Russo, Francisco García Paramés, Pat Dorsey, Wallace Weitz, Isabel Levy, Warren Buffett, Mohnish Pabrai, John Spears, David Winters, Howard Marks, Donald Yacktman, Georg von Wyss, François-Marie Wojcik, Vincent Strauss, Bill Nygren, Mario Gabelli, Klaus Kaldemorgen, Thomas Braun, Jean-Marie Eveillard, Joel Greenblatt, Bill Ackman, Mason Hawkins, Frank Lingohr, Francis Chou and Charlie Munger.  William Green wrote 22 of the profiles and edited 11 of them. After interviewing many of these extraordinary investors in […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Tom Mendoza, Vice Chairman of NetApp

    Tom Mendoza, Vice Chairman of NetApp

    Today, my guest is Tom Mendoza, Vice Chairman of NetApp.  Tom joined NetApp, Inc. in 1994 as employee number 32 and went on to serve as its President from 2000 until 2008 until he was promoted to Vice Chairman.  In September 2000, the University of Notre Dame renamed their business school the Mendoza College of Business based upon a generous endowment from Tom and Kathy Mendoza.  Mr. Mendoza has also been the keynote speaker for such diverse companies as Oracle Corporation, Veritas, […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Rodney Perkins, M.D., Surgeon, Inventor, Entrepreneur

    Rodney Perkins, M.D., Surgeon, Inventor, Entrepreneur

    Today, my guest is Rodney Perkins, M.D., an internationally known otologic surgeon and serial entrepreneur who has successfully launched numerous medical device and healthcare technology companies including ReSound Corp, Laserscope (acquired by American Medical Systems), Collagen Corp (acquired by Inamed), Sound ID, Novacept (acquired by Cytyc), SurgRx (acquired by Ethicon), DFin (acquired by Merit Medical), Pulmonx, Cohesion (acquired by Angiotech) and his most recent companies, Ear Lens and ProCept.  Dr. Perkins founded the California Ear Institute and is a Clinical Professor of Surgery […]

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  • 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, […]

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  • Thomas J. Fogarty, M.D., Surgeon, Entrepreneur, Vintner

    Thomas J. Fogarty, M.D., Surgeon, Entrepreneur, Vintner

    Today, my guest is Dr. Thomas J. Fogarty, an internationally recognized cardiovascular surgeon, inventor, entrepreneur and vintner. He has dedicated his entire career to improving patient care and has acquired 165 medical patents for his revolutionary work, including the “industry standard” Fogarty balloon catheter and is widely considered one of pioneers of minimally-invasive surgery. Dr. Fogarty has been recognized by countless organizations for his contributions to medical science, including the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, an honor granted by the […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Dr. Pippa Malmgren, Economist, Politics and Policy Advisor

    Dr. Pippa Malmgren, Economist, Politics and Policy Advisor

    Today, my guest is Dr. Philippa “Pippa” Malmgren, a politics and policy advisor, who is the author of Signals: the breakdown of the social contract and the rise of geopolitics. Raised by a father who served in four presidential administrations (Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Ford), Pippa learned early in her career that the only way to influence public policy is to be able to explain things in plain, everyday language. Partially inspired by Peter Lynch‘s famous book on choosing stocks One up […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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, […]

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  • Robert J. Lang, Origami Master

    Robert J. Lang, Origami Master

    Today, my guest is Roberg J. Lang, an origami master who is widely recognized as one of the world’s leading masters of the art, with over 500 designs catalogued and diagrammed.  A distinguished Caltech alumi, he started his career as a laser physicist before pursuing a lifelong hobby of origami as a full time profession.  A TED speaker, he is noted for designs of great detail and realism, and has folded some of the most complex origami designs ever created.  The barrel cactus pictured here […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • 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. […]

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  • 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

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  • 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 […]

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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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  • 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 […]

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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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  • 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 […]

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  • Harold J. McGee, Food Scientist

    Harold J. McGee, Food Scientist

    Today, my guest is Harold McGee, a food scientist who writes about the chemistry and history of food, science and cooking.  A distinguished Caltech alum, he earned his Ph.D. from Yale University before becoming a food science writer.  After writing his first book On Food and Cooking in 1984, it was extensively revised in 2004.  Today, he writes a regular column for the New York Times which examines, and often debunks, conventional kitchen wisdom; and also teaches at The French Culinary Institute in New York […]

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  • 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 […]

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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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  • 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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  • 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 […]

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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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  • 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 […]

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  • 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 […]

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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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  • 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 […]

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  • 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.

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  • 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, […]

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For Black Enterprise Magazine.  Section: America's Top Corporate

    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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  • Khiara Bridges (Boston Univ Law School) and Classical Ballet

    Khiara Bridges (Boston Univ Law School) and Classical Ballet

    Today, my guest is Khiara Bridges*, Associate Professor of Law and Anthropology at Boston University School of Law, who is a classically trained ballet dancer. Khiara started dancing at the age of 3, but unlike most people, just never stopped dancing.  Even though she enjoys the thrill of performing in front of audiences, she enjoys getting up every morning, lacing up her point shoes, standing at the bar and dancing to the beautiful music. Ballet is more than just a […]

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  • Mark Herrmann (AON) and “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law”

    Mark Herrmann (AON) and “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law”

    Today, my guest is Mark Herrmann*, Chief Counsel of Litigation and Global Chief Compliance Officer at AON Corporation who is the author of “The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Practicing Law.”  Originating from a conversation with a summer Associate while he was a partner at Jones Day, Mark’s book (which was highly rated by the Wall Street Journal) on how to practice law written in the style of a curmudgeon has sold over 50,000 copies, which makes it the ABA’s second highest all-time […]

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  • Helen Wan, Author and Speaker

    Helen Wan, Author and Speaker

    Today, my guest is Helen Wan*, former Associate General Counsel at Time Inc, now speaker, writer and author of “The Partner Track.”  Helen worked on the manuscript for her novel for over 12 years and when it was finally published, she — along with her publisher — were amazed at the overwhelming response from the legal and business community to her message about diversity and inclusion.  So despite having a successful career as a lawyer, she couldn’t resist the opportunity […]

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