Videos from Big Law Business Summit – West 2017

The Big Law Business Summit – West, held in San Francisco on November 15, 2017, was a half-day event featuring live interviews with legal industry leaders.

Keynote Interview

Introduced by: Barbara Kott, Managing Partner, Major, Lindsey & Africa

Dawn Smith has worked in the tech law world for two decades, and last year her in-house legal team at VMWare was lauded as the most innovative in the U.S. by the Financial Times. This year, she’s moved over to global security giant McAfee. Bloomberg sits down with Smith to discuss the market opportunities McAfee is pursuing and her approach to leading a new legal team.

Interview with Dawn Smith, Chief Legal Officer, McAfee

With: Brad Stone, Senior Executive Editor, Global Tech, Bloomberg News

The Business of Law

While the nationwide legal market has contracted, legal work in Silicon Valley has been on the rise. Welcome to the business world of tech lawyers, which has exploded along with startup IPOs, M&A, IP and trade secrets.

Executive Roundtable with:

  • Ed Brown, ‎Vice President and General Counsel, Malwarebytes
  • Katie Martin, Chair of the Board, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Jim Shaughnessy, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Workday
  • Mitch Zuklie, Chairman and CEO, Orrick

Moderated byMichael Hytha, Deals Editor, Bloomberg News

Sponsor Spotlight: An Update on California’s Fair Pay Act

Pay discrimination in the workplace is a politically charged area of the law, with emerging legal issues such as implicit bias and stereotyping. From the basics of pay equity law to critical changes in the law impacting employers, Ogletree Deakins provides an update on the case law and recent rulings that you should know.

  • Douglas J. Farmer, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
  • Katessa Charles Davis, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins

This session is produced by Ogletree Deakins.

What’s Next for Patent Litigation

Introduced by:  Ken Avery, West Region Advisory Leader, Deloitte

PTAB recently released data showing that 58% of patents are upheld through multiple petitions and survive post-grant proceedings unchanged. Meanwhile, the U.S. Supreme Court is taking a close look at inter partes review in two cases: Oil States vs. Greene’s Energy Group, et al, and SAS Institute Inc. v. Matal. PTAB’s Chief Judge talks with Bloomberg about the evolution of post-grant trials and what the high court’s review could mean for inter partes review.

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

With: Bhanu K. Sadasivan, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery

IP Management Strategy

Introduced by: Bianca Dickerson-Williams, Global Director of Legal Services, Integreon

With a consistent volume of IP work, many legal departments have staffed up their in-house patent team to manage patent portfolios more cost effectively. At the same time, outside counsel still play a critical role in patent litigation and due diligence during M&A transactions. Hear from corporate counsel on how they find the right balance on in-house talent and outside expertise to effectively manage the company’s patent portfolio.


  • Renny Hwang, Head of Patent Litigation, Google
  • Colette Reiner Mayer, Partner, Morrison Foerster
  • Michael Sacksteder, Partner and Chair, Patent Litigation, Fenwick & West
  • Gillian Thackray, Global Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, The Clorox Company

Moderated by: Alex Butler, Vice President and General Manager of Corporate, Tech & IP, Bloomberg Law

Global Risk Briefing: Cybersecurity

Introduced by: Brett Fox, Regional Sales Manager, Bloomberg Law

Beyond the headlines, counsel need strategies and solutions to respond to an increasingly connected world. The evolving cybersecurity threat landscape can serve as a business enabler through engagement with Boards of Directors and risk executives, prioritizing assets around the business need, implementing security as a resilience strategy for the business, and focusing on brand and reputation.

Dr. Phyllis A. Schneck, Managing Director and Global Leader of Cyber Solutions, Promontory

Tech Industry Lessons for Legal Department Management

Introduced byJeff Lindeval, Enterprise Account Executive, HighQ

Like many startups, the corporate legal department has been redefined as an innovative part of the business by aligning the people, processes and technology available today. Increasingly law firms are also adapting innovative processes to provide the best legal services at a competitive price. Bloomberg talks to early adopters about the new standard for legal services delivery.


  • Toby Brown, Chief Practice Management Officer, Perkins Coie 
  • Kim Craig, Managing Director, Lean Solutions, SeyfarthLean Consulting
  • Mary O’Carroll, Head of Legal Operations, Google

Moderator: Mark Bergen, Tech Reporter, Bloomberg News

Global Risk Briefing: Data Privacy

Are you prepared for the General Data Protection Regulation to take effect in 2018? Chief Data Governance Officer Hilary Wandall uncovers the sources of complexity around privacy and data governance and ways for counsel to bridge legal and technology needs to reduce complexity.

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