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After several years acting informally as Unwinnable.com's occasional lawyer, Ed Coleman was offered the opportunity of a lifetime by his childhood friend and founder of Unwinnable, Stu Horvath - to become the General Counsel for Unwinnable's parent corporation, Unwinnable, Inc. Knowing a good thing (and an obscene amount of money) when he sees it, Ed accepted immediately, only to learn that his employment contract requires him to record a podcast with Unwinnable's Audio Producer, Ken Lucas. ...
 
Learn from corporate defense law firm leaders such as the chairmen, managing partners, executive committee members and law partners along with general counsel and legal industry consultants. We interview these men and women across the United States who practice law and provide leadership at the largest law firms to elite corporate boutiques, public and private companies. Glean wisdom, new ideas, relate to their stories and follow along as we talk about current legal industry topics, firm man ...
 
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I interviewed Yvette Ostolaza | Chair-Elect of Sidley Austin’s Management Committee on Tuesday, August 17th, 2021. We discussed several topics such as: Her Family Immigration Story from Cuba The Benefit of Sales and Journalism experience Her Response to Leadership Opportunities The Lateral Move that involved 50 attorneys Why Sidley Austin felt like…
 
I interviewed Debbie Read | Managing Partner of Thompson Hine on Thursday, June 3rd, 2021. We discussed several topics such as: Analytical Thinking Choosing Thompson Hine Family Values that Formed Her Rising to Meet High Expectations Innovating to Meet Client Needs Changing Lawyer Behavior is Hard SmartPaTH, Thompson Hine's Service Delivery Approac…
 
I interviewed Pia Flanagan | Chief Operating Officer at CEO Action for Racial Equity on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021. We discussed topics such as: Starting her Career at Deloitte in NYC Why Representation Matters Adding Value and More Career Advice Becoming Partner at Baker McKenzie Listening to Mentors & Going In-House Why You Should Keep Raising Your …
 
I interviewed Nancy Lieberman | Retired Partner at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom on Wednesday, April 21st, 2021. We discussed several topics such as: Graduating from law school at 22 Creating M&A Law in the 80s Becoming Skadden’s Youngest Partner Supportive Environment as a Female Attorney Traits Partners look for in Associates Tips for Negotia…
 
I interviewed Lori Lorenzo | Managing Director at Deloitte on Friday, April 9th, 2021. We discussed several topics such as: Her Journey in BigLaw How Career Services Affirmed what She Loved to Do Focused on real DE&I Impact The Unspoken Importance of Relationship Building Lots of Career Advice for Job Hunters Deloitte’s free Programs for CLOs and D…
 
I interviewed Chris Lewis | General Counsel at Edward Jones on Friday, March 26th, 2021. We discussed several topics such as: Civil Rights Heroes Betting on Yourself Being Intentional with DE&I Joining Edward Jones & 10x the Legal Dept SIFMA & The Buttermilk Group Leadership Inspiration St. Louis & his Community Involvement From Jamaica to NY Recom…
 
I interviewed Norman Wain | General Counsel, Chief of Business Affairs at USA Track & Field on Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021. We discussed several topics such as: Having Passion in his Legal Career Learning the Business of Sports The Road to General Counsel The Importance of Networking US Soccer History Leadership & Culture Building Public Speaking Advi…
 
I interviewed Deanna Sheridan | General Counsel, Vice President, & Corporate Secretary of Spartan Race on Friday, February 5th, 2021. We discussed: Having Psychological Safety in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiatives Keeping Spartan Race Afloat During COVID Acquiring & Integrating Tough Mudder How Diversity Strengthens an Organization Learning …
 
I interviewed Megan Belcher | Senior Vice President, General Counsel, & Corporate Secretary on Friday, November 20th, 2020. We discussed several topics such as: Transferring Success to Others Drinks Among Friends in Omaha, NE Launching a Womens’ GC Mastermind The Position of Power & Privilege and Welcoming Others at the Table Having a Professional …
 
I interviewed Michael Moradzadeh | Founding Partner & CEO of Rimon Law on Friday, November 6th, 2020. We discussed several topics such as: Growing up in Silicon Valley and the Transition to NYC Beginning of His Career at Ropes & Gray Innovating the Law Firm Business Model First 3 Years of Rimon Definition of Great Leadership Benefits of Non-Attorne…
 
I interviewed Verona Dorch | Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary at Providence Health on Monday, August 17th, 2020. We discussed several topics such as: Her Move to the frontlines of the war on Covid Her time at Peabody Energy and Leading in Crisis Streamlining Outside Counsel from 100+ firms to 12 Requiring Diversity with …
 
I interviewed Jeanie Latz | Board and Governance Consultant on Friday, July 17th, 2020. We discussed several topics including: Her Journey to Board Consultant Better Results with Diversity Helpful Tips for Getting Involved with Boards Board Composition Trends The ESG Question Signs of an Effective Board Bringing Work In-House & Managing Legal Spend…
 
I interviewed Mark Roellig | Senior Client Advisor at Perkins Coie on Friday, June 26th, 2020. We discussed several topics such as: Embracing Self-awareness Surrounding Yourself with Diverse People & Perspectives What General Counsel look for? The Value of an MBA Training People to Leave Streamlining the Interview Process People that Come to Win vs…
 
Hello friends, I had a wonderful conversation with the Chairman and Managing Partner of Spencer Fane. We discussed several topics such as: The Incredible Growth Story of Spencer Fane Profit Margin Expansion through Scaling Humility as the Foundation 200% Headcount Growth with Laterals A Passion for Lifelong Learning & Harvard Business School Leader…
 
I interviewed Sherry Williams | Senior Legal Executive and Former VP, Deputy General Counsel, Global Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer at Jabil on Friday, June 12th, 2020. We discussed several topics such as: Her Experience in Working with Recruiters 2 Myths Believed of Recruiters Advice for Optimizing the Recruiter/Professional Relationship What S…
 
I interviewed Cheryl Heisler | President and Founder of Lawternatives on Friday, May 1st, 2019. We discussed several topics such as: - 4 Steps for Exploring Alternative Career Paths - Leaving BigLaw for Kraft’s Marketing Department - You Got Out. Can You Help Me? - Meeting Ben & Jerry from Vermont - From Litigator to Golf Passion - Advice for Lawye…
 
I interviewed Kristin Stark | Principal at Fairfax Associates on Monday, May 11, 2020. We discussed several topics such as: How She Became a Legal Consultant Hildebrandt, The Golden Years and Launching Fairfax Associates Law Firm Merger Advice and Leadership types What is Motivating Partner Departures Managing Debt & Real Estate Post-COVID-19 Think…
 
I interviewed Mary Moorkamp | Chief Legal Officer, External Affairs Officer, & Corporate Secretary of Schnuck Markets on Friday, May 8th, 2020. We discussed several topics such as: Ingenuity, Creativity & Community during Covid-19 Crisis The Servant and Relational Leadership Model Career Advancing Advice for Attorneys Give the Straight Story as In-…
 
I interviewed Craig Katerberg | General Counsel of Anheuser-Busch on Tuesday, February 25th, 2020. We discussed several topics such as: His Journey to Becoming a Corporate Attorney and Going In-House Who Inspired Him to Lead The Weekly Email AB’s Approach for Hiring Outside Counsel Supporting Commercial Strategy with Legal Tech Going In-House Advic…
 
I interviewed Craig Katerberg | General Counsel at Anheuser-Busch on Friday, May 15th, 2020. We discussed several topics such as: How Anheuser-Busch knew about Covid-19 before it hit the United States Top Priorities of the C-Suite Crisis Advice for General Counsel Transitioning to a New Normal A Reflection on Leadership seen During the Crisis _____…
 
I interviewed Stewart Hirsch | Managing Director of Strategic Relationships on Friday, February 14th, 2020. We discussed several topics such as: Rainmaking During the 1990’s Recession How to Win When In-House His Secrets for Business Development 3 Causes Why Law Partners & Associates Miss Opportunities Thinking Outside Your Little Box Career Insigh…
 
I interviewed Jeff Groves | Senior Vice President and General Counsel at O'Reilly Auto Parts on Friday, August 23rd, 2019. We discussed: Going In-House was Never the Goal The Events of 9/11 and Re-Evaluating Life Growing as a General Counsel Leading by Example Tort Reform in Missouri Relationship Advice for Outside Counsel Recommended Fiction _____…
 
I interviewed Bill Henderson | Professor and Stephen F. Burns Chair on the Legal Profession at Indiana University on Wednesday, August 21st, 2019. We spoke about the following subjects: His Journey from Firefighter to Law Professor Teaching Attorneys the Value of Data Analytics Vulnerable Law Firms and The Big Four California’s Influence On Non-Att…
 
I interviewed Shauna Bryce | Founder and Principal of Bryce Legal on Friday, August 30th, 2019. We discussed various subjects such as: Becoming a Legal Career Coach Pro Tips for Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile How to Approach Gaps in Work History Advice for Bored General Counsel Marrying another Lawyer and Its Benefits Her Beloved Fictional Reads …
 
I interviewed Jim Delkousis | Founder and CEO of PERSUIT on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019. We discussed various topics such as: Streamlining the RFP process Fortune 500 Companies Use of the Tool Pricing Transparency and True Market Pricing Making the Leap from DLA Piper to a Startup CEO The Coming Shift to Professional Services Moving from Australia t…
 
I interviewed Bill Croutch | General Counsel of Optiv on Friday, August 16th, 2019. We discussed a variety of topics, including: How Cybersecurity is Evolving Advice for Legal Executives around Cybersecurity His Leadership Style & Hiring Practices Value a Legal Department can Provide Choosing to Become a Lawyer The Boat Story Recommended Books ____…
 
I interviewed John Tyler | General Counsel, Secretary & Chief Ethics Officer at Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019. John and I spoke about various subjects including: The Charitable Legacy of Ewing Kauffman Education in Urban Community 1 Million Cups Modern-Day Philanthropy Research & Better Understanding the Entreprene…
 
I interviewed Jill Marchant | Chief Legal Officer of Hallmark Cards, Inc. on Tuesday, August 13th, 2019. We discussed various subjects such as: Her 30-year career journey from big law to being General Counsel Her current role at Hallmark Cards A definition of success The changes in Kansas City Advice for female attorneys The importance of support s…
 
I interviewed Jay Angelo | former Head of Legal Technology & Innovation at Smiths Group on Thursday, August 1st, 2019. We discussed various subjects including: The genesis of Jay's role as Head of Legal Technology and Innovation A third choice for General Counsel which led to the development of Project Indio and an app The future of legal departmen…
 
I interviewed Kent Zimmermann | Legal Consultant at Zeughauser Group on Thursday, July 25th, 2019. We reviewed several subjects: How things have changed over the past 3 years since our previous podcast Episode #2 recorded in October 2016 Insights to large mergers during 2018 3 tips for avoiding travel burnout The components for the making of a succ…
 
I interviewed Rhonda Powell | General Counsel on BuzzFeed on Monday, December 10th, 2018. In talking with Rhonda, we touched on several subjects: Her new role within BuzzFeed #metoo Movement Creating a Work Environment with Open Communication Fake News vs. Entertainment Mentoring of Young People Paying-it-Forward Attitude Positive Side Effects of S…
 
I interviewed Jordan Furlong | Principal at Law21 on Friday December 7th, 2018. Many of you know him for his Twitter account and his blog, where he shares insights on the global legal industry. We discussed the following topics: His legal career Continued developments in law firm competition Innovative things law firms are doing Non-attorney owners…
 
I interviewed Jeremy Fudge | Managing Partner of Berry Appleman & Leiden on Friday November 19th, 2018. We discussed the following topics: First-of-its-kind strategic alliance with Deloitte UK Opening of their New York office with 60 people Center of Excellence in Richardson Texas The growth of the firm from 270 to 500 The future of law His passion…
 
I interviewed Russ Welsh | Chairman & CEO of Polsinelli on Thursday November 1st, 2018. Topics of Discussion: Polsinelli's Growth Story Lessons learned and advice for existing and newly elected law firm chairmen and managing partners Important areas of personal growth in his life Funding the law firm's expansion Insights on the economic recessions …
 
I interviewed Alan Bryan | Senior Associate General Counsel of Walmart on Monday October 15th, 2018. We Discussed the Following Topics: His initial years in private practice The Walmart Legal Operations and Outside Counsel Management department Outside counsel law firms need to focus on investing in people and technology Legal tech tools Walmart us…
 
I interviewed Rick Hung | General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Bowlmor AMF on Friday September 7th, 2018. Rick and I discussed: His current role with Bowlmor AMF The office of General Counsel as a strategy for growth. Private Equity Distilling Bowlmor AMF’s outside counsel law firms down from 50 Background in coding His bookshelf The impact…
 
I interviewed Andrew Glincher | CEO & Managing Partner of Nixon Peabody on Tues May 29th, 2018. Topics we discussed: Laterals and attracting talent Space usage for all their attorneys firm-wide His role at Nixon Peabody Weathering the Great Financial Crisis of 2008 Leadership qualities in Abraham Lincoln, Warren Buffett, his parents, etc. His perso…
 
I interviewed Gina Passarella | Editor-in-Chief of The American Lawyer on Wed May 16th, 2018. We discussed these topics: Her career as a reporter in the business of law The many changes to the media business How data has been a part of reporting on the legal industry Her values in her role at The American Lawyer Rules of engagement with reporters W…
 
I interviewed Jodie Baker | CEO of Xakia Technologies on Friday April 20th, 2018. Topics discussed were: The award-winning Australian law firm Hive Legal The use of Xakia Technologies for corporate legal departments Being a scrappy startup tech CEO The Australian legal market Trends within emerging legal technologies How firms can approach legal te…
 
I interviewed Frank Aquila | Partner of Sullivan and Cromwell on Thursday February 1st, 2018. Topics we discussed were: The global M&A market How several geopolitical pressures impact large deals InBev-Anheuser Busch and Diageo’s acquisitions Advice for the experienced or aspiring M&A attorney New US tax legislation NAFTA trade negotiations The US’…
 
I interviewed Erik Gustafson, CEO of LeClairRyan on Friday January 12th, 2018. We discussed the following topics: Evolving client trends of procuring legal services How the buyers are younger general counsel The non-law firm competitors Trends of aging attorneys and succession planning The lateral market Advice for aspiring law firm leaders and man…
 
I interviewed Manar Morales, CEO of Diversity and Flexibility Alliance on Thursday December 7th, 2017. Topics we discussed were: A holistic approach to diversity initiatives How Manar goes to an employer, assesses culture and presents findings to leadership Flexibility in the work environment Getting more women in leadership How employees can bring…
 
We discussed the following topics: Global perspective vs. In-House perspective Transition from a sellers to a buyers market Better discussions about services and value delivered Getting 9 independent firms to work together The shirking supply of lawyers Importance of law firms utilizing technology His family and marriage Woodworking Recommended boo…
 
I interviewed Lea Ann King, General Counsel of Toyota Material Handling USA on Friday November 17th, 2017. We discussed these topics: How she landed a position in a corporate legal department Her role at Toyota Being a division of a Japanese company What inspired her to be a General Counsel What she looks for in hiring attorneys Mentoring others Wo…
 
We discussed the following topics: Law Firm merger and combination trends Tools they provide at Altman Weil such as MergerLine Why do some deals succeed Law firm merger deal killers and what can prevent the death of a deal Why law firms should consider a combination The leadership of law firms His passion for the outdoors, woodworking, UNC sports, …
 
I interviewed Steve Harper, Author, Retired BigLaw Trial Lawyer and Adjunct Law Professor on Wednesday October 4th, 2017. We discussed the following topics: The legal industry critique of the law firm model His book The Lawyer Bubble Downfalls of the eat what you kill law firm incentive model His fictional account of law firm culture called The Par…
 
Attorney Edward A. Coleman, Esq. kicks the show off in a glum manner. He thanks the listeners for listening and recounts his abduction for sympathy. Ed bores producer Ken Lucas with the details of his illness. We cut to the Guess My Middle Name contest and announce Don Becker as the winner. Congrats Don! We will contact you shortly about your prize…
 
I interviewed James Fisher, Managing Partner of FisherBroyles on Wednesday September 29th, 2017. We discussed the following topics: The history of FisherBroyles Cloud-based law firms Vision and anticipated growth trajectory of the firm Future of training lawyers Technology and talent to leverage a win-win for both clients and attorneys Developing b…
 
Attorney Edward A. Coleman, Esq. kicks the show off with a slightly defeated attitude. He claims he’s a bit down in the dumps but is trying to fight his way out of it. He’s still reeling from the effects of his abduction. Podcast producer Ken Lucas disproves Ed’s claims. Ken also brings up Ed’s novel. Ed chats about the conspiracy theory against hi…
 
I interviewed Daniel Rodriguez, Dean of Northwestern University Pritzker Law School on Thursday September 7th 2017. We discussed the following topics: Law school trends such as enrollment, LSAT vs. GRE, law firm hiring trends, etc. The current impact and use of legal tech in law schools Law school’s Innovation Lab Non-attorney ownership of law firm…
 
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