Innovation Needed to Attract Silicon Valley In-House Counsel

Jeffrey has cowritten an article with David King Keller for LMA.

David King Keller Ph.D. and Jeffrey F. Silber, CPA, MBA, CMC

In a meeting billed as the “In-House Counsel Summit” on Wednesday afternoon, a panel of three legal leaders from prominent Silicon Valley hi-tech companies moderated by David Bruns, Director of Client Services at Farella Braun + Martel LLP, spoke to an audience of over fifty attendees about “Rising Above Your Competition – What Today’s Tech Industry General Counsel Expect From a Law Firm.” The Garden Court Hotel meeting was hosted by the Bay Area Chapter / Silicon Valley City Group of the Legal Marketing Association and emceed by Monica Kuniyoshi of K&L Gates and Jill Stolarik of Morrison & Foerster.

Creativity, flexibility, innovation, thinking outside the box, skilled in project management, and “lawyers who listen to us and know our business” were just some of the key factors a law firm should present to impress Lisa Konie, Director, Legal Operations of Adobe Systems.

Michael Haven, Senior Litigation and Operations Counsel for NetApp, Inc., illustrated Konie’s point. “When we were running short on funding for a matter, I called our law firm and explained the situation. Within an hour they called back and told me they were able to restructure the project and approach it in a different way so as to work within our remaining budget. This firm showed flexibility when we needed it, and sensitivity to the pressures we face, and gained a lot of our loyalty by doing so…”

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