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Corporate Legal Operations Forum

February 11–13, 2018 | The Langham Huntington | Pasadena, CA

Join like-minded Heads of Corporate Legal Operations for inspiration and insight, networking and learning, and proven strategies to improve your business practices.

Faculty Members Include

  • MAITANE AROZENA (Citigroup), Legal Operations Director
  • TAMI BADDELEY (Microsoft), Operations Lead
  • ASHLEE BEST (Dropbox), Senior Legal Operations Manager
  • CAROL BOUW (Xcel Energy), Director, Legal Operations
  • LISA BROWN (Starbucks Corporation), Managing Director, Operations & Strategy, Law & Corporate Affairs
  • GRANT BURNS (America Fujikura Ltd.), Vice President and General Counsel
  • MARY BURRELLE (McDonald's Corporation), Head of Legal Operations and Chief of Staff
  • DAVID DANIEL (Alcon Laboratories), Director, Global Legal Services
  • JANINE DIXON (Fannie Mae), Head of Legal Operations
  • NICOLE DOYLE (The Hartford), Assistant Vice President, Legal Operations & Strategy
  • TIMOTHY ERNST (Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.), General Counsel
  • GONZALO FRIAS (Duke Energy), Legal Portfolio Manager and Counsel
  • ERIK GARCIA-GRANADOS (Mattel), Lead Legal Systems Administrator
  • MATT GEEKIE (Graybar Electric Company, Inc.), Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
  • JENITA GILLESPIE (Mercy Health), Director, Legal Operations
  • ROB GITELL (Thomson Reuters Legal Tracker (formerly Serengeti)), Senior Director
  • SHIRELL GROSS (Bayer), Vice President, Head of Law, Bayer Pharmaceuticals Radiology
  • CHAD HALLBERG (Valeant Pharmaceuticals), Director, Legal Operations
  • WAYNE HANEWICZ (Tech Data Corporation), Corporate Vice President, General Counsel, Americas, Secretary and Legal Operations
  • COLLEEN HANKINS (Fidelity Investments), Senior Vice President, Head of Legal Strategic & Shared Services
  • STEVE HARMON (Cisco), Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Legal
  • ROYCEE HASUKO (Salesforce), Senior Legal Operations Manager
  • HOWARD HILL (American Express), Global Legal Operations Manager
  • EMELITA HERNANDEZ-BRAVO (Fitbit), Head of Legal Operations
  • PEGGY HO (LPL Financial), Executive Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
  • CARMEN IRIZARRY (Carnival Corporation), Manager, Global Claims Management
  • SHEILA KENNEDY (Medtronic), Senior Director, Legal Operations
  • LISA KONIE (Adobe Systems Incorporated), Senior Director Legal Operations
  • RICHARD KONRATH (CNH Industrial), Vice President and General Counsel
  • SUZY LEE (MFLEX), Vice President and General Counsel
  • DANIELLE MANN (Cambrex Corporation), Director, Legal
  • KEN MATHIES (The Auto Club Group), Director, Legal Operations
  • DIANE MCKELLAR (Nexteer Automotive), Legal Operations Manager
  • ROBERT MIGNANELLI (Pearson plc, Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel, Global Product/Technology
  • ERIN MOORE (Advantage Solutions), Director, Legal Business Operations
  • MONIQUE MORREALE (MUFG), Managing Director and Associate General Counsel
  • KAMELIA ONETH (CenturyLink), Director, Legal Operations & Corporate Administration
  • MICHELLE POLLOCK (US LBM Holdings, LLC), Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
  • MICHAEL RASMUSON (Baker Hughes, a GE company), Director, Legal & Compliance
  • DONALD RIDDICK (Total System Services), Associate General Counsel
  • KATE ROCKWELL (Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association), Manager, Legal Administrative Services
  • MARK ROSS (Integreon), Global Head, Legal Process Outsourcing
  • TOM SCHWYN (Whirlpool Corporation), Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Global Legal Operations
  • SUZANNE SMITS (Discover Financial Services), Vice President, Legal Risk & Operations
  • JASON STEVENS (WellStar Health System), Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
  • KIRSTEN TAITELBAUM (DaVita Inc.), Director, Legal Operations
  • BRITTANY TAKAI (Red Bull North America, Inc.), Legal Operations Manager
  • TERRENCE THOMPSON (Yazaki North America, Inc.), Manager, Legal Department Operations
  • JOANNA TOTSKY (Cooper-Standard Holdings Inc.), Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
  • TERENCE WOODSOME (Cypress Semiconductor), Deputy General Counsel

Advisory Board

  • LUCY BASSLI (Microsoft Corporation), Assistant General Counsel, Legal Operations
  • VINCENT CORDO (Shell Oil), Legal Global Sourcing Officer
  • MONICA GALLANT (Shopify, Inc.), Director of Legal Operations
  • LAURIE HANSEN (Mutual of Omaha), Director, Legal Management & Operations
  • MIKE HAVEN (Gap Inc.), Senior Director, Head of Legal Operations
  • FELICIA HICKEY (Equifax, Inc.), U.S. Legal Department Legal Administrator
  • ALEX JONAS (Autodesk), Head of Legal Operations
  • JUANITA LUNA (Pacific Gas & Electric Company), Vice President and General Counsel
  • LEIGH MCSALLY (Aristocrat Technologies, Inc., Senior Manager, Legal Operations & Global Legal
  • MATEO SANCHEZ (Uber Technologies, Inc.), Manager, Legal Operations
  • DEANA SIMON (Acelity, Legal Operations Administrator
  • MARK SMOLIK (DHL), Vice President and General Counsel
  • SHELLEY SYLVA (TD Bank), Director, External Counsel & Knowledge Management
  • YOLANDA WILLIAMS (Aetna), Senior Director, Legal Operations—Business Excellence

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Topics For Discussion

  • Focusing On The Must-Have Metrics
  • Rise Of The Machines: Machine Learning & AI In Legal Operations
  • The Evolution Of Legal Staffing & LPOs
  • Driving Change & Progress In A Corporate Legal Department
  • Outside Counsel Management: Selection, Engagement & Negotiation

Venue: The Langham Huntington

1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91106

Situated on 23 acres in Pasadena, this historic hotel is among California's most prominent meeting venues.

General Sessions

Address top-of-mind issues in a conversational exchange among industry thought leaders, enabling participants to share lessons, expertise, leadership skills, and practical tools.


Engage in advanced dialogue in an informal boardroom-style setting on specific topics that are particularly suited to smaller group discussions.

Networking Meals

Participate in all meals and networking functions hosted on-site by Consero. These intimate gatherings provide countless opportunities to develop lasting business relationships.

Customized Itineraries

Meet with the most innovative service providers in the industry, one-on-one, based on your individual and departmental priorities. Our reputable partners are referred and vetted by your peers.

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