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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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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…
 
I interviewed Elliott Portnoy, Global CEO of Dentons, on Tuesday August 29th, 2017. Topics we discussed were: Meteoric growth since he took the role Numerous combinations, mergers, and group acquisitions M&A advice for firm managing partners and leadership His team and friendship with Joe Andrews Who Denton’s competitors are What will and won’t cha…
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. starts the show with a rundown of events that led to his supposed abduction. Producer Ken Lucas disagrees. Ed then explains every detail of his harrowing experience. We find out that Ed fell into the Gowanus Canal and is plagued with a toxic virus. Ian stops in to hang out and imbue Ed with positive vibes. Out of nowhere, Ed…
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. starts the show in a speedy manner. Ed talks about his approach to hiring and announces the winner of the Lego contest. Ed gushes over prime numbers and producer Ken Lucas seems bored. Ken leaves to make himself a drink at the juicer and Ed secretly talks about his novel. Ken catches Ed off-guard and then we hear from our sp…
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. starts alone. He is interrupted by the ramblings of boss Stu Horvath, producer Ken Lucas and Co-Attorney Ted Goldman. We find out the Ed sent Ted on a wild goose chase and then we move into parkour. Ed answers some law questions and the we play a game of Probable Cause or Reasonable Suspicion. The guys give a shout out to St…
 
I interviewed Norm Champ | Partner of Kirkland & Ellis on April 21st, 2017. We discussed: Hedge fund to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Being the Director of the Division of Investment Management Being a law partner in the New York office of Kirkland & Ellis His new book Going Public: My Adventures Inside the SEC and How to Prevent …
 
I interviewed Bob Bostrom on March 9th, 2017. In Part 2 of our interview we discussed: Stories of being General Counsel of Freddie Mac before, during and after the Financial Crisis of 2008/09 Numerous leadership changes and investigations endured Why there are corporate crises The several takeaways of what corporate legal departments can do to miti…
 
I interviewed Bob Bostrom on March 9th, 2017. In Part 1 of our interview, we discussed: The evolution of the General Counsel role 20 years How Ben Heineman of GE was a catalyst for these changes Responsibilities increased as the role changed within corporate America Different draws to in-house vs private practice What an attorney needs to make the …
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. starts the show thanking everyone. He talks briefly about his Corporate Casual gig and returns to the RICO investigation. Ed also issues an apology to the Department of Maniacs. Ed mentions our guest to producer Ken Lucas and receives a response he was not expecting to hear and then we take a break. After the break we are jo…
 
I interviewed Alan Hoffman | Chairman and Managing partner of Blank Rome on March 8th, 2017. Today we discussed: The Christmas Eve deal with Jim Kelly to absorb remaining partners of Dickstein Shapiro His conversation with a law professor and how that greatly impacted him and his leadership at Blank Rome Stories about how he got the job at the Assi…
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. starts the show awkwardly. Producer Ken Lucas is excited to use the new juicer courtesy of Ted Goldman. We learn that Stanley Spiemer has accepted the open position on the Board of Directors and that EIC Stu Horvath is living the dream. Ed found a way to get gigs for his office band Corporate Casual and then Ed apologizes to…
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. starts the show with a lullaby to his grandmother. Ed prods producer Ken Lucas about his mood and is excited to interview for the Board of Directors position. Ed is also looking for applications for the Unwinnable legal department. Ed talks about dismantling departments and then we take a break. After the break, Ken calls Te…
 
Edward A. Coleman, Esq. kicks the show off with a soothing proclamation of success. Ed informs us that he’s finally read his contract and is already looking to exploit it. He also now has access to the archives. Shhhh. Podcast Producer Ken Lucas talks about the office Halloween party and then we take a break. After the break we interview Tront Silv…
 
I interviewed Kim Johnson of Quarles & Brady, partner, and Firm Chairperson. Today, we discussed: Highlights of their executive committee's annual retreat Growth within the firm How to work better together Succession planning Forming an Innovation Committee The effects of the new White House administration Advice to future law firm chairmen and per…
 
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