A Fantastic Approach to a Dynamic Industry

Jane Pollack is Legal SVP at Fanatics Betting & Gaming, a vertical of Fanatics, the digital sports platform and globally recognized consumer brand. Previously, Jane was Associate General Counsel at Uber, where she led the Enterprise Commercial team. She is also a member of the Beacon Giving Group, a grant-making community of women that makes grants to not-for-profits in New York City.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Arianna Scavetti – a partner in our Complex Commercial Litigation practice with broad experience in the sports industry – speaks with Jane about her distinguished career. Jane discusses her role at Fanatics Betting & Gaming, navigating a growing and changing sector, focusing on business development and marketing efforts, and the lessons she took from Weil, particularly under the tutelage of Senior Partner and legal legend Ira M. Millstein.

A Prominent In-House Counsel on Career Investments

A former Banking & Finance lawyer at Weil, distinguished alum Alana St. Aude is Vice President and Senior Counsel for Private Credit and Hybrid Capital within Goldman Sachs Asset and Wealth Management in the Americas. We are happy to note that she has received much recognition, including being chosen to serve as a Leadership Council for Legal Diversity Fellow and as a Women in Power Fellow for The 92nd Street Y.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Justin D. Lee – a partner in our Banking & Finance practice, a member of our global Diversity Committee and a leader in WeilPride – speaks with Alana about her professional journey. Alana discusses her role at Goldman Sachs, her transition from Weil to in-house counsel, lessons she learned at Weil, and how her passion for diversity has been fulfilling in each stage of her career.

Leading in the C-Suite After Decades at Weil

Holly Loiseau is General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Privacy Officer of KServicing, a prominent online loan servicer for the Paycheck Protection Program. Prior to this role, Holly was a Litigation partner in Weil’s Washington, D.C. office for almost three decades, where she represented companies and individuals in various investigations and received numerous accolades for her work.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Candace Arthur, partner in our Restructuring Department, speaks with Holly about her career. Holly discusses working in-house, partnering with Weil on KServicing’s restructuring, taking a top-down approach to DEI, her role in hosting women’s executive leadership retreats, and her continued connection to the Weil family.

How a GC Promotes Organizational Excellence

Rob Beard is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Micron Technology, an industry leader in innovative memory and storage solutions. Rob is responsible for Micron's global legal, intellectual property, and ethics and compliance functions. Prior to this role, Rob was a Corporate lawyer at Weil, where he worked on high-profile M&A and capital markets transactions, and corporate governance matters.

For our first-of-the-year edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Craig Adas – Managing Partner of Weil’s Silicon Valley office and a member of our Corporate Department – speaks with Rob about how he approached the transition to his elevated role at Micron, his team leadership and the lessons he retains from his time at Weil.

The Rising Star of a Chief Legal Officer

We’ve been proud to share Patricia Astorga’s accomplishments beyond Weil, most recently her being named a Rising Star by the New York Law Journal (along with fellow Alum Cheryl James). So we were excited when Patricia agreed to participate in this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, hosted by Lori Pines, who was concurrently recognized by NYLJ with an Innovation Award for her dedication to improving the well-being of Weil lawyers and staff as our inaugural Chief Wellness Officer.

Patricia serves as Chief Legal Officer at the Mintz Group, a New York-based due diligence and investigations firm, where she oversees the company’s legal, risk and compliance functions, and helps guide the business on its continuing global expansion, business strategy, technological advancement and corporate governance. She is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey and the Western District of New York.

In this video, Patricia talks about her career and imparts wisdom about professional development and personal well-being.

A Texas Legal Star

Mary Korby is an esteemed former Corporate partner who served in Weil’s Dallas office for two decades before she retired from the partnership in 2012. Her practice focused on advising boards of directors and companies regarding securities law compliance and corporate governance, and she was involved in complex cross-border public and private transactions in diverse industries. She also advised in historic U.S. restructurings including for American Airlines and Enron. Mary was a founding member of what is now our Associates Committee and served as the Chair of our Professional Evaluation and Compensation Committee. Since retiring from Weil, Mary has been a member of the Board of Directors of Darling Ingredients.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Courtney Marcus – Managing Partner of our Dallas Office, Co-Head of our Banking & Finance practice and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee – speaks with Mary about her memories of landmark matters and her focus on associate retention. Mary also opines on what made practicing law in Texas special and the future of the business of law in the state.

From Private Practice to Her Majesty's Treasury

Peter King is the Legal Director at HM Treasury in the U.K., leading a team of around 90 lawyers to provide legal advice to Treasury ministers and civil servants. Before his career in public service, Peter was in private practice for more than three decades. He joined Weil in 2008 as a Corporate partner in our London office, where he acted on several high-profile deals. He was also Co-Chair of our global Pro Bono Committee.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Michael Francies, Managing Partner of our London office and a member of Weil’s Management Committee, speaks with Peter about his career. Peter discusses the adjustment from private practice to serving in HM Treasury, his core management tenets, advice for junior lawyers and the power of establishing a strong network.

Transforming DEI Through Vision and Technology

Mandy Price is the CEO of Kanarys, the first Black- and female-founded diversity, equity and inclusion technology platform for the workplace and the largest DEI data-driven platform of its kind in the United States. Mandy left her legal career to co-found Kanarys and previously served as a Private Equity associate in Weil’s Dallas office. She and her co-founder, Star Carter, who is also a Weil alum, were named two of Entrepreneur magazine’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2020, and Kanarys was named winner of the Dallas Innovates and D CEO Innovation Award for Talent and Diversity in 2021. We are proud to note that Mandy and Kanarys have been garnering attention in numerous major media outlets, including Forbes, Bloomberg, CNN, and CNBC.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Paul Genender, a partner in Weil’s Dallas office, the leader of Weil’s Litigation practice in Texas and a member of our Diversity Committee, speaks with Mandy about her passion for DEI issues, the “equity” component in DEI, the proven benefits for companies that implement forward-looking DEI practices, and how her Weil training helps her as an entrepreneur.

A Remarkable Career in Law, Business and Academia

Andrea Cristina Saavedra is Assistant Dean, Office of Judicial Clerkships at Columbia Law School. She has had a richly varied career that includes not only interning with then-Judge Sonia Sotomayor on the Second Circuit during law school and working as a Restructuring associate in Weil’s New York office but also serving as in-house counsel at Nomura Securities and vice president in the Goldman Sachs Conflicts Resolution Group, and clerking for a federal bankruptcy judge. In her current position, she promotes judicial service by connecting Columbia Law to the courts and Columbia law students to clerkships.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Ronit Berkovich, a Restructuring partner in our New York office who is a leader in Women@Weil, a member of TOWER (Taskforce on Women’s Engagement & Retention) and a member of the Nominating and Hiring Committees, talks with Andrea about her career. Andrea discusses her transition from corporate law to law school dean, diversity in the law, and her role models, including Weil legends Harvey Miller and Marcia Goldstein.

A Thrilling Journey From Lawyer to Author

Liani Kotcher, who served as a Litigation associate in our Dallas and Silicon Valley offices, is an accomplished author, writing young adult novels under the pen name “Rektok Ross.” Her recently published survival thriller, Ski Weekend, was a 2021 American Fiction Awards Finalist in the Young Adult Category and was named a Best Book of the Fall by Cosmopolitan, Yahoo Life, SheReads and several other publications.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Liani talks with Vynessa Nemunaitis, a Dallas-based partner in our Banking & Finance practice who is a leader in the Firm’s WeilLatinx and Women@Weil affinity groups and a member of the Professional Development Committee. They discussed Liani’s transition from Weil litigator to full-time author, how her Weil experience helped her achieve success in a highly competitive field, and her current book projects.

A Champion of Conflict Resolution

N. Damali Peterman, a former Corporate associate in our New York office, fully embodies the Weil entrepreneurial ethos. She is the Founder and CEO of Breakthrough ADR, a global conflict resolution firm that helps organizations resolve conflict in everyday situations. She recently joined JAMS, the world’s largest alternative dispute resolution organization, as a mediator, arbitrator and ombudsperson – and as one of the youngest people ever invited to become a member of the prestigious panel. A true trailblazer, Damali has been featured frequently in the media and recently was interviewed by Forbes magazine.

In this month’s edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Damali spoke with Charan Sandhu, a partner in our Technology & IP Transactions practice. Damali explained why she is so passionate about conflict resolution, why her unique career path makes her a “unicorn” in the industry and how her wide international experience has enabled her to navigate the cultural differences that so often must be bridged to successfully resolve disputes.

An Industry Leader Forged by Weil Culture

Distinguished former Weil partner Shai Waisman practiced in our Restructuring Department in New York, where he handled some of the largest and most complex restructurings in history, including Lehman Brothers, American Airlines, Global Crossing and many others. Recently, Shai was appointed President of Kroll, the world’s premier provider of services and digital products related to valuation, governance, risk and transparency. He joined Kroll through the firm’s 2019 acquisition of Prime Clerk – a business he co-founded – where he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer.

In this month’s edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Matt Barr, Co-Chair of Weil’s Restructuring Department and a member of the Firm’s Management and Philanthropic Committees, talks with Shai about his exciting new position and business objectives, the strong influence Weil culture has had on him, and the huge part that charitable endeavors play in his life.

Building a Latinx Beauty Brand

Even as an associate in Weil’s Dallas office, Regina Merson, Founder and CEO of beauty brand Reina Rebelde, was thinking about her passion – wanting to create a line of makeup focused on the Latinx community. Regina fulfilled that dream, and we are happy to report that she has garnered much media attention for her company, which has been featured in Forbes, Refinery29, Allure, Vogue and O – The Oprah Magazine, and has sold her brand through such retail giants as Amazon, Target and Walmart.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Linda D. Domyanic, Manager of Client and Alumni Relations for our Dallas office, talks with Regina about how she built her brand, the advice she has for lawyers considering entrepreneurship, the critical value of her Weil training, and the tremendous diversity within the Latinx community.

A General Counsel's Perspective on Leadership

Former Weil litigator Virginia Johnson recently stepped into her latest role as General Counsel for North America at global energy company Schneider Electric. Virginia oversees a 50-person legal department from the company’s U.S. headquarters in Boston. We’re also happy to report that she’s received notable positive media attention, including from Corporate Counsel, on her move to Schneider.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Weil’s Chief Talent Officer Lisa I. Cuevas talks with Virginia, eliciting her advice for lawyers entering new executive leadership roles, including: focus on the relationships and your internal network. Lisa and Virginia also discuss how her strong commitment to sustainability and equity fits well with Schneider’s priorities.

The Future of AI in Law

Weil is always pleased to welcome back innovative and entrepreneurial alumni who are making a difference in the legal profession. Noah Waisberg (NY/Corporate/’06) is helping to transform aspects of corporate law through artificial intelligence.

Noah is CEO and Co-Founder of Kira Systems, which provides machine learning artificial intelligence software that identifies, extracts and analyzes content in contracts and other documents. In conversation with Robert Lennon, Weil’s Chief Business Development & Communications Officer, Noah discusses his recent book – AI for Lawyers: How Artificial Intelligence is Adding Value, Amplifying Expertise and Transforming Careers – which made The Wall Street Journal’s Bestsellers list. Topics include the rapid growth of AI in the legal world and how it can benefit law firms and legal professionals.

Leading Social Impact

Robert Powell, Director, Pro Bono and Corporate Responsibility, London, talks with Weil alumnus Anthony Murphy, Founder and Managing Director of Prime Advocates, a not-for-profit law firm and social finance consultancy. Anthony discusses the Women of Impact program, which Weil supports, and other Prime Advocates initiatives that help some of the most innovative social enterprises and firms in the world become even more effective.