A Positive Impact on Impact Investing

To mark Women’s History Month and the advances women continue to make in the legal profession, we are proud to feature a look at the career and insights of a highly successful Weil alum, Jennifer Johnson, who was recently promoted to Managing Director, Associate General Counsel at Nuveen, a TIAA company. Nuveen is a global investment leader, managing an array of public and private assets for clients around the world and on behalf of parent company TIAA, one of the world’s largest institutional investors. Jen began her career at Weil as an associate in our Structured Finance & Derivatives and Real Estate practices.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Ashley Butler, a partner in our Capital Markets practice (and a summer program classmate of Jen’s), talks to Jen about what her elevated role at Nuveen entails, her part in the forefront of Nuveen’s continued focus on impact investing, her guidance for women attorneys in the early stages of their career, and the ways she successfully manages work and life as a parent of a young child.

Promoting Excellence

Weil Alum Tom Hashagen was recently promoted to Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, after having joined the firm in February of 2018 as Vice President – Loan Negotiation Group. As a Banking & Finance associate at Weil, he advised leading private equity sponsors, corporate borrowers and financial institutions on a variety of bank financing transactions.

In this first-of-the-year edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Paul Overmyer – a partner in our Banking & Finance practice and Tom’s first-year officemate at Weil – speaks with Tom about his recent promotion, the evolution of his role at Goldman, the key lessons that he has carried throughout his career and his goals for the year ahead. .

A Legal Leader in a Changing Media Landscape

Andrew Borteck is Senior Vice President, Business & Legal Affairs at NBC Sports. Andrew was one of the inaugural members of Weil’s Technology & IP Transactions group, having previously practiced in our Trade Practices and Regulatory Law group.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Jeffrey Osterman – Co-Head of Weil’s Technology & IP Transactions practice – speaks with Andrew about encountering issues of first impression and the ever-changing media landscape. Andrew discusses his career successes, NBC’s varied businesses, preparation for the upcoming 2024 Olympics in Paris – which will integrate several new sports – and navigating the new sports betting reality.

Advancing in Tech as a Former Weil Litigator

Alea Mitchell is a product counsel at Google in their Ads department, where she provides legal guidance on child safety and political transparency matters. Alea has a long history with Weil, joining us as a paralegal, returning as a summer associate and ultimately rising to a senior associate in our Complex Commercial Litigation and IP & Media practices.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Jessica Falk – partner in our Complex Commercial Litigation and IP & Media practices – speaks with Alea about working at a large tech company and how she leveraged her IP litigation experience to assist her in her current role. Alea also provides practical advice to women attorneys on how to best position themselves to succeed in competitive industries and speaks about her passion for pro bono work.

An All-Star Alum on His Career in Sports Law

Bruce Meyer is the Deputy Executive Director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, leading the union in negotiations with the League. He’s received noteworthy media coverage, including for representing MLB players during the 2022 lockout and, most recently, reaching a historic collective bargaining agreement for minor league players. Bruce spent 30 years at Weil as a litigator, where he was integral to our sports labor practice and Complex Commercial Litigation group.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, David Lender – Co-Chair of our global Litigation Department and a member of Weil’s Management Committee – speaks with Bruce about how his background as a Weil partner prepared him for his role representing one of the strongest professional players associations. Bruce also discusses what it’s like to negotiate a massive collective bargaining agreement and what lies ahead for baseball and the MLBPA in the coming years.

A Maverick in the Emerging Tech and AI Sector

Colby McKenzie is the Chief Revenue Officer of Fobi AI Inc., an industry leader in harnessing AI and data intelligence to enable digital transformation. Colby is a skilled senior executive with a proven track record of accelerating business growth and development. He began his career at Weil before launching his own venture-focused private equity fund, McKenzie Ventures.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Rick Frye – a partner in our Private Equity practice and based in Dallas – speaks with Colby about his fascinating career trajectory, including being at the forefront of emerging industries and technologies. Colby discusses what he saw in Fobi that made him believe he’d be a perfect fit, his pivot from corporate law to VC and the lessons he still leverages from his time at Weil that have most influenced his success.

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.

The Iconic Career of a Weil Legend

Retired partner Marsha Simms is a legend at Weil and in the legal profession. She was Weil’s first Black partner, elevated in 1987. Marsha was instrumental in building Weil’s Banking & Finance practice and represented some of the Firm’s biggest clients at the time. She was a member of the Hiring Committee for more than a decade, with particular focus on the recruitment of lawyers of color. Marsha was also a leader in voting rights through her pro bono work with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

In this edition of the Weil Alumni Interview Series, Marsha spoke about her storied career with Jannelle Marie Seales, a partner in Weil’s Real Estate practice, a leader in our Black Attorney Affinity Group and Women@Weil, and a member of our Professional Development Committee. They discussed Marsha’s most memorable moments at the Firm, her ability to be her “authentic self,” the advice she imparted and her passion for travel.

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.

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.