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Innovation, Predictability and Efficiency:

Trends Your Firm Can No Longer Ignore

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 | 11:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

A new legal marketplace is taking shape. In-house legal departments are now required to do more with less, closely manage limited resources and continue to prove their value. This is an opportunity for law firms to differentiate themselves. In-house counsel want and need business partners who are proactive, creative and open to risk-sharing as this landscape unfolds. This panel will discuss key areas such as price certainty and predictability, innovation, technology, legal project management and efficiency, and metrics. 


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Dan Fears, Managing Partner

Daniel F. Fears is a founding partner at Payne & Fears LLP. He represents companies in all aspects of employment law and related civil litigation, including employment law class actions, wrongful termination litigation and preventive advice, employment and housing discrimination, labor-management relations and arbitrations, civil rights, trade secrets and other employment law litigation. Dan serves as litigation counsel for Fortune 500 companies in class action and multi-plaintiff litigation, and represents employers in aerospace, national defense, retail, entertainment, banking, hospitality, health care, housing and other industries.


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Jeffrey Compangano, General Counsel/VP, The Word & Brown Companies

Jeffrey Compangano, Esq. is the General Counsel and a Vice President for the Word & Brown Companies, a leading California provider in health insurance and benefits administration products.  Jeffrey manages all legal matters for his organization’s corporate divisions, including complex contract negotiations, Intellectual Property and mergers and acquisitions.  Prior to joining Word & Brown over eighteen years ago, Jeffrey worked in the legal and strategic development departments of various privately and publicly-held organizations focused on industries such as insurance, financial services and ecommerce.

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Lisa Harrington, Former General Counsel, ASICS

Lisa Hatton Harrington has served as General Counsel of both large public global companies and small privately held start ups.  Lisa most recently served as General Counsel of ASICS, the global footwear and apparel company, where she was also responsible for legal operations, compliance, governance, risk management, internal audit, procurement, and corporate social responsibility.  Previously, she served as General Counsel of Surf Airlines, General Counsel for NBCUniversal/Comcast’s digital division, and division General Counsel for Unum Group. Lisa also founded a consulting practice for legal operations, compliance, risk management, general counsel services, and business development. 


Zachary Zaharek, VP, Senior Operations Counsel, First American Mortgage Solutions

Zachary Zaharek teaches at the University of California, Irvine’s Paralegal extension program. He teaches Intellectual Property and Business Law. In 2006, Zachary was awarded Distinguished Instructor of the Year. Zachary speaks regularly before the Orange County Paralegal Association. Since 2005, Zachary has sat on the University of California, Irvine’s Curriculum Advisory Council. Zachary is Past President of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel –Southern California Chapter (ACCA). ACCA is the largest in-house bar association in the country. Zachary is also a Director and Treasurer of the Public Records Industry Association.


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