Legal competition is fierce and in-house counsel are exercising more control over budgets, strategy and staffing than ever before. To succeed, outside counsel must rethink their service delivery model, budgeting process, communications strategy and approach to building and maintaining relationships.
Join this moderated discussion with leading in-house counsel from Silicon Valley corporations as they discuss the changing relationship, demands and expectations of long-term successful partnerships. Moderated by Michael Sacksteder (Chair, Patent Litigation Group at Fenwick & West), the panel includes Anirma Gupta (General Counsel at Tanium), Mark Kahn (Head of Legal at Segment), and Douglas Luftman (VP & General Counsel at Nomis Solutions).
Our distinguished panel of in-house attorneys will discuss how to:
- Get – and keep – the attention of in-house counsel
- Build relationships with them, their team, legal operations and their business units
- Define and provide value
- Offer strategic client service to an in-house department
- Demonstrate an understanding of their business and culture
- Avoid mistakes that may cost you the relationship
Registration — 3:30pm
Program — 4:00pm
Networking Mixer — 5:30pm
Palo Alto Art Center
1313 Newell Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Non-LMA Members - $50.00
Michael Sacksteder (Moderator)
Chair, Patent Litigation Group, Fenwick & West LLP
Michael Sacksteder is Chair of the Patent Litigation Group at Fenwick & West – a team of more than 50 top-notch litigators with diverse legal and technical backgrounds at one of the foremost technology law firms in the country. Mr. Sacksteder has led patent litigation teams for high-profile clients such as Intuit, Symantec, Supercell, and Ancestry.com. He has successfully served as trial counsel in some of the most active patent litigation courts around the country, including the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, and the Northern District of California, and he has successfully argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition to his work in district courts and the Federal Circuit, Mr. Sacksteder practice ranges from helping technology companies of all sizes fight off so-called "patent trolls" to representing clients in "bet-the-company" intellectual property litigation against competitors. Clients have relied on him in litigation matters in a wide variety of technological fields, including computer hardware, software, networking, and security, semiconductors and semiconductor processing, polymer chemistry, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices.
Mr. Sacksteder graduated magna cum laude from the Northwestern University School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Northwestern University Law Review. Before going to law school, Mr. Sacksteder worked as a broadcast journalist.
Meet the Panelists
General Counsel, Tanium
Anirma Gupta is an accomplished business executive with broad experience in the technology industry. She has managed challenging corporate, business and legal issues. Ms. Gupta is currently General Counsel at Tanium Inc., a revolutionary cyber security and systems management software company. She leads multiple initiatives to address a broad range of global legal and corporate issues as Tanium grows domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Tanium Inc., Ms. Gupta was Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Intuit Inc. with a broad array of responsibilities. Prior to Intuit, Ms. Gupta was at Sun Microsystems and the law firm of Sughrue Mion. Ms. Gupta is also Co-Founder and Board member of ChIPs, a non-profit dedicated to the advancement of women in law, technology and policy.
Head of Legal, Segment
Mark Kahn has been an attorney for a number of bay area technology companies. He recently joined Segment, a b2b SaaS company headquartered in San Francisco, as its first attorney. Prior to Segment, he spent three and a half years at WhatsApp, helping to shepherd the company through its acquisition by Facebook. Mark also served as in-house counsel for several tech companies, including Palm, Yahoo!, and Evernote. In his spare time, Mark helps his wife with a bakery she opened in 2017 in San Francisco called Kahnfections. Mark is also on the Boards of two non-profits: the SF Bay Area Chapter of Positive Coaching Alliance and San Francisco Little League.
Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, Nomis Solutions
Doug Luftman is a seasoned Silicon Valley senior executive, who is Vice President and General Counsel of Nomis Solutions, a fintech startup, where he uses his deep legal, business and technical expertise to oversee the company’s worldwide legal needs. Prior to Nomis, Mr. Luftman’s 20-year career has included working at companies of all sizes and in varied industries including General Counsel of three Silicon Valley startups (Brilliant Home Technologies, Lecorpio and Caspian Networks); Vice President of Innovation Services for NetApp, Inc., a Fortune 500 Silicon Valley storage networking and data management company; Vice President & Chief Patent Counsel for CBS, a global media company; Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Palm, Inc., a smartphone innovator; and Senior Intellectual Property Group Counsel for Intel’s Communications Group. Prior to working in-house, Mr. Luftman was an attorney at Fenwick & West LLP, a Silicon Valley law firm, and also externed for former Chief Judge Randall Rader of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
He has worked with the White House, Congress, federal judiciary and agencies and leading academic institutions, on matters relating to enhancing the national innovation agenda. Mr. Luftman has maintained a longstanding leadership role in the technology community through his involvement with various business, legal, educational and non-profit organizations, where he has been a strong proponent for supporting and improving commercial competitiveness in the U.S. through innovation and supporting science, technology, engineering and mathematics initiatives. He has been asked to speak at various prestigious industry and academic institutions, has authored numerous articles and publications and has been quoted in various worldwide publications, on innovation and legal issues. His extensive professional accomplishments have been nationally recognized and honored by global organizations and publications including Fortune, Forbes, The Recorder, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, San Francisco Business Times, Inside Counsel and Corporate Counsel as well as trade associations including the Intellectual Property Owners Association and IEEE.
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