Why did you decide to become an In-House Counsel?
"I started out in private practice, but the corporate in-house position was always compelling to me because I wanted a closer proximity to the business and business decisions. The position with DHX Media was mostly a “right place, right time” situation, but seemed like a good opportunity to continue to work on interesting corporate transactions on the in-house side. The rest is history."
Is the role of In-House Counsel changing? And if yes, how so?
"I’m not sure if it’s changing, but it appears that it’s becoming more common for companies to bring legal services and functions in-house. Additionally, the scope of legal services that are being brought in-house appears to be expanding. However, you’re also seeing some tension between that expansion and creative offerings from law firms, alternative legal service providers and other legal tech providers, so I think we are overall in a dynamic and interesting period for the profession, in particular on the in-house side."
What is one of your favourite moments in your legal career?
"Closing DHX Media’s acquisition of Peanuts and Strawberry Shortcake was definitely a high point. It was a complex and heavily negotiated cross-border transaction with multiple layers of financing involved which made the work very interesting. The Peanuts brand is also very well known, so that definitely added to the excitement."
How are you leveraging legal technology?
"This is definitely an area of my practice that I would like to expand. Presently, it’s mostly just project management and collaboration software platforms, so nothing ground breaking."
If you had a magic wand and you could change one thing about the legal industry, what would it be?
"I can’t imagine this is the first time this response has been given, but the billable hour approach to legal services could use some work. There has to be a better way to balance the value of legal services provided with the client’s interest in managing legal costs. Although there are some trends moving this in the right direction, I think a magic wand could really speed it up."
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