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Artificial Intelligence and Data-Driven Transactions 2019: A Dynamic Legal Landscape


Speaker(s): Barbara Lawler, Carrie M. LeRoy, Lisa A. Fontenot, Mahlet Getachew, Mary A. Fuller, Michael J. Ioannou, Stefanie Neuhierl, Stephanie Adamson King
Recorded on: Apr. 9, 2019
PLI Program #: 267510

Carrie LeRoy advises clients on a wide range of intellectual property, technology and sourcing transactions, including development and license agreements, patent and other technology license agreements, outsourcing, joint ventures and strategic collaborations.

Clients benefit from Carrie's experience working within a range of sectors, with a particular focus on technology and cross-border transactions. She is Co-Chair of Gibson Dunn’s Technology Transactions Group. Her extensive work for technology companies, including leading semiconductor, social media and information technology companies, involves advising on the intellectual property aspects of a range of complex transactions, including mergers, acquisitions, asset purchase, joint development and intellectual property divestitures. She also advises companies in the electronics, software, electronic storage, telecommunications, e-commerce and financial services sectors. She regularly handles a variety of commercial transactions, including original equipment manufacturer, reseller, distributor, sales representative, services, manufacturing and supply agreements. Another aspect of Carrie's practice includes intellectual property counseling, including with respect to the allocation of intellectual property ownership, protection and monetization of intellectual property rights, open source and data privacy.

Widely recognized as a leader in intellectual property transactions and an innovator in the industry, Carrie has been honored by a number of California's leading legal publications in recent years. In 2017, Carrie earned top ratings for her patent work from Intellectual Asset Management (IAM), the world’s leading intellectual property business media platform. The Daily Journal recognized Carrie as one of its 2016 "California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year" for her cutting-edge work with regard to a highly complex technology transaction valued at $37 billion. That same year, she was also named to The Recorder's list of "Women Leaders in Tech Law." In 2015, she was selected by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of its "2015 Women of Influence," and in 2014, The Recorder presented her with an "Innovator Award" for a pro bono program she developed to educate teens on the laws relating to social media and technology usage.

Prior to joining Gibson Dunn, Carrie was a partner at an international law firm. She has also worked in-house with Marvell Semiconductor as a senior intellectual property licensing attorney, where she negotiated and drafted a variety of inbound and outbound technology.


Lisa A. Fontenot has advised clients as to mergers and acquisitions, capital markets transactions, securities regulation and corporate governance matters for over two decades.

Ms. Fontenot was named a 2016 Woman Leader in Tech Law by The Recorder – San Francisco, is recognized as a 2017 Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and is on the shortlist for the "Best in Media and Entertainment" Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas Women in Business Law Award for both 2017 and 2018.

She counsels clients across a variety of industries, including some of the world's leading technology companies and innovative startups, with particular expertise in the media, entertainment and technology sector. Ms. Fontenot counsels on issues ranging from securities disclosure and governance to strategic matters, including public and private M&A. She has extensive experience representing both U.S. and foreign buyers and sellers successfully completing cross-border acquisitions, joint ventures and investments. Ms. Fontenot also represents private equity/venture capital investors in connection with their investment in, and equity dispositions of, portfolio companies and related securities matters.

Ms. Fontenot is Editor of A Practical Guide to SEC Proxy and Compensation Rules (Wolters Kluwer) and author of the chapter "Audit Committee Disclosures." She appears regularly as a speaker at continuing legal education programs about securities and transactional matters. 

Ms. Fontenot serves on the Board of Directors of UPWARD and Executive Leadership Team of the American Heart Association Go Red for Women, Greater San Francisco Bay Area.

Ms. Fontenot received her J.D., Order of the Coif, and M.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia. She received her B.S., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.


Barb Lawler is VP, Chief Privacy and Data Ethics Officer at Looker Data Sciences, based in beautiful Santa Cruz, CA. Before Looker, she was the Chief Privacy Officer of Intuit (2006-2017) and Hewlett Packard (2002-2006, pre-split), where she lead practical and customer-savvy approaches to privacy, global implementation of privacy by design, and ethical data innovation strategies.

She is a globally recognized privacy leader and speaker, who has an extensive track record in shaping the thinking of U.S. and global policymakers on data policy issues through direct interaction with regulators and policymakers, including delivering formal testimony to both the U.S. House and Senate (twice), IRS and FTC. She has spoken at the Aspen Institute TPI Forum and in a two-person dialog with EU EDPS Giovanni Buttarelli. She is a strategist for the Information Accountability Foundation, a contributing member to the FPF, and a member of the Internet Ethics advisory board to the Santa Clara University Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. Barb is Chair of the Ponemon Institute RIM Council and is a Ponemon Fellow.

Barb is a Certified Information Privacy Professional and Manager (CIPP/US, CIPM) and a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP). She is a graduate of San Jose State University, B.S. Business Management with additional studies in Advertising and Marketing Communications.

Barb is a Bay Area native living in Los Gatos, who enjoys the company of her college age kids, good food and wine, the arts, baseball, hiking and the beach. She advises the Girls+Data non-profit, which promotes coding and data analysis skills.


Mahlet Getachew is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Suki AI, Inc., a Redwood City-based Healthcare IT company. Named Best New Startup in Rock Health's Top 50 in Digital Health this year, Suki AI offers an artificial intelligence-powered, voice-enabled digital assistant for physicians that takes care of medical documentation so physicians can focus on taking care of patients. Mahlet manages Suki AI’s legal affairs and HR and is responsible for Board governance matters. Previously, she was Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary at GoPro, Inc., the maker of wearable and mountable cameras and accessories, where she advised the company on general corporate matters, business development, M&A and strategic IP transactions; supported the Company’s Board; oversaw US labor and employment matters; and managed a team that supported GoPro’s marketing, sales and inbound commercial transactions.  Prior to GoPro, she was Corporate Counsel at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., a leading provider of EDA and semiconductor IP, where she negotiated, managed and closed over $700 million in domestic and international mergers and acquisitions.  Mahlet started her legal career as a corporate attorney at Jones Day, an international law firm, where she represented large and small tech companies on a broad range of corporate and commercial transactions in the software, internet, renewable energy, media, education and semiconductor industries.  She holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Lewis & Clark College and received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. 


Michael J. Ioannou joined Ropers Majeski in 1980 and became a partner in 1987. He was the Resident Director of Ropers Majeski’s Silicon Valley office from 1994 – January 2017, and continues to be the Chairman of the firm since October 2013. His practice focuses on advice regarding competitive business practices, and prosecuting and defending through trial, business litigation matters, including intellectual property (patent, trademark and copyright infringement), misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, high-tech software/hardware defect claims, business torts, cyber security and privacy breaches, wrongful termination, unfair competition and anti-trust. He represents offshore and U.S.- based public and private companies and individuals, including semiconductor, software and hardware design, development, manufacturing, and information technology companies.

Mr. Ioannou obtained his bachelor of combined sciences and his J.D. from Santa Clara University in 1977 and 1980, respectively. He has been and continues to be a member of the Board of Fellows of Santa Clara University since 1995. He is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and is licensed to practice before all California state courts and the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Central, and Eastern Districts of California. Since 1995 he continues to hold the highest personal rating, AV® Preeminent™, from Martindale- Hubbell. Mr. Ioannou was selected for inclusion in Northern California Super Lawyers® magazine in 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016-2018 for IP and Business Litigation.


Mary has served in diverse rolls from electrical engineer, to law firm attorney, head of litigation, chief IP counsel, and general counsel.  Drawing on her diverse experiences, Mary partners with clients by understanding their challenges, then working together to solve problems in the way that best fits the client’s legal and business needs.  As an integral and trusted partner, Mary is comfortable doing business as outside counsel or acting as an extension of the in-house team by serving as fractional in-house or general counsel.  Mary serves her tech clients on a variety of business and legal issues, including company-wide training programs, preparing for board meetings, writing board minutes, intellectual property counseling, Standards, litigation strategy and management, pre-litigation analysis, privacy, monetization strategies, licensing strategies and negotiations, M&A, and contract negotiation, drafting and editing.  

In addition to working hard at the Fuller Tech Law Group, Mary serves as an Adjunct Professor and Supervising Attorney in Santa Clara University’s School of Law, Entrepreneur's Clinic, where her students provide pro-bono legal services to high-tech startups.  Mary has a demanding speaking schedule, and regularly speaks to audiences on topics ranging from intellectual property, patent licensing strategies, artificial intelligence, litigation and risk management, and IP ownership issues, to contract law. 

Select Prior Positions 

Kudelski Intellectual Property and Innovation: Vice President, Chief Policy Officer and Head of Legal 

Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc.: General Counsel and Corporate Secretary 

Maxim Integrated Products, Inc.: Chief IP Counsel 

Marvell Semiconductor, Inc.: Director and Managing Counsel for Litigation and Assistant Corporate Secretary 

Bingham McCutchen: Counsel 

Pennie & Edmonds: Associate 

Hewlett-Packard Company: Design for Manufacturing and Hardware Reliability Engineer


Stefanie has extensive experience with intellectual property, technology and sourcing transactions, outsourcing and contract manufacturing, strategic collaborations, mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures. During her 18 years at Intel, Stefanie has been involved in a number of new areas of law and technology that were only then starting to emerge, such as web-hosting, open source software, privacy, cognitive computing, data analytics, and AI. Stefanie has also supported sales and marketing, dealt with EU competition authorities, and advised on numerous compliance issues, including FCPA compliance and export licensing. In addition to leading the Practice Group Data Analytics, Stefanie heads a short-term rotation program available to all members of the Intel Legal Department worldwide.

Stefanie is currently based in Arizona and has previously worked for Intel in the United Kingdom, Germany, and Israel. She completed her formal legal training in Germany, and she obtained her LL.M. from the University of London. Stefanie is a member of the Munich bar and registered in-house counsel in Arizona.


Throughout her career, Stephanie King has played the role of trusted advisor and passionate advocate for consumers and her clients while facilitating high-growth in new and developing industries.

Stephanie joined Twitter, Inc. as VP, Deputy General Counsel, Product & Privacy in

January 2019. Previously she served as SVP, General Counsel of AdRoll Group, a performance advertising and marketing platform. As the first lawyer at Ad Roll, she was tasked with building and overseeing the legal division of what was voted one of the fastest growing companies in America in 2013 by Inc. Magazine. Formerly, Stephanie was Associate General Counsel at the social gaming company Zynga Inc., heading up Commercial, Product, and Government Affairs and supporting Zynga's non-profit entity, zynga.org. She started her in-house career in biotech at Gilead Sciences after several years as outside counsel at Latham & Watkins LLP.

Stephanie is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (GIPP/US) and a graduate of Columbia Law School and Columbia Business School (JD/MBA). She holds an undergraduate degree in Government from Dartmouth College.