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

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

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 Managing Director of Corporate Racial Equity & Legal at PolicyLink, the national research and action institute at the forefront of advancing racial and economic equity across the nation. Prior to joining PolicyLink, Mahlet was General Counsel, Head of HR and Business Operations at Suki AI, Inc., the maker of an AI-powered, voice-enabled digital assistant for physicians, where she managed Suki AI’s legal and compliance functions, HR, finance, and business operations. Previous to that, she was Associate General Counsel & Assistant Secretary at GoPro, Inc., the maker of wearable and mountable cameras and accessories, where she Co-Chaired GoPro’s Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging Council and advised the company on corporate matters, M&A, business development; 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, Mahlet was Corporate Counsel at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., a leading provider of EDA and semiconductor IP, where she managed domestic and international mergers and acquisitions. Mahlet started her career as a corporate attorney at an international law firm, where she represented large and small tech companies on a broad range of corporate and commercial matters in the software, internet, renewable energy, media, education, and semiconductor industries. She serves on the Board of Aim High, a nonprofit advancing educational equity and access for Bay Area youth through summer enrichment programs. In addition, she teaches “Know Your Rights” courses to youth involved in the juvenile justice system through the Bay Area nonprofit, Fresh Lifelines for Youth. 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.

Mary Fuller formed Fuller Tech Law after serving as an attorney and legal executive for over 20 years. She entered the Silicon Valley tech industry as an electrical engineer for Hewlett-Packard Co., where she assisted in the design of laser printers. After earning her juris doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School, she worked in patent litigation and prosecution for the law firms of Pennie & Edmonds LLP, Carr & Ferrell LLP, and Bingham McCutchen LLP.

Mary then joined Santa Clara-based Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. as a senior patent litigation attorney. There, she rose through the ranks to become Director and Managing Counsel for Litigation. While at Marvell, she guided Marvell through a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation relating to stock option backdating, resulting in the company’s multi-year restatement of noncash expenses and management reorganization.

Following her tenure at Marvell, Mary served as Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property at Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. in San Jose. As chief intellectual property counsel, Mary was responsible for IP development, licensing, acquisition, policy, standards, and disputes on a global scale. Mary was the first patent attorney at Maxim, a then 27-year-old Silicon Valley tech company with no prior patent program. She designed and implement its patent program, which grew the patent portfolio over 400%. That entailed working with other executives to implement a patent approval process, board, metrics, database, and award program, as well as the company’s first patent licensing program in over 20 years. She also provided leadership to the company’s Ethics and Compliance Group, and led its Cybersecurity Steering Group.

After more than eight years at Maxim, Mary became General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Adaptive Spectrum and Signal Alignment, Inc. (“ASSIA”) in Redwood City. While at ASSIA, Mary drove and closed a key round of corporate financing for tens of millions of dollars that included issuing a new series of stock. She was also instrumental in closing the company’s largest single commercial deal with a significant European telecommunications company.

After working at ASSIA, Mary served as vice president, chief policy officer and head of legal at Kudelski Intellectual Property and Innovation in Mountain View.

In addition to leading Fuller Tech Law, Mary is an adjunct professor and supervising attorney at Santa Clara University School of Law’s Entrepreneurs’ Clinic, where students provide pro-bono legal services to high-tech startups. She also speaks regularly on topics such as intellectual property, patent licensing strategies, artificial intelligence, litigation management and contract law. She is a frequent presenter at the Practicing Law Institute.

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.

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, 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.