Firoz Dattu – Chief Executive Officer
Firoz is an industry thought leader, who has spent twenty years advising chief legal officers on their key strategy issues. He has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, and named a legal visionary. He launched AdvanceLaw in early 2010.
Firoz was a teaching fellow in the Economics Department of Harvard University, where he received the Derek Bok award for teaching excellence. He practiced law at Paul Weiss, working on a diverse array of complex litigations. After leaving private practice, Firoz helped launch, and later oversaw, the General Counsel Roundtable (now CEB Legal Leadership Council), a consultancy serving over 600 chief legal officers of major global companies.
Michael Williams – General Manager
For the past fifteen years, Mike has served as a trusted advisor to several of the world’s most prominent general counsel, helping them on all aspects of their role, including cultivating and managing their outside counsel relationships. Mike is widely regarded as an industry expert, having designed and led numerous research studies, and presenting his findings to dozens of in-house legal teams. At AdvanceLaw, Mike oversees all aspects of the business, including client service.
Prior to joining AdvanceLaw, Mike spent several years working with general counsel at publicly-traded Corporate Executive Board. While there, Mike was asked to launch and oversee the Corporate Legal Exchange, a new business unit looking to serve legal executives at mid-sized companies. Mike and his staff were able to develop practical tools to help these prospective clients, and the Corporate Legal Exchange experienced dramatic growth, serving over 500 general counsel clients within three years.
Dan Currell – Managing Director
Dan has deep expertise in the functioning and evolution of the legal marketplace, especially as it relates to in-house operations and efficiency. His career has focused on advising general counsel, chief compliance officers, and chief financial officers, and he has helped hundreds of corporate legal departments globally on law firm management.
Dan is a regular speaker at legal conferences and executive meetings, and an occasional lecturer in law schools on the future of the legal profession. He is also a regular contributor to Corporate Counsel and Bloomberg Big Law Business, and has written for the Harvard Business Review, the International Review of Law & Economics, and other publications on a wide range of topics relating to law and risk management.
Aaron Kotok – Managing Director
Aaron is an industry veteran and thought leader. He joined AdvanceLaw in 2017 after running a global advisory organization serving hundreds of general counsel and their in-house teams. Aaron is a frequent contributor to legal industry publications, such as ALM’s Corporate Counsel Magazine and ACC’s Docket, and is a sought-after speaker at industry events and general counsel conferences. Over the course of his career, Aaron has also presented at several dozen in-house legal teams’ offsite strategy sessions.
Immediately prior to joining AdvanceLaw, Aaron led the CEB Leadership Council for Legal Executives (formerly known as the General Counsel Roundtable), where he was responsible for strategy, business and people management, operations, and product development. Aaron was also a member of the company’s Advisory Leadership Group, helping to shape firm-wide policy.
Catherine Cook – Senior Director
Catherine is an industry thought leader who joined AdvanceLaw in 2012. She serves in a lead client relations role, working closely with chief legal officers and law firm management. Before joining the company, Catherine enjoyed a wide range of professional experiences, including nine years advising general counsel on their most pressing strategy and management challenges. In that capacity she presented data, insights, and best practices to in-house legal teams at Fortune 500 companies. For two of those years, Catherine worked from London to facilitate knowledge sharing at a global level.
Catherine has also led numerous research studies and co-authored several books for general counsel audiences, including on the topics of improving law department productivity, structuring and managing corporate compliance programs, overseeing outside counsel relationships, managing intellectual property portfolios, and improving records retention practices.
Owen Bevan – Senior Director
Owen joined AdvanceLaw after more than a decade advising large company general counsel on outside counsel management, productivity, and legal risk management. Owen most recently served as Principal Executive Advisor at CEB Legal Leadership Council, where he oversaw the client advisory team. Under Owen’s leadership, his team led in-house legal strategic planning exercises, process maturity evaluations, talent assessments, benchmarking projects, and advised on law department structure and risk management approaches for over 350 large corporations.
Prior to this , Owen was product manager for CEB Legal Leadership Council , responsible for product development and go-to-market strategy. During Owen’s role as product manager, CEB undertook ground-breaking research to define a new, more effective approach for managing legal risk after finding that the majority of employees did not seek legal counsel when they should and considered the legal department a roadblock. Owen also pioneered new services for Heads of Litigation. Owen has published research studies on legal/business partnership, contract management, and records retention.
Tamanna Choudhri – Senior Director
Tamanna joined AdvanceLaw in 2011, after more than ten years advising Fortune 500 general counsel on how to increase efficiency and maximize value from their outside service providers. Prior to 2011, Tamanna was at Axiom Legal, an alternative to traditional law firms that provides clients with onsite and virtual legal support. At Axiom, Tamanna served as interim General Manager of the San Francisco office, as well as Practice Manager for strategic clients in the Bay Area, working directly with major companies such as Agilent, Charles Schwab, eBay, Yahoo!, and Google.
Prior to working at Axiom, Tamanna spent seven years at the General Counsel Roundtable (now the CEB Legal Leadership Council), overseeing new client development. Tamanna led the Roundtable’s expansion to over 600 chief legal officers worldwide, and built client service operations in the UK, Europe, Canada, Australia, and South Africa. Tamanna also helped launch the Compliance and Ethics Leadership Council, a global best practices community of several hundred Chief Compliance Officers.
Elizabeth Florea – Chief of Staff
Beth has been advising general counsel on their key management issues for more than ten years, specializing in collecting and interpreting data to help in-house legal teams best serve their internal business clients. Beth joined AdvanceLaw in 2010, and she handles key aspects of the company’s management, administration, and operations.
Prior to joining AdvanceLaw, Beth spent five years supporting corporate legal departments at the General Counsel Roundtable (now the CEB Legal Leadership Council). More specifically, she provided support on a variety of projects including the evaluation of outside counsel, selecting and tracking KPIs, and creating and implementing records management programs. While there, Beth also managed a diagnostic survey enabling corporate counsel to receive feedback on their performance from internal stakeholders.
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