Firoz Dattu


Firoz is an industry thought leader, who has spent twenty years advising chief legal officers on their strategy issues. He has been quoted extensively by the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, American Lawyer, and other media sources. 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 litigation matters. After leaving private practice, Firoz helped launch, and later oversaw, the General Counsel Roundtable (now part of Gartner, Inc.), a consultancy serving 600 chief legal officers.

In 2006, Firoz was named Managing Director of the Audit Committee Leadership Forum, advising the Boards of several large companies (including Wells Fargo, Procter & Gamble, H.J. Heinz, and State Farm). In this role, Firoz presented to dozens of Fortune 500 Boards on strategy, legal, compliance, and financial risk oversight. Around the same time, Firoz was appointed lead faculty member of the Legal Leadership Academy, an organization teaching business and leadership skills to in-house counsel.

Across his career, Firoz has co-authored several studies for general counsel on the topic of outside counsel management, and has presented his findings to hundreds of in-house legal teams. He regularly speaks at prominent events, including Inside Counsel’s SuperConference, Thomson Reuters’ Law Firm Forum, CLOC's Annual Conference, and Harvard Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession. Firoz has also presented to several law firms, helping them better understand and adapt to client needs.

Firoz received his B.A. from the University of Toronto, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.