Career Corner—Advice and Resources for Alumni

Panel on In-House Careers - audio recording

Four Boalt Alums Speak About In-house Legal Careers

 This program was hosted by Farella Braun +Martel.

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Panelist Bios:

David L. Alexander, ’73, Port Attorney, Port of Oakland.   David L. Alexander was appointed Port Attorney by the Board on May 15, 1996. Mr. Alexander is the Port’s chief legal officer, with responsibility to provide all advice to the Board, its officers and employees relating to the wide range of legal affairs that arise in the conduct of the Port’s business. Prior to his appointment as Port Attorney, Mr. Alexander was a partner in the Oakland law firm of Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean for four years, and managing partner of Alexander, Millner & McGee and of Alexander & Associates from 1978 to 1992, with additional private practice experience prior thereto.

Robert Schlossman, ’96, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Aptina Imaging.  Robert Schlossman is responsible for worldwide legal matters including corporate governance, compliance, securities, intellectual property, licensing, litigation, and employment. Prior to Aptina, he served as the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Extreme Networks, Inc. where he oversaw worldwide legal matters. Prior to Extreme Networks, Robert served as Senior Vice president, General Counsel and Secretary for Network General Corporation, acquired by NetScout Systems, Inc. He also worked in senior level legal positions for Ciena Corporation and ONI Systems Corp.

Michelle Watts, ’04, Legal and Public Policy Recruiting, Google Inc.   Michelle Watts is a member of the Legal and Public Policy Recruiting Team at Google. She sources and works with top legal and public policy talent throughout the country to fill the company's growing Legal and Public Policy Departments. Prior to working at Google, Michelle served as Business Development Director at Special Counsel.  She is a former practicing attorney and has worked as an associate at multiple AmLaw 100 law firms including Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and Manatt Phelps & Phillips, LLP.  

Yanira Wong, ’99, Senior Legal Director, Yahoo! Inc.   Yanira specializes in corporate governance and securities matters at Yahoo!  She works closely with the Board of Directors and the Corporate Secretary.  Prior to Yahoo! she was Associate Counsel at Calpine Corporation, an energy company, following associate positions at the law firms of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle in New York City.  Yanira serves on the Board of Directors of Habitot Children’s Museum, a Berkeley non-profit focusing on early childhood development.