Leadership Lunch Talks Spring 2022

Leadership Lunch Series - Berkeley Center for Law and Business

This semester, the Berkeley Center for Law and Business (BCLB) hosts a dynamic lineup of outside counsel as part of our virtual Leadership Lunch Series with the Berkeley Business Law Journal! 
Thanks to the BCLB sponsors who have helped us build the world’s most innovative, and socially conscious, business law program!


Lianna Whittleton

Lianna Whittleton, Partner, Wilson Sonsini

Michael Coke

Michael Coke, Partner, Wilson Sonsini

RJ Lang

RJ Lang, Associate, Wilson Sonsini

This talk is about the direct listing — a method by which a company can offer an investment opportunity directly to the public — of Roblox, the popular online gaming platform.

Alan Denenberg

Alan Denenberg, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardell

Micah Block

Micah Block, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardell

Bryan Quinn

Bryan Quinn, Counsel, Davis Polk & Wardell


This talk is about how initial public offerings — or IPOs — work. IPOs are a major aspect of corporate legal work and the primary way companies’ offer their shares to the public.

Brian Patterson

Brian Patterson, Partner, Gunderson Dettmer

Brenden Glapion

Brenden Glapion (JD ’20), Associate, Gunderson Dettmer


A discussion about venture capital and startup practice, including issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion in the space.

Benjamin Clinger

Benjamin Clinger, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis


A crash course in private equity, as well as a chance to connect with Berkeley Law students.



Andrea Basham

Andrea Basham, Partner, Freshfields

Joseph Halloum

Joseph Halloum, Partner, Freshfields

Paul Tiger

Paul Tiger, Freshfields, Partner


A talk about corporate deals that are representative of the type of work associates can expect in today’s market, from cross-border Wall Street deals to Silicon Valley tech and venture deals.



Nicholas Doloresco

Nicholas Doloresco, Weil, Partner

Kyle Krpata

Kyle Krpata, Weil, Partner


A breakdown of the acquisition of a venture-backed startup.



Olga Terets

Olga Terets, Morrison & Foerster, Associate

Michael Santos

Michael Santos, Morrison & Foerster, Associate


A discussion regarding ESG (environmental, social, governance) concerns and corporate law.



Marya Postner

Marya Postner (JD ’96), Cooley, Partner


A detailed summary of the day in the life of a life sciences attorney.



Jacob Heath

Jacob Heath, Orrick, Partner

March 28

A discussion on Data Security, IP Rights, and the Internet.



Ali DeGolia

Ali DeGolia, Associate, Davis Polk & Wardell

Alan Denenberg

Alan Denenberg, Partner, Davis Polk & Wardell

March 29

A “Case Study on XPO Fitness” and the journey to bring a company to the initial public offering. 



Branden Berns

Branden Berns, Partner, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Melanie Gertz

Melanie Gertz, Associate, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

April 4

A discussion on The Many Different Flavors and Forms of Public and Private Company M&A.



Ken Kumayama

Ken Kumayama, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

Peter Jones

Peter Jones, Counsel, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom

April 13

A discussion on business and career development strategies, practices, and philosophies.