Leadership Lunch Series: Spring 2024

BCLB Leadership Lunch Series
This semester, the Berkeley Center for Law and Business (BCLB) hosts a dynamic lineup of in-house counsel as part of our Leadership Lunch Series, co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal! 
All lunch talks are held from 12:45-1:45 PM PT at the law school and are reserved for current law students, faculty and staff. Q&A will be moderated by a BBLJ Board Member and registration is highly recommended. 
Thank you to all BCLB sponsors who have helped us build the world’s most innovative, and socially conscious, business law program!



Practicing Law in Cleantech & Renewable Energy with Wilson Sonsini


A conversation about practicing law in cleantech and renewable energy space. Led by Braden Berg, partner at Wilson Sonsini, where he focuses on corporate and securities law, including venture capital transactions, public offerings, and mergers and acquisitions with an emphasis on technology start-ups. He will be joined by associates Virginia Harris, Benjamin Armuth, and Jordan Cruzzavala.

Braden Berg

Braden Berg | Partner

Virginia Harris

Virginia Harris | Associate

Ben Armuth

Benjamin Armuth | Associate

Jordan Cruzzavala

Jordan Cruzzavala | Associate

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Technology & its Impact on the Modern Day Practice of Law with Cooley


A conversation about technology and its impact on the modern day practice of law featuring Cooley associate Allie Anderson and partners Sale Kwon and Kate Nichols. 

Sale Kwon

Sale Kwon | Partner

Kate Nichols

Kate Nichols | Partner

Allie Anderson

Allie Anderson | Associate

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The Practice of Acquiring Venture-Backed Startups with Weil


This talk features private equity experts Kyle Krpata and Nicholas Doloresco, partners from Weil, who will discusses the process of acquiring venture-backed startups. 



Kyle Krpata | Partner


Nicholas Doloresco | Partner

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Life of a Deal: Twitter, Musk and a Delaware Court with Davis Polk


A conversation about the life of a deal regarding Twitter, Elon Musk and a Delaware Court. Led by Alan Denenberg and Michael Gilson, partners at Davis Polk and experts on capital markets and M&A. 

Alan Denenberg of Davis Polk

Alan Denenberg | Partner

Michael Gilson

Michael Gilson | Partner

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Practicing Energy Law with Orrick


A conversation with Orrick associates, Aaron Lee, and ThuyMy Do about practicing energy law.

Aaron Lee

Aaron Lee (JD’ 19) | Associate

ThuyMy Do

ThuyMy Do | Associate

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Practicing Law in Capital Markets/IPOs with Skadden


A conversation with partners Michelle Gassaway and Gregg Noel from Skadden about practicing law in capital markets and IPOs.

Michelle Gassaway

Michelle Gassaway | Partner

Gregg Noel

Gregg Noel | Partner

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The Practice of Cross Border Transactions with Freshfields

March 4

A conversation with partners Paul Tiger, Andrea Basham, and Joseph Halloum from Freshfields about the practice of cross border transactions. 

Paul Tiger of Freshfields

Paul Tiger | Partner

Andrea Basham

Andrea Basham | Partner

Joseph Halloum of Freshfields

Joseph Halloum (JD ’10) | Partner

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The Practice of ESG with Morrison Foerster

March 6

A conversation with partner Ben Fox and associate Olga Terets from Morrison Foerster about the practice of ESG. Registration is highly recommended. Lunch is provided on a first-come, first-served basis to registrants. Lunch talks are co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.

Ben Fox Headshot

Ben Fox | Partner

Olga Terets Headshot

Olga Terets | Associate

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Emerging Companies & Venture Capital Fundraising with Gunderson Dettmer

March 11

A conversation with partner, Jesse Birbach and corporate associates, Maddy Ker Hyde and Andrew Person from Gunderson Dettmer about EC/VC fundraising. Registration is highly recommended. Lunch is provided on a first-come, first-served basis to registrants. Lunch talks are co-sponsored by the Berkeley Business Law Journal.


Jesse headshot

Jesse Birbach | Partner

Maddy headshot

Maddy Ker Hyde | Corporate Associate

Andrew's Headshot

Andrew Person | Corporate Associate


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Practicing Law in Life Sciences with Gibson Dunn

March 13

A conversation with partner Rob Phillips, associate Melanie Neary and counsel Todd Trattner from Gibson Dunn about practicing law in life sciences and all the attendant practice areas under that umbrella.

Phillips headshot

Rob Phillips | Partner

Neary Headshot

Melanie Neary | Associate

Trattner Headshot

Todd Trattner | Of Counsel

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A Crash Course in Private Equity/ M&A with Kirkland & Ellis

April 8

A crash course in Private Equity/ M&A, led by Benjamin Clinger, a private equity expert and partner at Kirkland & Ellis.


Ben Clinger

Benjamin Clinger | Partner

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Practicing Law in Antitrust and Big Tech

April 15

A conversation with Partner Meredith Dearborn from Paul Weiss about practicing law in antitrust and big tech.

Meredith Dearborn

Meredith Dearborn| Partner

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