Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law | UC Berkeley School of Law
Catherine Fisk joined the Berkeley Law faculty as the Barbara Nachtrieb Armstrong Professor of Law in 2017. She was Chancellor’s Professor of Law and a member of the founding faculty of the University of California, Irvine Law School from 2008 to 2017.
Fisk is the author of five books and scores of articles. Her recent books include Writing for Hire: Unions, Hollywood, and Madison Avenue (Harvard University Press 2016), and two casebooks: Labor Law in the Contemporary Workplace (2d ed. West, 2014) and The Legal Profession (West 2014). She is also the author of Working Knowledge: Employee Innovation and the Rise of Corporate Intellectual Property, 1800-1930 (UNC Press 2009), which won two book prizes of the American Historical Association and the American Society for Legal History. Her recent articles cover a wide range of subjects including police unions, the history and current experiences of unionized writers in the entertainment industry, labor protest and the First Amendment, the governance of worker center and labor unions, class action employment claims, and the theory and methods of sociolegal history. Her current book project, a legal history of lawyers for the labor movement in the mid-twentieth century, examines the challenges faced by lawyers and labor unions as the courts and Congress steadily increased restrictions on labor protest between 1940 and 1990.
Prof. Fisk received an AB from Princeton University, JD from UC Berkeley School of Law, and LLM from the University of Wisconsin. After graduating from law school at UC Berkeley, Fisk clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for Judge William Norris.
Chief Legal Officer | Turo
Michelle Fang serves as Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Turo, the global leader in peer-to-peer car sharing. She has supported the business’s rapid expansion in the USA, Europe and Canada since joining the company in 2015. Michelle’s passion for online marketplaces started when she joined eBay in 2006, where she experienced the sense of community and purpose that marketplaces offer. During her 9-year tenure at eBay, Michelle served in a number of leadership positions, including Head of Global Intellectual Property, Head of North American Litigation, and most recently, General Counsel of StubHub. Prior to her marketplaces career, Michelle worked in-house as a lawyer at NBC Universal and at the Quinn Emanuel law firm. Michelle is a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law and UCLA.
Michelle is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. In 2019, Michelle founded General Counsel for Law Firm Diversity, which released a letter signed by over 240 GCs and CLOs encouraging law firms to further embrace diversity and inclusion. She is also a founding member of The Law in Technology Diversity Collaborative, which united Bay Area tech companies to offer diverse first year law students with employment and mentorship opportunities. Michelle serves as a Corporate Counsel Advisor to the Federal Bar Association’s Special Task Force on Diversity. In 2019, she was named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology (National Diversity Council), General Counsel of the Year (Corporate Counsel: Women, Influence, & Power in Law Awards), Global General Counsel of the Year (Association of Corporate Counsel), Global Gender Diversity Lawyer of the Year (Chambers & Partners), and General Counsel Powerlist (Legal 500). The Recorder named Michelle as one of the California Women Leaders in Tech Law and the Financial Times of London profiled Michelle as one of the Five Top Fast Mover GCs.
General Counsel and Managing Partner | SoftBank Investment Advisers
Brian Wheeler is the General Counsel and Managing Partner of SoftBank Investment Advisers, which manages the SoftBank Vision Fund. He has over 17 years of international legal experience.
Prior to joining SoftBank, Mr. Wheeler was a Partner in the Palo Alto and San Francisco offices of DLA Piper, where his practice focused on M&A transactions, in particular complex, cross-border M&A transactions. He also represented a wide array of clients, including multinational corporations, venture-backed companies, financial advisors and private equity and venture capital firms, in various general corporate matters. Prior to DLA Piper, Mr. Wheeler practiced in the Palo Alto and San Francisco offices of Cooley LLP, and in the London and Tokyo office of Shearman & Sterling for more than a decade.
Mr. Wheeler received a BA with honors from the University of Chicago and JD from New York University School of Law where he was a Robert McKay Scholar. He is admitted to the bar in both New York and California.