The Breaking Tradition series aims to provide insight into the world of New Law: the innovative ideas, the thoughtful opinions, and the alternative paths that many looking to reshape the legal industry have taken. With that in mind, we’re publishing a series of Q&As to hear directly from the major players in this space in their own words.

Today’s Q&A is with Connie Brenton, director of Legal Operations at NetApp Inc. In her role at NetApp, Brenton leverages her legal and business experience to foster continuous improvement in the NetApp legal department, which has been recognized for its innovation. She previously helped found the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium (CLOC), and has worked as deputy general counsel at Sun Microsystems and managing counsel at Oracle, where she also initiated the legal operations role.