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Running Your Business: Managing Your Outside Resources

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 65 minutes
Recorded Date: October 17, 2019
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  • Evaluating & Managing 
  • The Expanding Role of the GC and the Legal Department
  • KPIs for Corporate Legal Departments
  • Driving Business Impact
  • Business Impact Driven Delivery Models
  • Conclusion
Runtime: 1 hour and 5 minutes
Recorded: October 17, 2019
For NY - Difficulty Level: Experienced attorneys only (non-transitional)


Evaluating and managing third-party relationships is a difficult but vital part of being an effective leader. Additionally, as legal operations departments continue to evaluate and scrutinize the cost of resources balancing your technology providers, outside-counsel and more is a growing priority. These requirements are forcing many in-house departments to function more like a business with the GC balancing the roles of CEO, CFO, HR, and GC.

This session will review best strategies for running an effective in-house department. - How to spot the skills that you need to improve as leaders - Leadership skills development/training available to you - Which skills apply to different scenarios - Suggestions to leverage technical and procedural solutions.

This program was recorded as part of ALM and Corporate Counsel's 2019 Women, Influence and Power in Law Conference on October 16th, 2019.

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Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference
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Kirsten Hoffman

General Counsel
Beacon Capital Partners, LLC

Ms. Hoffman is based in Boston and is Beacon Capital Partners’ Assistant General Counsel.

Prior to joining Beacon in 2006, Ms. Hoffman practiced real estate law with the firm of Goulston & Storrs, P.C. in Boston. Ms. Hoffman’s practice focused principally on acquisitions, dispositions, real estate development, and loan transactions.

Ms. Hoffman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bryn Mawr College, a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Arkansas, and a Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and is a member of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations.

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Kim Pagotto

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

Kim Pagotto practices in commercial real estate, including leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, development and finance. She handles major transactions for top developers, Fortune 500 clients and private individuals and has significant experience with office, retail, industrial, federal and state agency, telecommunications, utility and multifamily residential projects.

In addition to standard commercial leasing and acquisitions and dispositions, Kim has established herself as one of the leading experts in the area of government real estate, particularly GSA leasing. The Federal Government is the largest user of real estate in the country, including as a tenant of leased space. Those leases require a highly specialized hybrid expertise that only a handful of attorneys in the country possess. Kim is one of those attorneys. She represents clients all over the United States in responding to expressions of interest, requests for proposals, Automated Advanced Acquisition Program submissions, lease negotiations, lease administration, audit responses, compliance, and acquisitions, dispositions and financing of individual and portfolio properties with a government component.

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Monica Wahba, Esq.

Assistant General Counsel, Global Business Solutions

Monica Wahba, Assistant General Counsel, Global Business Solutions for RB. She advises the business and provides strategic guidance on a wide range of legal issues relating to employment law, commercial contracting, E-Commerce, property law, privacy law, insurance, commercial tenancy, and various corporate legal matters.

Monica graduated from The George Washington University Law School.

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Lauren Fisher

Chief Legal Officer
Vox Media, Inc.

Vox Media is a top-tier modern media company that believes in the power of going deeper to connect with global, passionate, curious audiences. As part of Vox Media’s executive team, Lauren is involved in setting company strategy and high-level decision making.

Vox Media’s legal issues are widely varied, from intellectual property to personnel issues, info security and data privacy to corporate governance, and from advertising law to corporate compliance. Lauren has been with Vox Media since 2008, when the company was known as SportsBlogs, Inc. and only published the SB Nation sports blogs brand.

Prior to joining Vox Media, Lauren worked at AOL and The Vanguard Group. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and of the University of Pennsylvania.

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Megan Ryan

General Counsel & Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs

Megan C. Ryan, Esq. serves as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for NuHealth/NUMC. She is the corporation’s chief legal officer, overseeing all legal, corporate governance, privacy and ethics functions. She is counsel to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSB). Ms. Ryan has served as NuHealth/NUMC’s Chief Compliance, Privacy and Ethics officer responsible for investigating any suspicion of fraud, waste, or abuse and has been responsible for maintaining our strong compliance program. Additionally, she has served as the Chief Compliance Officer for the Nassau Queens Performing Provider System (“NQP”) in the New York State Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment Program (DSRIP) since 2015, implementing and overseeing the execution of DSRIP, compliance practices at the NQP level and its partnering hubs (NUMC, North Shore and Catholic Health System).

Ms. Ryan brings a wealth of experience and impressive achievements, with extensive academic and legal skills that have prepared her well for the challenges and opportunities of this crucial position. Ms. Ryan is admitted to the New York State Bar and the United States Supreme Court. Prior to joining the Nassau Health Care Corporation, Ms. Ryan served as in house corporate counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company at the firm of Martyn, Toher and Martyn. She had previously worked as an associate attorney in the law firm of O’Reilly, Marsh and Corteselli, P.C., concentrating on banking, real estate, and litigation matters.

Ms. Ryan earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University as a Dean’s Scholar and Biology Chairman Circle honoree and earned her Juris Doctor from Saint John’s University School of Law. She is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau County Women’s Bar Association, New York State Bar Association and the American College of Hospital Executives. Her paper entitled “An Examination of Regulations and Decisions Concerning the Mandatory Retirement of State Judges” was published nationally in Court Review and was awarded first prize by the AJA. She is also a member of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association. Ms. Ryan is the recipient of the 2016 Long Island Power Woman Award. In 2017, Ms. Ryan presented at ALM’s national General Counsel Conference on the matter of “Building a High Value Corporate Legal Department in Transformative Times”. She was recognized as a Power Woman in Business in 2016 and a LIBN Leader in the Law in 2017. Megan was distinguished as a “Forty Under Forty “Award recipient in her role as General Counsel in 2018.

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