Making the Move: From GC to CEO

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 55 minutes
Recorded Date: October 17, 2019
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  • Do Lawyers Make Better CEO's?
  • Pros v Cons
  • Tips to Prepare for the Move
  • Legal to Business - Case Study
Runtime: 55 minutes
Recorded: October 17, 2019


Historically, the GC’s role was to advise and the CEO’s role was to execute. However, those lines are blurring as more and more lawyers transition into business roles. Beyond objectively analyzing legal and ethical issues, today’s executive lawyers combine business savviness with traditional legal skills to strategize with their executives and to seek out commercial opportunities for their companies. This shift has bridged the gap between the GC and the rest of the C-suite.

Our panel will explore which factors contribute most to this changing dynamic, how legal professionals can leverage their skills into executive business roles, and how they can use their legal backgrounds to excel in non-legal leadership positions.

This program was recorded as part of ALM and Corporate Counsel's 2019 Women, Influence and Power in Law Conference on October 17th, 2019.

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Women, Influence & Power in Law Conference


Lori Bennett

General Counsel

Lori is an attorney with broad experience advising corporate clients in intellectual property, privacy, data security, corporate governance, and risk management.

Prior to joining Aetion, Lori advised innovative technology companies in health care and other industries as an associate at Lowenstein Sandler LLP and in general corporate practice at Ropes & Gray LLP.

Lori holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University, a master’s from Trinity College Dublin, and a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Linda H. Martin

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP

Linda is a partner in the firm’s dispute resolution practice and co-head of our global financial institutions disputes group.

She has extensive experience resolving complex and cross-border commercial disputes across a broad range of industries and practice areas, and in all stages of business dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation. Based in New York, she appears regularly in federal, state and bankruptcy courts across the United States.

Linda’s clients are global in scope, and she is particularly adept at helping them navigate multinational challenges, especially those arising from the overlapping and sometimes conflicting procedural, factual and regulatory regimes in which they operate. She also works frequently with our transactional and finance teams in advising corporate executives and boards on transaction-related litigation risk and corporate governance matters.

Roma Khan

General Counsel
Montway Auto Transport

Roma Khan is the General Counsel at Montway Auto Transport. She is also the CEO and Co-Founder of CrushContracts.

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