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The Legal Department of the Future: Developing a Legal Ops Team

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: October 18, 2019
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  • Delicato, Fair & Veolia: An Introduction
  • The Law Department of the Future and Branding
  • The What, Why & How of Legal Operations
  • Questions & Answers
Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: October 18, 2019


Law departments are going through a transformation. With the emergence of legal ops teams handling more of the day-to-day and operational aspects of the role, GCs and in-house counsel are taking on more strategic and managerial roles within their departments.

This session will look at how law departments continue to evolve how to build a legal ops team within your organization. Panelists will discuss hiring the right talent and the people skills needed to work in a legal environment, functions of the legal ops team and where it fits into the greater business structure, and how to improve efficiency and synergy between the in-house law department and legal ops team.

This program was recorded as part of ALM & Corporate Counsel's 2019 Women, Influence, and Power in Law Conference on October 18th, 2019.

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Moneet Kohli

Managing Member

Moneet Kohli is an attorney with more than a decade's experience in discovery and litigation management. As product evangelist for Logikcull, she is responsible for Logikcull's video and podcast initiatives—and is always looking to connect with innovators changing the practice of law. 

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Katie L. Lynch

Director of Legal Support

As director of legal support at Veolia, Katie Lynch relies on her more than 14 years of in-house legal experience to manage the litigation portfolios of Veolia’s four North American business groups. In that role, Lynch is responsible for discovery, litigation holds, and records management and has pioneered innovative strategies for reducing data, speeding discovery, and collaborating with outside counsel as part of a nimble, strategic in-house legal team.

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Julie Cremeans

Senior Director of Legal Operations

Julie has more than 30 years of experience across multiple industries. She’s been a coder, a book editor, an international trade expert and an entrepreneur.  Her current focus is on driving innovation in the legal
ecosystem of a hypergrowth Silicon Beach tech startup that she helped build.

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Jolene Yee

Vice President & General Counsel
Delicato Family Wines

Jolene Yee, Vice President and General Counsel of Delicato Family Vineyards, leads a small but fierce Legal Department, including alcohol beverage trade practices compliance. Her practice encompasses all aspects of winery operations, including legal strategy, M&A, domestic and cross-border commercial transactions, trademark, employment counseling, policy analysis and development, and general corporate representation. Prior to joining Delicato, she spent over a decade advising E. & J. Gallo Winery, the world’s largest winery, following a short stint with a tech firm in the Silicon Valley and a slightly longer stint as a Foreign Legal Consultant representing American and European clients in general business matters and acquisitions of financially distressed companies with a large law firm in Seoul, Korea.

Jolene is a member of the Professional Faculty for the Sonoma State University Global Executive MBA in Wine Business, and is a member of the team who developed the innovative and experiential curriculum that includes a hybrid of online learning and residential intensives.

Jolene holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Hastings Communications and Entertainment Law Journal and more recently served on the Hastings Employer Advisory Counsel. She was previously an adjunct instructor at Hastings.

Jolene has a history of supporting women in education and in business, and in building programs at work that help support, mentor, and advance women in the workplace. She strongly believes that a more diverse leadership means a more successful company, and is a founding member and Chair Emeritus of the Delicato Women’s Leadership Initiative.

Jolene lives in Napa, California with her husband John, two children, large lab Moonshine, and a couple chickens. When she’s not working, teaching, or chasing her two kids, you’ll likely find her having a glass of rose with her husband or writing music with her band The Sirens.

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