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The Path Less Followed: The Rise in Nontraditional Career

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 60 minutes
Recorded Date: February 05, 2020
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  • What new roles are needed in law firms and law departments
  • How have people used law degrees or legal experience outside a firm setting
  • What do law schools need to do to prepare graduates for new realities of law
  • Stories of lawyers creating startups or taking on new roles

Runtime: 1 hour
Recorded: February 5, 2020


A law degree can be a ticket to a growing range of professional ventures as the legal industry increasingly relies on technology, analytics, process improvement, privacy and more. What opportunities does the evolving profession provide for both JDs and business professionals working in legal.

This program was recorded as part of the Legal Business Strategy Forum at's Legalweek Conference on February 5th, 2020.

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Chris Wilson

Taylor English Duma LLP

Christopher T. Wilson focuses his practice on corporate and finance legal issues. He has experience in private practice and as in-house counsel representing small and large companies in a variety of legal related matters. While in-house, he was responsible for all legal issues related to the finance and accounting, information systems and services, research and development, and manufacturing divisions. He has extensive experience with consulting agreements, confidentiality agreements, research agreements, toll manufacturing agreements, and license agreements. Mr. Wilson also has extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions and capital investments. He has negotiated and drafted asset purchase agreements, stock purchase agreements, merger agreements, shareholder agreements, and a wide variety of ancillary and supporting documents. He has also drafted and negotiated a wide variety of corporate contracts in multiple industries where his clients operate and is well versed in corporate formation and corporate governance issues.

Mr. Wilson also has extensive experience representing borrowers and lenders in a variety of financial transactions, both secured and unsecured, including real estate financing, acquisition financing, asset-based financing, leveraged finance transactions, factoring, leasing, and loan facilities for letters of credit. He has extensive experience structuring, drafting and negotiating loan and security documents and ancillary supporting documentation related to such financial transactions, including syndicated loan facility documents and specialty finance documents. Prior to entering into the practice of law, Mr. Wilson was a banker for Bank of America, N.A., where he was responsible for a loan portfolio in excess of $100 million.

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David Lat

Managing Director
Lateral Link

David Lat is a managing director in the New York office, where he focuses on placing top associates, partners, and partner groups into preeminent law firms around the country.

Prior to joining Lateral Link, David founded and served as managing editor (2006-2017) of Above the Law, an award-winning website about the legal profession that reaches approximately 1.3 million unique visitors a month. His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, among other publications. Prior to Above the Law, he launched Underneath Their Robes, a blog about federal judges.

Before entering the media world, David worked as a federal prosecutor, a litigation associate at Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz in New York, and a law clerk to Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

David graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, and Yale Law School, where he served as an editor of the Yale Law Journal.

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Zach Abramowitz

Co-Founder and CEO

Zach Abramowitz is a lawyer/stand-up comedian/teacher-turned-entrepreneur who is passionate about start-ups and new ideas, especially in the content space. He is a co-founder of, a Blogcasting platform.

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Rose Walker

News Editor, Legal Week
ALM Media, LLC

Rose Walker is the News Editor at Legal Week. She joined the company in 2015 as a reporter and has held several roles since then. As well as assisting in managing the publication's daily news output and team of reporters, she continues to write groundbreaking articles about the industry.

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