Panelists

Randy Milch, 
Former General Counsel, Verizon

Randy Milch began his legal career as a clerk to Clement F. Haynsworth, Jr., Chief Judge Emeritus of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He went on to work in telecommunications as counsel to the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company of Maryland in 1993. Mr. Milch then served as Associate General counsel at Bell Atlantic with oversight of state regulatory matters in New York and New England. He supervised the state regulatory litigation, including litigation arising under the Telecommunications Act of 1996, across Bell Atlantic’s northern seven states. Several years later he began a long career at Verizon. While there, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Verizon Business from 2006 to 2008 and was responsible for all legal services and external affairs. He moved on to be a Strategic Policy Adviser to Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at Verizon until June 2015. Mr. Milch holds a J.D. from New York University Law School and a B.A. from Yale University.

Marla Persky, 
Former General Counsel, Boehringer Ingelheim & Baxter

Ms. Persky retired in 2013 as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Boehringer Ingelheim USA, where she oversaw a department of over 70 individuals. She also was a member of Boehringer’s executive management team and a director of the company and several of its subsidiaries. Prior to joining Boehringer Ingelheim, Ms. Persky spent 19 years at Baxter International Inc. where she held numerous business and legal positions, the most recent of which was Acting General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. During her tenure at Baxter, Ms. Persky managed global legal services, was General Manager of an international medical device business, led international crisis management teams, acquired and integrated international businesses, and designed/implemented legal strategies to manage global mass torts.

Dan Cooperman, 
Former General Counsel, Apple & Oracle

Dan Cooperman was the former Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Oracle Corporation (1997-2007) and Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Apple Inc. (2007 – 2009). Following his retirement from Apple, Dan was Senior Counsel at DLA Piper LLP , a global law firm. Dan has a nearly 40 year career in law and business, highlighted by his in house experience. Throughout his career he has focused on issues related to corporate governance, risk management and conflicts in the boardroom, as well as the role of the general counsel and management of global corporate law departments. He is a strategic adviser to Institutional Venture Partners, an active angel investor and a board member of several other private technology based companies. Dan is a Fellow at Stanford’s Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance and a Lecturer at Stanford Law School.

Patricia “Pat” Hatler, 
Former General Counsel, Nationwide Insurance

Pat served for 17 years as chief legal and governance officer for Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, a Fortune 100 company. In that role she was responsible for operations and financial management of six divisions with a staff of 1,400, including the legal, corporate governance, federal and state government relations, corporate citizenship and corporate compliance functions. During her tenure at Nationwide, she provided advice and counsel through the transitions of three chief executive officers, three board chairs, four chief financial officers and numerous business unit presidents.

Aaron Crews, General Counsel & VP of Strategy, Text IQ

Aaron is an experienced trial lawyer, technologist, and governance executive who, prior to Text IQ, was responsible for Walmart’s eDiscovery process and strategy globally. Aaron is an expert in big data and analytics, and has a proven track record of bridging the worlds of law and technology, advising and collaborating with other corporate leaders and teams regarding all facets of technology related risk, including litigation, compliance, investigations, data privacy & protection, information security, enterprise architecture, legal operations, and related issues. He has vast experience building cross-functional teams, coalitions, and consensus across organizations to accomplish major corporate initiatives, developing and deploying technology, and designing and implementing innovative strategies and processes that dramatically cut cost and risk while simultaneously improving security, defensibility, and case/business outcomes.

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