Silicon Flatirons Tech Lawyer Accelerator

The Tech Lawyer Accelerator is a partnership between technology companies and Colorado Law to train future leaders in the tech law arena.  The program takes a select group of entrepreneurially-minded law students and provides them with intensive training on what it takes to succeed as a lawyer in the tech industry.

The program begins with a four-week boot camp that focuses on law department economics, legal financial literacy, legal process management and automation, and contracting. Each module features technology training, presentations by industry executives, a team exercise, and student team presentations to a panel of executives. At the end of the boot camp, students can expect to understand the lexicon of the tech industry, along with basic principles in project management, finance, technology, and contract drafting.  

Following the boot camp, students participate in paid internships with tech companies ranging from 10 weeks to seven months.  The companies range from well-funded startups to Fortune 100s and are located in Colorado and Silicon Valley.  The internships provide the students with experience as in-house counsel and allow them to perform a variety of projects that add value to their employers.

Projects handled by students in 2014 included:

  • Helping legal, finance, and other executives develop templates, guidelines, playbooks, etc., that streamlined the contracting process and/or allowed other tasks to be handled more efficiently
  • Performing standard junior lawyer/contract manager tasks, including contract drafting, redlining, summarizing and negotiating 
  • Performing various types of legal research in the fields of intellectual property, international law, contract law, employment law, consumer law, and privacy law, among others
  • Working on trademark applications
  • Working on international mergers and acquisitions
  • Assisting a company in the process of filing its S-1 and going public
  • Shadowing General Counsel in various types of negotiations and meetings
  • Giving legal presentations to business and tech executives, including C-level executives

A significant percentage of the 2014 TLA companies kept their interns on part time after the formal 2014 TLA internship ended and virtually all 2014 TLA companies have signed up to participate in the 2015 program.  A number of the 2014 TLA graduates will be working next year for law firms, including Cooley, Davis Graham & Stubbs, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, and Kendall, Koenig & Oelsner. 

2014 Speakers

Andy Banquer, Dir. Contract Solutions, Elevate Services

Previously: Knowledge Services Dir., Hewlett-Packard; Asia Pacific Managing Counsel and Lead Attorney, Agilent Technologies; Corporate Counsel, Hewlett-Packard; Attorney, Thelen, Marrin, Johnson & Bridges

Amy Bauer, Legal Writing Professor, Colorado Law

Previously: Attorney, Holmes Roberts Owens; Clerk to Honorable JoAnn Vogt of the Colorado Court of Appeals

Chuck Boyle, CFO, Convercent

Previously: Sr. Associate, KRG Capital Partners

Aaron Brodsky, Chief IP Counsel, Trimble Navigation

Previously: Managing Counsel, Oracle; Dir. of Patents, Sun Microsystems

Nick Budor, Assoc., General Counsel, Ciber

Previously: VP and Assoc. General Counsel, Rally Software Development Corp.; Assoc. General Counsel, Orange Glo International, Inc.; Corporate Assoc. Attorney, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Ken Curtis, Dir., Legal, NetApp Capital Solutions

Previously: Solo Practitioner, Law Office of Ken Curtis; Of Counsel, Holland & Hart; VP and Managing Division Counsel, Key Equipment Finance (formerly Leasetec Corporation)

Marcus Daley, CTO, Market Force Information, Inc.

Previously: CTO of Service Repair Solutions, Inc. (SRS); leadership positions at Microsoft and several software startups

Vasanthan Dasan, VP of Engineering, Symplified

Previously: CTO, Wayin; Chief Technologist of Cloud Computing, Sun Microsystems; Distinguished Engineer, SunService Division, Sun Microsystems; Intergraph; Hewlett Packard

Mike Dillon, Sr. VP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Adobe Systems

Previously: General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Silver Spring Networks; General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Sun Microsystems; General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, ONI Systems

David Duncan, CMO, Webroot

Previously: Head of Market Strategy, Imation; Founder, President, and Managing Dir., EncryptX; Sr. VP, Tactical Marketing Ventures; VP Marketing, Acct. Mgmt and Sales, RL Polk’s Consumer Information Services Division; Intelligence Collection Operations and Computer Security Systems Engineering, USAF

Phil Eck, Legal Dir., Channels, VMware

Previously: Corporate Counsel at Oracle and Sun Microsystems

Casey Flaherty, Corporate Counsel, Kia Motors America, Inc.

Jim Franklin, CEO, SendGrid

Previously: VP of Enterprise Performance Management and GM, Crystal Ball Global Business Unit, Oracle; VP and General Manager, Hyperion; CEO, CFO, and VP of Sales, Decisioneering; Founder, webfamilies.com; CFO Vericept Corp.

Dan Fredrickson, Attorney at Kendall Koenig & Oelsner

Previously: General Counsel at Tendril Networks

Eric Gunning, Assoc. General Counsel, Molson Coors Brewing Company

Previously: Attorney, Wilkinson Barker Knauer; Attorney, Kamlet Reichert

Steve Harmon, Sr. Dir., Legal Services, Cisco

Previously: Sr. Corporate Counsel, Cisco; Dir. Strategic Alliances, Novell; Sr. Investment Analyst, Novell Ventures

Jim Hedberg, VP, Internal Audit and Global Compliance, Crocs

Previously: Americas Finance Dir., Crocs; Corporate Controller, Exabyte Corporation; Various finance and accounting roles, Conscious Media, Teletech, Rockwell Automation

David Huberman, General Counsel, Rally Software

Previously: General Counsel, Webroot; Assoc. General Counsel, Intrado; Associate, Wiley, Rein & Fielding

Clay James, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Previously: Chief Litigation Counsel, Sun Microsystems; Associate, Lamm & Butler

Kent Kasica, CEO and Founder, Isurus Surf Products

Previously: Founder and Exec. VP, BoldTech Systems; General Manager, Eastern US, Africa, Russia, Pyrotek

Wayne Kirschling, PhD, Professor of Engineering Practice, University of Colorado Boulder

Previously: Exec. VP, Ontario Corp.; President, CDS Engineering; Deputy Commissioner, Indiana Commission for Higher Education; Assoc. Dir., National Center for Higher Education Management Systems; Officer, USAF

Gary LaFever, Managing Partner, Triangle Ventures

Previously: CXO at numerous venture-backed companies; Partner, Hogan Lovells

Kim Laakso, Asst. General Counsel, Vodafone

Previously: Sr. Corp. Counsel, VMware; Assoc. General Counsel, Qwest Communications; Assoc. Attorney, McKenna & Cuneo

Barbara Lawton, Ph.D., Professor of Engineering Practice, University of Colorado Boulder

Previously: VP Business and Quality Process, Storage Technology Corp.; Chief Research Officer, Ignite!; Faculty Dir. and W. Edwards Deming Professor, University of Colorado Boulder; Global Dir. of Quality Management, Albany International Corp.

Michael Matheson, Asst. General Counsel, Intrado

Previously: Sr Corporate Counsel, Qwest and Qwest Cyber-Solutions; Associate, Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti

Matt McKinney, Attorney, Kendall, Koenig & Oelsner

Previously: Attorney, Cooley LLP and Stack McKinney Law Group

Jason Mendelson, Co-Founder and Managing Dir., Foundry Group

Previously: CAO and Managing Dir., Mobius Venture Capital; Attorney, Cooley LLP; Software Engineer, Accenture

Daniel F. Moorer, Jr., PhD, Assoc. Professor of Engineering Practice, University of Colorado Boulder

Previously: President and CEO, Wacari Group; President and CEO, Ceebus Technologies; Dir., Defense Business Development, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.; Officer, United States Army

Bill Mooz, Strategy Officer and Scholar in Residence, Colorado Law

Previously: Deputy General Counsel, Sun Microsystems; Assoc. General Counsel, VMWare; Managing Partner & Co-founder, Holland & Hart Boulder, CO Office

Zach Nies, Chief Technologist, Rally Software

Previously: Principal Architect and Dir. of Systems Architecture, Level 3 Communications; Co-Founder of company acquired by Creo (now Kodak); Chief Software Architect, Quark

Justin Nelsen, VP, Managing Asst. Counsel, Computer Associates

Previously: Managing Counsel, Computer Associates; Sr Corporate Counsel, Oracle; Assistant General Counsel, Sun Microsystems; Associate, David Graham & Stubbs; Associate, Meissner Tierney Fischer & Nichols

Laura Ortman, Sr. Dir., Global Support Services, VMware

Previously: Sr. Manager, Global Support, Jeppesen; IT Manager, Lockheed Martin

Helen Parker, VP and General Counsel, Wayin

Previously: Sr. Corporate Counsel, Flextronics; Associate, Goodsill Anderson Quinn & Stifel; Sr. Counsel, Sun Microsystems

Scott Peppet, Legal Negotiation Professor, Colorado Law

Previously: Lecturer on Law, Harvard Law School; Senior Fellow on Negotiation, Harvard Negotiation Project

Chuck Price, President and CEO, Ajubeo

Previously: Sr. VP, Technology (CIO), CoreSite Realty Corp.; VP (CIO), TD Ameritrade Trust Company; C-level positions at Fiserv Investment Support Services, Requisite Technology, Syngistix and Net Library

Patrick Quinlan, CEO, Convercent

Previously: CEO, Rivet Software; Founding Partner, Nebbiolo Ventures; CEO, ServiceSelect; CEO, Delta Translation

Tom Ray, President and CEO, CoreSite

Previously: Managing Dir., The Carlyle Group; Various roles in the Security Capital Groups of ProLogis, CarrAmerica, and predecessors to Archstone-Smith

Lisa Reeves, Co-Founder & CEO, GridCraft

Previously: VP and General Manager, Citrix SaaS Division; General Partner, Vista Ventures; SVP, SAP Ventures; range of operating roles, SAP America

Lee Reichert, Deputy General Counsel, Molson Coors Brewing Company

Previously: Partner, Lathrop & Gage; Partner, Krendl & Krendl; Associate, Kirkland & Ellis

Monica Sandler, Nat’l Dir. of Training, Attorney Resource

Previously: Member, User Support Peer Group Steering Committee, International Legal Technology Assoc.; Microsoft Certified Office Master; Microsoft Certified Trainer; Consultant, Flaherty Suffolk Legal Tech Audit Advisory Board

Carrie Schiff, Co-Founding Partner, Sage Law Group

Previously, Chief Legal and Risk Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, MWH Global, Inc.; SVP, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer, Flextronics; SVP Corporate Development and General Counsel, USA.Net; Partner & Co-founder, Cooley Godward, CO Office

Todd Siegler, CFO, CAO, SVP of Corporate Development and General Counsel, Market Force Information, Inc.

Previously: SVP of Corporate Development, Verio; VP of Intentional Operations/Legal and Asst. General Counsel, Excel Communications; Attorney, Gardere & Wynne LLP

Barry Weiss, VP and Strategic Sales Executive, Enterprise Services, Hewlett-Packard

Previously: Head of Sales Transactions, Hewitt Associates and Exult; Attorney, Cooley, LLP

Mark J. Williams, Chief CEO, Dynamic Human Solutions

Previously: USAF F-15 pilot and USAFR Intelligence Officer; 75/767 Pilot, American Airlines: VP Operations and Finance, Prosocial Applications