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Interview with Brian Biggs, Esq,
Partner, DLA Piper
April 26, 2021
This week’s guest is Brian Biggs Esq. Mr. Biggs is a trial attorney who focuses his practice in the area of intellectual property litigation, with a predominant focus on patents. He has represented clients in over 150 patent litigations in the District of Delaware in a broad array of technical fields, including semiconductors, computer virtualization, video game animation, automotive, recycled glass, consumer products, digital signage, targeted internet advertising, e-commerce and other computer and internet technologies.
Brian clearly takes his practice of law seriously, but refreshingly he doesn’t take himself too seriously. You will love the stories he has from his infamous karaoke night fresh out of law school, to his “Zoom Suit Odyssey,” which is a hilarious turn of events fueled by the the pandemic, an important presentation, and a power outage. After watching this video, you will see why Brian commands the respect and love of his peers. Lastly, shortly after filming this episode, Brian was prompted to partner. Congratulations, Brian!
Interview with Bryon Bright
President, KBR Government Solutions
April 1, 2021
This week’s guest is Byron Bright. Mr. Bright is the President of KBR Government Solutions. KBR is a company that a lot of people have heard of, but not many know exactly what KBR does. SideBar unpacks this in the most interesting and ironic ways. Byron is an Air Force veteran who began his career at the academy and he never stopped serving his country. A standout in the private sector, he recently was the recipient of the Wash100 Award for his Influential Leadership in the Government Services Industry.
The Wash100 (https://www.wash100.com) recognizes executives that have demonstrated excellence in their leadership, innovation, reliability, achievements and vision. Byron leads KBR’s Government Solutions business segment which pioneers solutions for the U.S. military, NASA, and other government customers around the globe. He is joined by Brandon Renken Esq. who graciously guest hosted the show alongside Josh Peterson. Brandon Renken, a partner at Locke Lord LLP, graduated from Harvard and The University of Texas School of Law. Mr. Renken is no stranger to recognition himself, as he was recently voted one of the Houston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 for his exceptional community leadership.
Interview with Richard (Ricky) Brooman
CEDS at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP
Mar 11, 2021
This week’s guest is Richard (Ricky) Brooman, CEDS with Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP. Ricky leads 18 offices in litigation support at the young age of 32. Anytime someone makes an exceptional career ascent, it’s exciting to see what choices they made to get there, and what philosophy drives them.
One of the principles at Ricky’s core, is a philosophy of “Human-centric Leadership.” A graduate of Bucknell where he was a college wrestler, Mr. Brooman is not afraid to confront challenges and turn them into victories. Prepare to be inspired by both Ricky’s career ascent, his work ethic and an unexpected bypass surgery that make up his incredible journey of leadership, early success, and continued influence as a top-tier subject matter expert in both legal technology and eDiscovery consulting.
Interview with James Mottola
VP of Data Privacy, Investigations and Security at at Porzio Compliance Services, LLC
Mar 1, 2021
This week’s guest is James Mottola. Mr. Mottola is Vice President of Data Privacy, Investigations and Security at Porzio Compliance Services, LLC. As a trusted advisor based in New Jersey and working in the surrounding metro areas, James brings invaluable experience from his 26 years as a Secret Service agent. He works closely with attorneys and prosecutors on complex data security matters, compliance and consulting. In the emerging culture of fraud amid Covid-19, James works with clients on strategic initiatives to improve data privacy and cyber security.
Refreshingly, James gives back to his community as a volunteer leading efforts for The Marine Corps Foundation. The Marine Corps Foundation is non-profit (501c3) which supports the surviving children for Marine Corps and Law Enforcement. One of the key initiatives he works on, is raising money for and facilitating grants to deserving children of fallen heroes so they can continue their education into college. When you watch the short video, one of the most dynamic things about James is his passion for helping businesses of avoid cyber threats. He’s driven to protect not just the large clients, but small/medium business with his practical, cost-effective approach.
Patron – John Maley, Senior Litigation Partner at Barnes & Thornburg
Feb 9, 2021
This week’s guest is John Maley. Mr. Maley is a senior litigation partner at Barnes & Thornburg. A trusted advisor based in Indianapolis, John’s practice boasts 33 years of excellence in international litigation. He is a seasoned trial attorney who has chaired the prestigious southern district of Indiana local rules committee for 25 years. Additionally, John serves on his firm’s technology and pro bono committees. John’s also an active community leader serving as a volunteer track and cross country coach at Brebeuf Jesuit High School.
In 2008, John and his wife Vivian suffered a devastating loss when their son Joseph passed away. Born in 1990, Joseph led an inspirational life that worked to overcome multiple disabilities including, but not limited to non-verbal cerebral palsy. At age 15, Joseph was diagnosed with leukemia and bravely fought to live 3 more years. In this moving story, John gives us a look into the strength of character that became the bedrock of The Joseph Maley Foundation. To hear John tell it, Joseph touched everyone and continues to do so today. Determined to carry the torch of Joseph’s legacy, John and more specifically his wife Vivian, run The Joseph Maley foundation which has reached and impacted a staggering 100,000 people in central Indiana and beyond.
John’s love for sports and competition is evident. He shares an anecdote about an interaction he had with the Harlem Globe Trotters as an under-sized 8-year-old in Richmond, Indiana. Back in the day, the Globetrotters were routinely aired nationally on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. As fate would have it, John was selected to compete against the traveling professionals, and scored 4 points! Sports have a funny way of imitating life sometimes, and this was no different as the shortest kid in his class was destined to do what many can only dream of. Two unlikely scenarios embody this interview: An undersized kid achieving a dream in front of a packed ar0ena, and later young boy who manages to impact 100,000 lives despite being saddled with disability and a life cut way too short. As you watch this video one thing will be clear, the Maley family embodies excellence. To become involved in the Joseph Maley Foundation, please visit the Joseph Maley Foundation website.
Patron – Geoffrey Vance, Sr. Litigation Partner and Chair at Perkins Coie
Jan 27, 2021
This week’s guest is Geoffrey Vance. Mr. Vance is a senior litigation partner and the firm-wide chair of e-discovery. Additionally, Geoffrey is the Managing Partner of the Shanghai office. Geoffrey is a seasoned trial attorney, a combat military veteran (actively serving in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm) as member of the US Navy. His service continued in the private sector as a founder of the Chicagoland chapter of Autism Speaks which is the leading science and advocacy organization for Autism. He touches on his personal reasons for starting this chapter and his philosophy of being “drafted” to service to others.
One hidden gem in the discussion was Geoffrey was a survivor of a tragic tornado that wiped out his neighborhood in Kalamazoo, MI as a child. His perspective on life of service to others, and making the most of every opportunity is inspiring. Lastly, you won’t want to miss his philosophy on how he approaches his cases for clients, balancing budgets and bringing home the wins. Mr. Vance has seen a thing or two, and this 5-minute video gives you a closer look. Watch and be inspired, and enjoy the assembly of short stories that shaped Geoffrey into who he is today.
Partron – Chuck Heath Jr. – General Manager of Hawk Consultants LLC
Dec 23, 2020
This week’s guest is Chuck Heath Jr. Chuck is the General Manager of Hawk Consultants LLC in the great state of Alaska. Chuck has an interesting story. He was a gold miner in the historic town of Skagway, which was a famous mining area that came to prominence during the historic gold rush of 1896 – 1899.
Chuck’s passion brought him up to Nome, Alaska where he mined gold in the Bering Sea. He worked with the Discovery Channel to unofficially create and launch the hit show, “Bering Sea Gold.” Chuck is the author of two books and one was a NY Times best seller. He’s on the board of the American Heart Association and the Alaska Alliance.
The most intriguing “Easter egg” here is his sister was the mayor of Wasilla, AK, only to became governor 10 years later, and shortly thereafter she was tapped as a Vice Presidential nominee in 2008. Chuck unpacks the overnight impact of the aforementioned on his family, and discusses oil and gas industry and ANWR (Arctic National Wildlife Refuge) opening up oil leases.
A side note: ANWR boasts an estimated 16 billion barrels of oil which could open up another oil boom in Alaska. Refreshingly, politics were evaded, and Chuck walks us through gold mining and his interaction with the producers at the Discovery Channel. Lastly Chuck gives us his expert thoughts on protecting the environment while harvesting the natural resources that make up 90% of Alaska’s economy.
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