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Matt Fawcett - A Digitally Optimized Legal Department
Episode 720th October 2020 • Elevate.Together.Podcast. • Elevate Services
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Matt Fawcett, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Chief Compliance Officer handles legal affairs worldwide at NetApp. Under his leadership, NetApp's digitally optimized legal department has earned several innovation awards. Elevate's Chairman and CEO, Liam Brown, and Matt cover the concept of digital work, the burnout some are experiencing as digital workers, and transitioning from lawyer to lawyer leader to business leader. 

Matt said – "Every Lawyer would do themselves a huge favor if they just learn how to read and understand financials."

Matt elaborates on how a Law department is changing, the executive team's responsibility to innovate, and explained why a Lawyer needs to have the technical knowledge to be successful in this digital world. 

Click on the links below to hear what we covered in this episode:

  • [01:06] - How Matt has found career satisfaction through a series of missteps.
  • [03:02] - Mission Explained – NetApp made a massive transition and transformation to continue to be a dynamic, growing company.
  • [08:28] - How is NetApp's legal department responding during this critical time?
  • [12:36] - Is leaning into digital work blurring our lives
  • [14:48] - How is NetApp embracing collaboration through modern digital working?
  • [17:55] - Why are GCs migrating into leadership roles
  • [20:14] - Matt advises young Lawyers – things that a Lawyer should learn.
  • [24:47] - A Book at leadership that influenced Matt Fawcett.
  • [26:15] - "Leadership in tough times requires …"


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