MAMAS Brown Bag Invitation

04/01/2014 12:00 PM | WWL Admin (Administrator)

Mentoring and Paying it Forward



Tuesday, April 1st, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, 1201 Third Ave., Floor 22, Seattle, WA 98101

RSVP: through Big Tent (preferred if you are a MAMAS member) or by email to Please identify if you will attend in person in Seattle or if you will participate by phone.

Mentoring and Paying it Forward – Join us for a lively discussion about how to be a good mentor or mentee and how to get the most out of mentoring relationships, including how to foster an informal mentoring relationship. You will not want to miss the valuable insights from the distinguished panel.


Jennifer Ivan - Jennifer Ivan is an Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft Corporation in Redmond, Washington, where she supports the Microsoft Business Solutions group. In this role, she manages a team of 10 legal professionals that provides general counseling and transactional legal support in areas of product development, product marketing, distribution and compliance. The Microsoft Business Solutions group is responsible for the Microsoft Dynamics product line, which includes Enterprise Resource Management (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Prior to joining Microsoft, Jennifer was Legal Director for Dell Computer Corporation in Austin, Texas, where she supported the Dell Services organization. Throughout her tenure at Dell, she provided legal support for Product, Service, and Sales and Marketing organizations, providing general counseling and negotiation of strategic partner and customer relationships. She also undertook an assignment in Singapore for Dell supporting sales and marketing activities for Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Dell, Jennifer was a Staff Attorney for IBM in Austin, Texas, where she provided comprehensive legal support for IBM's Server Group, which included support for the IBM UNIX proprietary operating system, AIX. Throughout her tenure at IBM, she provided legal support for employment and litigation matters, marketing, export compliance, product development and strategic development partnerships.

Jennifer graduated Cum Laude with Honors in Liberal Arts with a B.A. in Political Science and English from the Ohio State University in 1990. Jennifer received her J.D. Cum Laude from the Ohio State University School of Law in 1994. Jennifer served on the board of directors for the Capital Area Planned Parenthood (Austin, Texas). She currently serves as President for the board of Youth Eastside Services, a non-profit that provides counseling and support programs for children and young adults who are dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, mental health issues, abuse and other difficult issues. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her nine year old daughter (Olivia), her 16 year old son (Parker) and her husband, Donnie.

Ron Knox – Ron is an Owner at Garvey Schubert Barer. Ron has had an active role in mentoring, both informal and as part of formal mentoring programs, for many years and currently serves as GSB’s Mentor and Sponsor Coordinator. Ron practices in the areas of labor and employment law. His clientele includes both public and private sector companies, with special emphasis on municipal corporations, regional service and manufacturing businesses, and public service corporations. He also represents clients in the computer software industry. Ron's experience encompasses personnel management, consultation and advocacy, labor and business negotiations, business contract negotiation, administrative and civil litigation. Ron serves clients and is licensed to practice in Washington and Oregon.

Tom Robertson -Tom Robertson is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Microsoft. He manages the legal and corporate affairs support for the recently-formed Operating Systems Group, which creates the Microsoft operating system platforms for phones, tablets, personal computers, entertainment devices and large screen devices, known today as Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox, along with their associated online marketplaces and services. He is a member of the leadership teams for the Operating Systems Group and the cross-company Legal and Corporate Affairs Department.

In his 16 years at Microsoft, Tom has also been Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the Office and Business Solutions Divisions, Associate General Counsel for the Office product group, General Manager for Microsoft’s Corporate Standards and Interoperability Group, head of Microsoft’s legal and corporate affairs team for China, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and the lead for Microsoft’s intellectual property policy and enforcement work in Asia. He spent his first eight years at Microsoft based in Asia, first in Hong Kong and then in Tokyo.

Before joining Microsoft, Tom was the Associate General Counsel at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, in the Executive Office of the President, responsible for both intellectual property issues around the world and general trade issues in the Asia-Pacific region. He practiced law at Covington & Burling in Washington D.C. and London, England, and clerked for the Hon. Albert V. Bryan, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Tom holds both engineering and law degrees from the University of Virginia.

Tom has represented Microsoft on the Duke University Fuqua School of Business’ Innovation Working Group, is a Fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program, and is on the Board of Directors of the National Bureau of Asian Research, Town Hall Seattle and the Seattle Trade Alliance. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Marcelle O’Connell, and their three daughters.

Kerry Robinson –Kerry is Foster Pepper’s Professional Development Counsel. In that position, Kerry works with the firm’s senior attorneys, practice group leaders, business development group, and the executive leadership team, to help guide the development, integration, and training of Foster Pepper’s newer attorneys. Kerry is also a member of the firm’s Employment and Labor Relations and Litigation practices and serves on the Pro Bono and Professional Development committees.

Jen Scully --Jen is a Senior Attorney at Microsoft responsible for advising Microsoft’s consumer cloud services business. Prior to her current role, Jen worked in the Trademark & Copyright Group as primary trademark counsel to the Xbox business, Microsoft Office and Microsoft’s enterprise cloud services, and prior to that, she was an IP attorney at the Seed IP Law Group in Seattle. Jen has two amazing kids, and has been their classroom art docent, soccer coach, and mostly recently, the mother who it’s now embarrassing to have come along as a chaperone and who was strongly encouraged not to sit next to them on the bus.

Erin Snodgrass – Erin is a Co-Founder and Principal of Snodgrass Annand PLLC. Erin’s experience as a mentor and mentee in a variety of settings has provided her with valuable insights on mentoring relationships. Erin’s practice focuses ontechnology and media transactions and intellectual property. Erin has significant experience in a variety of transactions involving software, media and technology, including development, licensing, production, transfer, consulting services and distribution transactions. Prior to co-founding Snodgrass Annand PLLC, Erin practiced in the technology transactions group at Cairncross & Hempelmann, P.S. and the trademark and licensing groups at Foster Pepper & Shefelman PLLC.

We encourage you to attend our brown bag meeting in person to facilitate both networking and a lively discussion.

Please bring your lunch and join us for this presentation, and meet fellow MAMAS members! Cookies will be provided.

For those who cannot attend in person, we offer the option to participate by phone.

Call in #: 888-757-0729; Passcode: 1396142354#

When attending via telephone, please use your mute button to prevent background noise, but do not place the call on hold. Some firms have hold music, which is disruptive to the presentation. If you need to leave the call briefly, please hang up and call back in when you are able.

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