Eva Kripalani is an experienced general counsel and business leader. She has spent over 20 years in general counsel level roles, including 10 years as General Counsel of KinderCare Learning Centers, leading the legal team through many financing and M&A transactions, including the successful sale of KinderCare by KKR in 2005. At KinderCare and the successor company, Eva also had senior executive responsibility for government relations, corporate communications, internal audit, and corporate philanthropy. Since then, Eva has served as an outside general counsel level resource and/or acting general counsel for several companies, including NW Natural Gas Company and FEI Company, and also served as COO for a company providing legal and technology services. Eva began her career at Stoel Rives LLP, a leading Northwest law firm, where she became a partner with a practice focused on corporate law and mergers and acquisitions.
Eva currently serves on the board of The Willamette Valley Company LLC, a niche manufacturing and industrials company headquartered in Eugene, Oregon, and also serves as a trustee for Willamette University and for The Library Foundation, where she is a board chair. She has previously served on the boards of several nonprofits and the board of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System.
Eva is the co-author of “The Generalist Counsel: How Leading General Counsel are Shaping Tomorrow’s Companies,” published by Oxford University Press in 2013, which offers guidance to lawyers making the transition to company leadership, based on research and in-depth interviews with sitting and former General Counsel.
Liz is an experienced general counsel and business executive with extensive experience leading teams and organizations through strategic growth, change management, and crisis response. Liz has served as long-term Interim General Counsel at Portland Public Schools, leading the District’s Legal and Risk Management teams through significant transition. She also served as Executive Vice President & General Counsel for KinderCare Education, leading the company through multiple refinancings, class action lawsuits, and, in 2015, the successful sale of the company to the Partners Group. While at KinderCare, Liz also led government relations, records management, and employee relations, in addition to serving interim leadership roles in human resources and marketing. Before entering the in-house arena, Liz practiced law for Stoel Rives LLP and the Oregon Department of Justice, principally litigating complex civil cases.
Liz currently serves on the board of Willamette University. Previously, she served on the Boards of SMART (Start Making A Reader Today) and the Oregon Business Association.
Marc is passionate about helping employers manage and mitigate their legal employment risk; not only through reactive management of issues after they arise, but by avoiding them altogether through respect, education, and positive HR Management. For over 15 years, Marc has helped businesses do just that, as a big firm litigator, corporate in-house counsel, and non-profit HR executive.
As Assistant General Counsel at KinderCare Education, Marc advised the company on HR and employment issues from individual employee risk to large wage and hour class action litigation. He oversaw the Employee Relations function and a team dedicated to investigating and responding to agency claims and demand letters. He also facilitated leadership meetings, trained managers with creative and engaging presentations, oversaw the company’s litigation portfolio, and managed attorney relationships nationwide.
Before going in-house, Marc practiced at the New York firm Proskauer Rose for three years before moving to Portland, where he joined Stoel Rives as an employment litigator. Marc has served as Chief Human Resources Officer for a health care non-profit, overseeing all aspects of the HR portfolio as well as Risk & Compliance. In addition, he is the co-creator of the popular, educational (and surprisingly humorous) Hostile Work Environment podcast.
Marc has a passion for libraries, having served on the Friends of the Multnomah County Library board and the Multnomah County Library Advisory Board for over a decade. He can also be found hiking, reading, at Timbers games, and cheering on his twin daughters at their various sporting events.
JENNIE Chandra, AWI-CH
Jennie Chandra is an accomplished attorney with 15 years of experience in analyzing and resolving conflicts that have important consequences for organizations. Her background includes serving as an executive in a Fortune 500 company, as a general counsel for a private company, and in federal and state government. Jennie gets up to speed quickly, conducts high-quality investigations, and communicates effectively with individuals across an organization, from those on the ground to C-Suite leaders. Her recommendations are strategic and forward looking. Jennie’s experience is especially deep in the technology realm and with highly regulated industries, where fact patterns are complicated and collaborative efforts often involve a variety of stakeholders. In her career, Jennie has engaged in a wide range of high-stakes negotiations and mediations, investigated sensitive compliance concerns, and successfully led complex public policy reform initiatives.
Jennie holds three degrees from Stanford: BA, MA, and JD. She was a member of the Stanford Law Review Managing Board and Moot Court Board. Jennie also has attained substantial professional training in both mediation, facilitation, and investigations. She is an Association of Workplace Investigators Certificate Holder (AWI-CH). But perhaps her most formative education came from growing up in a Kentucky farming community, where maintaining trust and credibility was critical for continued successful business dealings.
Outside of the office, Jennie enjoys running on park trails, drinking good coffee, and watching sports with her family. She has volunteered in a variety of capacities for her children’s school, including leading its speaker series and serving on the district budget committee.
Ian Ford is a seasoned attorney with more than twenty years of experience in commercial real estate transactions and other business transactions. Ian has held in-house legal counsel positions at three different companies during his legal career including The Kroger Co., a Fortune top 20 company, where he worked for over 14 years. At Kroger, he was responsible for the real estate legal work for the Fred Meyer and QFC divisions, as well as a division located in the Southeastern United States. Ian managed all legal affairs for the Portland office from 2017 to 2019.
Throughout his career, Ian has negotiated, drafted and reviewed a wide array of commercial agreements. Ian’s in-house experience has given him exposure to many areas of law, and taught him the invaluable interplay between business and legal issues. He provides practical legal advice and strives to build relationships with clients by fostering open communications.
Ian received his law degree from Willamette University College of Law. He is active in the local corporate counsel community, where he serves on the executive committee and as in-coming chair of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Oregon State Bar.
Ian enjoys running and has completed a marathon and several half-marathons, 10Ks and 5Ks.
David has spent more than 2 decades leading legal and intellectual property teams at technology and consumer product companies. His experience includes helping companies manage their businesses through acquisitions, divestitures, shareholder and executive changes of all types. David has served as General Counsel in the consumer electronics space and has deep experience in technology transactions, supplier relationships, product launches and mergers and acquisition activities. For many years he was the General Counsel to D&M Holdings, Inc. and Sound United LLC, owners of the Denon, Marantz, Polk Audio and Boston Acoustics audio brands, among others. In this role he oversaw the Company’s global legal and intellectual property teams and provided guidance to the Company’s international operations, including in Asia and Europe. He managed the Company through multiple private equity changes, corporate refinancings and restructurings, and through dramatic product and business cycle changes. Prior to joining D&M, he was corporate counsel for CFI ProServices, a publicly traded, leading provider of software to the financial institutions industry. Before becoming an in-house lawyer, David was in private practice with Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP and Ater Wynne LLP (now Buchalter). David currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Corporate Counsel in Oregon.
David is an avid tennis player and enjoys playing and watching sports of all types. In his downtime he can be found touring the Willamette Valley in search of new and interesting wines and wineries. A proud Gaucho, David attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, and UC Davis’ King Hall School of Law.
Emily Rake provides practical guidance to businesses on commercial transactions, technology licensing and corporate matters. She has represented Fortune 500 companies and smaller businesses in a variety of business transactions and has advised on business formation, governance and regulatory compliance issues. Through her work with OGC Network, Emily has served as an interim and supplemental resource for various corporate legal departments, acquiring expertise on a wide array of legal and operational matters affecting in-house legal departments. She previously practiced both at a technology law boutique and a mid-size general practice law firm.
Emily has particular expertise in negotiating Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and other technology agreements and IP licensing agreements for clients in a variety of industries, including technology, creative, apparel and footwear, manufacturing, transportation, and hospitality. Emily has also assisted with corporate and regulatory compliance, as well as legal workflow and process management.
Emily received her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was the recipient of the Dean’s Award for Excellence. Emily was twice selected as an Oregon Super Lawyer Rising Star (an honor given to the top 2.5% of Oregon lawyers under the age of 40) and has an AV Peer Review Rating from Martindale Hubbell. She is a member of the Portland Japanese Garden Budget and Finance Committee and a member of Business for a Better Portland. Outside of work, Emily enjoys cooking with vegetables from her garden and exploring the Oregon outdoors with her family.
For over thirty years, Paul has been an attorney specializing in commercial real estate transactions. His law practice experience includes commercial leasing and development in various retail, office, and industrial projects throughout the United States, representing tenants, franchisees and real estate developers. Paul is frequently invited to speak and write on commercial leasing matters, and is a consulting editor for California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) publication of the “Retail Leasing” book; he is also a contributing author of numerous articles for Commercial Leasing Law and Strategy, as well as Shopping Center Law Report.
Paul has served as Chairman or Co-Chairman of various Advanced Seminars at the International Council of Shopping Centers National Law conferences, and the National Retail Tenants Association. He received his law degree from Pepperdine Law School.
Paul is also very active outside of the office, enjoying time with his family, exercising, and working on his golf game (which he readily admits needs a lot of work).
Carolyn is an experienced legal professional with substantial background in corporate and commercial transactions, compliance, corporate governance, sales and distribution, and the legal aspects of conducting business in Asia. Carolyn served most recently as Associate General Counsel, with responsibility for legal affairs in Japan, Asia-Pacific, India and China (“JAPIC”), for Hyster-Yale Group, Inc., a global manufacturer of forklifts and materials handling equipment. At Hyster-Yale, Carolyn was involved in a wide range of commercial transactions, technology licensing, FCPA compliance, and export and trade sanction compliance for the JAPIC theater and provided employment law counsel at the Hyster-Yale location in Portland, Oregon. From 2005 to 2007, Carolyn served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for NACCO Materials Handing Group, Inc., the former name of Hyster-Yale, when it was a subsidiary of NACCO Industries, Inc. Carolyn was a partner with Stoel Rives LLP in the Corporate, Securities and Finance and the Renewable Energy practice groups and with Lane Powell PC in their Corporate practice group.
Carolyn believes that her experience both as a partner in a law firm setting and as an in-house attorney has given her valuable perspective on the needs of clients and the valuable guidance that attorneys can bring to the growth and success of a business. Her approach to legal advice always begins with carefully listening to the client’s circumstances, needs, questions, and goals.
Carolyn serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Oregon Humane Society. Previously she served on the Board of Directors of Columbia Land Trust. Carolyn received her law degree from Stanford University and was a member of the Stanford Law Review. In her free time, Carolyn enjoys tending her ever-growing indoor cactus gardens, walking, swimming, and baking.
Lauren is a highly accomplished attorney and business executive, with both in-house and large law firm experience, and specializations in technology transactions and global privacy law. Her background includes serving as general counsel for a venture-funded health care startup and a SaaS software business, and as a senior business lead for large enterprise technology companies, including Apple and Microsoft. Lauren has an exceptional ability to communicate the relationship between risk and opportunity in complex technology environments. She has received accolades from OGC’s clients for her presentation skills and her ability to help IT and procurement teams understand the reasons for and importance of legal terms in complex technology agreements. Lauren has held the designation of Certified Information Privacy Professional (iapp.org) since 2014 and has written extensively on privacy law. Lauren has drafted and negotiating hundreds of Privacy Policies and Data Protection Agreements.
Lauren also has broad experience in corporate governance, commercial transactions, legal department operations, including contract management process design, and intellectual property strategy and portfolio management. She received her law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School.
Lauren has lived in the Portland area since 2004 and has two teenaged sons. She is an active community member, with board, committee, and operational roles at a number of non-profit organizations, including Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, where she chaired the Angel Oregon investment Conference in 2014.
Jennifer is an experienced business and managing attorney, with twenty years of practice across several environments, including companies, government, and private practice. As Assistant General Counsel at KinderCare Education, Jennifer managed a legal team responsible for finance, M&A, contracts, intellectual property, information privacy, real estate and employee benefits. She has negotiated a wide range of complex commercial agreements and managed significant finance and M&A transactions. This diverse experience has made Jennifer a highly adaptive attorney with a passion for efficient legal process, and she is able to come up to speed quickly with new clients, industries, and practice areas.
Before moving in-house, Jennifer also practiced law at Davis Wright Tremaine and was a Senior Assistant Attorney General with the Oregon Department of Justice, where she co-chaired the Business Transaction Section’s Information Technology and Intellectual Property practice group. She received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, and Master of Studies in Law, magna cum laude, from Vermont Law School.
Outside of the office, Jennifer has completed multiple Ironman triathlon and mountain bike endurance events, as well as climbed several Northwest peaks.