ChIPs NextGen Webinar Series
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PDT
  • Grappling with the pitch process? As the 2023 ChIPs Mock Pitch Program approaches, this is a perfect opportunity for professionals who may be interested in demystifying the pitch process. Learn about resources available internally and how firms are evaluated. In the latest ChIPs NextGen Webinar, the ChIPs NextGen Committee will moderate an engaging program that will focus on:

    1. Law firm attorneys: how to collaborate with in-house counsel to win new business; and
    2. In-house counsel: how to partner with their law firms, and pitch promotions or themselves for new opportunities as well.


    • Mansi Shah, Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend
    • Janice Kirk, VP & General Counsel at Samsung Research America
    • Jen Lenander, Director of Legal Operations at Elastic
    • Heather Burke, Office Executive Partner at White & Case

    Please register for this virtual event here.


    Mansi Shah
    Mansi Shah is a Partner at Kilpatrick Townsend where she has over a decade of experience in intellectual property strategy and complex technology litigation for both start-ups and large companies. Mansi strategically manages patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation for her clients to achieve favorable results. She is also experienced in reviewing and negotiating IP license agreements, and managing corporate IP portfolios.

    With a background in software engineering and computer science, she has served as outside yet trusted “in-house” counsel for companies, analyzing, and advising on a spectrum of IP issues to facilitate growth, including a secondment leading a Fortune 500 technology client’s litigation and IP, while the VP was on sabbatical. Mansi holds a JD from George Washington University Law School and a BS from UCSD.

    Janice Kirk
    Janice Kirk is VP & General Counsel at Samsung Research America where she leads the legal and patents team and is responsible for all aspects of legal, compliance, and governance matters at its 9 locations. Prior to joining Samsung, Janice was Head of Commercial, Associate General Counsel at Logitech Inc. where she guided the legal strategy for the company’s global hardware and software product portfolio and led a team that partnered with all business groups and advised on the development and launch of new products and technologies. Before Logitech, Janice held various roles, including Senior Director & Regional Counsel, at technology and supply chain solution provider Ingram Micro, where she handled a wide range of legal issues. Prior to going in-house, Janice worked as a banking and real estate associate at Phillips Lytle.

    Jen Lenander
    Jen Lenander is the Director of Legal Operations at Elastic, the leading platform for search-powered solutions and was previously the Global Head of Legal Operations at CSL Behring. She has a long history of working at the intersection of legal, technology and innovation to help law firms and lawyers work smarter, not harder. She has helped law firms and legal departments create and manage a legal ops process, create end-to-end solutions with technology such as contract lifecycle management, and help lawyers embrace technology. Lenander was also featured in “Controlling the Process: How LegalOps Paves the Way for Tech Innovation,” the fourth episode of the podcast Just Hearsay on

    Heather Burke
    In her sixteen years at White & Case, Heather has been a leader in the firm’s Global Competition and Antitrust practice group, an award-winning practice that has been named Competition Group of the Year for the past six years by Law360. She concentrates on complex commercial litigation and counseling in the areas of antitrust, intellectual property and class actions and has extensive trial experience in federal court. Heather was recognized in 2017 and 2018 by Benchmark Litigation’s “Under 40 Hotlist.”

    Her work often includes defending international companies in grand jury investigations, civil and criminal investigations and multiple parallel class action, opt-out and State AG lawsuits. Outside of her trial work, Heather represents clients in connection with government investigations before government regulatory bodies, including the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission, and regularly counsels clients regarding antitrust regulatory hurdles in their mergers and acquisitions.

    Heather has also done extensive pro bono work for women of domestic violence in their divorce and child custody proceedings, and for children seeking asylum in the US after fleeing violence in their home country. She has previously served as the Pro Bono Chair in the Silicon Valley office and has been a leader in the office’s Women’s Initiative Program.

    ChIPs NextGen Webinars is a component of the ChIPs NextGen Initiative, an empowering program for female lawyers in the first 15 years of their careers. The ChIPs NextGen Community will help you elevate your career, connect with industry leaders, and engage with ChIPs members through ChIPs NextGen initiatives and the ChIPs NextGen Summit.

Mansi Shah Mansi Shah
Janice Kirk Janice Kirk
Jen Lenander Jen Lenander
Heather Burke Heather Burke