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Pokémon Company International Hires Chief Legal Officer

Harris Legal Search is pleased to announce that Jennifer Liu has joined The Pokémon Company International (“Pokémon”) as Chief Legal Officer.  She will be based at Pokémon U.S. headquarters in Bellevue, WA.  

Prior to joining Pokémon, Liu worked at Sony Interactive Entertainment as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary.  She gained two decades of entertainment industry experience working at several Sony entities.  Before going in-house in 2000, Liu practiced intellectual property law at top San Francisco law firms.

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website.  Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world.


Harvard Law and Inti Knapp Discuss In-House Careers

Recently, Harvard Law School invited our Managing Director, Inti Knapp, to discuss Planning Your In-House Career from Day One.”

Margie Boone, Harvard Law’s Director of Alumni Advising and Professional Development, asked Inti questions on behalf of students and alumni regarding (1) an overview of in-house practice; (2) common misconceptions about practicing in-house; and (3) how law students and law firm associates can best position themselves for an in-house career.  In addition, Inti discussed in-house compensation, comparison of West Coast vs. East Coast in-house practices, popular legal specialties, and the best timing to pursue in-house opportunities.

Although the Zoom video is password-protected at the Harvard Law Career Services website for its students and alumni, the Harris Legal Search team discusses the same topics every day with our corporate clients and candidates.


Transactional Attorney Joins Top Research and Development Company in Bay Area

We are pleased to announce that Crystal Vine has joined Amazon’s Lab126 as Associate Corporate Counsel. Vine previously practiced in the technology transactions group at Venable in San Francisco. In 2016, she graduated from the University of Southern California School of Law.


International Corporate Attorney Joins Global Technology & Commerce Company

Harris Legal Search is pleased to announce that Desmond Eppel has joined Amazon as Senior Corporate Counsel, Global Subsidiaries.  Prior to joining Amazon, Eppel was a corporate attorney at Caterpillar Inc. in Singapore and Illinois, and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York.  He graduated from Columbia University School of Law, and also studied at the Sorbonne in Paris.


Nintendo Adds Business & Technology Attorney

Harris Legal Search congratulates Negin Yazdani on joining Nintendo as Corporate Counsel.  Prior to joining Nintendo, Yazdani served as Corporate Attorney at aerospace company Virgin Orbit.  She graduated from the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she served as Managing Editor of Law Review.

Nintendo is the worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment.  Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch™ system and the Nintendo 3DS™ family of portable systems.  A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Washington, serves as headquarters for Nintendo’s operations in the Americas.  Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System™, Nintendo has sold more than 4.7 billion video games and more than 740 million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy™, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS™ family of systems, Super NES™, Nintendo 64™, Nintendo GameCube™, Wii™ and Wii U™ systems.  Nintendo has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda, and Pokémon.


Ten Tips for Successful Virtual Interviewing

During the COVID-19 crisis, our clients have shifted almost entirely to interviewing attorney candidates by video conference. In fact, we have seen entire hiring cycles—from introduction, interviews, job offers, and onboarding of hires—conducted online without any in-person meetings.  Because a successful job search depends on whether candidates can build a personal connection with their interviewers over video, our founder, Victoria Harris, wrote an article: Ten Tips for Candidate Success in Your Next Virtual Interview



Seattle Labor & Employment Boutique Hires Experienced Litigation Associate

Harris Legal Search is pleased to announce that Dan Rogers  has joined Davis Grimm Payne & Marra.  Rogers worked previously on employment and litigation cases at another Seattle law firm.  He graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law, where he served on Law Review, and was awarded the Washington State Bar Association Labor and Employment Grant for Gonzaga Law.

Since 1984, Davis Grimm Payne & Marra has represented employers in labor and employment law.


Global Gaming Company Hires Intellectual Property Counsel

Aristocrat Digital has hired Alexander Montgomery as Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property.  Montgomery practiced previously at Davis Wright Tremaine and Perkins Coie, and most recently supported intellectual property matters at Microsoft.  Montgomery graduated from the University of Washington School of Law.

Aristocrat Digital is home to Big Fish Games (Seattle and Oakland) and Product Madness (London).  A world leading social games business, Aristocrat Digital generated over one billion dollars in aggregate revenue in 2019.


Global Trade Attorney Joins International Commerce Company at DC HQ

We are pleased to announce that Christopher Tipler has joined Amazon as Associate Corporate Counsel, Global Trade.  Tipler will focus on complex global sanctions issues.   Previously, he was an associate in the Washington, D.C. and Paris offices of Jones Day.  After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Tipler clerked for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 


Polsinelli’s Seattle Office Welcomes Health Care Shareholder

We are pleased to announce that Lori Oliver has joined Polsinelli’s Seattle office as Shareholder in the Health Care group.  A health care industry veteran, Oliver has served as Associate Vice President for Medical Affairs and Director of Legal and Business Affairs at University of Washington (“UW”) Medicine.

Oliver counsels health care organizations in strategic affiliations and relationship strategies, clinical alignment initiatives, complex clinical research. and governance issues.  She is also well-versed in compliance issues including fraud and abuse, Stark, HIPAA and state privacy laws, federal research regulations, and Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements. 

In 2018, AmLaw 100 law firm Polsinelli launched its Seattle office with a group of experienced business attorneys.  “As our Seattle office continues its strategic growth, we are excited to have Lori join us in building Polsinelli’s West Coast health care presence,” said Polsinelli Seattle Office Managing Partner Jane Pearson.

Polsinelli’s Health Care department represents one of the largest concentrations of health care attorneys and professionals in the nation.  U.S. News & World Report has awarded Polsinelli a National Tier One ranking in Health Care Law “Best Law Firms” annually since 2014, and in 2018 recognized Polsinelli as “Law Firm of the Year.”  Since 2012, the Department has been ranked among the Top 5 largest health care practices nationwide by the American Healthcare Lawyers Association (AHLA), and among the Top 10 largest law firms in the nation by Modern Healthcare.

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