2019 Global Legal Hackathon

Sponsored Event | February.22.2019 - February.24.2019

Orrick San Francisco

Orrick is proud to be a founding member of the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium and to serve as a host for the Global Legal Hackathon in San Francisco for the second consecutive year. This community-building event will tackle service delivery and pain points in the delivery of legal services, utilizing blockchain and other technology solutions, with the goal of reinventing and streamlining legal processes.

The Hackathon will take place in 40+ cities worldwide on February 22 at 4:00 PM (PST). The Global Legal Hackathon is positioned to be the largest event of its kind. Hosts include major multinational corporations, world-famous universities, innovative non-profit associations, and think tanks. The event engages law schools, law firms and in-house departments, legal technology companies, governments, and service providers to the legal industry globally. The best thinkers, doers and practitioners in law will come together to support a unified vision: rapid development of solutions to improve the legal industry, world-wide.

Participants from all backgrounds and industries are welcome to join the Global Legal Hackathon, including law firm partners and associates, in-house counsel, IT professionals, entrepreneurs, students, and tech innovators both inside and outside of the legal industries.

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Catherine Zinn Chief Client Officer

San Francisco

As Orrick’s Chief Client Officer, Catherine Zinn oversees Orrick’s sector focused business development, client satisfaction, alumni program and strategic events functions, globally.

Catherine and her team of experienced Managing Directors and other professional staff help ensure the firm is a steward of our clients' businesses. The team supports Orrick’s commitment to each client’s cause by listening to their views and concerns, responding to their needs, and articulating a shared understanding of priorities. Among other responsibilities, the team meets with clients to solicit their feedback and work with the firm’s relationship partners and teams to deliver value added services – and real innovation.

Catherine spearheads the firm’s strategic partnerships with thought leaders, community organizations, and other influencers - designed to add value for our clients and enhance the firm’s social impact. Additionally, Catherine commits a significant portion of her time connecting high profile executives, alumni, and other friends of the firm to jobs and to public company board seats, with an emphasis on diversity.

Previously, Catherine held senior client relations roles at DLA Piper and JAMS. With 20+ years of experience doing professional services sales, Catherine has built a reputation as a “super-connector” throughout the legal, tech, and financial services industries. Catherine’s passion in life is coaching and helping other people achieve their goals.

Catherine is a leader in the community:

  • National Foundation for Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (Board Member) Appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Law Foundation of Silicon Valley (Board Member, Chair of Nomination and Governance Committee)
  • Silicon Valley Directors’ Exchange, in affiliation with the Rock Center for Corporate Governance and Stanford University (Board Member) A community for Silicon Valley’s top public company directors
  • International Women’s Forum, Legacy Foundation (Board Member) Investing in non-profits focused on women and girls
  • American Heart Association, Go Red for Women (Executive Council)
  • Shatter Fund Investing in companies led by female entrepreneurs (Advisor)
  • Integra Ledger and the Global Legal Blockchain Consortium (Advisor)
  • National Finance Committee for Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign (Founding Member)

Catherine has been recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and as a Woman of Achievement by Legal Momentum.

In January of 2015 she was inducted into the International Women’s Forum and in 2016 joined American Leadership Forum’s roster of senior fellows along with other top c-level executives and community leaders.

Catherine is a founding member of the National Finance Committee for Kamala Harris’ 2020 presidential campaign. She has also served on the 2011 Barack Obama National Finance Committee, and as the National Chair of Lawyers for Obama, and Hillary Clinton’s 2008 National Finance Committee.

Catherine was a three-sport varsity athlete in college, tennis instructor, personal trainer, and head coach of a top ranked high-school tennis team in Washington, DC. Catherine is a graduate of Hamilton College with a degree in Economics.

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Practice:

  • Automotive Technology & Mobility
  • Corporate
  • Fintech
  • Technology Companies Group

Glynna Christian Partner Automotive Technology & Mobility, Corporate

New York

Glynna Christian, Co-Head of Orrick’s Global Technology Transactions practice, helps clients navigate complex legal issues and mitigate business risks associated with emerging and transformative technology and data.

Glynna has more than 20 years' experience advising clients in corporate and commercial deals across virtually all operational and strategic areas of their businesses, including:

  • launching new technology and digital products, including blockchain, autonomous and connected vehicles, wearable devices, data products, payment solutions, mobile app services, Internet security services and Internet registry services;
  • transforming traditional business models and internal service delivery models to digital models relying on cloud, blockchain, data (including Artificial Intelligence) and mobility; and 
  • M&A, financings, public offerings, joint ventures and other strategic transactions.

Glynna co-leads the firm’s Automotive Technology & Mobility group and also participates in the firm’s AI and blockchain working groups. An active and sought-out thought leader, she regularly speaks with clients and professional organizations on technology and data matters.