Law Department Management Triple Play: What Separates the Best In-House Lawyers from the Rest, Mitigating Risks and Managing Costs in Complex Litigation and Negotiation 101

Ted RussellOswald B. CousinsCatherine KrowDavid C. Lee
February 23, 2023


In this installment of our Triple Play series, our three, thirty-minute programs cover what separates the best in-house lawyers from the rest, mitigating risks and managing costs in complex litigation and Negotiation 101. Most in-house lawyers meet the basic requirements of their jobs, responding to internal clients and keeping up to date on the relevant law. But what makes an in-house lawyer stand out as a great lawyer? There are six key areas where in-house lawyers should focus their efforts. As a lawyer who manages litigation, mitigating risks may seem at odds with managing costs. In this business of law program, you will learn how companies are using their own data to manage both litigation risk and cost. For years, law and business schools throughout the world have been teaching proven strategies and techniques that can make you a better negotiator. This program distills those teachings into the most important concepts and techniques that the best negotiators use to achieve great results.


Theodore A. Russell, Former Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Digital, Home Entertainment and Television Distribution, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Los Angeles, CA

Oswald B. Cousins, Of Counsel, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Palo Alto, CA

Catherine Krow, CEO & Founder, Digitory Legal, San Francisco, CA

David C. Lee, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, Orange County, CA

Ted is the former Executive Vice President, Business Affairs, Digital, Home Entertainment and Television Distribution, for Twentieth Century Fox Film in Los Angeles where he negotiated deals for the distribution of film and television content in digital and traditional media. Prior to that, Mr. Russell was Senior Vice President, Litigation, for Fox Entertainment Group, handling all manner of legal problems faced by Fox’s film, television, cable, sports and Internet properties. He has substantial experience litigating in state and federal courts. Mr. Russell has lectured on topics ranging from electronic discovery to crisis management. But his true academic interest arises in the context of negotiations, and specifically the legal, ethical, and practical limitations imposed on lawyers participating in negotiations. He serves as a Lecturer in Law at USC Gould School of Law, where he teaches a course in Negotiation Ethics, and as an Adjunct Professor at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University. Before joining Fox in 1998, Mr. Russell was a business and employment litigator at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

Oswald defends and advises clients on complex employment law challenges. His 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer and high-level advisor to both established and emerging companies on all aspects of employment law further strengthen the capabilities of Morrison & Foerster’s Employment + Labor practice. Oswald’s experience includes: Wage-and-hour compliance and litigation; Private Attorney General Act litigation; Discrimination and harassment; Whistleblower and retaliation; Reductions in force and Disability accommodation. He has tried cases to verdict before federal and state court juries and judges, and has served as lead counsel in arbitrations and administrative proceedings. In addition to his legal work, Oswald is a frequent speaker and authority on legal developments, theories, and practical aspects related to employment law and litigation. Oswald is a member of the American Employment Law Council (AELC), the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, and the Bar Association of San Francisco.

Catherine founded Digitory Legal to help lawyers and in-house legal departments respond to an evolving market and to solve cost-management challenges in ways that promote trust and collaboration between attorneys and clients. Before founding Digitory Legal, Catherine practiced law at top-tier firms for 17 years, first at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett and then at Orrick, where she was a Litigation Partner. She is an accomplished trial lawyer with extensive experience representing global corporations in a wide variety of high-stakes litigation matters. Catherine also is a frequent speaker & recognized thought leader on legal technology, spend management, and the use of artificial intelligence and data in law. For her pioneering work in legal technology, Catherine was named a 2018 Top 10 Woman Entrepreneur In Cloud Innovation, a 2019 American Bar Association "Women of Legal Technology List" honoree and included in the FastCase 50 Class of 2019 “honoring the law’s smartest, most courageous innovators, techies, visionaries, & leaders”.

David is a Corporate partner in Gibson Dunn’s Orange County Office. Mr. Lee structures and negotiates domestic and cross-border transactions on behalf of corporations, venture capital firms, and private equity houses. His practice includes mergers & acquisitions, private placements, initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, recapitalizations, take-private transactions, hostile takeover defense, and other complex corporate transactions. Mr. Lee has experience in a number of dynamic sectors, including the healthcare, cleantech, energy, and digital media industries. He regularly represents pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and healthcare companies in high-value sales, acquisitions and licenses of drug products, new technologies, corporate acquisitions. Mr. Lee advises venture capital and private equity firms on their strategic investments and acquisitions throughout the investment lifecycle . He also handles equity and debt capital markets offerings on behalf of both issuers and investment banks. Mr. Lee offers sophisticated commercial insights that reflect his experience in the private sector. Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Lee served as a Certified Public Accountant in the audit and valuations department of Price Waterhouse, and as Controller and Vice President of Finance of a Fortune 500 energy company. He has also served as the Co-Chairman of the Transactions Affinity Group of the American Health Lawyers Association, and he has taught accounting courses at the UCLA Extension Program.

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