Is there life after law?
Teresa Holderer will lead a lively panel discussion of former GCs, corporate counsel, and partners who retired from St Louis companies or firms over the last 7 years. We will explore what they are doing now and why as well as what they wished they had done prior to retiring to better prepare for their dream life. You will not want to miss this discussion. It is never too early to begin planning for this important milestone.
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Program: Retirement: Another Development Opportunity
Is there life after law? Teresa Holderer will lead a lively panel discussion of former GCs, corporate counsel, and partners who retired from St Louis companies or firms over the last 7 years. We will explore what they are doing now and why as well as what they wished they had done prior to retiring to better prepare for their dream life. You will not want to miss this discussion. It is never too early to begin planning for this important milestone.
Come Away With: ~ What should I be thinking about now to have greater fulfillment in retirement? ~ What opportunities are there for continued development after retirement? ~ Is a second career possible? How do I know when it’s time to go?
Speakers: Thomas Laffey, Graduated from Stanford University Law School in 1973 and then practiced law in Los Angeles with several law firms until January 2008 when I relocated to St Louis to accept an offer from Enterprise Rent a Car to become the company's General Counsel . Served as Enterprise's GC for approximately eight and a half years retiring on August 31 ,2016. In retirement I am acting as a private arbitrator listed on the American Arbitration Association's panel of Commercial arbitrators and am also assisting a professor at the university of Missouri Law School in teaching and advising students participating in the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic offered by the Law School. For fun I enjoy my two granddaughters here in St Louis and play golf sometimes well and sometimes badly.
Linda Legg, is an accomplished executive level corporate counsel who retired on October 1, 2010 with over 35 years of experience in supervisory and leadership roles in the Legal Departments of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, SBC Communications, Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages and AT&T Inc. Her work took her to lawyer positions in St. Louis, Dallas, Austin, and San Francisco. Long before she retired, and continuing to the present, Linda has been very active in mentoring law students and in supporting and funding educational programs, fellowships and scholarships at the University of Kansas School of Law and the University of Missouri School of Law. She serves on the KU Law School Board of Governors. In the community, Linda serves on the Foundation Board for the St. Louis County Library, the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Executive Leadership Team, and has served as a Director on the boards for Mercy Hospital Foundation, Dance St Louis, the St. Louis Community College Foundation, and the Missouri Court Appointed Special Advocates statewide Board of Directors.
Michael Oberlander, “retired” from the active practice of law in 2015, after 15+ years as the General Counsel of Caleres (formerly Brown Shoe Company). Before that, he was an attorney at Bryan Cave specializing in corporate finance and securities, M&A and corporate governance. Mike has always been an active volunteer in the community, including as President of the Board of the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis and as Vice Chair of the Board of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. In August 2016, he resigned from the Board of the Federation to become employed there as Chief Philanthropy Officer.
Kathleen O'Blennis, is retired from the active practice of law in 2016. Kathleen’s forty-year legal career spanned three States (Missouri, New Jersey and California) and included a variety of private practice and government positions. The majority of those years were concentrated in the areas of Estate Planning and Taxation and small business representation. After returning to the Midwest, Kathleen spent eleven years with the Polsinelli Law Firm in the Wealth Planning Group. Kathleen now serves as a Trustee of Local 1765 International Longshoremen’s Association Pension and Welfare Funds. Retirement has allowed Kathleen to focus on her passion, children’s reading literacy, with her participation in the Ready Readers program and the OASIS Intergenerational Tutoring program
Miriam Rogers Singer, retired from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals plc as Vice President and Corporate Secretary in 2015. She went to Mallinckrodt after serving as Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Solutia Inc. which was sold to Eastman Chemical Company in 2012. Miriam assisted Solutia in its emergence from bankruptcy and its re-establishment as an NYSE listed public company. At Mallinckrodt, Miriam handled the corporate governance and public company facing aspects of its spin from Covidien plc as well as securities, financing and corporate governance. Prior to Solutia, Miriam held in house corporate positions with Premcor Inc., Arch Coal Inc. and Petrolite Corp. Before heading in-house, Miriam was an associate with Kohn, Shands, Elbert, Gianoulakis and Giljum. She holds a law degree from St. Louis University and an undergraduate degree from Washington University.
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