Tell us about your role at Mammotome and what you typically handle?
I am lead counsel for Mammotome, an operating company within the Danaher Corporation, responsible for all legal matters globally. I partner with the business on commercial transactions; provide legal advice and support across all functions, including sales, marketing, business development, finance, human resources, operations, etc.; and manage litigation. I also handle data privacy program compliance for Mammotome as well as its sister company, Leica Biosystems.
What is the most enjoyable aspect of your current role?
The company’s mission of advancing breast cancer care resonates with me, and it’s rewarding to work with people who are passionate about the cause and what they do. As far as the legal work specifically, I enjoy the variety of the substantive issues that I encounter daily (truly, there is never a dull moment!), and also the global scope of my role.
Are there any memorable experiences—such as a pro bono or client win—or colleagues from NP that made a significant impact on your career?
The memories of the teamwork and camaraderie of working on an M&A deal together, and how exciting it was to watch the hard work (and late nights!) pay off. The partners in the Corporate practice group were always generous with their time so associates could learn and ask questions, especially Brian Krob and David Brown, who are shining examples of in-depth knowledge and infinite patience.
What brought you to Mammotome?
Can you touch upon your career trajectory? I knew I wanted to move in-house pretty early in my career as I preferred to have one client and really get to know the business. I started at a medical device company, which was then acquired, and then the business unit that I supported was spun off into a joint venture with a private equity firm. I then moved to a cancer diagnostics company, Leica Biosystems, and after a few years there, I was offered a position as AGC at Mammotome, which manufactures breast cancer biopsy equipment. So it has been a theme of constant change over the years, though I focused on one industry.
Are there any other developments in your professional and/or personal life you’d like to share with the NP Alumni community?
Being offered my current role, which is part of the company’s leadership team, has been a pretty exciting development for me. On a personal level, I now have two kids who keep me busy. When I was at the firm, I just had my daughter. (Who, by the way, still has the blanket that my then-assistant kindly crocheted for her. I always have a reminder of my time there!)
How do you plan on using NP Alumni to keep in touch with former colleagues?
I did keep in touch with a few folks throughout the years—some I saw at conferences, lunches, attended a few alumni events. It would be great to do that again!
Outside of your legal practice, what do you like to do in your free time?
During the pandemic, I started cooking more, including homemade bread and sushi. As the world starts to open up, I would love to travel again with my family.
What is your industry outlook? What’s your outlook on how COVID is shifting your professional approach?
The space that I’m in now has mostly recovered from a decrease that we saw in screening and biopsy procedures due to COVID. As far as professional approach, this has been a lesson in adaptability and really a test of thinking on your feet. The situation with the pandemic has been constantly changing, and for a while you did not know what the next day would bring. I’m looking forward to seeing what the “new normal” will look like.