Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

In-House Counsel Excellence: Path to Professional & Personal Growth

2023/11/09 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join CALOBA (Chinese American Lawyers of the Bay Area) for an Exclusive In-House Counsel Event in Collaboration with Sheppard Mullin!

Discover the secrets to a successful legal career in-house and unlock the path to personal growth as we bring you a dynamic panel of four accomplished in-house counsel professionals. Gain insights into their remarkable journeys, the intricacies of the legal profession, and the keys to personal and professional development.

Event Highlights

Distinguished Panel: Hear from four seasoned in-house counsel experts who have achieved excellence in their fields.

Career Wisdom: Get firsthand advice on navigating the unique challenges and opportunities within the in-house legal landscape, including insights on personal growth and development.

Personal Growth Discussions: Delve into strategies and experiences that have propelled these professionals forward in their careers and lives.

Networking: Connect with fellow legal professionals, colleagues, and experts in a relaxed and engaging atmosphere.

Food and Drinks: Enjoy a delightful spread of refreshments as you mingle and discuss the legal profession and personal growth.

Don't miss this exceptional opportunity to learn, network, and expand your horizons in the legal field and in your personal journey. This is a must-attend event for both aspiring and established legal professionals seeking to balance career success with personal growth.

RSVP Now and Secure Your Spot!

Seize this chance to gain invaluable insights into the in-house counsel career path and the personal growth that can accompany it, all while savoring delicious food and beverages provided by Sheppard Mullin.

We look forward to seeing you there! Don't forget to bring your questions and a thirst for knowledge as we explore the exciting world of in-house counsel and personal development together.


5:00PM- 5:30PM: Reception

5:30PM - 7:00PM: Panel Discussion

7:00PM- 7:15PM: Q&A

7:15Pm-8:00PM: Social Session

Panelists (by alphabetic order)

Sophie Chen is a highly accomplished legal professional with a strong background in technology transactions and corporate law. Currently serving as the Head of Legal and Compliance at Overland Pharmaceuticals, Sophie Chen oversees a wide range of legal and compliance matters at the cross-border biopharmaceutical company. Prior to joining Overland Pharmaceuticals, Sophie served as Senior Corporate Counsel at Gilead Sciences where she specialized in strategic transactions such as licensing, collaborations, mergers, and acquisitions. Sophie began her legal career at Foley & Lardner LLP, where she honed her skills in patent prosecution and patent litigation, and technology transactions. Sophie received her JD from Notre Dame Law School and Bachelor’s degrees in Biology and Economics from Peking University.

Zhanping Wu is Partner, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer of Vivo Capital, a global healthcare investment firm. Ms. Wu joined Vivo Capital in April 2015. Before joining Vivo Capital, Ms. Wu was the Director and Corporate Counsel of FibroGen, a biopharmaceutical company that obtained initial public listing on NASDAQ in 2014. Prior to that, she was a senior corporate attorney at Perkins Coie, LLP, focusing on venture capital and emerging companies practice and was named as a “Northern California Rising Star” in Super Lawyers Magazine for three consecutive years from 2011 to 2013. Ms. Wu received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and master’s degree in law from Peking University, China, and a J.D. from the University of California, Davis.

Sandy Yao is currently a Director of Legal at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI). She heads the legal team that oversees product, privacy and intellectual property issues across CZI, supporting various Science, Education and AI initiatives. Prior to this, she spent six years at LinkedIn, providing product and privacy counseling to various product and business lines (including LinkedIn China). She also worked as an associate at WSGR focusing on technology transactions. Sandy came from an engineering background and received her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and her JD from Stanford Law School.

Jerry Zha is an Associate General Counsel at Okcoin. Prior to that, he was a Managing Associate at Sheppard Mullin. Jerry has a JD degree from George Washington University and a PhD degree in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University. He has great interest in the interface between cutting edge technologies and law.


CALOBA|Sheppard Mullin
View Organizer Website


Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
1540 El Camino Real Suite 120, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Menlo Park, CA 94025 US
+ Google Map