Firoz Dattu

Firoz is a lecturer, author, and industry thought leader, who has spent nearly twenty years advising chief legal officers on their key strategy issues. Firoz has been quoted by the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review, and named a legal visionary in a recent publication profiling the field’s top innovators. He founded AdvanceLaw in early 2010.

Firoz has been a teaching fellow in the Economics Department of Harvard University, lecturing on micro and macroeconomics, and receiving the Derek Bok award for teaching excellence. He practiced law at Paul Weiss, working on a diverse array of complex litigation matters. After leaving private practice in 1998, Firoz co-launched and oversaw the General Counsel Roundtable (now the CEB Legal Leadership Council), a consultancy serving over 600 chief legal officers of major global companies.

In 2006, Firoz was named Managing Director of the Audit Committee Leadership Forum, advising the Boards of sixty large companies (including Wells Fargo, Procter & Gamble, H.J. Heinz, and State Farm). In this role, Firoz presented to dozens of Fortune 500 Boards on strategy, legal, compliance, and financial risk oversight. Around the same time, Firoz was appointed lead faculty member of the Legal Leadership Academy, an organization teaching business and leadership skills to in-house counsel.

Across his career, Firoz has co-authored several studies for general counsel on the topic of outside counsel management, and has presented his findings to hundreds of in-house legal teams. He is regularly asked to speak at prominent events, such as Inside Counsel’s SuperConference, Thomson Reuters’ Law Firm CFO & COO Forum, and Harvard Law School’s Program on the Legal Profession. Firoz has also presented to a number of law firms, helping them better understand and adapt to client needs.

Firoz received his B.A. from the University of Toronto, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

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