Interculturally of Counsel Podcast
About This Show
The aim of this podcast is to raise the awareness of legal professionals of the need for intercultural competence in their daily practice. Regardless of whether one works in a law firm, for a government agency, in a company, or as a sole practitioner, the globalized world in which we live requires us to interact with clients, colleagues, companies and government entities from other cultures. An awareness of our own cultural imprint along with the ability to recognize the cultural patterns of others can go a long way to improving how we work together. Listen to interviews with experienced legal professionals working in different capacities around the world to learn what tips they can give practitioners for improving how they work and communicate with other cultures in the legal context.
Most Recent Episode
Episode 10 - Technology Law - Interview with James S. DeGraw
7 days ago
Today’s guest on the podcast is James S. DeGraw. Jim is a partner at the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP. He practices corporate and technology law, a dynamic and constantly changing field.
Jim studied law in the US and began his career in the Boston office of Ropes & Gray. Around 2007, he moved to Tokyo to open Ropes & Gray’s first foreign office. During the 5 years he stayed in Tokyo, Jim worked on matters that took him to many parts of Asia, including Hong Kong, the PRC, and Korea. This experience taught him the importance of having good relationships with colleagues in other parts of the world who can help understand, separate and manage the variety of issues coming up in a global legal practice – business issues, cultural issues and legal issues
After his time in Asia, Jim returned to the US and began working in the San Francisco office of Ropes & Gray. Jim regularly leads projects for US-based and international clients where technology, data or other IP assets are the key drivers. In addition to technology-driven mergers and acquisitions, Jim’s transactional work includes working with clients to structure complex and strategic technology relationships, such as cross-border joint ventures, multi-faceted business licensing transactions and tactical business process outsourcing relationships.
During our interview, Jim shares his observations about how various legal systems in the world regulate data protection and security. These differences can have a major impact on how businesses operate outside of their home country. He also shares with us recent regulatory developments in China and Europe and discusses their possible impact.
At the end of our discussion, Jim gives us some tips about working and interacting with clients and colleagues from the US.