Practice Area Insights — Exploring General Counsel Responsibilities and Trends

14 Min View By: Matt Boisen, Allison Handy

“The greatest thing for me is the opportunity to not know anything about an area of law and the next day know a lot,” says Matt Boisen, general counsel of technology company Highspot. In this discussion with Allison Handy, co-chair of Perkins Coie’s Corporate & Securities practice, they delve into the challenges and opportunities of serving as a GC, preparing for the GC role, and major trends affecting both inside and outside counsel, such as the rise of generative AI.

Read more about the video’s featured speakers below:

Matt Boisen is an accomplished business leader with over a decade of experience counseling high-growth companies in the technology industry. Matt has built a reputation for driving efficiency through technology, delivering results, and inspiring teams to achieve their full potential. Currently Matt manages legal affairs and regulatory compliance for Highspot, Inc. In addition, Matt also serves as co-chair of the SaaS Industry Group for TechGC. Previously, he served as Vice President and Head of Legal Affairs at System1, where he established the legal team and guided the sale of the company to an eventual acquisition by a private equity firm. Before System1, Matt served as Vice President of Legal and Compliance at Blucora (NASDAQ: BCOR) and Director of Legal at (NASDAQ: SPRT). Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business, Information Systems from the University of Washington, and a JD from Seattle University.

Allison Handy is the co-chair of Perkins Coie’s Corporate & Securities practice. She is a trusted advisor to companies and boards of directors on critical corporate governance, securities compliance, and capital markets transactions. Allison brings a practical and pragmatic approach to counseling clients, helping them to prepare for tomorrow while addressing the challenges of today.

Allison is a frequent speaker and author on corporate governance and securities law topics. She is the co-founder of the Public Chatter blog, and a co-editor and co-author of The Public Company Handbook: A Corporate Governance and Disclosure Guide for Directors and Executives (Sixth Edition, 2021). She also leads Perkins Coie’s sponsorship of OnBoarding Women, a Seattle-based program dedicated to increasing gender equity in public company boardrooms.

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