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Instacart Hires Cooley Partner as Second Deputy Legal Chief

Sept. 28, 2020, 2:13 PM

Instacart Inc., which has been shopping for new legal talent in recent months, has brought in-house a lawyer who took the lead on a key fundraising for the fast-growing grocery deliver service.

Cooley partner Bradley Libuit led a team from the firm this summer advising Instacart on a pair of financings that raised a collective $325 million, valuing the privately held company at nearly $14 billion.

Libuit confirmed to Bloomberg Law that he joined the San Francisco-based company Sept. 14 as its second deputy general counsel. He will work closely with Instacart general counsel Morgan Fong and deputy general counsel Hyun Jee Son. He declined further comment.

Libuit made partner at Cooley in 2018, a year after he joined the firm from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he spent nearly eight years as an associate. Fong, who joined Instacart in 2015, spent four years at Wilson Sonsini after starting his career at the firm in 2000.

In private practice, Libuit specialized in corporate and securities matters, advising startup and late-stage private companies preparing for initial public offerings. Instacart is among several so-called “unicorns” in the technology expected to go public within the next year.

Libuit joins Instacart three months after the company recruited employment counsel Alexander MacDonald, a former Littler Mendelson associate in Washington.

MacDonald’s hire came as Instacart and other gig economy companies grapple with a state laws that could require them to reclassify a slew of workers as employees rather than independent contractors. The company’s workforce more than doubled this year amid a surge in demand stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.

BlackBerry Bulks Up

BlackBerry Ltd., a Canadian technology company seeking to expand into new business lines, has turned to Big Law for a new director of U.S. government affairs and public policy in Anne Kierig.

Kierig confirmed to Bloomberg Law that she joined the company Sept. 21. She was most recently counsel in Venable’s legislative and government affairs practice in Washington, where she joined the firm last year. Kierig previously was a lobbyist at DLA Piper and worked as a staffer for Sens. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.).

Kierig reports to former Wiley Rein associate Marjorie Dickman, who joined BlackBerry earlier this year as its first-ever chief government affairs and public policy officer. Dickman previously spent 16 years at Intel Corp., where she was most recently a global director and associate general counsel for the internet of things and automated driving policy.

HP’s Compliance Change

Paul Roeder, a longtime in-house lawyer at HP Inc., confirmed to Bloomberg Law that over the summer he took on the additional title of chief ethics and compliance officer, succeeding Christina Kloes.

A former Wilson Sonsini partner, Roeder joined what was the Hewlett-Packard Co. in 2000. Hewlett-Packard split in 2015, creating two new legal departments, HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise, the latter of which recently elevated its legal chief to COO.

Roeder rose to become deputy general counsel for litigation and brand security at HP, a title he still holds in addition to his new responsibilities overseeing ethics and compliance. Roeder reports to HP general counsel Harvey Anderson, who moved into his position almost a year ago.

Anderson reports to HP’s chief legal officer Kim Rivera, a fellow prominent legal diversity advocate who last year also took on the additional title of president of strategy and business management at HP. The Palo Alto, Calif.-based technology giant hired Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton counsel Shirley Lo last month as a director of corporate securities in New York.

More Tech Moves

Other notable in-house additions in the technology space include:

  • Arvin Patel, a former chief of IP at TiVo Corp. who left the company with a $1.8 million severance package following its merger with Xperi Corp., this month became the new COO of Intellectual Ventures LLC’s Invention Investment Fund. Nathan Myhrvold’s patent holding company said July 9 that Patel, a Harvard Law School graduate, would join its ranks in September to handle commercialization strategy and execution, business development, and partnerships for its portfolio.
  • Amazon.com Inc. brought on Baker & Hostetler white-collar defense and investigations counsel Susrut “Sonny” Carpenter in August as a New York-based corporate counsel for privacy and data security in its advertising arm. Carpenter, a former captain in the U.S. Army, is the latest in a string of in-house hires by the e-commerce giant so far this year.
  • Snap Inc., which saw its top in-house lawyer take home $9 million last year, hired Morrison & Foerster of counsel David Brightman last month in Santa Monica, Calif., as an associate general counsel for intellectual property litigation and transactions. Brightman joined MoFo last year, having previously spent a decade in-house at Yahoo! Inc., where he was chief counsel for patent litigation and conflict management. Snapchat’s parent company has several patent disputes on its docket.

To contact the reporter on this story: Brian Baxter in New York at bbaxter@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Opfer at copfer@bloomberglaw.com

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