MicroPact 2012 Year in Review
Sandra Levy, Director Legal Services
As we head into 2013, it is important to pause and look back at 2012. It was a year of growth and accomplishment at MicroPact. We celebrated the company’s 15th anniversary, added nearly 50 employees and achieved a number of significant operational milestones. As part of our retrospective we’d like to share with you a multi-part series of interviews with the leaders of MicroPact. They’ll share with us their accomplishments in 2012, and their goals for the new year, as well as the obligatory New Year’s resolution both personal and corporate.
You established a new role at MicroPact in 2012 as the Director of Legal Services. What is the scope of your responsibilities?
In a nutshell, I am responsible for all legal matters to be addressed by our organization. This includes all contracts (both customer and vendor-facing), managing our intellectual property portfolio of trademarks and copyrights and ensuring we hit critical renewal deadlines, managing our litigation and ensuring we are receiving the best outside legal representation at a reasonable cost, addressing any employment matters from a legal perspective, managing corporate matters, ensuring we remain compliant as a corporation to all federal, state and local laws (e.g., export controls, business ethics and conduct, etc.), and any other legal services that may be needed from time-to-time.
As you described in a recent blog post, you’re leading the development of a new system for managing legal inquiries based on MicroPact’s entellitrak platform. What capabilities are you most looking forward to in that system?
I’m looking forward to having a solid means to measure the value of our team’s output to that of the organization as a whole. It is important that we work effectively while remaining cost efficient.
What is the thorniest legal issue that you had to resolve at MicroPact in 2012?
Thankfully there have been minimal thorns here at MicroPact. This is the result of a well-run organization that values communication from the top and throughout the entire company. That said, I have been challenged in areas of patent litigation which is quite interesting.
What are your top priorities for Legal Services at MicroPact in 2013?
Aligning the Legal Department’s goals and objectives with that of the company’s so that we can play a key part in achieving them in 2013.
In your new employee profile we learned that you are a “motor-cycle enthusiast”… er, biker chick. Did you get your bike out on the road last year?
Truth be told… my steel pony remained in the garage this past year just due to other interests that took priority. That said, 2013 is a whole new year and my inner biker chick will not remain dormant!
Do you have a New Year’s resolution to share?
I don’t tend to make New Year’s resolutions only because they are hard to keep. That said, I do have goals in 2013 and one of them is to travel somewhere new, like Spain, perhaps. Ole! I guess I better brush up on my Spanish. Cuando es la hora feliz?
Do you have a prediction for 2013?
Our country will continue to climb out of a recession and enjoy more economic success in 2013. Oh, and the Redskins will go to the Super Bowl. May as well get ALL of my wishes in! ;-)