Welcome to Law Light! The legal world has a lot to offer – and so do we. Law Light delivers a bit of levity to relevant & informed conversations touching all aspects of the legal field. Brought to you with a combination of head & heart by Gibson Arnold & Associates, Inc., a national legal recruiting firm assisting Fortune 500 corporations and law firms with the placement of extraordinary candidates. We handle full-cycle recruitment of senior- and executive-level employees and staff personnel, as well as e-Discovery.
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Published November 19, 2021 (Download)
Law Light returns this week with a conversation between Melinda Delmonico, CEO of Gibson Arnold, and Jennifer Simons of Parker Wellbore. Jennifer is Sr. Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for Parker Wellbore and has spent much of her career with the company. We hear about Jennifer’s distinguished history with Parker, as well as the ways her life and her beliefs have shaped her career. Jennifer shares with us the greatest lessons she has learned from her career, as well as the lessons she is continuing to learn even still.
Published October 15, 2021 (Download)
This week on Law Light, we are continuing our discussion on Diversity & Inclusion with our guest, Kim Stith. Kim is Vice President & General Counsel of Employment Law and Benefits at Waste Management. Melinda Delmonico (President & CEO of Gibson Arnold) and Kim get together to discuss Kim’s experience with Diversity & Inclusion in the legal field, and what DEI initiatives should look like in the modern era. Kim offers her unique perspective on Diversity & Inclusion both as an employment attorney, and as an African-American female attorney.
Published October 1, 2021 (Download)
This week on Law Light, we are excited to feature a conversation between Melinda Delmonico, President & CEO of Gibson Arnold, and Anne Lee Benedict, General Counsel of Thomas James Homes here in Denver, Colorado. Anne began her legal career in law firms, but found her way in-house at Summit Materials where she realized that her true love was in-house law. Anne and Melinda discuss the unique role of in-house attorneys, and the responsibilities they hold not just as lawyers, but as business leaders as well.
Published September 3, 2021 (Download)
Welcome back to season 4 of Law Light! We are fortunate to begin this season joined by our guest Marika Rietsema Ball, who is an Associate at Jones & Keller in Denver, CO. Marika joins us as part of our Diversity & Inclusion series. Host Melinda Delmonico (President & CEO of Gibson Arnold) and Marika discuss the contemporary issues that arise when hiring and retaining diverse attorneys in the legal field. Marika emphasizes that companies and employees should not be afraid to be wrong, as long as they are willing to learn from their mistakes.
Published August 6, 2021 (Download)
This week on Law Light, Melinda Delmonico (President & CEO of Gibson Arnold) is joined by Maria Arias, Principal of Maria Arias Solutions. Maria focuses her business on strategic consulting in the area of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and has helped a number of organizations learn to prioritize these values within their company’s culture. Maria began her career as an attorney, but quickly focused her career on Diversity and Inclusion, eventually becoming the Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for Comcast Corporation before launching her own consulting business. Maria and Melinda discuss just how important Diversity & Inclusion are in today’s workplace, as well as how to implement structures that promote equity.
Published July 23, 2021 (Download)
This week’s episode of Law Light features Melinda Delmonico, President & CEO of Gibson Arnold joined by Lesley Wynes, Chief Legal Talent Officer for Thompson Coburn. Lesley oversees all attorney recruiting and hiring nationwide for Thompson Coburn, and therefore provides some invaluable insight and advice on what it takes to be successful as a law firm attorney. Lesley began her career as a tax attorney in a large firm, but through her self-described “choose your own adventure career”, she found her way into attorney recruiting for Thompson Coburn and has done so for the last two years.
Published July 9, 2021 (Download)
This week on Law Light, we are continuing our series on Diversity and Inclusion with guest Veronica Foley, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary of Precision Drilling. Veronica speaks with Melinda Delmonico, President & CEO of Gibson Arnold about her legal career path, about moving to the United States at the age of 16, and about fighting to become a lawyer despite those who doubted her from a very young age. Veronica’s story is a fascinating one, and she beautifully delivers her thoughts on what diversity & inclusion mean in the workplace and why it is important in all aspects of the professional world.
Published June 25, 2021 (Download)
This week’s episode features newly appointed President & Managing Director of Littler, Erin Webber. Erin sits down with Melinda Delmonico, President & CEO of Gibson Arnold as part of our Women In Leadership series. New to her leadership role, Erin provides a unique perspective of what makes a good leader, and what kind of leader she wants to be, and touches on the struggles specifically faced by women in leadership roles. She also describes the path that led her to ultimately practicing law, and offers advice on how to take ownership of your career rather than being stuck in a job you don’t enjoy.
Published June 11, 2021 (Download)
Continuing our series on Diversity & Inclusion, Melinda Delmonico (President & CEO of Gibson Arnold) sits down with Bill Hopkins, a healthcare partner with Spencer Fane. Bill is also President of the Central Texas Advisory Board of the Texas Diversity Council, and brings a very well-rounded perspective to this discussion. Bill recognizes that law is not a very diverse field (yet!), and that it can be challenging for lawyers of color to be the only person of color in the room. Bill defines what diversity and inclusion mean to him personally and professionally, and how to implement both parts of this integral process effectively.
Published May 28, 2021 (Download)
This week on Law Light, we are continuing our series on Women In Leadership with a very special in-house guest: Amanda Rome, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Xcel Energy. She sits down with Melinda Delmonico, President & CEO of Gibson Arnold, to talk about her legal career, as well as her unique view of leadership. Amanda talks about being self aware as a leader, and about truly caring about the happiness and development of the people on your team. She encourages young women to take an ownership mentality in their careers, and to not just be box checkers who do the bare minimum.
Published May 14, 2021 (Download)
This week on Law Light, Melinda Delmonico (President & CEO of Gibson Arnold) is graciously joined by Stanton Dodge, Chief Legal Officer of DraftKings Inc. to get an insider’s view on what it takes to be a successful in-house attorney. Stanton takes us through his very unique and interesting legal career, and reminds us to always be challenging ourselves in order to always be growing. Stanton and Melinda discuss the 10,000 hour principle, and Stanton talks about his personal hiring style and the special kind of person that he looks for when hiring an in-house lawyer.
Published April 30, 2021 (Download)
This week on Law Light, Melinda Delmonico (President & CEO of Gibson Arnold) is kicking off an important series on Diversity & Inclusion, and our first guest on the subject is Terry Leve, the Chief Legal & Corporate Resource Officer for Pinnacol Assurance. Terry is a passionate leader for diversity and inclusion in his organization, and he and Melinda examine the ways in which companies and workforces can integrate diverse and inclusive values into their cultures. Terry also presents the idea that diversity and inclusion are forever practices, not one-and-done boxes to check.
Published April 16, 2021 (Download)
This week on Law Light we have a very special guest, Marianna Kosharovsky, Founder and Executive Director of ALIGHT (Alliance to Lead Impact on Global Human Trafficking) here in Denver, Colorado. Marianna sits down with Melinda Delmonico, President & CEO of Gibson Arnold, to discuss her work in fighting human trafficking through her non-profit, ALIGHT. Founded in 2015, ALIGHT provides legal services and other support for survivors of human trafficking. Marianna shares with us the incredible story of her journey through law that eventually led her to create this ground-breaking organization.
Published April 2, 2021 (Download)
Welcome to Season 3 of Law Light! On this week’s episode, Melinda Delmonico (President & CEO of Gibson Arnold) sits down with Sylvia Kerrigan, Executive Director of the KBH Center for Energy, Business, & Law in Austin, Texas. Sylvia gives us a fascinating account of her journey through her legal career, from her time in law firms, to being General Counsel of Marathon Oil, and finally to her current role as “Recovering Lawyer” and her focus on board work rather than legal work. Sylvia reflects on the serendipity of her early legal career, and how her career has truly shaped her life as a whole and led her to the work she does now through the University of Texas at Austin.
Published March 5, 2021 (Download)
On our season 2 finale, Melinda Delmonico (President & CEO of Gibson Arnold) is joined by Gibson Arnold’s own Directors of Associate Hiring, Forlesia Willis and Kenton Oates. Together, they discuss what it’s like to job search as a new law school graduate, and provide some strategies and tools that will help any job seeker find the job that is the right fit for them. Kenton and Forlesia are both finely tuned to the associate job market, and bring a great deal of wisdom and honesty to this discussion.
Published February 19, 2021 (Download)
This week’s episode of Law Light features President & CEO of Gibson Arnold, Melinda Delmonico speaking with Fiona Arnold, President of Mainspring in Denver, CO. Fiona dives into her law career, and how it led her to ultimately becoming president of a real estate development firm. Melinda and Fiona also discuss different leadership styles, what makes them effective, and how to always be learning new strategies of leadership. Fiona encourages women to take their seat at the proverbial table, and gives a very real look into corporate diversity measures.
Published February 5, 2021 (Download)
This week on Law Light, Melinda Delmonico (CEO & President of Gibson Arnold) sits down with Lisa Liss, Recruiting Manager at Holland & Hart. Together, they combine their extensive recruiting experience to build a toolkit for recent law school grads who are on the hunt for a job. Lisa has worked in many law firms throughout her career, and offers some insight into what many firms are looking for in their potential associates. Lisa and Melinda also provide some expert advice concerning interview Dos and Don’ts for new grads, including how to adapt to a remote, Covid-friendly format.
Published January 22, 2021 (Download)
This week on Law Light, Melinda Delmonico (President & CEO of Gibson Arnold) has the pleasure of speaking with Margaret McLean, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer for TTEC. Margaret and Melinda sit down to discuss Margaret’s pre-law career in the IT department, her unique international work experience, and her ultimate path to becoming an in-house attorney. The two also discuss the importance of work/life balance, and finding a way to incorporate self care into your every day life. Margaret has a wide breadth of knowledge and experience in the in-house world, and we are very lucky to have her share it with us! Please enjoy.
Published January 11, 2021 (Download)
This week’s episode is the second installment of our Women In Leadership series, and Melinda has the fortune of interviewing Christy Crase, Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Professional Case Management. Christy provides us with a detailed look at the strategic path she took throughout her career that led her to her ultimate goal, to become a successful in-house attorney and executive.
Published December 18, 2020 (Download)
This week’s episode of Law Light is led by Melinda Delmonico (President and CEO of Gibson Arnold) who has the pleasure of interviewing Chris Allyn, Chief Counsel of Data, Aviation, and Analytics for Boeing. This first installment of our Women in Leadership series features a lively discussion surrounding the complex relationship between women and positions of power in the corporate and legal world. Chris dives into her journey through corporate America, and offers her insights on what inspires her.
Published November 20, 2020 (Download)
On this episode of Law Light, Melinda Delmonico (President & CEO of Gibson Arnold) talks with Elaina McMillan (Director of Talent Acquisition) about the Whys and the Hows of repurposing your career.
Published November 6, 2020 (Download)
On this week’s episode, Elaina McMillan, Director of Gibson Arnold’s DLA program, is joined by Dee Dee Norman (Director of Mergers and Laterals) and Forlesia Willis (Director of Associate Hiring) to discuss the benefits of working with a recruiter during your job search.
Published October 16, 2020 (Download)
On today’s episode, Melinda Delmonico (President & CEO of Gibson Arnold) is joined by Forlesia Willis, Director of Talent Acquisition and Head of Associate Hiring for Gibson Arnold. Melinda and Forlesia discuss the complicated and sometimes touchy topic of salary negotiations.
Published October 2, 2020 (Download)
We are back! Welcome to Season 2 of Law Light by Gibson Arnold & Associates. Our season opener is all about manifesting the career that truly inspires you. Melinda Delmonico, President & CEO of Gibson Arnold, is joined by Elaina McMillan, Director of Talent Acquisition, in order to help you understand the power of manifestation, and how it can help you find and obtain your dream career.
Published August 21, 2020 (Download)
On today’s episode Melinda is joined by Forlesia Willis, director of associate hiring for Gibson Arnold & Associates. The ladies discuss the ins and outs of the associate hiring process, from the interview to the transition, and everything in between. If you are interested in making a move, or are in need of an associate hire, contact Forlesia Willis at email@example.com.
Published August 7, 2020 (Download)
In today’s episode, Melinda talks to Elisha Dodge, senior managing director for Gibson Arnold & Associates. Together, they discuss the importance of forming and maintaining your professional network, as well as provide guidance for those who are trying to create their network from square one. Both Melinda and Elisha have spent many years in the legal industry, and they bring their cumulative knowledge to this episode to help you make the most of your network.
Published July 24, 2020 (Download)
Today Melinda is joined by Elisha Dodge, senior manager and general counsel for Gibson Arnold, to discuss what it takes to transition from a law firm to an in-house role. Elisha offers her expertise on what corporations are looking for in their corporate counsel, as well as how you can get started making the transition. For more information, contact Elisha Dodge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published July 10, 2020 (Download)
In the third installment of our Partners on the Move series, Melinda and Dee Dee discuss how to gracefully part ways with an employer. The ladies touch on the stress we may feel during a career transition, as well as how to navigate the tricky waters that sometimes arise during a parting of ways. Lateral partner hiring is a delicate process, so let Gibson Arnold & Associates help make it as seamless as possible for you. Contact Dee Dee Norman (email@example.com) for any questions about making a move.
Published: June 26, 2020 (Download)
In the second installment of our Partners on the Move series, Melinda and Dee Dee discuss the different facets of the lateral partner hiring process. Dee Dee, who is in charge of lateral hiring for Gibson Arnold and Associates, shares her expertise on the topic and provides some background knowledge of the process that may be able to help you in your future lateral move. Join us next time for part 3 of the series entitled The Classy Exit – Transitioning with Grace.
Published: June 12, 2020 (Download)
Today Melinda talks to Dee Dee Norman, head of mergers and acquisitions for Gibson Arnold & Associates. In the first installment of our Partner on the Move series, the two discuss some of the big reasons for making a career move, as well as how to know you are making the right choice. Join us next time for part 2 where Melinda and Dee Dee will dissect the lateral partner process.
Published: May 29, 2020 (Download)
Melinda is joined by Stacie Woods, eDiscovery manager for Gibson Arnold to discuss technology and the impact it has had on the discovery process. The two also touch on the pros and cons of using artificial intelligence, and what the future may hold for document review.
Published: May 15, 2020 (Download)
Today Melinda is joined by Stacie Woods, the eDiscovery Manager for Gibson Arnold & Associates. Together they discuss best practices for drafting a resume, and how your resume can make or break you in your job search. Melinda lays out some Dos and Don’ts of resume building, and the ladies discuss some of the resume faux pas they have seen in the past.
Published: May 1, 2020 (Download)
Melinda Delmonico and Elaina McMillan discuss Gibson Arnold’s Distinguished Legal Adviser (or DLA) program, including how it came to be, and how it is different than anything else currently in the legal field. The ladies also touch on the power and wisdom of retired attorneys, and how difficult it can be to “turn off” 30 years of legal experience. More information on the DLA program can be found on our website: www.gibsonarnold.com
Published: April 17, 2020 (Download)
On our first episode, Melinda Delmonico and Elaina McMillan discuss the stress of working in the legal field, the toll that stress can take on our health, and ways to practice self care in our every day lives. Gibson Arnold & Associates is a legal staffing firm located in Denver, Colorado that knows the ins and outs of the legal profession, and we will be bringing you podcasts on a myriad of topics regarding the legal world, so stay tuned!