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Fenwick Hires Carole Coplan to Head FLEX Program

December 03, 2015

Fenwick & West recently welcomed Carole Coplan as the new general manager of FLEX by Fenwick.

Coplan told The Recorder she was impressed by the FLEX business model and Fenwick & West's innovative approach to a problem she saw some years ago when she briefly opened up her own shop after a couple of in-house roles.

“I saw the need in companies looking for commercial-transactions work, either near the end of the quarter or when deals are closing, and also for strategic guidance on strategy and pricing,” said Coplan. “I was intrigued that a law firm was providing this service—of identifying when clients in a certain stage of their growth cycle need nimble counsel, either part time or full time, for a broad array of services."

Called a “friend to startups” by The Recorder, FLEX now has more than 85 attorneys and has provided counsel on more than 245 assignments to more than 130 companies at all stages of growth – from startups to the Fortune 500.

“We're seeing an increase in demand for attorneys with expertise in M&A work and experience with software-as-a-service companies," Coplan told the Daily Journal. "We're also seeing an increased need for privacy experience, for U.S. and international privacy-related issues."

Coplan takes responsibility for managing the FLEX business, which was launched in 2010 and co-founded by Ralph Pais, a Fenwick technology transactions partner, and Alexandra Smith, senior director of product and services development.

Pais told The Recorder that “Coplan is especially well suited for the role because of her experience in-house,” and she “knows what clients need because she’s been one before.”

Both the Daily Journal and The Recorder recounted Coplan’s extensive legal and business development experience with companies such as Cryptography Research Inc., Responsys, Inc. and Epylon, Inc. as key elements in her career leading up to managing FLEX.

Coplan holds a J.D. from San Francisco Law School and a B.A. in political science and international relations from the University of Florida. In addition to her work in the technology and legal space, Coplan owns a boutique vineyard in Sonoma, California.

FLEX provides clients high-quality and cost-effective legal solutions to meet their interim legal needs while providing attorneys with opportunities to redefine success by having more control over their careers.

The full articles are available through The Recorder and the Daily Journal websites (subscriptions required).​