Tour of Duty: Stasia Kelly, U.S. co-managing partner, DLA Piper

Stasia Kelly's best advice for improving boardroom comfort and how to rise to GC

Stasia Kelly may now be the U.S. co-managing partner of DLA Piper, but her general counsel experience has spanned multiple jobs — and industries. After becoming GC of Fannie Mae following a successful stint with law firm Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, Kelly has been leading in-house legal teams for nearly 20 years. InsideCounsel recently caught up with Kelly to discuss the strategies that has allowed her to successfully relate with the variety of different boardrooms and legal teams with which she has become accustomed. Below is our exchange:

Q: How has your idea of a GC’s role within a company changed between when you started and now at DLA Piper?

Q: So how can new GCs become that comfortable in a board setting?

I think that understanding that the decisions a company makes and the challenges that they face are all coming from human beings under the same stresses, no matter what industry. You can see that piece of it, knowing that it’s there makes it easier for GCs or outside counsel to be able to help.

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