The “We Are DocuSign” blog series places the spotlight on employees from a variety of departments and provides a peek into what it’s like to work at DocuSign.
Q: What do you do at DocuSign?
I am Senior Corporate Counsel at DocuSign. I focus on negotiating sales agreements and answering customer questions about legality.
Q: What is the best thing about working at DocuSign?
Working with my team. We have a really collaborative, engaged legal team. I’m excited because we’ve really grown the team, yet we’ve been able to maintain a very collegial, collaborative spirit. We’re a close-knit team, especially here in Seattle. We work on stuff together, and we also do a lot of socialising. We just had a team event at the zoo and everyone brought their kids, which was really fun.
Q: How is that team different than other teams at DocuSign? Is there anything special about your team’s dynamic?
A lot of us play Pokemon, although I don’t know if that makes us unique. [Laughs] We have a lot of people with different backgrounds. We get to learn from each other. For example, I’ve spent my whole career in the tech industry — and we also have people who have worked for judges and have experience in the court system. So, it’s neat getting to learn from them about other aspects of the legal profession.
Q: What is the best advice you can give to somebody starting a new job in your department at DocuSign?
Learn about the business. It’s not enough to just know about the law. You need to understand what is unique to DocuSign and what we can do as lawyers to help support the company’s overall goals.
Q: What traits do you most admire in your colleagues at DocuSign?
Patience. Creativity is also big and often overlooked in lawyers.
Q: What traits do you think your DocuSign colleagues most admire in you?
I hope that they would say the same thing: creativity and patience are crucial things. I also try to bring a sense of humour to what is often a dry topic.
Q: What is something most of your colleagues at DocuSign don’t know about you?
I worked in the nonprofit sector for a couple of years in between tech jobs. One job I had was running a non-credit education program for the UW called the Experimental College. Dancing was the biggest category of classes. I took a bunch of classes while I was working there and tried ballet. It turns out I was terrible.
I’m also one of only 2-3 people, I believe, who has two Docu-babies. I’ve had both my kids while working here at DocuSign.
Q: What is your favorite snack from the DocuSign kitchen?
I go through phases with what I eat in the kitchen. Lately, I steal all the Twix bars out of the candy bowl. I also like the hummus pouches. However, at the new building, they have Oreos which I am really looking forward to.
Q: Where is your favorite place to work or have a meeting at DocuSign and why?
Any conference room on the west side of the Russell building, because I like to watch the tugboats and the cargo ships. I never paid that much attention until my son started watching a show about heavy machinery, which has given me a real appreciation for cranes and tugboats.
Q: What is the best project you ever worked on at DocuSign and why?
I wrote an article about eSignatures that was published in a magazine for in-house lawyers. I got feedback from a bunch of people on the team. It ended up being the cover story for the magazine. They had a resident artist who created a really great image of someone writing their eSignature. It was a fun way to get some exposure for the company.
Q: If you were not working at DocuSign and could do anything in the world, what would you be doing/do next?
One of my hobbies is making hand-cut wooden jigsaw puzzles. You glue a picture onto a piece of wood and use a scroll saw to cut it into pieces. Jigsaws are actually more difficult to use than scroll saws. I would love to make more puzzles, and maybe try selling a few.
Q: What is the secret for you to happiness?
I think I’m still waiting to figure it out.