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Legal Speak is a weekly podcast that makes sense of what's happening in the legal industry. Each episode tackles a subject that's worthy of a deep dive—from law firm profit hacks to Supreme Court showdowns to the most promising plays in legal tech. Hosted by Editor-in-Chief Zack Needles and Newsroom Innovation Director Vanessa Blum, Legal Speak offers straight talk from experts, plus an inside-the-newsroom perspective on market-shaping stories.

Oct 9, 2020

Susman Godfrey's founder, Stephen Susman, died in July after a serious cycling accident and a bout with COVID-19. In August, the firm partnership elected Los Angeles litigator Kalpana Srinivasan to serve as a managing partner. She is the first woman and the first attorney outside Susman Godfrey’s Houston base to have that role. On this episode, reporter Brenda Sapino Jeffries checks in with Srinivasan to discuss the changes at Susman Godfrey and her goals as managing partner. Srinivasan also discusses what it's been like to step into firm leadership amid the pandemic and how the firm is courting clients with the promise of shared risk and flexible fees.