Connie Brenton

NetApp, Inc.
Organization Type: Corporate Legal Department
Position/Title: Chief of Staff and Director of Legal Operations
Functional Area: Management
Year of Induction: 2015

495 E. Java Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA 94089

Mobile Phone: 720.394.7399
Business Phone: 720.394.7399


As Chief of Staff and Director of Legal Operations at NetApp, a Fortune 500 technology company, Connie Brenton has been instrumental in transforming an underperforming legal department into an award-winning, innovative, tech-enabled operation that sets a standard of excellence and efficiency within the legal profession.

Her objective, data-driven, collaborative approach to outside counsel management has improved efficiency and fostered healthier relationships with outside counsel. By engaging legal service providers in new and creative ways, she has cultivated a “legal ecosystem” that benefits all participants. She actively shares her innovative ideas — and how to implement them — with the legal community through her leadership in the Corporate Legal Operations Consortium, frequent speaking engagements, and publishing. Connie’s contributions have resulted in measurable, positive change within the legal profession and we are pleased to welcome her as a Fellow of the College of Law Practice Management.

—Nominated by Liam Brown and Kevin Colangelo, October 2015