Q&A: Meet Chris Boyd, Class of 2015
In every field, there are the pioneers who inspire, motivate and encourage those around them. Chris Boyd’s passion for innovation, desire to teach, and leadership have made him a legend in the fields of knowledge management and professional development. Serving as Senior Director of Professional Services at Wilson Sonsini — a law firm known for representing some of the most innovative technology companies — it is only natural that Chris would take the lead in developing innovative services for clients, such as the WSGR Term Sheet Generator, one of the first self-service online tools offered by a major law firm.
Chris’ leadership of ILTA’s KM Peer Group has resulted in resounding success for the group’s publications, conference sessions and activities. Individuals newly entering the field can expect soon to get an email from Chris inviting them to join a committee, publish an article or post, or to just have lunch. Many of our current Fellows consider Chris to be an important mentor.
Senior Director of Professional Services
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Palo Alto, CA
Where were you born and raised?
Born in St. Louis, Missouri; raised in Washington, D.C.
What’s your favorite thing to do away from work?
Spend time with my wife and three teenage daughters; scull (row), play tennis, and hang out with friends.
What achievement outside of work makes you most proud?
Being a good husband and father (I hope).
Did you choose your career or did it choose you?
I chose it. After deciding to leave law practice, I started the knowledge management (KM) function for a large web consulting firm and really liked it. That led me to meet Jeff Rovner, then at Brobeck, and when I found what he did, I decided that was the life for me. When my final dot-com start-up went bust in 2001, I contacted Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where I had been an associate, about starting a legal KM program, and the rest is history.
Who was your mentor and what made him or her so influential?
I’ve been fortunate to have had mentors at each stage of my career, and each of them taught me a lot.
Of the law-related projects or initiatives you’ve worked on in the past year or so, what has you the most excited or shows the most promise?
Managed associate staffing, enhanced enterprise search, associate academies, and better candidate selection.
What is the most engaging law-related thing you’re doing right now?
Improving our recruiting, staffing and training processes to find and hire the best law students and lateral attorneys for our clients, business model, and culture, and then rapidly developing those attorneys’ skills so that they deliver maximum value to clients.
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