What is FLEX?

In-House Counsel on Demand

A service offering of Fenwick & West, FLEX provides high quality, customized and cost-effective interim in-house counsel staffing.  Much like our market leading, entrepreneurial client base, Fenwick constantly seeks ways to innovate and remain best in class both for our legal work and for our client service.  With this in mind, the firm launched FLEX.

Our Team

Our internal team is nearly all lawyers and all have very deep knowledge of the legal industry.
Please click on each team member’s photo to learn more about their experience.

Linda Netsch

GENERAL MANAGER

FLEX Role

After many years of working extensively with Fenwick as a consultant, Linda is now responsible for managing the strategy and operations for FLEX. Running FLEX gives her lots of opportunity to draw on her expertise teaching negotiation at Harvard and Stanford Law Schools!

Pre-FLEX

Linda is the founder of Align Consulting, providing executive education, consulting, and mediation services for domestic and international clients in law, technology, banking, energy, health care, and government. She also served as an advisor to entrepreneurs at a Silicon Valley startup incubator and as a member of Golden Seeds, an early-stage investment firm. She previously practiced law with an entertainment law firm in Los Angeles and with the U.S. Postal Service as an employment and Alternative Dispute Resolution attorney. Prior to private practice, she was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and on the faculty of the Air Force Academy.

Education

Linda has a B.S. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

Linda Netsch

GENERAL MANAGER

Shelly Davalos

HEAD OF ATTORNEY RECRUITING AND COMMUNITY

FLEX Role

Shelly is the Attorney Hiring and Community Manager for FLEX. When not working with our FLEX attorneys, you can find her enjoying time with her friends, family, and Daisy (the very lovable pooch they rescued from the streets).

Pre-FLEX

Shelly was first a litigator and then practiced FDA regulatory law at an Am-law 100 firm.

Education

Shelly is a graduate of UC San Diego and University of San Francisco School of Law.

Shelly Davalos

HEAD OF ATTORNEY RECRUITING AND COMMUNITY

Donald Snead

CLIENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

FLEX Role

Donald supports emerging, private, and public companies with providing quality legal counsel and managing client relationships.

Pre-FLEX

Donald was an associate with two Am-law 100 law firms.

Education

Donald is a graduate of NYU, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Northwestern Law School.

Donald Snead

CLIENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Naomi Pilchen

CLIENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

FLEX Role

Naomi supports emerging, private, and public companies with providing quality legal counsel and managing client relationships.

Pre-FLEX

Naomi practiced criminal defense and business law with a boutique law firm in San Francisco.

Education

Naomi is a graduate of UC Berkeley and UC Hastings College of the Law.

Naomi Pilchen

CLIENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

Jocelyn Chhabria

CLIENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

FLEX Role

Jocelyn supports emerging, private, and public companies with providing quality legal counsel and managing client relationships.

Pre-FLEX

Prior to FLEX, Jocelyn led a team of recruiters for a large staffing agency. She started her career as a litigator, but traded in her briefs for attorney bios when she found herself job hunting for colleagues (and enjoying it more).

Education

Jocelyn is a graduate of Seattle University School of Law and San Diego State University.

Jocelyn Chhabria

CLIENT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

In the Media

Here are some recent articles about FLEX.

Flexing Its Muscles

Featured in Forum Magazine (Thomson Reuters)


Mindfulness is a thing at your outside law firms. Should you follow suit?

Featured in Inside Counsel


Making One of the Most Brutal
Jobs a Little Less Brutal

Featured in The Atlantic


Is the Billable Hour Obsolete?

Featured in The Atlantic


FLEX, Friend to Startups, Gets New Boss

Featured in The Recorder

History

CO-FOUNDERS RALPH PAIS AND ALEXANDRA SMITH

FLEX was launched in 2010 by Ralph Pais, then the Chair of Fenwick’s Technology Transactions practice, and Alexandra “Alex” Smith, a former Fenwick associate who was then managing operations at a startup.  With his vast experience serving startup clients, Ralph knew there were times clients would benefit from a high quality, less expensive option for day-to-day legal needs with predictable billing.  Ralph and Alex also recognized there were many talented lawyers that craved more flexibility in their work life.  FLEX was born as a synergistic solution to address both of these needs.  FLEX has continued to grow rapidly ever since. While Alex has taken the FLEX philosophy to heart and is traveling the world, Ralph remains an adviser to FLEX.