Founder & CEO
Prior to founding AdvanceLaw, Mr. Dattu oversaw (and helped launch) the General Counsel Roundtable, a consultancy serving more than 600 general counsel around the world. While at the Roundtable, Mr. Dattu led and presented studies to hundreds of chief legal officers of major companies (such as NIKE, McDonald’s, Apple, Lockheed Martin, DuPont, and Nestle) on law firm management, business partnering, people management, law department technology, compliance, and preventive lawyering. As the lead faculty member of the Legal Leadership Academy, Mr. Dattu taught business and leadership skills to senior in-house counsel. Mr. Dattu has also served as the general manager of the Audit Committee Leadership Forum, which served the Boards of more than sixty companies, including H.J. Heinz, Wells Fargo, Procter & Gamble, State Farm, and Coca Cola Enterprises. In this capacity, Mr. Dattu personally delivered accredited director education to dozens of Fortune 500 Boards on the topics of strategy, legal, compliance, IT, and financial risk.
Mr. Dattu was a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. While there, he worked on a variety of legal matters including trademark, antitrust, securities, criminal, and employment. Mr. Dattu received his J.D. (with honors) from Harvard Law School. He also served as a teaching fellow in the economics department of Harvard University and received the Derek Bok Award for Teaching Excellence. Mr. Dattu graduated first in his class at the University of Toronto (University College) with a B.A. in Economics. Mr. Dattu and his wife, Crista, reside in Arlington, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C.
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