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As corporate counsel of intellectual property at Edible, Jeanine Botwe-Brown already has deep experience in IP. The in-house attorney previously helped shepherd IP like Shrek, Despicable Me, and The Real Housewives at NBCUniversal before bringing her talents to Edible. Botwe-Brown is also the founder of Seating, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering young professionals and law students with the tools and knowledge needed to excel in the corporate world.
Learn about Botwe-Brown’s commitment to helping her in-house clients find success and her hope in redefining how legal is seen within whatever organization she is part of. With a role model like Clair Huxtable, it’s no wonder Botwe-Brown has already made waves in her work. Learn more about this dynamic IP pro below.
Who was your first fictional legal inspiration and why?
Clair Huxtable served as an inspirational figure for me as a young girl aspiring to become lawyer. Clair was one of the first positive representations of a successful, professional black woman on television for me growing up. Clair broke stereotypes, showcasing professional excellence, emphasizing the importance of education, and presenting a positive and empowering image of a successful black woman in the legal field.
What is one of the biggest misconceptions about being an attorney or the legal function itself?
One prevailing misconception surrounding the legal profession, particularly among in-house attorneys, is the assumption that our primary role revolves around telling clients what they can’t do. When in reality, success for in-house attorneys looks like finding creative solutions that help clients say “yes.” Instead of just laying down rules, a skilled attorney is like a problem-solving expert, using clever strategies to turn challenges into opportunities and making sure clients get those enthusiastic “yeses.”
What’s a piece of unconventional advice you’ve received that was helpful?
Do not compare yourself to others—your path is your path. So many people will tell you that you have to do A, B, and C in that particular order to attain certain accolades or levels of success. But one of my mentors constantly reminds me that success is a very personal journey.
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