We’re pleased to feature Justin Colannino in this episode of Wolf Greenfield’s Alumni Spotlight series. Justin was an associate in Wolf Greenfield’s Litigation Practice from 2014-2017. He also worked closely with the firm’s Electrical & Computer Technologies Practice. 

Today, Justin serves as Assistant General Counsel for Open Source, Standards and Open ML at Microsoft. He runs a team that oversees legal processes to enable open source engagement at massive scale.

Here are some highlights from Justin’s turn in the Alumni Spotlight on IP Talk with Wolf Greenfield.

  • 00:51 - Justin’s current role at Microsoft
  • 03:41 - Open source’s impact on artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) 
  • 05:28 - These are the early days of AI and ML
  • 06:06 - What it was like going from Wolf Greenfield to becoming an in-house counsel
  • 08:45 - Solving legal problems, managing risk, and keeping a focus on what is in Microsoft’s best interest
  • 09:35 - What Justin enjoys most about his current position
  • 12:20 – What experiences at Wolf Greenfield prepared Justin for his current role at Microsoft.
  • 14:12 - Justin’s favorite Wolf Greenfield memory
  • 15:08 - A book recommendation from Justin
  • 16:55 - Justin’s favorite place to unwind

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