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Shana A. Simmons

President General Counsel, Everlaw

Shana Simmons is the General Counsel of Everlaw, a SaaS solution that helps law firms and in-house legal teams companies more efficiently solve the challenges of discovery and investigations. In this role, Shana leads the legal department and is responsible for all legal, regulatory, privacy and governance, risk and compliance issues across the company.

Previously, Shana was Head of Google’s Cloud Go-To-Market Legal team, where she worked with internal and external stakeholders to guide the company’s cloud growth and success in new markets around the world. Shana started her legal practice as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Stein & Hamilton LLP in New York and London. She received a JD from the Berkeley School of Law where she served on the managing boards of the California Law Review and Berkeley Journal of African American Law & Policy, in addition to being Co-President of Law Students of African Descent. She earned her BA with honors from Wesleyan University where she recently served as a trustee.

Shana exercises a passion to create equity for women and people of color in all aspects of her life. Professionally, she acts as a sponsor for early-in-career women while also advocating for equal opportunity across all levels of management. Personally, she actively mentors young students of color who are just beginning their careers in law. At Google, this commitment was recognized when she was chosen to be the inaugural Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Fellow. In 2009, she was recognized by the City of Oakland for her impactful work in the community when she received a Proclamation from Mayor Ron Dellums.

Currently, Shana sits on the board for Lawyers for One America which provides pro-bono legal services for low-income and underserved communities. She is also a member of the Aspen Socrates Subcommittee, a nonprofit that is committed to driving change through dialogue, leadership, and actions in hopes of realizing a free, just, and suitable society. Last, but not least, Shana is a volunteer at Girls Inc. of Alameda County. Her experiences as a Black woman have inspired Shana to use her positionality and experience in hopes of creating a just society. Based on her accomplishments in the field of law and society, she was recognized as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Tech in 2021 by The Tech Inclusion Conference.