Rate My Pitch Finals 2017


The Chicago Committee’s 5th Annual Rate My Pitch Finals took place on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP. We are proud to announce that once again, the program was a success!

Photo Courtesy of J. Alice Jackson

Sixteen associates from our member firms participated in this year’s program. Participants were split into four teams with varying backgrounds and experience levels and were coached by in-house counsel from four participating companies: Allstate, Anixter, GE, and Motorola Solutions. Under the guidance of their coaches, teams created a pitch in response to a mock RFQ. During the finals, teams pitched to a panel of judges of general counsel, or similar role, from these aforementioned companies.


Following our program, the judges recognized certain associates:

  • Best Individual Pitch (First Place): Nora Becerra, K&L Gates LLP
  • Best Individual Pitch (Second Place): Gilbert Villaflor, Perkins Coie
  • Best Individual Pitch (Third Place): Erinn Rigney, K&L Gates LLP
  • Best Team Pitch: Team 4 Anixter (Nora Becerra, K&L Gates LLP, Shauna Fulbright-Paxton, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Jason Santos, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Shaun Zhang, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.)

This year’s program was a great success, and we have received overwhelmingly positive feedback. Below are some testimonials from this year’s participants.

I found this year’s program to be incredibly enriching and cannot wait to begin applying the skills I learned. –Robyn-Ashley Hall, Jones Day

…[T]his was a superior way to learn the realities of how companies choose outside counsel since it came directly from the source and it also allowed participants to develop relationships with in-house counsel, which I think is a phenomenal value-add. –Nora Becerra, K&L Gates LLP

Our team gained a lot out of this experience. I am so glad I decided to apply for this program. I thought our coaches were perfect and provided us with invaluable feedback. –Shaun Zhang, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

I truly enjoyed my experience and had the pleasure of meeting and working with an amazing group of people. –Erinn Rigney, K&L Gates LLP

Congratulations to all of our participants and many thanks to our coaches and judges for their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

If you would like to learn more about The Chicago Committee’s Rate My Pitch program, click here.