Ms. Chagnon is an accomplished corporate attorney and high technology executive with over 20 years experience in software licensing, intellectual property protection, worldwide contractual arrangements, human resources issues, general corporate matters, securities law compliance, and M&A activities. She has an extensive background in preparing and negotiating agreements worldwide that enhance a company’s business operations, including software and technology licensing agreements, joint marketing and development agreements, consulting services and maintenance agreements, non-disclosure and non-competition agreements, and employment agreements. She also advises companies in connection with strategic transactions, debt and equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, employment matters, intellectual property protection, and corporate governance.
Ms. Chagnon’s most recent in-house role was as General Counsel to a worldwide publicly-traded software company for 14 years where she was responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal matters, including management and protection of the company’s intellectual property portfolio and negotiation of worldwide contracts with customers, resellers and suppliers. She also served in various executive management positions at the company including Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Office and eight years as President and Chief Executive Officer. This experience has given her a deep understanding of how to balance a company’s legal needs with meeting the day-to-day demands of the business.
Ms. Chagnon began her career in private practice with the Boston law firms of Warner & Stackpole and Peabody & Arnold. Her practice focused assisting with commercial transactions, corporate governance, and strategic matters for a wide range of clients, including technology, biotechnology, financial services and consumer products companies.
She received her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University (summa cum laude), her M.B.A. from Babson College (summa cum laude) and her J.D. from Boalt Hall Law School at the University of California, Berkeley. Ms. Chagnon is admitted to practice before the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.