Partner and Chief Legal Officer
I use design to navigate complex challenges in the legal industry and system, from helping law firms become fit for the future to guiding in-house legal teams to operate more nimbly and collaboratively to supporting criminal justice reform advocates use design to augment their visions of a more just and equitable system. As Partner and Chief Legal Officer, I bring a human-centered approach to the practice of law at IDEO and for our clients in the legal sector.
What you won’t learn from my bio:
Between jobs before joining IDEO, I DJ’d private parties and made a documentary about Ecstasy.
Rochael Adranly walks the fine line between the rules-based world of law and the non-rules-based world of innovation. In her role as Partner and Chief Legal Officer at IDEO, Rochael uses human-centered design to understand and design for humans and human needs as they navigate legal problems, processes and systems.
In 2015, Rochael co-created IDEO's legal design + innovation practice to help law firms, in-house legal teams, law schools, public sector organizations, and justice reform advocates navigate challenges and opportunities at the intersection of design and law. Together with their clients, Rochael and her team design new ways of working that promote more resilience, equity, justice and creativity within a rigid legal landscape and broken system. IDEO’s work with global law firm Hogan Lovells has been featured in Fast Company, a first for a traditional law firm.
Rochael has been featured in Modern Counsel magazine for her role as a creative counselor, as well as in GC magazine as a lawyer who "thinks like a designer." In 2017, she was chosen by the Financial Times as one of 20 top general counsel worldwide. Rochael has written publicly about her journey to becoming a human-centered lawyer through design and has been part of the IDEO U Creative Confidence Series where she shares her wisdom for how to bring out the natural creativity in others.
A JD/LLM graduate of Duke Law School, Rochael has been representing innovative individuals and organizations as well as pursuing her own creative projects for nearly 20 years. She has been a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law and an adjunct professor at UC Hastings College of the Law. Rochael taught the "Designing Creative Legal Solutions" course at Duke Law School and most recently co-taught “Law, Justice, and Design: Making Legal Systems for Human Beings” at Harvard Law School.
Between work engagements, Rochael takes time to further her creative pursuits, including writing, photography, and running an independent family-owned restaurant with her partner.