For a lawyer, the move from an outside counsel role at a law firm to a corporate counsel role at a startup is more than a role reversal, it’s a complete culture change.
Kasey Johnson, who works in an office on the periphery of the open bullpen of Inspirato’s Sugar Building office in downtown Denver, notes how obvious the differences are to anyone who’s been in a traditional law firm environment. She became vice president, legal at Inspirato in mid-2018 and had a quick adjustment to the different environment at the company.
Inspirato could be oversimplified as the ultra-luxury version of a short-term rental business. The company finds high-end luxury rentals and hotels all over the world for its members to vacation at. Its staff, at a glance, is diverse, young and plugging away at computers in an open workspace. Johnson said the office has lots of snacks and happy hours on Thursday, and the high-energy environment and fun office culture is probably different from most corporate environments, much less a law firm.
And Johnson said that environment requires a change of mindset for a lawyer to fit in.