Take 5 With Antonio Perez, Legal Engineer

April 8, 2019 2 min read

Interested in life at Ironclad? Get to know our Cladiators through our weekly employee spotlight, Take 5.

Tell us about yourself.

I attended Colgate University where I studied history and received my J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. I was a corporate associate at two firms, specializing in secured transactions, but ended up narrowing my practice further to do just aviation finance. After I “left” the law, I worked in Melbourne, Australia on a team that prepared cases for litigation.

Why Ironclad?

While I was a corporate attorney, I became frustrated with how contracts were drafted and how young associates were utilized. We’d have deal rooms with thousands of documents, each one created by opening a Word document and going through it line by line to fill in admin-type details. When I left the law and then heard about Ironclad I thought, “This is what I wanted as an attorney!” I saw a world where attorneys weren’t frustrated at having to use an outdated contract creation process and I wanted to help create that world. Let lawyers be frustrated about other things!

What’s your favorite win so far?

Working as Ironclad’s legal engineer! I feel I’m able to experiment with our product’s features a bit more than usual.

Who inspires you?

Guy Fieri. That a human can be equal parts chaos, enthusiasm, empathy, bleach, and bowling shirt is a wonderful reminder to not take myself too (too) seriously.

What career advice do you have for your younger self?

Listen, read, ask, listen.

What’s the last book you’ve read?

“The Warburgs” by Ron Chernow.

What’s something that most people would be surprised to know about you?

When I quit corporate law I sold my things, bought a one-way ticket to New Zealand, and lived out of a van for six months. 10/10, no regrets.

When you’re not at work, you are ____?

I have an unhealthy obsession with donuts, so either scoping out new donut places or convincing myself to not walk into the donut place I’ve just scoped out.

Want to work with Antonio? We’re hiring! For more perspectives on life at Ironclad, check out our previous interviews with Lucy Li (Product Lead) and Damon Mino (VP of Sales).

More about Ironclad

Ironclad is the leading digital contracting platform for legal teams. By streamlining contract workflows, from creation and approvals to compliance and insights, Ironclad frees legal to be the strategic advisors they’re meant to be. Ironclad is used by modern General Counsels and their teams at companies like Dropbox, AppDynamics and Fitbit to unlock the power of their contracts data. Ironclad was named one of the 20 Rising Stars as part of the Forbes 2019 Cloud 100 list, the definitive list of the top 100 private cloud companies in the world. The company is backed by investors like Accel, Sequoia, Y Combinator and Emergence Capital. To learn more, visit our homepage.

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