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M&A and alliance counsel at Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC), the global IT giant head- quartered in Falls Church, Va. “I’m diff erent from a lot of other attorneys in that way, and it’s what adds to my value. Whatever the business, I really get a handle on the industry. I identify what busi- nesses need and clients are happy.” Recently CSC acquired


ServiceMesh, the Santa Monica- based cloud management startup company where Brandt had worked as general counsel for over fi ve years. A driving force on the ServiceMesh acquisition, Brandt had ample exposure to the CSC corporate development team and the high level executives who tapped her for her current role. And though she still works out


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of a small Los Angeles offi ce, her role has changed considerably: As GC at ServiceMess, Brandt was the company’s only lawyer and did a little everything, including human resources. At CSC, her responsibilities are much broader. She is working on transactions and alliances throughout a large corporation. T e legal team num- bers over two hundred. As a practicing attorney for


Whatever the business, I really get a handle on the industry.


TAMMY BRANDT “T DIVERSITY & THE BAR® MARCH/APRIL 2014


COMPUTER SCIENCES CORPORATION Falls Church, Va.


he secret sauce of my success is that I’m able to understand what a business needs,” says Tammy Brandt, chief


fourteen years, Brandt’s vitae is varied (six years of M&A at two big law fi rms; in-house lead market- ing lawyer for Toyota Auto Sales, handling its entire racing division; general counsel at a startup; and now she has a leadership position at CSC). She has also demonstrated a unique skill set. “In the tech start-up community I’ve been able to identify ServiceMesh and rise very quickly as their GC and grow that company to acquisition by CSC, a leader in tech service and sourcing business in the world. T at means something.”


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