General Counsel – Lyft
As Lyft’s first in-house lawyer, Kristin Sverchek has led Lyft’s legal team and strategy as General Counsel since November 2012. In that time, she has helped Lyft grow from a San Francisco-only company to having presence in all fifty states and Canada. During her time at Lyft, Kristin has built a robust legal team covering specialty practice areas including employment, regulatory, litigation, insurance, and corporate, and commercial transactions. In January 2015, she was Lyft’s first female employee to take maternity leave, a policy which she helped develop in connection with the Human Resources department.
During Kristin’s tenure as General Counsel, Lyft has faced lawsuits in disparate areas of law including personal injury, regulatory, intellectual property, employment, disability law, and privacy. Lyft has successfully settled a number of these suits. Receiving her undergraduate degree in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley and her law degree from UC Hastings,Kristin started her career working in private practice as a corporate transactional lawyer at both Gunderson Dettmer and Silicon Legal Strategy before going in-house at Lyft in 2012. After representing the investors in (Lyft predecessor) Zimride’s first round of funding in 2010, she took over as outside company counsel shortly thereafter.