Jason Pfetcher has served as ThoughtWorks General Counsel since 2011. He helped found the ThoughtWorks in-house legal team in 2000, and has assisted in the company's expansion from a solely US-based business to a transnational enterprise spanning twelve countries. As General Counsel, Jason manages a global legal team that provides strategic, business, and legal counsel to help amplify ThoughtWorks' impact.
Prior to his role as General Counsel, Jason served as Head of Finance and Operations for ThoughtWorks Europe, where he was responsible for commercial, financial, and operational aspects of the European business. He also helped found ThoughtWorks Studios, the product division of ThoughtWorks, in 2006.
Prior to joining ThoughtWorks, Jason was in private practice as a principal in the law firm of Goodwin & Pfetcher, where his practice focused on information technology, intellectual property, corporate, and employment law.
I came to find ThoughtWorks by
accident! To be honest, I was just lucky. Dan Goodwin hired me early in my career and TW was one of his clients. It was relatively early days of TW, and as TW continued its growth, I was fortunate to grow along with it, both professionally and personally. We came in-house in 2000, and I've never looked back.
The thing I'm most proud of from my time here is
being able to support some of TW's growth and international expansion while helping to maintain the culture that I value so much.
The thing I love most about my work is
just about everything. I value diverse experiences, and TW has provided them in abundance. The people are incredibly diverse (from many perspectives), and the business is constantly changing. Also, because TW values poly-skilled people and flexible career paths, there are many opportunities to contribute outside your zone of experience or defined responsibility. I've been able to go beyond traditional in-house legal responsibilities and nose into many areas of the business, including taking a role in another part of the operation (outside of legal).
With ThoughtWorks, I've visited
many cities and countries. Aside from helping establish operations in China and Germany, I've managed to visit TW offices in about 7 other countries. I also lived in the UK and worked out of our London offices for about 3.5 years.