How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes with Sarah Rathke

In this episode, host Rosemary Coates discusses supply chains and the law along with our guest, Sarah Rathke. Sarah is a Partner at the international law firm of Squire Patton Boggs and coauthor, along with Rosemary, of the book Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes. Sarah possesses some really outstanding legal skills along with an in-depth and unique understanding of supply chain issues, which is very rare in attorneys.

Inside this episode, we talk more about Sarah’s background, the typical lawsuits that she sees in supply chain law, and how the Internet of things and data sharing affects supply chain disputes. We also dive into case studies that Sarah has faced, the importance of competent supply chain managers and understanding geopolitical policies and macro trends within the industry. So, for an intriguing conversation on supply chain and the law, be sure to tune in to today's episode!


Meet Our Guest, Sarah Rathke

Sarah Rathke is a partner at Squire Patton Boggs, a trial lawyer, and frequent speaker whose practice focuses on litigating supply chain disputes and on advising businesses on supply chain legal issues and maintaining good supply chain relationships. She has argued and tried cases on behalf of manufacturers in forums throughout the country. Sarah is also co-author of the 2016 book, Legal Blacksmith: How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes, which discusses both the legal and operational aspects of maintaining effective and conflict-free supply chain relationships.

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Meet Our Host, Rosemary Coates

Rosemary Coates is the Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute. She is a seasoned executive with an MBA, 25 years’ experience in Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, Project Management and Systems Consulting. Prior to BSC, she was a Senior Director at SAP, the Supply Chain Practice Leader at KPMG Peat Marwick and at Answerthink, and a Regional Manager at Hewlett-Packard.

She has extensive knowledge and experience in manufacturing and outsourcing in China.