Joiava “Joi” Thomas Philpott is general counsel for AstroTurf, inventor of and industry leader in synthetic athletic and landscape turf. Ms. Philpott advises on intellectual property matters, business litigation, operations, manufacturing, international transactions, and employment law. The issues she deals with affect a wide range of customers including the St. Louis Rams, Major League Baseball and The Wynn in Las Vegas. Previously, Ms. Philpott was corporate vice president and senior counselor at Charter Communications, where she oversaw compliance of franchise assets exceeding $9 billion. The magna cum laude graduate of Hampton University, with a B.S. in Business Management, holds a J.D. and M.B.A. from American University, and recently completed the executive education program at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.