Women Who Wow: Low-Key, High-Profile Lawyer Carrie Plater Proves that Women Really Can Do It All, Including Parent, Mediate and Assemble Fabulous Flower Arrangements

Carrie wears many hats as a corporate lawyer – possibly more than most people realize. Find out what type of interesting requests she receives on a “normal” day and learn how she wows us both in the mediation room and the break room.

Carrie Plater
by Julie Johnson
March 14, 2023

What does a love for the law, cake decorating, flower arrangements and interior design all have in common? We’ll give you a hint…Carrie Plater. As a former attorney in “big law” with a passion for the creative, there’s not much that Carrie can’t do. Possibly what she is the best at, especially here at Zebra, is being a problem solver at the highest level.

A cake made by Carrie Plater

Since a young age, Carrie gravitated toward the fast-paced, win-lose debate dynamic of the legal field. But through her career as a litigator, and eventually an in-house attorney for Zebra, she realized one of the most important aspects of her job was staying in the “yes” business. This undying determination to find solutions and support those around her has landed her where she is today, as Zebra’s Vice President of Corporate Counsel and is part of what makes her a woman who wows. What’s more, Carrie even wows us outside of the office by being a role model for her sons and by channeling her creativity into several hobbies.

I sat down with Carrie on the latest episode of “Women Who Wow” to learn more about her, her career and how she makes wearing so many hats possible. My takeaways – a new perspective on how to be a solution-driven professional, a consultant who provides prompt, actionable advice to customers and team members, and a downright good human being.

Tune into our conversation to learn more about Carrie, the legal field and how you can be in the “yes” business:


You’ll also hear:

  • Why Carrie chose to go from the hustle and bustle of working in a “big law” firm to being in-house legal counsel at a Fortune 1000 tech firm (which wasn’t at all in her career plan).

  • What Carrie does that makes her excel in the customer service department – and why lawyers might be the best people to emulate if you want to keep your own customers happy.

  • Why growing your career in corporate law looks different now than it did in the past. 

  • Why the legal field still excites Carrie each day. 

  • The typical day in the life of a corporate lawyer – and how it is not so “typical” in terms of the types of projects she actually works on.

  • Carrie’s secret to success – and why everyone should follow her lead, lawyer or not.

  • Carrie’s hidden talent and how she uses it as a stress outlet.  


Carrie Plater with her two sons
Julie Johnson
Julie Johnson has been a global technology business leader for almost 30 years, creating growth and value in product lines and new market segments for the consumer electronics, enterprise, and Fintech/payment markets. She has combined an awareness of customer needs and technology proficiency with passion and recognized leadership, delivering growth in highly competitive markets. Currently, as Vice President of Global Product Management and Portfolio for Zebra Technologies’ $2.1B Mobile Computing business, Julie creates and delivers Android and Windows hardware, software, and cloud-based SaaS solutions to retail, field mobility, warehouse, healthcare, and government channels globally, providing visibility and intelligent collaboration across enterprise employees. She is developing computer vision and augmented reality solutions for warehouse, retail, and field mobility customers.
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