Chambers & Partners named Morrison & Foerster partner Rachel Krevans the Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year at its 2013 U.S. Women in Law Awards ceremony. Ms. Krevans was recognized for her exceptional IP practice and her involvement in gender diversity and equality, mentoring, public service, and social activism.
Ms. Krevans is chair of MoFo's Intellectual Property Litigation Group and co-chair of the firm's 300-lawyer Intellectual Property Practice Group. Her recent success prompted The American Lawyer to name her Litigator of the Week last summer, along with two other MoFo partners. Her wins also include victories on behalf of Yahoo! and Sling Media. Last year, she argued before an en banc panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the widely followed Therasense case, which has redefined the all-important law of inequitable conduct.
Ms. Krevans is also a thought leader in the areas of diversity and gender equality. She proposed the formation of MoFo's Diversity Strategy Committee in 2003, which is now widely recognized as among the most successful in the profession. Ms. Krevans was also the architect of MoFo's highly successful Odyssey Program, which provides mentors to advance the careers of women lawyers and attorneys of color. She is a sought-after speaker on the value of effective women's initiatives for law firms and volunteers as a mentor outside the firm for students from both her undergraduate institution and law school.
The Women in Law Awards "recognize the most outstanding performances from female lawyers over the past year." This is only the second year the Award has been granted and the second time a MoFo partner has won in this category. Partner Gladys Monroy was last year's winner.