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Meet the Women of MoFo

 

Morrison & Foerster counts among its partners and senior counsel many of the most talented women in the legal profession. They include peerless innovators shaping the law in vital areas such as patent protection, privacy, and product safety; world-class corporate minds defining new business structures to recognize value in its broadest sense; and top-of-their-game appellate superstars tirelessly arguing their clients’ causes in the highest courts in the land.

Above all, MoFo’s women are defined by a singular passion for their clients. They are determined to deliver the best possible results in every engagement they take on. They epitomize, in every way, the legendary service at the core of our cultural values.

These are the women of MoFo — bold, brilliant, accomplished. They bring their best to bear for our clients every single day.

Meet MoFo Women

Bellerjeau, Lauren Lauren C. Bellerjeau Partner
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Lauren Bellerjeau is a member of the firm’s corporate practice. She advises on corporate, securities, and finance matters, with a particular focus on U.S. and cross-border mergers and acquisitions, internal restructuring, joint ventures, complex commercial transactions, and general corporate governance matters. She has been particularly active representing REIT issuers in complex formation transactions in connection with initial public offerings. She has represented clients in a variety of industries, including real estate, REIT, industrial and consumer goods, aerospace, government contracting, technology, life sciences, financial services, and manufacturing.

What do you like best about your work? My practice focuses on mergers and acquisition and complex commercial and asset restructuring transactions. Therefore, I almost always have the opportunity to counsel clients on strategic transactions during a very exciting, and often transformative, time in their business journeys. Working together with my client, my colleagues, and other advisors to get the deal done and push my client’s business to the next stage is very rewarding for me.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I love to travel, particularly to historic or exotic destinations. If I hadn’t become a lawyer, I most likely would have become a historian or an archaeologist. My most exotic trip was to the Angkor Wat complex in Siem Reap, Cambodia. I also enjoy spending time with my husband, 2-year-old daughter and dog (who is named “Indiana” after the final scene of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade).

What’s been the key to your success? I attribute my success to staying organized and engaged and sometimes taking things personally. Given the nature of my work, I assist my clients with transactions that they have often worked for years to complete. I owe it to my clients to be as devoted to reaching the finish line as they are.

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T: (202) 887-8772
Ruth N. Borenstein Senior Counsel
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Ruth Borenstein is one of the country’s leading authorities on federal preemption of state statutes and common law that affect the pricing and service practices of airlines and motor and air cargo carriers. She has a strong record of winning dismissals and summary judgments for companies in courts throughout the United States and defending those victories on appeal. Ruth is actively engaged in pro bono cases and mentoring junior lawyers. 

What do you love about your work?  Great clients, terrific colleagues, and exceptional results. 

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?  I love to cook. And eat. 

What has the been the key to your success?  I see the shades of grey, not just black and white. By understanding the other side’s position and what might resonate with a judge or jury, I am in a better position to craft a winning argument.

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T: (415) 268-7348
Erin M. Bosman Partner
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Erin Bosman is the chair of the firm’s Product Liability Group. Her practice covers a wide range of product liability issues, with a particular focus in the pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer products industries. Erin has tried jury cases to verdict in state and federal court and has successfully argued before the Second Circuit and California Court of Appeal. She has represented clients as national coordinating and trial counsel in multijurisdictional and multidistrict proceedings. Erin is recommended by Legal 500 US and Chambers USA; was selected by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top Women Lawyers in 2012; and selected as a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America’s Trial Lawyer Honorary Society.

What do you like about your work? I love the intellectual challenge of learning about products and the legal challenges of defending them in court. I enjoy explaining complicated engineering and biology in terms that average people can understand. But perhaps most importantly, I love working with the people on our team.

What is your favorite book? Gilead by Marilynne Robinson.

What is your favorite thing about your city? I live about 10 minutes from the office in a wonderful house that sits on more than an acre. I love the ability to practice law in a sophisticated firm yet live in a place where I can raise my family.

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T: (858) 720-5178
Cheung, Tiffany Tiffany Cheung Partner
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Tiffany Cheung is the chair of the Consumer Class Actions practice group. She has successfully litigated motions that resulted in dismissals at the pleading stage. Tiffany has also negotiated voluntary dismissals of our clients in numerous consumer class actions, including disputes involving claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and various consumer fraud laws. In addition, she has represented clients in investigations and actions brought by government officials in which those officials have declined to proceed against our clients.

What do you like best about your work? Working with great teams both at our clients and within the firm.

What do you enjoy doing in the your free time? I enjoy family exercise time, with my two children on bikes and the grown-ups jogging alongside.

Why did you become a lawyer? To deal with complicated and challenging legal issues. I enjoy the creative thinking and problem-solving aspects of being a lawyer.

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T: (415) 268-6848
Michèle B. Corash Senior Partner
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Michèle Corash served as general counsel of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, deputy general counsel of the U.S. Department of Energy, and special assistant to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission. She has been in the top tier of Chambers USA Environmental Lawyers for more than a decade, Best Lawyers in America and Legal 500 US, among other publications. Michèle is a founder and past president of the American College of Environmental Law.

What do you like best about your work? My clients and I partner in defending their products and brands. They are among the best lawyers and greatest products in the world. It’s a privilege and a joy to be entrusted with defending them.

Describe your current practice. I represent companies on state, national, and international environmental issues and defend them against claims, under consumer protection and Proposition 65 laws, regarding exposures to chemicals in consumer products.

What makes MoFo Special? We are lawyers who genuinely like and respect each other; we share a devotion to our clients; and we work collaboratively to solve our clients’ problems. I’m also proud that we give back to our communities: representing veterans and children in poverty and supporting music education in public schools in San Francisco.

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T: (415) 268-7124
Crampe, Michiko Ito Michiko Ito Crampe Senior Counsel
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Michiko Ito Crampe became the first lawyer to be fully admitted to practice law in Japan and the United States. She has practiced law for 40 years while raising a family. Michiko successfully led the integration of two major Japanese pharmaceutical companies’ U.S. operations, and she published one of the bestselling guide books for Japanese companies on how to do business in the United States. The consulate general of Japan in New York honored Michiko for her pro bono work on behalf of the victims of 9/11.

What do you love about your work? I love to feel that we have successfully met or surpassed client expectations and to know that we have brought them favorable results.

What has been the key to your success? Hard work. Patience. Doing my best to understand client expectations and exceeding them with legendary service.

Why did you become a lawyer? When I graduated from college, law was one of the few occupations that offered women a meaningful career.

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T: (212) 468-8028
Doufekias, Demme Demme Doufekias Partner
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Demme Doufekias represents corporations and individuals in enforcement proceedings and criminal investigations conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. attorney’s offices, and other federal enforcement agencies. She also tries civil and criminal cases in federal and state court. Her practice focuses on health care enforcement issues, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and the False Claims Act.

What do you like best about your work? Strategy. Investigations and trial work demand a focus on the end game, even as the facts are changing and evolving. You have to be thinking about how multiple scenarios might play out, strategizing ten steps down the road on each one, and staying flexible enough to swap your thinking for something different, depending on how the case develops.

What has been the key to your success? Working with smart people who respect collaborative thinking and challenge the whole team to do its best work.

What is your favorite thing about your city? How open Washington, D.C. feels because buildings cannot be built higher than the top of the Capitol Building.

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T: (202) 887-1553
Marcia Ellis Partner
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Marcia Ellis is a private equity, real estate, and M&A partner in the firm’s Hong Kong office who advises clients on private equity and real estate transactions and complex cross-border mergers and acquisitions in Asia. She is ranked as a leading private equity lawyer in Asia Pacific Legal 500, IFLR1000, and Chambers Asia Pacific.

What do you love about your work? I like working on new and complex issues and structuring around the regulatory roadblocks to investments that many Asian regimes create.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I enjoy studying Torah, going to plays with my children, and teaching a course in Jewish ethics at the Hong Kong Jewish Community Center.

Why did you become a lawyer? I intended to become an anthropologist but became interested in law while doing anthropological fieldwork focusing on Filipina domestic workers in Taipei.

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Feldman, Jill H. Jill H. Feldman Partner
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Jill Feldman is recognized as a leading lawyer by IFLR1000 2013, 2014 and 2015 in the field of Bank Lending. She has also been recommended as a leading lawyer by such clients’ guides as Legal 500 US 2013 and 2014 in the field of Project Finance, Best Lawyers in America 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, and PLC Which Lawyer? 2012. In addition, Jill was recognized in the 2011 and 2012 editions of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, for excellence in the field of Banking and Finance. In 2009 she was named by The Daily Journal as one of California’s Leading Rainmakers. Jill is a former chair of the firm’s Financial Transactions Group and is a member of the firm’s Cleantech Steering Committee.

What do you like best about your work? I enjoy working collaboratively with dedicated clients and colleagues to develop creative structures for highly complex financing transactions that support the success of our clients.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I love sitting by my fire pit in Marin County, California, having a glass of wine with my husband (hopefully from a client’s winery!), and howling over the hilarious movie reviews of my favorite critic, Mick LaSalle.

What has been the key to your success? To provide fast, effective, and creative legal services to my busy clients, always anticipating their needs and figuring out a solution to all of their legal issues. The way that I do this is to build a terrific team of lawyers to work with me, to collaborate with that team and to give the team members support and credit for their contributions and successes.

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T: (415) 268-6474
Graeser, Suzanne S. Suzanne S. Graeser Partner
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For almost 30 years, Suzanne Graeser has acted as outside general counsel and investment/M&A counsel to emerging companies and investors in many industries, including medical device, Internet, software, and digital media companies. She also has an active joint venture practice in the alternative energy space. She has served as co-head of the firm’s Emerging Company/Venture Capital Group, chaired the California State Bar’s Business Law Section and its Corporations Committee, and mentored young associates.

What do you like best about your work? The challenge. It is rare that I get through a day without encountering a new issue or working with my clients and colleagues to create unique ways to accomplish our clients’ objectives.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Bike riding, hiking, walking my adorable dog (Chance), baking, collecting and tasting wine, reading escapist books, and traveling with my family (husband and two challenging teenage children).

What is your favorite thing about living in your current city? I live in Los Altos and love the small town feel. You can walk or bike everywhere, and it is rare that I am out without seeing several people that I know. It is also close enough to San Francisco to enjoy real restaurants and entertainment.

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T: (650) 813-5750
Haac, Gunilla Gunilla Haac Senior Of Counsel
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Gunilla Haac is of counsel in the New York office’s Financial Transactions Group. Her practice focuses on banking, asset and infrastructure finance transactions, and international corporate matters. Prior to joining MoFo, Gunilla spent 25 years as in-house counsel with Bank of America, where she provided legal support for Latin American syndications and other international and domestic offices. Her work has included syndicated lending, structured trade financing, letters of credit, secured loans, restructuring and workouts, leveraged buyouts, and acquisition financing.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I enjoy attending the opera, ballet, and the theatre.

What is your favorite book? It varies!

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T: (212) 506-7315
Hagberg, Karen L. Karen L. Hagberg Partner
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Karen Hagberg was the first woman partner in the New York Litigation Department, the managing partner of the firm’s New York office from 2002 to 2008, and the head of the firm’s Asia litigation practice for several years. She currently serves as co-chair of the Diversity Strategy Committee. On the practice side, she has tried a number of jury and non-jury cases, one of which resulted in a $60 million verdict for our client. Karen is recommended as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 US and Super Lawyers.

Describe your current practice. I am a trial lawyer and advise companies on IP-related issues, including patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright. My clients include companies in the electronics, pharmaceutical, entertainment, and media industries, as well as financial institutions.

What do you love about your work? I enjoy working with and getting to know my clients and their industries, being challenged by our day-to-day work, and being surrounded by bright and interesting colleagues. As I like to describe my job: I think, write, argue, and tell people what to do — what could be better?

What makes MoFo special? MoFo has given me room to find my own style and become the successful lawyer I am today.

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T: (212) 468-8032
No Photo Available Vivian L. Hanson Partner
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Vivian Hanson has extensive experience in licensing, outsourcing, and other technology transactions, as well as joint ventures, strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies in various industries, including information technologies, financial services, consumer products, life sciences, new media, and entertainment. She regularly speaks and writes about outsourcing and licensing issues and is recommended by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Legal 500, Best Lawyers in America, and Super Lawyers.

Describe your current practice. My practice today reflects the variety of work I have handled over the years, and includes structuring complex licensing transactions, negotiating a range of technology transactions, from software-asa service agreements to multi-country outsourcing deals, and advising on techintensive M&A.

What do you love about your work? I continually appreciate the everchanging landscape of technology deals, and the close friendships I have developed with clients over the years.

What makes MoFo special? Its flexible structure allows and encourages lawyers to build unique practices, and recognizes and promotes creativity and talent.

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T: (212) 506-7393
Roxann Henry Roxann E. Henry Partner
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Roxann Henry has coordinated defenses of domestic and international cartel investigations, including criminal, civil and administrative actions. She won one of the rare “not guilty” corporate verdicts against the U.S. Antitrust Division; has been a court-appointed lead defense counsel in class action litigation; wrote the ABA’s Supreme Court amicus brief in Twombly; and has secured M&A antitrust clearances for billion-dollar transactions. Roxann is recognized in The International Who’s Who of Competition Lawyers, Chambers USA, and Legal 500 US. In 2015, she was named one of the top 50 Women Lawyers and among the top 100 lawyers in Washington, D.C. (and there are about 80,000 lawyers in D.C.).

What do you like best about your work? I love developing creative strategies, the in-depth learning about a wide variety of businesses, and working with smart people around the globe (as antitrust increasingly becomes more global).

Why did you become a lawyer? I chose to become a lawyer in seventh grade, not knowing a single lawyer or what they really did, but thinking that it was a great path to the presidency or to becoming a Supreme Court justice.

How do you see your practice changing in the next few years? Antitrust continues to become a more complicated and more global practice. As chair of the ABA Antitrust Section this year, I have the privilege to help shape antitrust policy around the globe through programming initiatives, our process of commenting on developing laws, and access to enforcers and members of the antitrust bar in the United States and other jurisdictions. For example, we are holding an International Cartel Workshop in Tokyo, a Symposium on Sentencing, a conference on Antitrust and Intellectual Property Law and a Merger Workshop, and last spring, at the invitation of the federal antitrust agencies, I participated as a nongovernment advisor in the International Competition Network meeting in Sydney, a forum of competition law enforcers from over 100 jurisdictions.

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T: (202) 887-1595
Hyans, Hollis L. Hollis L. Hyans Partner
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Hollis Hyans has litigated or resolved a wide range of state and local tax controversies across the United States and advised clients on the state and local tax ramifications of various transactions and business models, particularly the emerging tax issues faced by businesses in the online community. She is recommended as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 US and Super Lawyers, and was named to State Tax Notes’ Top 10 Tax Lawyers list for 2011.

Describe your current practice. Resolution of state and local tax disputes at all levels from audit through appellate litigation and state tax planning on a national basis.

What do you love about your work? New issues, new challenges, congenial colleagues, and wonderful clients.

What makes MoFo special? Consistent respect for others and a common goal for the firm as a whole to do its best for every client.

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T: (212) 468-8050
Jewett, Michelle M. Michelle M. Jewett Partner
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Michelle is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s New York office, practicing in the area of federal income taxation. She has substantial experience in a broad range of tax matters, including corporate, mergers and acquisitions, partnership, financial institution, real estate investment trust, and insurance tax issues in both domestic and international contexts. Michelle’s practice is focused on providing tax advice for structuring cross-border taxable and tax-free M&A transactions, domestic and foreign private equity, hedge, energy and infrastructure funds and investments, real estate investment trusts and real estate investments by taxable and tax-exempt entities, mortgage-backed securities and other securitization transactions, leveraged leasing, foreign investments in the United States, outbound investments by domestic companies, and renewable energy investments.

What do you like best about your work? I really enjoy the creativity associated with structuring an investment or transaction in a manner that is tax efficient for different participants, as well as analyzing the tax characterization of a novel structure, product, or service.

What is your favorite thing about living in your current city? I recently moved back to New York from the Bay Area, and my favorite thing about living here is the energy of the city and the people.

How do you see your practice changing in the next few years? There have been a number of proposals in Washington to overhaul the current tax system. Although any significant tax reform seems unlikely in the near term given the current gridlock in Washington, it is likely that there will eventually be legislation passed that will bring significant changes. Assuming that occurs, I expect that a significant part of my practice will involve understanding the new regime and exploring ways to work with the new rules.

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T: (212) 336-4154
Johnstone, Kathryn I. Kathryn I. Johnstone Senior Of Counsel
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Kathryn Johnstone has broad experience in all aspects of debt financing. She recently completed a complex acquisition financing, which involved multiple highyield debt offerings and a large, secured syndicated credit agreement. She was named to BTI Consulting Group’s list of BTI Client Service All Stars in both 2013 and 2014, a client-nominated award determined entirely by client feedback.

What do you love about your work? I love working with a team of extremely talented, hardworking, and collaborative colleagues who share the common goal of providing excellent quality of work and client service.

What is your favorite thing about your city? Rancho Palos Verdes is an oasis connected yet separated from the hectic pace of modern city life. Views over a golf course to the ocean and Catalina make living in RPV worth the drive.

What has been the key to your success? Parents who read The Little Engine That Could to me far too often, wonderful teachers who fostered a love for learning, talented and generous mentors, and terrific clients.

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T: (213) 892-5662
Kaufman, Rebekah Rebekah Kaufman Partner
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Rebekah Kaufman is co-chair of the firm’s global Litigation Department. She focuses her practice on defending retailers, manufacturers, and digital media companies against false advertising, privacy, and data breach class actions. Rebekah is the founder of the firm’s Private Surgeon General Class Action Defender blog (www.privatesurgeongeneral.com), which provides robust case information and industry analysis of false advertising and false labeling class action cases. She regularly speaks at conferences and participates in panel discussions addressing cutting-edge developments in privacy and data breach law.

What do you like best about your work? I love many things about my practice, but if I had to pick one, it would be solving a complex strategic or legal question — and winning in court, of course!

What is your favorite thing about living in your current city? Easy access to the most beautiful hiking, biking and skiing spots.

What is your favorite book? To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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T: (415) 268-6148
Kleine, Angela E. Angela E. Kleine Partner
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Angela Kleine is a member of the Financial Services Litigation Group. Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation and enforcement, with an emphasis on defending and advising financial services companies in matters under banking, fair lending, and consumer reporting laws and regulations. In 2014, MReport Magazine named Angela one of the “Thirty-Five Under 35” women rising stars in the mortgage banking industry.

What do you like best about your work? Working with MoFo colleagues and clients. It’s not surprising that they are an extremely smart and skilled group of lawyers and professionals, given our focus on new and technical areas of financial law. But we also have a lot of fun because of the sharp sense of humor and the collegiality that the group brings to the work.

Why did you become a lawyer? Growing up, people always said I should be a lawyer. Probably because I’m so contrary. I saw it when my high school began requiring random urinalysis drug testing of members of school clubs (including me in Chess Club and Speech and Debate). It was personally invasive and a Fourth Amendment violation. I contacted the ACLU, who came to our rescue. It showed me the power of a good lawyer to persuade and affect change.

What individual most inspired you, and why? My mom. She supported us working in a cereal factory, waiting tables, and then running a construction company in Chicago. Through tough times and tragedy, not only did she make us feel secure and ensure that we always aimed high, but she aimed high for herself and showed us by example what can be accomplished through grit and determination.

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T: (415) 268-6214
Rachel Krevans Rachel Krevans Partner
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Chambers cites Rachel Krevans as “one of the most thorough, calculating and technically astute IP lawyers around” and declares that “the powerful scientific mind of Rachel Krevans has impressed clients in the life sciences industry.” Her contentious matters often involve some of the most difficult and complex circumstances. Take, for example, the rare defense jury verdict in favor of client EchoStar in the Eastern District of Texas in 2007. At the time of the trial, plaintiff Forgent sought $205 million in damages. Rachel’s winning trial strategy created a new model for defending patent cases in the Eastern District of Texas. Rachel was named the 2013 Chambers Women in Law IP Lawyer of the Year.

Describe your current practice. I try patent dispute cases involving electronics and biosciences products, from smartphones, DVRs, cable and satellite TV, and computerphone interfaces, to HIV and cancer treatments, vaccines, and blood and antibody research.

What do you love about your work? I love learning about science and new technology. I also love going to trial. No other experience requires such intense concentration and focus on every level for such extended periods of time. It’s hard work, but it’s fascinating.

What makes MoFo special? The people. Litigation is a team sport, and if you don’t love your teammates, you’re not going to love playing the game.

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T: (415) 268-7178
Kubin, Karen J. Karen J. Kubin Senior Counsel
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Karen Kubin has built a substantial client roster by being attentive to her clients’ needs and by delivering results. For many years, she has been combating wage-and-hour class actions and has an unparalleled record of defeating class certification in these cases. She has continuously been named by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top Women Litigators, Top 100 Lawyers, and Top Employment Lawyers, and to Law360’s Employment MVP list. Chambers USA calls her a “strategic and aggressive litigator who provides first class advice.”

What do you like best about your work? I love that the law of wage-and-hour class actions is rapidly evolving and that I have the opportunity to help shape it. I also love to win, and the result we obtained in Brinker was especially gratifying for resolving an issue that affected millions of employees and employers across California.

What makes MoFo special? Look around the room!

Describe your current practice: Over the years, I have defended most kinds of employment lawsuits. Currently, my practice is dedicated to defending wage-and-hour class and collective actions.

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T: (415) 268-6168
Lynn Levine Lynn I. Levine Senior Of Counsel
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Lynn Levine is a senior of counsel in the Intellectual Property Group. Her practice focuses on matters relating to Section 337 litigation before the United States International Trade Commission (ITC). As the former Director of the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations (OUII), she has extensive experience across all phases of Section 337 litigation, including pre-filing complaint reviews, institution proceedings, and the discovery, trial, review, and remedy phases of Section 337 investigations. Lynn was an inaugural inductee into the ChlPs Hall of Fame in 2013. Lynn is an editor of the firm’s MoFo@ITC web blog, which covers developments in ITC law and practice.

What do you like best about your work? I thoroughly enjoy the challenge of advising clients and solving problems in an area of the law that is continually evolving. The process of delving into the facts and interpreting and applying the relevant law to those facts to achieve positive results keeps me engaged and excited about my work.

Why did you become a lawyer? Initially, the force that propelled me toward the law was my mother, who had worked in a support position in a law firm, and began encouraging me to be a lawyer by the time I entered middles school. As I aged, I came to enjoy writing and factual analysis, and became increasingly excited by the prospect of trial work.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I love to travel, garden, take yoga and cooking classes, and just relax with my family and friends.

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T: (202) 887-8792
Levitt, Jamie A. Jamie A. Levitt Partner
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Jamie Levitt’s practice involves a mix of securities litigation, investigations, and commercial trial work. She is currently litigating a constitutional challenge to a New York statute banning mixed martial arts and is trying a case in Washington State involving a Madoff feeder fund.

What do you like best about your work? The opportunity to learn about new businesses and new twists of law with each matter, and then to creatively solve complex problems. I particularly enjoy the challenges of oral argument, witness preparation and evidentiary hearings or trial.

Favorite book? I have too many favorite books to pick one, but among my favorites are The Moor’s Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie, What’s Bred in the Bone by Robertson Davies, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

What woman most inspires you and why? I am inspired by Amelia Earhart for her courage — indeed, moxie — independence and ambitious achievements. In a letter to her husband about the danger of her flight, Earhart wrote: “Please know I am quite aware of the hazards…. Women must try to do things as men have tried. When they fail, their failure must be but a challenge to others.”

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T: (212) 468-8203
Liu, Jackie Jackie Liu Partner
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Jackie Liu is a partner in the Corporate Department of the firm’s San Francisco office. She is co-chair of the firm’s Corporate Finance Group. Jackie engages in a general corporate and transactional practice, with special emphasis on corporate counseling of public companies, mergers and acquisitions, and China practice. She has represented a number of public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, from small asset acquisitions and divestitures to multibillion-dollar transactions. Jackie was named the 2013 “Legal Advisor of the Year” by M&A Advisor, Law360’s “M&A Rising Stars of 2013,” and a winner of the 2012 40 Under 40 West M&A Advisor Awards. Northern California Super Lawyers recognized her as a “Rising Star” in the category of Securities and Corporate Finance in 2011, and as a “Rising Star” in the category of Mergers & Acquisition in 2013.

What do you like best about your work? I love working with smart people under stressful circumstances to get things done. It helps that, at work, people actually listen to me, not something I can say with my kids.

What is your favorite book? Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. What better for a corporate lawyer than a tale about the search for truth and understanding amidst contradictions, ambiguities, and madness?

What woman most inspires you and why? My grandmother, who is vibrant at the age of 94 and one of the first women to go to college and learn English during the 1930s in China.

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T: (415) 268-6722
Lyon, Christine E. Christine E. Lyon Partner
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Christine Lyon’s practice focuses on privacy and employment law. Her practice has a global focus, and she regularly handles large multijurisdictional projects involving privacy and/or employment law. One highlight was advising on a global HR outsourcing project involving more than 80 countries. Legal 500 US recommends Chris as a rising star in the area of privacy and data protection. She frequently writes and speaks on the topics of global data protection laws, workplace privacy issues and data security laws. She is a co-editor of Global Employee Privacy and Data Security Law, and is a member of the editorial board of the World Data Protection Report.

What do you love about your work? Both of my practice areas involve issues that matter to each of us as individuals and professionals. I enjoy working with clients to find appropriate business-friendly solutions that also maintain trust with employees and consumers.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I enjoy quality time away from the computer, including reading, knitting and crafts of all kinds, baking, long walks outdoors and spending time with friends.

What is your favorite thing about your city? The mild climate of Northern California makes it a pleasure to be outdoors all times of the year. I love going home to Iowa for the holidays, but I don't miss the Midwestern winters.

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T: (650) 813-5770
Susan Mac Cormac Susan H. Mac Cormac Partner
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Susan Mac Cormac is co-chair of the Venture Private Equity Group and the Clean Technology + Alternate Energy Group. Suz was named by California Lawyer and Corporate LiveWire as one of the 2012 California Lawyers of the Year for her work as co-chair of the Flexible Purpose Corporation Working Group. She has been recognized by the Daily Journal on several Top Lawyers in California lists, including Top 100 Lawyers, Top Female Lawyers, and Top 25 Clean Tech Lawyers. Suz was also named to The American Lawyer’s 45 Under 45 list of the top young women lawyers, and Best Lawyers named her the Energy Lawyer of the Year in 2013 and 2014.

What do you love about your work? I love the fact that every day I get to work with truly socially responsible companies that are developing products and services to improve the world around them.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Taking nature walks (runs or stumbles) with my three young boys in the Presidio National Park where we live.

What woman most inspires you and why? Sandra Day O’Connor. When I met her for the first time (in sweats, with face paint, and a baby on my hip), she confirmed that there is no such thing as “work-life balance.” If you have a career (as opposed to a job) that you truly enjoy that takes many hours of the day (and night), you will simply not have time for many things (like participation on the PTA). However, if you prioritize your family and recognize that you can’t be all things to all people, you can have a rich and rewarding life.

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T: (415) 268-6060
Verkuil, Colette R. Colette Reiner Mayer Partner
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Colette Reiner Mayer’s practice focuses on high-stakes patent and trade secret litigation. She has particular experience litigating disputes in the field of semiconductors, including liquid crystal displays and field programmable gate arrays. Aside from semiconductor technologies, she has litigated a range of other patent and trade secret cases involving software, plastic bag dispensers, and baseball trading cards.

What do you like best about your work? I love learning about the technology involved in the case from the experts in the field. We are fortunate to represent companies on the leading edge of their industries, and it is a privilege to learn the technology from the engineers that contribute to their innovations.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Spending time with my family. Our three young children legitimize my Lego building and video game playing.

What individual most inspired you, and why? My mom. She has an amazing power to find the positive in every situation and keep perspective.

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Mayer, Mika Mika Reiner Mayer Partner
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Mika Mayer is a patent lawyer experienced in the medical device and drug delivery fields, which include areas such as cardiovascular, spine, and obesity. The American Lawyer named Mika as one of the 45 Under 45 best young women lawyers. The Daily Journal honored her as one of the Top 20 Under 40 lawyers in California, one of the Top 25 IP Portfolio Managers in California, and one of California’s top female lawyers. She was named as one of The Recorder’s 2013 Women Leaders in Tech Law, and she earned a place on the Law360 list of Top 10 IP Attorneys Under 40 in the United States. She is also recommended as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 US and was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers. LMG Life Sciences also named her a Life Science Star.

What do you love about your work? I love understanding my client’s businesses and helping to protect their products. Seeing a new technology well before it hits the market is thrilling, especially knowing that many of these innovations will save lives.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I focus my time and energy on raising my two young children. I can’t describe how much I love them and how important they are to me. It’s also important to me to spend time giving back to the medical device community, and I do so in a number of ways, including guest lecturing at Stanford.

What is your favorite thing about your city? The actual location. My house is tucked away on a wooded hillside, and I’m often visited by various wildlife. The air smells fresh. The environment feels clean. It’s an absolute haven for me to retreat to after a long day.

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T: (650) 813-4298
Maynard, Deanne E. Deanne E. Maynard Partner
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Deanne Maynard is co-chair of the firm’s Appellate + Supreme Court Practice Group and a former Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice. She has argued 13 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and many more in the federal courts of appeals. After law school, she clerked twice at the U.S. Supreme Court.

What do you like best about your work? I enjoy the variety of my appellate practice, as well as the opportunity that it gives me to work with my colleagues who are subject matter experts in other specialties. I also appreciate the gratifying pro bono opportunities it presents.

What makes MoFo special? The lawyers here work seamlessly across practice groups and offices, so that we bring the best that MoFo has to offer to each client and each case.

Describe your current practice: My appellate practice mirrors the wide-ranging litigation breadth of the firm, including patent appeals in the Federal Circuit, where I’ve argued more than 25 appeals, and appeals in the other Circuits on antitrust, securities law, class action, and other intellectual property issues.

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T: (202) 887-8740
Mendelson, Barbara R. Barbara R. Mendelson Partner
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Barbara Mendelson has represented domestic and foreign banks in regulatory matters for almost 30 years, and also has been instrumental in helping our foreign bank clients expand their U.S. footprint by establishing U.S. offices and bank subsidiaries. She also represents central banks and multilateral entities relating to their U.S. investments. Barbara is a trustee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and is a member of the firm’s Pro Bono Committee.

What do you like best about your work? I am very fortunate to have had interesting and challenging work throughout my career, as well as the opportunity to meet and work with talented people from all over the world.

What’s been the key to your success? Terrific colleagues, a supportive family, and a genuine interest in my practice area, which has continued to evolve throughout my career.

How do you see your practice changing in the next few years? A bank regulatory lawyer’s work reflects the shifts in the financial regulatory environment. I look forward to helping clients to innovate and differentiate themselves in the post Dodd-Frank world.

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Mink, Jennifer J. Jennifer J. Mink Partner
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Jennifer Mink has extensive experience in trading and review and analysis of credit documentation relating to many types of debt facilities, including financing facilities for aircraft, project finance, oil and gas, and real estate. Jennifer has worked on trading floors with clients at several stages in her career, overseeing the closing process for secondary debt trades, and supervising regulatory compliance.

Describe your current practice? I represent commercial banks, investment banks, broker-dealers, hedge funds, and other entities in lending, secondary debt trading, CDO transactions, workouts, and other matters.

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T: (202) 887-1540
Moerel Lokke Lokke Moerel Senior Of Counsel
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Lokke Moerel is among the world’s best-known privacy lawyers. She advises companies on their global information handling governance, strategy, and compliance. “An authority on data protection matters” (Chambers 2014), Lokke is consistently ranked as a leader in data protection law in Chambers Global and Legal 500. She is also professor of global ICT law at Tilburg University, member of the Cyber Security Council of the Netherlands, the advisory body of the Dutch cabinet, and member of the Board of Trustees of WWF International.

What do you like best about your work? I enjoy thinking about the data privacy issues and ethical dilemma’s presented by the new technologies, and helping companies decide on how to tune them and implement on a global basis, in an emerging regulatory environment.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Travel with my husband and three children, the modern arts, but most of all, a good book!

What individual most inspired you, and why? In my former EU-based firm, there were no female role- models (I was the first female partner with children) and partners step out at age 55. After moving to MoFo, I met women years older than me and fully at the forefront of their field. What an inspiration! I still have a whole career in front of me.

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Murashige, Kate H. Kate H. Murashige Senior Of Counsel
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Dr. Kate Murashige obtained dominating patents on siRNA technology on behalf of Plant Bioscience Laboratories (PBL), the UK institution that is home to Drs. Baulcombe and Hamilton, who were the first to show small RNA is a mediator of gene silencing. These patents took more than 10 years to get through the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and have been extensively licensed by PBL. Kate has served on the National Institutes of Health and also has been a member of the Scientific Freedom and Responsibility Committee of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

What do you love about your work? Intellectual challenges every day, learning a lot about technologies, and dealing with smart and honest people.

Favorite book? I don’t have a single favorite. Lately I have read several books on the political histories of Germany and Iran, and a history of the progressive movement in the United States, among others.

Why did you become a lawyer? After teaching at community colleges for 10 years, I couldn’t think of anything else to do, so I went to law school at night. It turned out well.

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T: (858) 720-5112
Nakamura, Saori Saori Nakamura Partner
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Saori Nakamura is a Japan-qualified lawyer leading our Japan law practice. She has extensive experience dealing with complex cross-border transactions in a variety of industries, including global tender offers. She is also recognized as a leading counsel in “Samurai” bond offerings and J-REIT offerings.

What do you like best about your work? It is very fulfilling when we are able to find innovative solutions to multijurisdictional transactions as a team.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I enjoy gardening and cultivating organic vegetables.

What is your favorite book? Res Gestae Populi Romani: The Stories of the Romans by Nanami Shiono.

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T: 65 69222042
Obana, Mariko Mariko Obana Senior Of Counsel
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Mariko Obana has had the opportunity to advise many real estate securitization deals and real estate development deals. She has been appointed as a member of the Supervisory Commission for Public-Private and Private-Private Competitive Tenderings of the Cabinet Office, the Contract Surveillance Committee of the Japan External Trade Organization, and a mediation committee of the Tokyo Family Court.

What do you love about your work? I love my work because I am helping others.

What do you enjoy doing in free time? Jogging and walking my dog. This year, I plan to climb Mount Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan.

Favorite book? My favorite books are novels by Charles Dickens and novels by Kazuo Ishiguro, especially Never Let Me Go.

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T: 81 3 3214 6522
Patel, Purvi G. Purvi G. Patel Partner
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Purvi is a partner in the Litigation Department of Morrison & Foerster’s Los Angeles office and is the hiring partner for that office. She is a member of the firm’s Consumer Litigation and Class Action and Privacy and Data Security Practice Groups. Purvi’s practice includes a broad range of complex litigation in federal and state court and she advises clients in a variety of commercial litigation matters, with a focus on consumer class action defense. She represents, among others, retailers, banks, manufacturers, and insurers in litigation involving contract disputes, unfair competition, false advertising, consumer fraud, data security, and privacy. Purvi has also developed expertise advising clients regarding the impact of various California laws and regulations on existing and proposed business practices, including the collection and use of personal information under the State’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act. In 2015, Purvi was named a Law360 “Rising Star” in the Retail & E-Commerce practice area (one of two lawyers recognized for the honor), and she was also recommended by Best Lawyers in America 2016 for her work in privacy and data security law.

What do you like best about your work? I love the intellectual challenge of the work and finding practical solutions to my clients’ problems. But I especially love that this job is all about building relationships based on trust. I work hard to earn the trust of my clients, my colleagues, and the judges before whom I appear, and gaining that trust is incredibly rewarding.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Reading a really good story, one that takes me completely out of my life and into another time, place, world, or dimension (now I’ve shown my inner geekiness). The best books are those that leave me feeling bereft when I’m finished reading them, as if I’ve lost a good friend.

What is your favorite thing about living in your current city? I often tell people I moved to Los Angeles kicking and screaming. I miss my hometown of Chicago for more reasons than I can count, but Los Angeles is a very special place. Much to my surprise, I don’t have just one favorite thing. Los Angeles is vibrant and diverse, and has an energy and personality all its own. The food is amazing. Plus, it’s 70 degrees and sunny nearly every day. How could I not fall in love?

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T: (213) 892-5296
Pinedo, Anna T. Anna T. Pinedo Partner
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Anna Pinedo enjoys the opportunity to assist clients on their most important matters. Working closely with her capital markets partners, the team has built one of the country’s leading securities and derivatives practices, garnering recognition from many third parties, including Chambers and U.S. News & World Report. Anna is pleased to have played a role in this and, along the way, to have worked on a number of very significant transactions and having found time to spend writing books and articles on topics of interest.

What do you like best about your work? No two days are the same – other than that every day I have an opportunity to work on new and challenging matters, including developing innovative financial products.

What has been the key to your success? An affinity developed at an early age for caffeinated beverages.

What woman most inspires you, and why? My grandmother and my mother for their resilience, work ethic, moral compass, and great style.

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T: (212) 468-8179
Poindexter, Obrea O. Obrea O. Poindexter Partner
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Obrea Poindexter began her legal career in the financial services industry almost 20 years ago. She spent the first five years as a lawyer for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. She is the chair of the American Bar Association’s Privacy Subcommittee and is a frequent speaker on banking and consumer financial services issues.

Describe your current practice. My practice focuses on financial services regulation. I advise clients on financial privacy issues, in addition to issues related to emerging payments systems such as mobile payment systems and personto-person payments.

What do you love about your work? Ever since the financial crisis, there has been constant change in my practice. I enjoy assisting clients with complex and challenging issues that are not squarely addressed in the law. It is rewarding to help clients fit the pieces of the puzzle together.

What makes MoFo special? MoFo truly values the unique perspective and individual background that every client and MoFo lawyer brings to a particular project. The firm also offers amazing support via mentoring and professional development.

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T: (202) 887-8741
Polizzi, Catherine M. Catherine M. Polizzi Partner
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Dr. Catherine Polizzi chaired the firm’s Patent Prosecution + Counseling Group and co-chaired the firm’s 400-lawyer Intellectual Property Group from 2006 through 2009. She has also served on the firm’s board of directors for more than seven years. Catherine is patent counsel to numerous publicly traded and privately held companies in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries from startups to large companies. She has been named one of the top 25 portfolio managers in California by the Daily Journal every year since 2009, and the Silicon Valley Business Journal named her among its 100 Women of Influence. She has also been ranked by Chambers USA and Legal 500 US. LMG Life Sciences named Catherine a Life Science Star. Additionally, she’s been named to The Recorder's List of Women Leaders in Tech Law in 2013 and 2015.

What do you like best about your work? The intersection of technology, business and people, as well as strategizing and advising on how best to align and enhance a client’s intellectual property.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Relaxing at home.

Favorite book? My Ántonia by Willa Cather.

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T: (650) 813-5651
Preovolos, Penelope A. Penelope A. Preovolos Partner
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Penelope Preovolos has litigated high-stakes antitrust and consumer class action cases, particularly for consumer electronics companies, and has done so as lead counsel for the past 30 years. She has played a significant role in developing one of the firm’s key clients from the early days when it was a small company, both by successful litigation and by being a trusted counselor. Penelope is a former chair of the California State Bar Antitrust and Unfair Trade Practice Section and of the firm’s Antitrust Practice Group.

What do you like best about your work? I love the mental chess game that goes into being a litigator. I love writing a brief that dazzles and sings. I love oral argument more than almost anything. And oh, yes, I love winning.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I ride dressage — dancing with my horse. It requires patience, tact, a close bond with your horse; it is technically challenging; and it takes place far from my desk.

Individual Who Most Inspired Me: Bob Raven, the chair of the litigation department when I arrived, later chair of the firm and the ABA. Bob championed women’s rights long before it was fashionable to do so, and he did it by convincing clients that an under-5-foot female associate (me) was equivalent for litigation purposes to a tall, distinguished, gray-haired former college football star (him). He taught me (by example) that there is nothing more satisfying than taking a client’s nasty problem off its shoulders and onto your own, and then finding a creative way to win against improbably long odds.

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T: (415) 268-7187
Rahebi, Bita Bita Rahebi Partner
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Bita Rahebi is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Clients turn to Bita for her proactive approach and efficient management of the most complex intellectual property litigation matters, especially patent litigation. She has litigated a wide variety of high-technology matters since joining the firm in 2000, and manages technology cases for global clients in U.S. district courts and before the International Trade Commission.

What do you love about your work? I love working with clients and delving into their business needs to help them find solutions and achieve great results.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? In my free time, I enjoy exploring the world with my family.

Favorite book? Divan-e Shams by Rumi.

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T: (213) 892-5428
Ray, Wendy J. Wendy J. Ray Partner
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Wendy Ray is a trial lawyer with expertise in complex intellectual property and commercial matters. She has a long track record of successfully litigating the most complicated and challenging cases for her clients, whether by prevailing on summary judgment or securing a favorable jury verdict. She has represented plaintiffs and defendants in a range of high-technology patent matters involving semiconductor chips, microelectromechanical systems, medical devices, video compression, video games and software systems, along with various other technologies. Wendy has substantial experience representing both complainants and respondents before the International Trade Commission. She has also successfully litigated high-stakes trademark, copyright, trade secret, contract, and business disputes.

What do you like best about your work? I enjoy the breadth of technologies involved in my matters and learning about them. I also enjoy trial and the challenge of weaving the key facts and legal principles into a persuasive story for the jury.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I love traveling around the world, experiencing different cultures, absorbing the history, and learning bits of new languages.

What’s been the key to your success? Having passion for my work. Understanding our clients’ needs and applying creative solutions to meet those needs. Leveraging the knowledge of my smart colleagues to work efficiently and effectively.

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T: (213) 892-5446
Reed, Pamela J. Pamela J. Reed Senior Counsel
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Pam Reed is the vice-chair of MoFo’s Corporate and Finance Departments, and a former managing partner of the firm, having worked on the firm’s strategic and practice development matters for more than a decade. While managing partner, her real estate practice included representing major national and international developers and lenders in investment and financing activities for real property developments throughout California and elsewhere in the United States. She had primary responsibility for the initial leasing of the 1,370,000-square-foot office and retail complex known as the Crocker Galleria in San Francisco. She represented the primary developer in all aspects of the acquisition, financing, and development of an 11,000-unit master-planned residential development in the San Ramon Valley over a 10-year period, and the national developer for the re-use of the Mare Island Naval Base.

What do you love about your work? Those I work with and all the challenging issues we tackle together.

What has been the key to your success? The many great career opportunities the firm has provided to me.

What woman most inspires you? Hillary Clinton: She is a model of resilience, persistence, and aiming high.

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T: (415) 268-6247
Retzer, Karin Karin Retzer Partner
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Karin Retzer concentrates in privacy compliance. Her practice has a global focus, and she regularly handles large multinational projects. She counsels clients on strategies for managing information in ways that accomplish their business objectives, technical necessities, and legal compliance under the myriad of privacy and data security laws around the world. Her career accomplishments include developing a career at the firm and helping to build the firm’s privacy practice.

What do you like best about your work? It is exciting and intellectually stimulating. I work with great colleagues and clients, advising on complicated and cutting-edge issues. Data are becoming more and more important, and we are devising strategies and procedures for clients to handle such data.

What is your favorite book? My favorite book is Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, the story of a strong, passionate, and uncompromising woman!

What has been the key to your success? The key to my success has been my ability to give creative and practical advice and to reconcile the often conflicting requirements in multijurisdictional projects.

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Rivera, Sylvia Sylvia Rivera Partner
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Sylvia Rivera represents clients in the financial services, retail, and insurance industries in litigation matters involving individual and class action claims of fraud, breach of contract, false advertising, unfair and deceptive business practices, violation of banking laws, and other business torts. She has achieved victories for clients on motions to dismiss and other dispositive motions at trial and on appeal. Sylvia was identified as a rising star in business litigation by Los Angeles magazine and is a member of the board of directors of the Western Center on Law & Poverty.

What do you love about your work? Helping clients achieve practical solutions to intellectually challenging litigation matters.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I enjoy cooking Italian and “comfort food” meals, long-distance running, and reading historical fiction.

What has been the key to your success? Hard work, valuable mentoring relationships, and remembering that if you don’t ask for it, you won’t get it.

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T: (213) 892-5734
Schaaf, Kathleen E. Kathleen E. Schaaf Senior Of Counsel
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Kathleen Schaaf is senior of counsel in the Business Restructuring + Insolvency Group in the New York office. Kathleen’s practice is particularly focused on insurance-related insolvency and bankruptcy issues. Kathleen has represented major insurance carriers in reinsurance matters, including reinsurance counseling and arbitration, and in solvent and insolvent schemes of arrangement in the UK and in Chapter 15 proceedings in the United States. She represents a major insurer in connection with its significant ongoing reinsurance relationship with an insolvent P&C insurer, including negotiating agreements and litigating disputes in liquidation and other state courts. She was involved in the first U.S. statutory reinsurance commutation and has counseled clients regarding bankruptcy and other issues raised in connection with the rehabilitation of monoline insurers. Kathleen also counsels clients investing in the insurance and reinsurance claims market.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I love to play bridge – unfortunately, not as well as I would like.

What is your favorite thing about living in your current city? I know I will never run out of new things to do because I live in Manhattan.

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T: (212) 336-4065
Schulman, Janie F. Janie F. Schulman Partner
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Janie Schulman is co-chair of the firm’s Employment + Labor Group. She has been recognized as a leading lawyer in employment and labor law by Best Lawyers in America and won the 2011 PAR Flex Success Award recognizing her achievement as a law firm partner while working a flexible schedule. Janie recalls fondly speaking with jurors after winning a defense verdict in a wrongful termination trial while she was eight months pregnant. One elderly juror merely clasped Janie’s hands, said, “God bless you and the baby,” and walked away.

What do you love about your work? I’ve worn hard hats at construction sites, seen dog food being made, accompanied a movie star to get a passport for a new baby, and learned to swear in Japanese. Show me another job where you get to do all that in a day’s work.

Why did you become a lawyer? I became a lawyer because I planned to save the world. I’m still working on it.

What woman most inspires you and why? When I grow up, I want to be Shirley Hufstedler. Shirley showed the world what a smart, determined woman could do before it was fashionable.

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T: (213) 892-5393
Schwartz, Tessa J. Tessa J. Schwartz Partner
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Tessa Schwartz is co-chair of the firm’s Technology Transactions Group. She has an active technology transactions practice counseling companies on IP strategy and negotiating complex IP and commercial agreements, ranging from key patent licensing and technology procurement agreements to complicated development, joint venture, and distribution deals. She also regularly advises companies on the IP aspects of their M&A transactions. Her representative clients include Intel and Yahoo! Tessa is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA and Legal 500 US and was named to the Daily Journal’s Top 20 Under 40 list in 2009. She is also co-chair of the firm’s Clean Technology + Alternative Energy Group.

Describe your current practice. I counsel companies on intellectual property issues, and negotiate complex intellectual property and commercial agreements. I also advise clients on the IP aspects of their M&A transactions.

What do you love about your work? My job changes every day. Technology and business models are constantly evolving. That means my job never gets stagnant, the subject matter and the transactions themselves are changing, and I am always learning something new.

What makes MoFo special? Hands down it is all the smart and thoughtful people who work here and inspire loyalty in their colleagues and clients.

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T: (415) 268-7016
Stephanie Sharron Stephanie Lynn Sharron Partner
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Stephanie Sharron is partner in the Palo Alto office and a member of the firm’s Technology Transactions Group. Clients turn to Stephanie for advice on the issues that apply to their business models in light of the rapid changes in business, technology and law. She counsels companies in connection with technology and intellectual property transactions and related privacy, data security, and Internet safety issues.

What do you like best about your work? Our clients. Building lasting relationships is what is most gratifying to me.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I love to hike, read, and spend time doing things with my daughter, Chloe (14) and son, Ethan (18). Chloe is a freshman in high school, and Ethan just started in Computer Engineering at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, so we talk a lot about their new adventures!

How do you see your practice changing in the next few years? I see lots of potential growth opportunity at the intersection of technology and data. Whether that is tied to FinTech, connected products, health tech, “big data,” personalized consumer retail programs, or new applications is yet to be discovered, companies are looking to leverage the information generated through their products and services.

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T: (650) 813-4018
Shostak, Linda E. Linda E. Shostak Partner
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Linda Shostak has extensive trial experience. Linda is almost always in trial or getting ready for trial. In addition to being a successful and noted trial lawyer, she has satisfied her “itch” to teach through trial training programs and has mentored other women lawyers with pride and success.

Describe your current practice. Mine is a trial-oriented practice, focusing on both employment cases and general commercial litigation.

What do you love about your work? It is (almost) always interesting, and every case has new issues, problems to be solved, and solutions to be reached.

What makes MoFo special? MoFo has been supportive of me in all the twists of my career. I cherish the important friendships I have made and the collegial atmosphere in which we work.

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T: (415) 268-7202
Smith, Nicole M. Nicole M. Smith Partner
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Nicole Smith has a winning track record in high-stakes intellectual property disputes. In Amado v. Microsoft Corp., Nicole represented an underdog inventor from Guatemala who alleged that Microsoft had infringed the patents on spreadsheet software he designed. Following a jury verdict of infringement, he was awarded $6.1 million, which was affirmed on appeal. After a second appeal relating to post- verdict sales, the total award increased to $16 million. Nicole was also a key member of the trial team representing Odetics, Inc. in a patent infringement suit against StorageTek Corporation. The team won a $70 million verdict and, after prevailing on appeal, settled the case in 1999 for $100 million.

What do you like best about your work? The intellectual challenge; the variety; the people — colleagues, clients, and experts; the competitive aspect of litigation; and of course, winning!

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Hanging out with my children, ages 9 and 6; swimming (so that I can keep up with said kids); watching House of Cards and Fear the Walking Dead with my husband; and reading The New Yorker.

What has been the key to your success? Seeking out and maintaining relationships with good mentors.

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T: (213) 892-5582
Smithline, Ruti Ruti Smithline Partner
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Ruti Smithline’s work has involved a wide range of white-collar defense activities, including global, cross- border internal investigations, civil and criminal work with the U.S. Department of Justice and attorney general’s offices, SEC enforcement actions, anti- money laundering, and OFAC regulatory matters. The cases she is most proud of are the nonpublic matters where the government did not bring any action against clients.

What do you like best about your work? Each matter presents its own challenges, and I love collaborating with clients and colleagues to reach practical solutions. I like that understanding the law in isolation is generally not enough and that each case requires learning the client and the client’s industry. Also, being a native Spanish speaker has enabled me to do white-collar work in Latin America and opened many opportunities for cross-border matters.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? My husband and I have always enjoyed traveling and seeing new places. Since having our daughter, we really appreciate seeing the world through her eyes.

What is your favorite thing about living in your current city? I live in Hoboken, NJ – which is right across the river from New York City. What I like the most is the sense of community. It has that small-town feel, while still being a city in its own right with all the amenities you would expect. I love that when I walk my daughter to school in the morning, we literally pass dozens of families going to a number of different schools, but we know them all from activities around the city.

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T: (212) 336-4086
Sprenkel, Stacey M. Stacey M. Sprenkel Partner
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Stacey Sprenkel is a partner in the Litigation Department and a member of the firm’s Securities Litigation, Enforcement and White-Collar Defense Group and the FCPA + Anti-Corruption Task Force. She regularly advises clients on cross-border investigations and developing and implementing anti-corruption compliance programs.

What do you like best about your job? I love helping our clients navigate the complex global anti-corruption landscape as they conduct business around the world. Our clients want to get things right and my job is to help them figure out how to conduct business while at the same time minimizing corruption risks. This means understanding current risks, identifying new corruption risks as clients explore new markets and new acquisition targets, and developing and implementing compliance programs designed to mitigate those risks.

What do you enjoy diong in your free time? I love traveling and adventures, big and small. Whether it’s exploring restaurants in San Francisco, a weekend in the wine country, or a trip to a far-flung corner of the earth, I am in. I also love hanging out with my dog and reading a good book.

What is your favorite book? There are so many. Two that are at the top of my list are George Orwell’s 1984 and John Steinbeck’s The Winter of Our Discontent.

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T: (415) 268-6040
Stoupe, Louise C. Louise C. Stoupe Partner
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Louise Stoupe is a trial lawyer who counsels some of the largest technology companies in the world on IP and commercial law issues. She has represented Asia-based clients in U.S. district and appeal courts, the International Trade Commission and the major international arbitration fora in the region. Louise has been recognized for her cutting-edge work for Japan-based clients, and in 2008 was the second- youngest person on the Top 50 Under 45 list published by IP Law & Business.

What do you like best about your work? The win – either in court or through settlement.

Describe your current practice: My clients are some of the largest technology companies in the world who have complex commercial relationships with major industry players. My job is to seek to resolve the commercial disputes whenever possible and then, to take the remainder to trial or an arbitration hearing.

What makes MoFo special? I get to work with people I like and respect for great clients who do cutting edge work. If I didn’t like working with my colleague – I wouldn’t be here – and I’ve been at the firm over 15 years. It’s fun.

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T: 81 3 3214 6522
Shirin Tang Shirin Tang Partner
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Shirin Tang is a partner in the Corporate Department of Morrison & Foerster’s Singapore office. She has extensive experience advising on multijurisdictional M&A transactions involving Southeast Asia, China, and the United States. Shirin is listed by Chambers Asia-Pacific 2015 as a leader in her field for Corporate/M&A: International (Singapore) and is named in the International Financial Law Review's Guide to the World’s Leading Law Firms and the Asia-Pacific Legal 500. She has also been shortlisted as a "Rising Star: Corporate" in the 2014 Euromoney Asia Women in Business Law Awards.

What do you like best about your work? I enjoy the collaborative process of working with clients and colleagues in different practice areas to build something; to form a venture, create a new platform, or enter a new market, for example.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Photographing the places that I visit, including when traveling for work. I also enjoy doing things that my six-year old son enjoys, which gives me a new perspective on life and can be surprisingly fun, like going to the arcade or a trampoline park.

What individual most inspired you, and why? My grandmother, who raised six children (she even sewed clothes for them), successfully invested my grandfather’s earnings in stocks and properties and managed those investments, was an excellent cook and hostess, and managed to look put together and glamorous while doing all of it. She achieved all that many of us can only strive for, with quiet strength, grace, dignity, and femininity.

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Taylor, Jennifer Lee Jennifer Lee Taylor Partner
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Jennifer Taylor is recommended as a leading lawyer by Legal 500 US. She has litigated a variety of intellectual property cases, including patent, design patent, trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement actions, along with unfair competition, and false advertising actions. She has trial and appellate experience, as well as extensive experience litigating opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Jennifer regularly counsels clients regarding design, trademark, and copyright matters.

What do you like best about your work? Everything I do is very collaborative. I work with teams on litigation matters, of course, but I also work with cross-disciplinary teams on counseling and transactional work. Working across disciplines in this way allows me to learn something new every day.

What is your favorite thing about living in your current city? I love living in the San Francisco Bay Area because I work with clients who face interesting cutting-edge issues. We sometimes even get to work together to develop new law. I also love the Bay Area because it is culturally vibrant and outdoor activities are easily accessible year-round.

Describe your current practice: I am engaged in a broad intellectual property practice, with an emphasis on intellectual property litigation and counseling. I regularly counsel clients regarding design, trademark, and copyright matters.

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T: (415) 268-6538
Thomas, Nancy R. Nancy R. Thomas Partner
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Nancy Thomas is recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a top litigator, and she is a former co-chair of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation Group. Nancy’s career accomplishments include being the sole lawyer in MoFo’s Santa Fe, New Mexico office for seven years. She also argued and won a Third Circuit en banc appeal on an important arbitration issue, has stopped several class actions in their tracks with successful pleadings motions and motions to strike class claims, and obtained a complete defense verdict in an accounting malpractice action after a month-long trial.

Describe your current practice. My current practice focuses on representing financial institutions in all types of class action and high-stakes litigation in arbitrations, trial courts, and appeals. I also represent banks and nonbanks in regulatory investigations and enforcement actions, including proceedings before the CFPB, the FDIC, and the DOJ. I regularly counsel clients on compliance and regulatory matters, including remediation scoping and execution, UDAAP analysis, and vendor management.

What do you love about your work? Solving problems. Designing and implementing winning strategies. Working with incredible colleagues and clients.

What makes MoFo special? We take our work incredibly seriously, but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

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T: (213) 892-5561
Thomas, Stephanie C. Stephanie C. Thomas Partner
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Stephanie Thomas is a partner in the Private Equity Fund Group. She focuses on representing fund sponsors and institutional investors in fund formation and operations. Stephanie has a particular interest in advising clients on key trends in structuring and fund terms, as well as on practical steps that can be taken to meet the challenges of the new regulatory environment. Stephanie’s clients include registered investment advisors, established fund sponsors and new managers, and her work involves buyout funds, venture capital funds, secondary funds, debt funds, fund-of-funds, and other industry focused funds ranging in size from $40 million to $21 billion. Stephanie also has significant experience in a broad range of corporate and securities transactions, including public and private financings, mergers and acquisitions, and matters of general business and corporate law.

What do you like best about your work? I love working collaboratively and creatively with my colleagues to find practical solutions to really complex problems.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? When I’m not at work, I love to be outside exploring with my kids. Some of our favorite activities are camping, biking, hiking and skiing.

What’s been the key to your success? Hard work, excellent organizational skills, amazing mentors, and a very supportive family.

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T: (916) 325-1328
Verkuil, Colette R. Colette Reiner Mayer Partner
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Colette Verkuil’s practice focuses on high-stakes patent and trade secret litigation. She has particular experience litigating disputes in the field of semiconductors, including liquid crystal displays and field programmable gate arrays. Aside from semiconductor technologies, she has litigated a range of other patent and trade secret cases involving software, plastic bag dispensers, and baseball trading cards.

What do you love about your work? I love learning about the technology involved in the case from the experts in the field. We are fortunate to represent companies on the leading edge of their industries, and it is a privilege to learn the technology from the engineers that contribute to their innovations.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I love playing with Legos with my 5-year-old son.

What is your favorite thing about your city? As transplants from New York City, we like that we can have all of the amenities of a city, while still being able to have a backyard.

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T: (650) 813-5990
Vogel, Miriam A. Miriam A. Vogel Senior Of Counsel
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After practicing civil law for 10 years, Miriam A. Vogel served as a judge of the Los Angeles Superior Court for approximately five years, then as a justice of the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division One, for 18 years. During her years on the Court of Appeal, she authored more than 2,800 opinions and served as a panel member on at least twice that number of appeals and writs. She joined MoFo in 2008, and in 2012, 2014, and 2015 was named to the Daily Journal’s list of Top Women Lawyers. She is a member of the California Academy of Appellate Lawyers and the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

What do you like best about your work? As a member of the Appellate Practice Group, I write briefs (and edit briefs written by others) and argue before various appellate courts. I love the challenge of each new case, but most of all, I love winning!

What is your favorite thing about your city? My grandson lives here.

What has been the key to your success? Hard work, good fortune (being in the right place at the right time) and strict adherence to my father’s credo: If you are going to do something, do it right or don’t do it at all.

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T: (213) 892-5929
Maria Wang Maria Xiao Yue Wang Partner
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Maria Wang is a partner in Morrison & Foerster’s Shanghai office. She concentrates in real estate transactions, including complex mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, disposals, and project developments and managements. Maria has represented international and domestic real estate private equity houses, fund managers, financiers, and developers in a variety of complex real estate- related transactions, covering different stages from development and construction to the management, operation, and disposal of real estate projects.

What do you like best about your work? I like the type of transactions I do, as they are complexly structured. Each transaction has its unique features, and I work with the client to design a structure that achieves the commercial outcome desired by the client. It is like doing something new every day, which is interesting and exciting. I also like my clients; they are smart and professional, and we work like a team. Most of my clients will become my friends after we work together. I met many people through my work, and that’s a valuable experience for me.

What’s been the key to your success? I think there are two important factors for my success, one is to stay focused and the other one is to be dedicated to the work and to the clients. I always set goals for myself, short term goals, and long-term goals will help me to stay focused and once I have achieved my goal, I’ll move on to set new goals and keep it going. I think for our line of business, it is important to be dedicated. I’m responsive to clients’ requests and always think from clients’ perspective. I take my clients as my friends and I feel very happy when I can help my clients achieve their goals.

How do you see your practice changing in the next few years? China is a growing market and the market here changes very fast. It is difficult to predict what will happen in the next few years in China, so I think a good lawyer in this market needs to be flexible and move with the market. As Chinese clients become more sophisticated and require more legal services, I think we will get to work with more Chinese clients on their outbound investments. Our foreign legal knowledge is very valuable and useful in those outbound investments.

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Warrington, Joan P. Joan P. Warrington Partner
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Joan Warrington counsels some of the largest U.S. retailers and financial institutions on payment device-related matters, including the negotiation of private label and co-branded payment program documentation, acquiring bank/merchant contracts, outsourcing payment card transactions, and portfolio purchase and sale transactions. She also counsels clients on a variety of consumer laws. Joan is recommended as a leading lawyer by Chambers Global, Chambers USA, and IFLR1000.

What do you love about your work? The business aspects of structuring transactions and devising creative “win-win” mechanisms to negotiate partnerships that will be successful in our changing consumer financial regulatory environment.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I love relaxing in the country on weekends. We have a small “shack” on 20 acres of land on a dead-end road in a rural area about two hours from New York City. In the summer, mowing the lawn is a complete break from the intellectual work that I do all week long.

Favorite book? My favorite book at the moment is The Tin Drum by Günter Grass. The layers of history and symbolism are fascinating.

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T: (212) 506-7307
White, Anna Erickson Anna Erickson White Managing Partner
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For more than 20 years, Anna Erickson White has represented dozens of companies and individuals in complex civil litigation, with a concentration in shareholder litigation. She has represented clients across industries, including technology, renewable energy, gaming, and financial services. In addition to her practice, Anna currently serves as a firmwide managing partner and chair of the Business Review Committee. She also served as a firmwide managing partner from 2006 to 2009.

What do you like best about your work? Working with my colleagues, which includes my clients. And finding winning solutions to my clients’ problems.

What is your favorite book? I have many. Right now, I’m immersed in the Neopolitan series by Elena Ferrante. They are amazing.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? My favorite thing in the world is hanging out with my two daughters, Isabel (21) and Bea (15). They make me happy.

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T: (415) 268-7682
Wugmeister, Miriam H. Miriam H. Wugmeister Partner
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Miriam Wugmeister is co-chair of the Global Privacy + Data Security Group and one of the world’s leading privacy and data security lawyers. She leads the Global Privacy Alliance, a coalition of global businesses that encourages the rational development of privacy laws around the world and monitors privacy practices. She has also worked on several of the largest and most high profile data security breaches. She is ranked as a leading lawyer by Chambers USA, Chambers Global, and Legal 500 US. She works with companies as they seek to comply with the myriad privacy and data security laws around the world, often reconciling laws of more than 50 countries at a time.

What do you like best about your work? I love working with clients to find practical solutions to complicated problems, especially when the law is completely unclear or when two laws directly conflict.

Why did you become a lawyer? I wanted to ameliorate the working conditions of employees, and especially women.

How do you see your practice changing in the next few years? The legal privacy issues with which companies must grapple will evolve into greater emphasis on information management and cybersecurity. Lawyers in this field must be comfortable with technology and information security.

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T: (212) 506-7213
Xiao, Janet Janet Xiao Partner
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Dr. Janet (Jian) Xiao in the firm’s Life Sciences Group has significant experience in developing and strengthening her clients’ complex patent portfolios to maximize their commercial value and success. Janet is among the very few intellectual property lawyers who have both solid skills in global strategic IP management and knowledge about intellectual property issues unique to China. Janet is a member of the BayHelix and a past president of the Chinese-American Biopharmaceutical Society. In 2014, Janet was listed in Chambers Global as a leading IP lawyer in the United States and a leading IP lawyer in China as an expert based abroad.

What do you love about your work? Brainstorming with scientists about their innovative ideas and devising intellectual property strategies for entrepreneurs to maximize the value of their business.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I enjoy serving as a consultant to several nonprofit organizations in the life science industry. This allows me to stay close to the industry and have a deeper understanding of my clients’ needs.

What is your favorite thing about your city? It is right in the center of the Silicon Valley, the hub of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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T: (650) 813-5736
Yakura, Chie Chie Yakura Partner
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Chie Yakura is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. She represents both non-Japanese and Japanese corporations in a wide range of litigation matters with an emphasis on intellectual property, technology transactions, and trade secrets, as well as cross-border contractual and commercial disputes. Chie was selected as an IP Star for the 2014 edition of the MIP Handbook for Japan in the Patent: Licensing and Trade Mark: Enforcement & Litigation categories. She has also been named to the Best Lawyers list for Japan in the area of intellectual property since 2010, and is recommended by The Legal 500 Asia Pacific for antitrust and competition law.

What do you love about your work? It is always exciting to consider and analyze litigation strategies through active interaction and collaboration with the client and my colleagues.

What is your favorite thing about your city? Tokyo has great restaurants from all over the world, and people are polite and kind.

What has been the key to your success? Putting myself into clients’ shoes and providing effective, creative, and pragmatic legal services to them in Japanese litigation, which is often unfamiliar to international clients. Hard work and teamwork are also key.

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T: 81 3 3214 6522
Yamazaki, Keiko Keiko Yamazaki Partner
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Keiko Yamazaki has worked on a wide range of financing transactions, including acquisition finance transactions, real estate finance and project finance transactions, which includes both cross-border and domestic deals in Japan.

What do you like best about your work? I feel a sense of accomplishment when a deal is successfully closed after earnest negotiation and all parties are satisfied.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I enjoy hot yoga, shopping, movies and travel.  How do you see your practice changing in the next few years? In my practice area, cross-border transactions will increase.

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T: 81 3 3214 6522
Yin, Sherry Xiaowei Sherry Xiaowei Yin Partner
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Sherry Xiaowei Yin has worked with two leading international law firms headquartered in the United States for 20 years. She has advised numerous multinationals on PRC legal and regulatory issues and assisted them with investment and M&A transactions in China. Sherry has also assisted Chinese clients with their restructuring, corporate finance and outbound investment and M&A transactions outside China. She has been recognized by various independent directories, such as Legal 500 and Chambers Asia-Pacific.

What do you like best about your work? This is very challenging work that enables me to keep learning.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time? Reading and meeting friends who are funny and thoughtful.

How do you see your practice changing in the next few years? More Chinese clients will pursue legal support for their overseas transactions, while more MNCs will seek our advice on more complicated PRC law issues.

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T: 86 (1059) 093566
Zhou, Jie Jie Zhou Partner
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Dr. Jie Zhou’s practice focuses on patent prosecution and counseling on intellectual property-related areas for clients in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and clean technology. She assists clients in designing strategies and developing valuable patent portfolios. She is often asked to advise clients on challenging issues and has been very successful in obtaining patent coverage for breakthrough technologies. For her pharmaceutical and biotech clients, she manages many portfolios around novel therapeutics that are in preclinical, clinical and other phases of product development.

What do you like best about your work? I enjoy working with clients to solve challenging problems and providing value to the companies.

Describe your current practice: My practice focuses on patent prosecution and counseling for clients in the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.

What makes MoFo special? The diversified practice, collaborative environment, and smart colleagues.

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T: (415) 268-6464
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