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The Daily Journal Names Three Morrison & Foerster Partners Top Women Lawyers in California

08 May 2018

The Daily Journal named San Francisco partners Susan Mac Cormac and Stefani Shanberg and Los Angeles partner Elizabeth Sluder to its list of 2018 Top Women Lawyers in California. This is the sixth year for Stefani, the fifth year for Susan, and the first year Elizabeth was selected to receive this honor.

The annual award series recognizes the successes and victories of women lawyers in the court room and the advancements women lawyers make in the legal industry.

In her profile, published in a special edition, Susan was highlighted for her pioneering work in social enterprise and impact investing. Combining her legal expertise and passionate concern for the environment has allowed Susan to become a “go-to source” for social enterprise, impact investors, and mainstream companies seeking guidance on corporate governance policies.

Susan was also recognized for her role as lead attorney representing SoftBank Group Corp. in the largest private tender offer in history, a $7.7 billion investment in Uber Technologies.

In addition, Susan led the Morrison & Foerster team that advised SoftBank’s $4.4 billion investment in WeWork Companies Inc.

Stefani Shanberg advises many of the hottest technology companies in Silicon Valley facing high-stakes litigation over their valuable IP. The Daily Journal recognized her for her work as lead trial counsel on two cases for Spotify USA Inc. and her significant wins for Blue Coat Systems Inc. and Google Inc. (Stefani’s work on the Google case was completed at her prior firm).

Stefani represented Blue Coat in a suit brought by Finjan, which went to trial multiple times in just a few months and ultimately ended with a favorable settlement. In the Max Sound Corp. v Google Inc. video software dispute, Stefani and her team won $820,000 in attorney fees for their client.

The Daily Journal recognized Elizabeth’s “omnipresent force” in her renewable energy-focused work, including advising the unsecured creditors committee of SunEdison Inc., one of the largest global renewable energy developers prior to its 2016 bankruptcy, on its asset sales and recourse options.

The work “gave the entire legal team the chance to show off and prove that renewable energy is good for the economy,” says Elizabeth. “There was a lot of interest in those assets, which proved to be valuable.”

Elizabeth also represents developers and other stakeholders in the purchase and sale of renewable energy projects and assets in all stages of development, investors in the purchase of equity project companies that own power projects, and buyers and sellers of energy in the negotiation of power purchase agreements, among other aspects of her energy practice.

Full profiles of Susan, Stefani, and Elizabeth were published in a special edition series that ran on May 2.



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