The Recorder has named San Francisco partners Susan Mac Cormac and Tessa Schwartz to its 2018 list of Women Leaders in Tech Law. In addition, San Francisco litigation associate Madeleine Gully was named to the publication’s inaugural list of Next Generation Honorees.
Chosen from more than 200 nominees, the list of 30 Women Leaders in Tech Law list honors the industry-leading work of California-based women lawyers.
Chair of the Social Enterprise and Impact Investing Group and co-chair of the Energy and Clean Technology Groups, Susan has led Morrison & Foerster’s teams representing standout Silicon Valley investments over the course of the past year. Her recent work includes representing SoftBank Group and the SoftBank Vision Fund in multiple investments, including the record-breaking $7.7 billion investment in Uber, the largest private tender offer in U.S. history; and the $4.4 billion investment in WeWork Companies, which was previously the largest private tender offer before the Uber investment.
Tessa, a managing partner for the firm and immediate past co-chair of the Technology Transactions Group, works with leading high-tech clients and emerging companies on complex IP and commercial agreements. In 2018, she led the Morrison & Foerster team that handled the IP aspects of Salesforce’s acquisition of Mulesoft, Salesforce’s largest acquisition to date.
Madeleine’s IP litigation practice ranges from successfully defending against NPEs to strategically litigating high-risk multiphase competitor cases. Since joining the firm in 2017, Madeleine has defended a 10-patent case for Blue Coat Systems LLC (a Symantec subsidiary) through multiple trials in the Northern District of California, obtaining victory in the form of a jury verdict of noninfringement as to two patents and very low damages as to two patents, and favorable settlement of the remaining case.
Honorees will be recognized during an awards ceremony on November 14, 2018 in San Francisco.