San Francisco partners Tessa Schwartz and Timothy Chen Saulsbury have both been named winners at The Recorder’s 2023 California Legal Awards. Tessa Schwartz was named a Women Leader in Tech Law, while Tim Chen Saulsbury was named a 2023 Lawyer on the Fast Track. The annual awards celebrate the achievements of lawyers and companies leading technology, innovation, and the profession as a whole.
Co-chair of MoFo’s transactions department and co-founder of the firm’s market-leading AI practice, Tessa advises on high-impact and headline-making IP, commercial, and M&A transactions for tech leaders and emerging and large public companies. Tessa’s work includes a blockbuster deal for Unity, with its asset carve-out acquisition from Weta Digital of certain assets, including its audio-visual effects development and management software tools for a purchase price of $1.625 billion in a combination of cash and stock, and Salesforce’s $27.7 billion acquisition of Slack Technologies—the second-largest software deal in history that united two of San Francisco’s biggest tech leaders. Tessa’s contributions go beyond her private practice and she’s widely considered to be a woman leader in technology who is inspiring the next generation of women legal leaders.