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Women Leadership in Law

Austin Holian
 •  $595 - $675

About our Keynotes

Lily Yan Hughes

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary,

Public Storage

Lily reports to the CEO and is a member of the Executive Team of Public Storage (NYSE:PSA) — a component of the S&P 500 and FT Global 500.  Lily provides leadership and oversight for all legal and internal audit matters, including board, corporate securities, governance, capital markets, litigation management, labor and employment, real estate, compliance, operations, intellectual property, M&A, business continuity, government affairs, investor relations and external communications.  The 30+ legal and internal audit teams report to her.

Lily has also been recognized by numerous publications and organizations, including named as 2017 Public Company General Counsel of the Year by the Los Angeles Business Journal, in 2016 as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the nation by the National Diversity Council, recipient of a 2016 Most Influential Women Award and a 2014 Multicultural Leadership Award from the California Diversity Council, the 2013 Orange County Rising Star General Counsel Award from the Orange County Business Journal, and named twice as one of the top 100 “Next Generation General Counsel” by Inside Counsel Magazine. Lily will also be honored by Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel as the 2018 General Counsel of the Year at the National Women in the Law Awards in October 2018.

Lily is an immigrant from Kowloon City, Hong Kong, moving the U.S. when she was 11.  Her husband farms in Upstate New York — growing soy, wheat, corn and hay, operating a grain mill, and tending to 150+ heads of cattle

 

 

Tony West

Chief Legal Officer, Uber Technologies, Inc.  

Previously, Tony was Corporate Secretary and Executive Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs of PepsiCo, a Fortune 50 corporation with net revenues of more than $63 billion and a product portfolio that includes 22 brands like Gatorade, Tropicana and Frito-Lay.

West has more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. Prior to joining PepsiCo, West was twice confirmed by the Senate to serve as a senior official in the Obama Administration. From 2012 to 2014, West was the Associate Attorney General of the United States, the U.S. Department of Justice’s third-­‐ranking official, where he supervised many of the Department’s divisions, including the Civil Rights, Antitrust, Tax, Environment and Natural Resources, and Civil Divisions, as well as the Office of Justice Programs, the Office on Violence Against Women, and the Community Oriented Policing Services Office. As Associate Attorney General, West pursued several financial institutions for their roles in precipitating the 2009 financial crisis, securing nearly $37 billion in fines and restitution for Americans who were harmed.

From 2009 to 2012, West was the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division, the largest litigating division of the Justice Department. As Assistant Attorney General, West led the Justice Department’s review of the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), advocating strongly and successfully that the Department abandon its long-­‐standing defense of the statute because the law was unconstitutional.

When West left the Obama Administration in 2014, Attorney General Eric Holder presented him with the Edmund J. Randolph Award, the Department of Justice’s highest honor.

Earlier in his career, West was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California, where he prosecuted a variety of federal crimes. He also served as Special Assistant Attorney General at the California Department of Justice and was a litigation partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco.

West graduated with honors from Harvard College, where he served as publisher of the Harvard Political Review, and received his law degree from Stanford Law School, where he was President of the Stanford Law Review.

About our Chairs

Gay Grunfeld

Managing Partner, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP

Gay Grunfeld is the managing partner of Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP in San Francisco, where she practices complex civil litigation, with an emphasis on business, civil rights, and employment litigation.  She has over 25 years of experience practicing before trial and appellate courts at both the state and federal levels, including serving as lead counsel in a number of class actions.  Ms. Grunfeld was named one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California for 2014-16 and one of the Top Women Lawyers in California for 2011 and 2013-2018 by the Daily Journal.

Ms. Grunfeld served as a Lawyer Representative to the Northern District of California Judicial Conference for three years before becoming an at-large representative to the Conference Executive Committee for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ms. Grunfeld received a J.D. in 1984 from Columbia Law School and a B.A. in Philosophy in 1981 from Wellesley College.  After law school, she clerked for the Honorable Jack Weinstein, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

 

 

Catherine Kevane

Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

Catherine Kevane is a securities litigation partner at Fenwick & West who focuses her practice on representing and counseling technology companies and their directors, audit committees, and officers in internal investigations and before government agencies in matters involving the FCPA, accounting violations, securities violations, and whistleblower claims. Catherine also has extensive experience litigating complex matters before federal and state courts, including securities class actions and derivative litigation.  She has represented multinational corporations, including Fortune 100 companies in regulatory or internal investigations into alleged accounting fraud, bribery and corruption. Catherine is a member of Women in Securities (WISe), a network for women securities defense litigators and an active mentor to women attorneys. She also regularly volunteers at charities dedicated to improving the lives of women.

 

Cheryl D. Orr             

Managing Partner and Chair, National Labor and Employment Practice Group,

Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Cheryl D. Orr is chair of Drinker Biddle’s national Labor and Employment Practice Group and an elected managing partner of the firm. Cheryl concentrates her practice on defending employers nationwide against wage and hour class, collective, and representative actions arising in industries including retail, health care, education, insurance, finance, and manufacturing. She also has a long history of resolving wrongful termination, unfair competition and discrimination cases through a winning motion practice. In addition to litigation, she provides a full range of employment law counseling, audit and training services.

Cheryl is often quoted in the media on employment law issues. She is a frequent writer and lecturer on employment law topics and regularly chairs the American Conference Institute’s national wage and hour class action conference. The Daily Journal has named Cheryl one of California’s Top Employment Lawyers and Top Women Lawyers, and Chambers USA consistently ranks Cheryl as one of the top employment lawyers in California. In 2018, she was named as the exclusive Lexology Client Choice Award winner for Employment & Benefits in California.  Cheryl is also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a member of the American Employment Law Council.

About our Panelists

Barbara Babcock

Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita, Stanford Law School

The first woman appointed to the regular faculty, as well as the first to hold an endowed chair and the first emerita at Stanford Law School, Barbara Babcock has taught and written in both the fields of civil and criminal procedure for many years.  She has also pioneered the study of women in the legal profession.  Most notably, Babcock is the author of Woman Lawyer: The Trials of Clara Foltz, (Stanford Press, 2011), a biography of the first woman lawyer in the west, and the founder of the public defender movement.

Before joining the Stanford faculty in 1972, Babcock served as the first director of the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia. On leave from Stanford, she was assistant attorney general for the Civil Division in the U.S. Department of Justice in the Carter administration. Upon her graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge Henry Edgerton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and worked for the noted criminal defense attorney, Edward Bennett Williams. Professor Babcock is a distinguished teacher, being a four-time winner of the John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching at Stanford Law School. She is also a recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award.

 

 

Anne Brafford

Founder, Aspire

Anne Brafford, a former Big Law equity partner, is the founder of Aspire (www.aspire.legal), an educational and consultancy firm for the legal profession. Her focus is on the many aspects of law firm culture that boost engagement and well-being and avoid burnout (such as meaningful work, positive leadership, high-quality motivation, and more) as well as the advancement of women in the profession. She has a Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from University of Pennsylvania and is currently a doctoral student in organizational psychology at Claremont Graduate University. Anne is the author of an ABA-published book titled Positive Professionals, is the Chair of the ABA Law Practice Division’s Attorney Well-Being Committee, and was the Editor in Chief and co-author of the National Task Force’s recent report: The Path to Lawyer Well-Being: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change. She also authored the free Well-Being Toolkit for Lawyers and Legal Employers sponsored by the ABA Working Group to Advance Well-Being in the Legal Profession.

 

 

Deborah S. Chang

Attorney, Panish Shea & Boyle LLP

Deborah S. Chang is an attorney with the firm of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP.  She was on the trial teams that obtained a landmark $160,500,000 verdict for a brain injury in Las Vegas, the two largest wrongful death verdicts in California in 2014, and four of the top 25 verdicts in California in both 2014 and 2015 – including the largest verdicts received in North County, San Diego (Vista) and Imperial County (El Centro).  Deborah has recently been named by Daily Journal as one of the Top Plaintiff Lawyers in California for 2018 & 2017, one of the Top Women Lawyers in California for 2018, 2017 and 2016 as well as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California for 2017. She was also recently selected by National Law Journal as one out of only nine women trial lawyers from throughout the country who are finalists for this year’s inaugural “Elite Women of the Plaintiffs Bar” category.

Deborah is the recipient of the 2014 Consumer Attorneys of California (“CAOC”) Consumer Attorney of the Year Award, and was a finalist for the award in 2012, 2016, and 2017.  In 2017, CAOC Women’s Caucus honored her with its Consumer Advocate of the Year Award for her outstanding commitment to furthering the education and careers of women trial lawyers.  Deborah is a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (“ABOTA”) where she serves on the Executive Committee, is a National Board Member and is also a Fellow of the ABOTA Foundation (Legacy-Ratifier).  She serves on the Executive Committee (2nd Vice President and Membership Chair) of the CAOC, and was the Education Chair for 2017.  Deborah is a Fellow with the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers, and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for Southern California.

 

 

 

Evelyn Crane-Oliver

Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel, Robert Half International Inc.

Evelyn Crane-Oliver is Senior Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel for Robert Half International Inc., a publicly traded global leader in professional consulting and staffing services with more than 400 locations worldwide (NYSE:RHI).  In these roles, Evelyn is responsible for overseeing Robert Half’s legal department, which handles legal activities and policies for all the company’s business units and staffing divisions, including corporate, operational, and regulatory compliance, employment matters, litigation, corporate development, and corporate governance.  She also provides legal guidance to the executive and senior management teams, acts as a liaison to the board of directors, and serves as the company’s Corporate Compliance Officer.  Evelyn joined Robert Half in 1997 and held positions of increasing responsibility before being named General Counsel in 2016.

Prior to joining Robert Half, Evelyn was an associate with the law firms of Levy Greenfield & Davidoff and Littler Mendelson, where her practice focused on labor and employment and general business litigation.

Evelyn earned a BA degree from Michigan State University in 1985, and her JD degree, cum laude, from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1988.

 

 

Hon. Virginia K. DeMarchi                                                                                                                               

Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Magistrate Judge Virginia DeMarchi joined the court in 2018 after 22 years as a litigator in private practice in Silicon Valley.

Before taking the bench, Magistrate Judge DeMarchi was a partner with Fenwick & West LLP where she represented technology and life sciences companies in patent infringement and other intellectual property matters in a wide range of industries, including e-commerce, computer hardware and software, industrial enzymes, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, financial services, communications, and consumer products. She also served as general counsel to the firm and as a member of the executive committee.

In addition to her private law practice, Magistrate Judge DeMarchi served for nearly 10 years on the board of directors for the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley and has been active in pro bono representation of federal and state inmates and victims of domestic violence.

Before joining Fenwick & West, Magistrate Judge DeMarchi served for two years as a trial attorney with the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and clerked for District Judge Steven J. McAuliffe in the District of New Hampshire. Magistrate Judge DeMarchi earned her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree from Stanford University.

 

 

 

Rachel Ehrlich

Mediator, Judicate West

Rachel Ehrlich is a nationally recognized mediator specializing in complex civil disputes. She mediates litigated and non-litigated matters in the following areas: insurance coverage, insurance bad faith, environmental, civil rights, construction defect, real estate including landlord-tenant, and personal injury including catastrophic injuries.  Immediately prior to becoming a full-time neutral, she was an executive with insurance companies managing lawyers and claims staff across the country who in turn managed litigated and non-litigated matters. She spent 20 years gaining an invaluable understanding of civil disputes and the insurance industry as a casualty and coverage attorney, insurance claims person, underwriter, and insurance executive.  Rachel mediates in several court programs including the Federal District of Northern California, trains mediators and mediation advocates, and regularly presents on mediation of insurance coverage and bad faith, mediation confidentiality, and ethics to varied audiences.  She serves on the Board of Directors of The Mediation Society, the Alameda Superior Court’s ADR Administration Committee, and the UC Hastings Board of Governors.  Finally, Rachel mentors Hastings students and alumni in job search and career development.

 

 

Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers

District Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Judge Gonzalez Rogers was born in Houston and raised in San Antonio, Texas.  She left Texas and matriculated at Princeton University graduating cum laude in 1987.  She received her J.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in 1991 but completed her final year of classes at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  Judge Gonzalez Rogers spent her legal career litigating with Cooley LLP in San Francisco as an associate, equity partner, and special counsel in the litigation department specializing in business and real estate litigation.  In 2003, she re-focused on raising her three children and volunteering in Alameda County raising funds for a local school district, conducting investigations of local governmental agencies through the Civil Grand Jury, and serving as a pro tem judge.

In 2008, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed her to fill a vacancy as a Superior Court Judge for the State of California in Alameda County.  In 2010, she was elected as the first state court judge to the Council of the American Law Institute.  She has worked on projects related to Privacy, Employment, and Unjust Enrichment.  She also chaired the Membership Committee for six years.

On November 21, 2011, Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers received her commission from President Barack Obama to serve as a Federal District Court Judge for the Northern District of California and took the oath of office on November 28, 2011.  She is the first Latina to occupy that role.  She currently chairs the Northern District’s Committee charged with administering the Criminal Justice Act as it relates to indigent defense and has sat by designation on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In her capacity as both a state and federal judge, she has presided over thousands of civil and criminal cases and over a hundred trials, including patent and intellectual property.

In addition to her judicial duties, Judge Gonzalez Rogers served on the Board of Trustees for Princeton University from 2014-2018.  Currently, she serves a Board member of the Northern District Chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers and on the Advisory Council for the Law Academy based in Oakland, California.

 

 

Jessica L. Grant

Partner, Venable LLP

Jessica Grant is well-known locally and nationwide for her strength as a first chair trial attorney. A partner in Venable’s San Francisco office, she is often asked to take over high-stakes cases on the eve of trial, or to step in and negotiate settlements in order to avoid litigation altogether. Jessica represents clients in an array of business litigation, products liability and class action matters and has extensive IP litigation experience in complex cases involving patent, copyright infringement and trademark from inception of the case through trial. She has received a number of accolades, including the National Law Journal’s Trailblazers in Litigation, California Lawyer’s Attorney of the Year (twice) and the Daily Journal’s Top Women Litigators in California. Jessica can be reached at JGrant@Venable.com

 

 

Anirma R. Gupta

General Counsel, Tanium Inc. 

Anirma Gupta is an accomplished business executive with broad experience in the technology industry. She has managed challenging corporate, business and legal issues, with a focus on driving to strong business resolutions.  She is skilled in strategic analysis of technology, products, business strategy, risk management, and regulatory and compliance matters.

Ms. Gupta is currently General Counsel at Tanium Inc., a cyber security and systems management software company.  She leads global compliance initiatives and has built Tanium’s legal function to address a broad range of global legal and corporate issues as Tanium grows domestically and internationally.

Prior to joining Tanium Inc., Ms. Gupta was at Intuit Inc. where she was responsible for intellectual property, marketing, strategic transactions, regulated product offerings and advising on technology strategy and partnerships in her role as Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, and as a leader at Intuit.  Prior to Intuit, Ms. Gupta was at Sun Microsystems, where she led strategic patent portfolio development. Prior to Sun, Ms. Gupta was an associate at the law firm, Sughrue, Mion.

Ms. Gupta is Co-Founder and Board member of ChIPs, a non-profit dedicated to the development and advancement of women in the fields of technology, policy and intellectual property.

Ms. Gupta has a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering, from the University of Maryland and earned her J.D. from Georgetown University.

 

 

Nancy E. Harris

Principal and Chair, Commercial Litigation Practice Group, Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson, PLC

Nancy Harris, Chair of Meyers Nave’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group, is an accomplished trial lawyer with nearly 20 years of experience helping individuals and companies resolve commercial disputes, unfair business practices and false advertising claims, governmental and regulatory compliance investigations and related litigation.  Her experience covers a variety of industries, including retail, software as a service, healthcare, accounting, publishing, banking, manufacturing and real estate.  Her cases often involve high-profile matters that receive media attention and recognition such as a litigation result that the Daily Journal selected as a Top Defense Verdict.  Nancy attended the University of California, San Diego for her undergraduate degree and obtained her law and master’s degrees from the University of Texas School of Law and Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.  She has served on the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.

 

 

Heather Holland

Senior Vice President, Operations, CorePower Yoga

Heather joined the CorePower Yoga executive team in September 2013, bringing over 13 years of experience working with growing entrepreneurships. Prior to working at CPY, Heather served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President of Global People, Training and Development at Le Pain Quotidien.

Heather’s leadership experience covers a wide range of disciplines including real estate, international franchising, intellectual property, litigation strategy, organizational development and strategic human resources. Prior to that, Heather worked in private practice at Snell & Wilmer representing growing national and international brands in the restaurant, retail and hospitality sectors.

 

 

Susan E. Hollander

Partner, Venable LLP

Susan Hollander is a partner in Venable’s San Francisco office with more than 25 years of experience in intellectual property litigation and counseling. Susan helps high-profile and leading brand-name clients in the technology, Internet, retail, consumer products, entertainment, finance, and healthcare industries prevent the genericism and dilution of their brands. She also manages the international trademark portfolios for a diverse range of clients and develops comprehensive enforcement efforts in protecting and policing intellectual property rights. She frequently appears before the Patent and Trademark Office and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and has experience overseeing trademark surveys and negotiating settlement and license agreements.  Susan can be reached at SEHollander@Venable.com

 

Hon. Teri L. Jackson

Presiding Judge, San Francisco Superior Court

The Honorable Teri L. Jackson has served on the San Francisco Bench since September 2002. In October 2016, Judge Jackson was elected as the first female African American Presiding Judge after serving as the first female African American Assistant Presiding Judge in San Francisco. Her 2-year term as Presiding Judge began on January 1, 2017. From 2011 to 2015, she presided over asbestos and CEQA litigation. In 2016, she was the Supervising Judge of the Criminal Division. Prior to that Judge Jackson presided over a wide array of civil and criminal trials. Judge Jackson’s leadership and expertise has led to numerous statewide judicial appointments and assignments. In October 2016, Chief Justice Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye appointed Judge Jackson to the Pretrial Detention Reform Work Group, she is one of 11 Judges selected to serve on this work group. The work group will study current pretrial detention practices and provide recommendations for potential reforms.

She has been an invited lecturer throughout the country and around the world on subjects such as mass tort litigation, complex commercial litigation, diversity in the legal profession, and litigation best practices. Among all of these duties, Judge Jackson also has found time to teach and speak to members of the community. Since January 2006, Judge Jackson has been teaching as an Adjunct Law Professor for the Hastings College of Law in San Francisco. Since January 2005 until December 2006 and January 2012 until the present, Judge Jackson held the position of Adjunct Law Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She also was a Law Instructor for the San Francisco Law School from October 1984 to May 1992. Recently, Judge Jackson has opened up her courtroom on Friday afternoons for students, young lawyers, and members of the public to be able to come in and talk about concerns and struggles they are currently facing.

 

 

 

Laura J. Maechtlen  

Partner and Co-Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Action Team, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Laura J. Maechtlen is the National Chair of the Labor and Employment Department at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Team.  Her practice is focused on employment litigation and includes the defense of class, collective and multi-plaintiff actions.  Laura also has experience litigating against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in systemic actions, both at the early charge stage and in large-scale EEOC pattern-and-practice litigation.  In addition to her litigation practice, Laura also provides day-to-day counseling and advice to clients about the various laws affecting the employment relationship.

Laura is a national leader on issues related to diversity and inclusion in the legal industry, and has held a variety of leadership positions through which she has advocated for systemic improvement in the legal industry in the areas of diversity and inclusion.  She currently serves as the Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the California Minority Counsel Program, as well as the Executive Committee for Lambda Legal.  She is a previous Latina Commissioner for the Hispanic National Bar Association, President of the National LGBT Bar Association, and Fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).

 

Jose Luis Martin

Managing Counsel, Enterprise Litigation, Chevron Corporation

Jose Luis Martin is Managing Counsel for Enterprise Litigation at Chevron Corporation where his focus is on the Company’s Major and Significant litigation.

Mr. Martin managed the company’s long standing Ecuador dispute, including the Bilateral Investment Treaty arbitrations against the Republic of Ecuador, the Federal racketeering and fraud trial against those who procured a baseless multi-billion dollar judgment against Chevron, the defense of the related recognition and enforcement actions in Argentina, Brazil, Canada and Ecuador, and a variety of related proceedings across the globe.

Mr. Martin joined Chevron in 2010 as Senior Counsel, where he managed a variety of litigation matters in the Upstream and Gas Group. Prior to joining Chevron, he was a partner in the intellectual property group at Squire Sanders & Dempsey LLP in Palo Alto. His focus was on patent, trade secret and business litigation.

Mr. Martin earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

 

Kathleen Alana McGinty

Senior Vice President, Oceans, Environmental Defense Fund

Kathleen A. “Katie” McGinty is a veteran policymaker, recognized environmental leader, and advocate for common-sense environmental solutions. In her role as Senior Vice President for the Oceans program, she leads a global team of scientists, lawyers, and advocates working to create thriving, resilient oceans.

McGinty, who served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, has deep expertise coordinating environmental policy while working with stakeholders on all sides to ensure the best possible outcomes for the environment and the economy.

After serving as Secretary of Environmental Protection under Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, McGinty went on to build a strong career in the private sector focused on developing sustainability solutions. Her achievements include leading a $100M business designing microgrids and remediating and redeveloping brownfield properties. She also lived and worked in India, serving as a Senior Visiting Fellow at TERI, a leading energy and environmental research organization in New Delhi.

McGinty is known for her vision and energy, as well as for her ability to pull people together, persist through tough challenges, and solve problems.  McGinty holds a degree in chemistry from St. Joseph’s University (summa cum laude) and a law degree from Columbia University.

 

 

Natalie Naugle

Associate General Counsel, Litigation, Facebook, Inc.

Natalie Naugle is Associate General Counsel at Facebook, Inc., where she oversees the Company’s US and Canadian litigation, including consumer class actions, antitrust matters, securities litigation, commercial disputes, and assorted individual claims.  She also regularly advises Facebook’s product, regulatory, and policy teams. Prior to joining Facebook, Natalie was a litigator at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco for almost a decade, where she handled a broad array of commercial litigation, product liability, class actions, unfair competition, financial services, and trade secret litigation and tried matters in both state and federal court.  She received her JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.  Natalie and her wife, Erin, have been married for 10 years and have a daughter, Adison, who is four (going on fourteen).

 

 

Nanci E. Nishimura

Principal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP 

Nanci E. Nishimura is a partner at Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, leading complex business and antitrust cases, including Multi-District Litigation in New York federal court alleging LIBOR manipulation and Municipal Derivatives bid-rigging, on behalf of dozens of public entities.  She received a B.A. and M.A. from U.S.C., and attended Waseda University in Japan. After a career in international marketing, she earned a J.D. from The Catholic University in Washington, D.C., with clerkships including the U.S. International Trade Commission, and as a Legislative Aide to U.S. Senator Daniel Inouye.  She is the Chair of the Commission on Judicial Performance, Co-Chair of Leaders Forum, served on U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer’s Judicial Appointments Committee, the State Bar Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission, and serves on boards of several organizations.

 

 

Phuong Phillips

Chief Legal Officer, Zynga

Phillips oversees all legal affairs and government relations for Zynga. Prior to Zynga, Phillips served as Associate General Counsel for Tesla, Inc., Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Head of Corporate and Securities for SolarCity, as well as lead attorney for SolarCity during its 2016 acquisition by Tesla. Additionally, Phillips spent more than seven years as a Corporate Attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, representing a wide range of technology and emerging growth companies.

Phillips currently serves as Director of Operations for the Straubel Foundation, and in 2015, the Silicon Valley Business Journal honored Phillips with a Women of Influence Award.

Phillips received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a specialization in Business Administration from the UCLA, and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.

 

 

 

Jennifer Pileggi

Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Zuora, Inc.

Jennifer Pileggi is an accomplished executive with almost 30 years of experience representing public and private companies and serving as a trusted advisor to boards and senior management. She is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Zuora, a public (NYSE: ZUO) enterprise SaaS company that provides the leading cloud-based subscription management platform for subscription businesses across all industries. As Zuora’s first general counsel, Jennifer leads the global legal function and is responsible for worldwide legal, regulatory and compliance matters, in areas including corporate governance, securities, privacy, intellectual property and technology licensing transactions. She led the company’s successful IPO, is a member of the CEO’s executive staff, serves as Secretary to the Board of Directors and is the company’s Chief Compliance Officer.

Prior to joining Zuora, Jennifer served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary for SGI, a publicly-traded, high performance computing and storage solutions company, where she oversaw all legal affairs. She previously served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Con-way, a Fortune 500 transportation and logistics services company, and before than as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for Menlo Worldwide, Con-way’s supply chain management division, where she started and built out the legal function. She started her legal career in private practice with firms in San Francisco, first at Heller Ehrmann and later at Marron, Reed & Sheehy.

Jennifer currently serves on the advisory board of Ironclad, LLC, a privately-held software company whose automated service helps in-house legal departments simplify legal workflows and processes, and is a member of the Marketing Advisors & Ambassadors Committee of DirectWomen, , an organization whose mission is to increase the representation of women lawyers on corporate boards.

Jennifer received her J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law and her B.A. from Yale University.

 

 

Alison Sanger
Partner, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Ironwood Capital Management

Alison joined Ironwood in 2005 and is a Partner and Chief Operating Officer.  Alison is responsible for overseeing all of Ironwood’s operations including:  legal, investor relations, operational due diligence, compliance, administration, and accounting.  Alison also serves as Ironwood’s Chief Compliance Officer for both the registered and private funds, and is a member of the firm’s Leadership Committee, Management Committee, Operational Due Diligence Committee, Valuation Committee, and Compliance Committee.  Prior to Ironwood, Alison was a Principal with Banc of America Prime Brokerage.  Prior to Banc of America, Alison spent two years with Grosvenor Capital Management and five years with the Hedge Fund Advisory Group of Arthur Andersen, LLP.  Alison received a B.S. in Accountancy from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  Alison is a Board Member of the Miami University Foundation where she serves on the Investment Committee which oversees management and stewardship of the Miami University endowment.  In 2017, Alison was named to the EY | Hedge Fund Journal’s list of Top 50 Women in Hedge Funds.

 

 

Susan M. Sharko

Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Susan M. Sharko concentrates her practice on products liability and has significant experience managing pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, as well as preparing and trying cases in state and federal courts around the country. She regularly serves as national coordinating counsel, New Jersey local counsel and science counsel. She has also successfully argued both Daubert and class action motions. Susan is a certified civil trial attorney and has been appointed lead and liaison counsel by state and federal courts around the country in mass tort litigation.

Susan is consistently recognized by Chambers USA and Best Lawyers in America as a leading attorney in the area of Products Liability in New Jersey. She is a member of the Product Liability Council, the International Association of Defense Counsel, and a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

 

 

Justice Therese M. Stewart

Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District

Justice Stewart was appointed to the First Appellate District in June 2014 by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. She serves as an Associate Justice in Division Two.

Before joining the Court, Justice Stewart served for 12 years as the Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco where she oversaw the City’s diverse litigation practice. In that capacity, she managed, under the City Attorney, a law office of about 300 employees, including about 200 attorneys. During her tenure as Chief Deputy, she also litigated a number of groundbreaking cases on behalf of the City, including In re Marriage Cases and Perry v. Brown.

Justice Stewart also served on the Board and ultimately as President of the Bar Association of San Francisco in the 1990s, co-founding the School-To-College program, which mentors San Francisco youth with the goal of enabling them to obtain a college education. She has served as well on the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society- Employment Law Center, Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, the American Bar Association’s Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Commission, the Northern District of California Delegation to the Ninth Circuit, and various Bar Association of San Francisco and California State Bar Committees. From 2007 through 2009, she served on the Public Information and Education Task Force of the Judicial Council’s Commission on Impartial Courts.

Justice Stewart received her B.A. with distinction from Cornell University in 1978, and graduated Order of the Coif at Boalt, U.C. Berkeley School of Law in 1981. She clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch on the Eleventh Circuit from 1981 to 1982. Justice Stewart is a third generation San Franciscan and lives with her wife Carole Scagnetti in San Francisco. They have a daughter, who is in graduate school in New York City, New York.

 

 

Quyen Ta

Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Quyen Ta is a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner.  She is a sought-after and experienced litigator and trial lawyer. Her practice focuses on consumer class action defense, intellectual property, trade secrets misappropriation, and other high-stakes, complex civil litigation. Prior to joining BSF, Quyen was a partner at Keker, Van Nest & Peters.  Quyen serves as lead counsel in numerous class action matters throughout the country in various industries.  She recently litigated a class action lawsuit and successfully had a nearly $1 billion claim dismissed at the summary judgment stage.  Quyen’s representative clients include Chevron, Public Storage, Ebates Inc., CubeSmart, Molina Healthcare, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, NRG Energy, and JM Eagle.

 

 

Bijal Vakil  

Partner, White & Case LLP

Bijal Vakil is the Executive Partner of the Firm’s Silicon Valley office and is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Practice. He has a successful track record litigating complex patent cases in district courts, the International Trade Commission and before the Federal Circuit. Clients also benefit from his experience advising on patent portfolios and assisting with technology licensing agreements.

His practice covers a wide range of technologies, including computer software, semiconductors, e-commerce, social media, payments, autonomous vehicles, consumer electronics, and telecommunications. The knowledge and insight that he brings to the most complex patent disputes has made him a valued asset for technology companies. Clients include Walmart Global eCommerce, GlobalFoundries, Google, LG Electronics, Intuit, Square, Zynga, and other leading technology giants.

 

 

Courtney Wylie

Professional Development, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Courtney Wylie is a member of the professional development team at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and a certified executive leadership coach. In this position, she designs and implements programs for the firm’s attorneys on leadership, professionalism, and lawyer well-being topics. She is an appointed Advisory Committee Member for the Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs for the American Bar Association; co-author of The Path to WellBeing: Practical Recommendations for Positive Change, the Report from the National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being published in August of 2017; co-chair of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois’ Well-Being Committee; and co-chair of the Drinker Biddle & Reath Well-Being 360 program and committee. Earlier this year, she was elected as a American Bar Foundation Fellow in recognition of her research and contributions to the legal profession and social sciences. Prior to joining DBR, Courtney worked at the University of Chicago Law School as the Associate Director of Student Affairs & Programs, where she was primarily responsible for the Keystone Leadership and Professional Program and the Kapnick Leadership Development Initiative. Courtney began her career as an attorney and worked in both the private and public sector as a litigator.

 

 

Venue

Omni San Francisco

500 California Street
San Francisco, CA 94104

Schedule

Registration and Breakfast

8:00 am

Chairs' Welcome

8:25 am - 8:30 am

Women Success Stories

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Getting your juris doctorate is just the beginning.  Our panelists are inspiring examples of just how far you can go with a legal degree and how varied your options are.  None of our panelists’ paths were linear but all have been remarkably successful in arenas as diverse as academia, BigLaw, the courtroom, in-house, government and politics.  Their discussion of their challenges and triumphs promises to be both educational and entertaining.

Moderator:

Cheryl D. Orr, Partner, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP

 

Panelists:

Barbara Babcock, Judge John Crown Professor of Law, Emerita, Stanford Law School

Evelyn Crane-Oliver, Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel, Robert Half International Inc.

Deborah Chang, Panish Shea & Boyle

Susan E. Hollander, Partner, Venable LLP

Kathleen (“Katie”) A. McGinty – Senior Vice President for the Oceans Program, Environmental Defense Fund

Women in the Courtroom

9:30 am - 10:45 am

Decades after women reached parity with men in the nation’s top law schools, they are still hard to find at the lectern for oral argument or delivering the closing at a jury trial.  Nowhere is this disparity more evident than in federal court, and particularly in Multi-district litigation.  This panel asks prominent women litigators how prevalent the issue is, how they overcame the barriers to being lead counsel, and what steps the bench and bar can take to address gender disparity among lead counsel.

Moderator:  

Gay C. Grunfeld, Managing Partner, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP

 

Panelists:

Rachel Ehrlich, Esq., Mediator, Judicate West

Jessica L. Grant, Partner, Venable LLP

Nancy E. Harris, Principal and Chair of Commercial Litigation Practice, Meyers Nave Riback Silver & Wilson, PLC

Nanci E. Nishimura, Principal, Cotchett, Pitre & McCarthy, LLP

Susan M. Sharko, Partner, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP

 

 

Networking Break

10:45 am - 11:00 am

Science-Based Strategies to Thrive…Not Just Survive As A Leading Lawyer

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Research shows that many in the legal profession are actively suffering from substance use, depression, anxiety, burn-out; but what about the others?  Are those lawyers really thriving or simply not suffering?  Self-care is often equated with selfishness; and yet, leaders know that working at an optimal level requires self-care.   The panelists will discuss how lawyers can use concrete, science-backed strategies to manage stress effectively, the research on optimizing performance through well-being, and how to start implementing this both for yourself and for your organization.  Stop just surviving being a lawyer, learn to thrive as a leader.  One hour of Competence MCLE credit will be available.

Moderator:

Cheryl D. Orr, Partner, Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP

Panelists:

Anne Brafford, Founder, Aspire

Heather Holland, SVP Operations, CorePower Yoga

Courtney Wylie, Professional Development Coach, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Luncheon Keynote Conversation   - General Counsel and the Corporation’s Role in Working Toward Gender and Race Equity

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Fireside chat between

Lily Hughes, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Public Storage 

Tony West, Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, Uber Technologies, Inc.  

Lily and Tony will discuss several points about Uber — the culture, the #meToo movement, and a general counsel’s role in impacting corporate and social change.

They will discuss an array of topics related to leadership, and the importance of building and sustaining a culture that promotes talented women and diverse individuals

Leadership in the Boardroom

1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

It has been widely reported that companies with the higher representation of women on their board of directors reach higher financial.  The panel will discuss their experiences as women in the C-suite and on corporate boards, how they got there and how they leverage their own talents and achievements to maximize positive business results.

 

Moderator:   

Catherine Kevane, Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

 

Panelists:

Anirma R. Gupta, General Counsel, Tanium Inc.

Laura J. Maechtlen, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw LLP

Phuong Phillips, Chief Legal Officer, Zynga Inc.

Jennifer Pileggi, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Zuora Inc.

Alison Sanger, Partner, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Ironwood Capital Management

Networking Break

2:30 pm - 2:40 pm

Women and Diverse Lawyers and Business Development

2:40 pm - 3:40 pm

Female and diverse law firm lawyers are recognizing that bringing in money translates into more clout in BigLaw.  Bringing in money translates into the power to:

  • Assign work to chosen mentees
  • Serve as lead counsel in significant matters
  • Command significant guarantees in lateral moves
  • Demand significant leadership roles internally and externally

This panel takes a no-holds-barred and honest look at business development  by engaging in a frank discussion with female and diverse law firm partner rainmakers, and three in-house leaders who are in positions to assign significant matters to outside counsels (and who have also served as law firm partners prior to their in-house careers).  The panelists will discuss how women and diverse lawyers can generate significant business, how it is critical to begin developing business from day one, and how to best poise oneself to be hired by top Fortune companies in order to truly overcome stubborn gender and racial divides that continue to hold our profession back in BigLaw.  Insights from this panel are relevant to any lawyer in any sector—from those working in smaller firms to plaintiff-side practitioners.

 

Moderator:  

Gay C. Grunfeld, Managing Partner, Rosen Bien Galvan & Grunfeld LLP

                                     

Panelists:

Tammy Albarran, Deputy General Counsel, Uber Technologies, Inc.

Jose Martin, Managing Counsel, Enterprise-wide Litigation, Chevron

Natalie Naugle, Associate General Counsel, Litigation Facebook

Quyen Ta, Partner, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP

Bijal Vakil, Partner, White & Case LLP

Networking Break

3:40 pm - 3:50 pm

Women on the Bench

3:50 pm - 4:50 pm

Moderator:  

 Catherine Kevane, Partner, Fenwick & West LLP

 

Panelists:

Hon. Virginia K. DeMarchi, Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Hon. Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, District Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California

Justice Therese M. Stewart, Associate Justice, California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District

Presentation: Northern California Women Leadership in Law Award

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm

Cocktail Reception

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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