Women Leaders in Tech Law

Who are the women lawyers handling game-changing, law-shaping, market moving work in and around the tech sector? We will continue our annual tradition of celebrating the Women Leaders in Tech Law focusing on the top women attorneys whose recent achievements have contributed to progress at technology companies and in the law. We’re interested in honoring lawyers who are go-to attorneys for Big Tech or the next groundbreaking tech startups. Women Leaders in Tech Law help forge pathways for all women attorneys in the tech industry

Practice Areas
Intellectual Property

Essay Questions
Tell us in 350 words or less what makes the nominee stand out as a leader in tech law. Include specific examples of engagements, outcomes and achievements. Include links to news  coverage or other information that will support the nomination.

In one sentence, what is this nominee’s single biggest achievement in tech law from January 1, 2022 to the current date. This information may be published verbatim, so please be accurate.

Tell us in less than 400 words what makes the nominee stand out as a leader in tech law on new and emerging legal issues, industries or technologies. Help us understand why the legal issue is novel and why the industry or technology might be disruptive.

Tech Industry Advisory Team of the Year

Open to law firms of all sizes and locations, but only submit for consideration engagements in which the lead or co-lead partner is based in California. Contest period is Jan. 1, 2022 through current date; submit only those matters in which the client’s objective was achieved in that time frame.

Submission Guidelines/Questions
  • Identify three engagements that best demonstrate the breadth, depth, scope and success of the firm’s corporate practice.
  • Briefly describe the nature of the assignment, including the name of the client, why the matter was challenging, why it was important to the client, and what your firm did that went beyond the ordinary (200-400 words).
  • Identify the one or two partners who led the matter and their location
  • Provide the name and contact info for a client representative.
  • Tell us why your practice stands above its peers — what is it that your most loyal clients like most about you? (100 words max)

Tech Industry Litigation Department of the Year

Open to litigation departments and lawyers from law firms of all sizes and locations, but only those matters where the lead or co-lead partner is based in California can be submitted for consideration. Submit only those matters where the client’s objective was substantially achieved between Jan. 1, 2022 and the current date.

We'll be looking at nominations from various practice areas such as:
  • Antitrust Law
  • Privacy/Cybersecurity
  • Class Actions/Mass Torts
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Securities
  • Employment/Labor
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Environmental, Social, and Governance
  • Investigations/White Collar Defense
  • Intellectual Property
  • State/Local Government Enforcement Litigation
Matters (You can list up to three)
  • Briefly describe the nature of the assignment, including why it was challenging, how you achieved the results you did, and what your firm did that went beyond the ordinary (200 words max).
  • Identify the client (you can designate this confidential and it won't be published) and any in- house lawyers who played a pivotal role in the matter.
  • Identify the one or two partners who led the matter and their location.

Innovation in Diversity and Inclusion

Recognizing successful partnerships between legal industry players that advance women attorneys, lawyers of color and other underrepresented groups. Nominees can be individual firms or companies, or collaborative efforts among groups. We’re not just looking for initiatives, but rather looking for meaningful impact and concrete results in the legal community.

Tell us in 800 words or less about the diversity and inclusion initiative including the underlying problem that sparked the initiative, the goals and objectives, any outside partners who have participated, and any measurable outcomes.

Mentorship Award

Nominees can enter as mentor separately, or can enter as a pair (both mentor and mentee) in a nomination.

Mentor Essay
Tell us 800 words or less the impact that this mentor has made on attorneys at the start of their careers, and in the legal profession.

Mentee Essay
Tell us in 500 words or less the impact that this mentor has made on your career.

Environmental, Social, and Governance initiative

Tell us in 800 words or less about initiatives led by your firm or company that had environmental, social and governance impact. We’re looking for initiatives with external impact, rather than internal initiatives within the organization.

Vanguard Award

For those firms/companies who have revolutionized their business to stay one step ahead of the current and future forces shaping the legal industry. Tell us in 800 words or less about how your organization has transformed your business in recent years in response to world events or changing demands from clients and talent. This could include new business opportunities, workplace/compensation models or other cultural changes.

Attorney of the Year

The ideal candidate will have made his or her mark on the profession, and in the law, with an achievement in the past year that goes beyond service to the client. Attorney must be a practicing lawyer in California. We will be awarding attorneys in various practice areas/industries.

Practice Areas/Industries
  • Tech
  • Life Sciences & Health Care
  • Entertainment
  • Emerging Issues or Industries
  • Energy
  • Regulatory
  • Intellectual Property
  • Antitrust
  • Financial Services
  • Securities
  • White Collar/Investigations

Send a brief letter (up to 500 words) introducing the candidate, and explaining why he or she made the greatest impact of all during the year.

"On the Radar" Award

Nominees for this entry will be recognized for the volume of their work on technology litigation from Jan. 1, 2022 to the current date. The winner will be selected based on data from Law.com Radar, a fast-paced news source that empowers legal professionals to quickly keep up with new legal matters and practice area developments. Law.com Radar delivers updates on new civil lawsuits, removals and attorney appearances in federal court involving more than 3,000 major companies and law firms. The platform is also adding state court coverage. Criminal cases are not covered by Law.com Radar. In addition, follow-on lawsuits filed as part of existing multidistrict litigation proceedings are excluded, as are non-commercial federal matters, such as social security claims and immigration cases.

Lawyers on the Fast Track (under 40)

Open to Lawyers in California Under Age 40

Each year, we celebrate the next generation of legal leaders by honoring Lawyers on the Fast Track. The nominee must base his or her practice in California. Completed nomination forms will be evaluated by an impartial judging panel, made up of members of the California legal community. Those nominees receiving the highest composite scores from all the panelists will be our Lawyers on the Fast Track.

To be eligible, entrant needs to be under 40 by the submission deadline.We’ll be looking at nominations from various practice areas such as:

  • Appellate
  • Corporate
  • General Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor and Employment
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability/Mass Torts
  • Restructuring/Bankruptcy
  • Other Practice Area

Please submit a 300-500 word nomination essay on why this nominee deserves this recognition. You may copy/paste the essay here, or attach a Word or PDF file in the Attachments section. If you're attaching a file, please write "file upload" in this section.

Distinguished Leader

500-Word Essay
Write an essay of no more than 500 words describing why the nominee should be selected. Describe the accomplishments during the last year that qualify the nominee for an award in this category. We’re looking to honor leaders who have implemented major achievements in the last year, such as leading their firms to record revenue, spearheading large-scale office relocations, implementing new programs or technology and being at the forefront of significant pro bono matters, etc.