Additional speakers will be added here as CMCP receives their information.
Sandra Ambrocio is field legal counsel at Liberty Mutual in San Francisco. Prior to joining Liberty in-house, she worked for outside insurance defense counsel firms. Her background as a claims examiner for Liberty and The Hartford provide her with an in-depth knowledge base for her current role. She also worked as an in-house law clerk for Liberty Mutual. She has appeared for matters before the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association. She has volunteered for community organizations that outreach to college and high school students through mentorship. Sandra grew up in the Central Valley, the daughter of immigrants, and a first generation college and graduate student. She enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.
Genhi Givings Bailey
Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer
Perkins Coie LLP
As Perkins Coie’s Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, Genhi Givings Bailey is responsible for developing and executing the firm’s strategy to attract, recruit, retain and promote more diverse lawyers and to foster a firmwide culture of inclusion and belonging. Genhi works collaboratively with other firm leaders and members of firm management to advance the firm’s diversity and inclusion goals.
Previously, Genhi led strategic diversity and inclusion efforts at DLA Piper for more than 10 years, during which time the firm received numerous diversity-related awards and recognition.
Partner, Private Wealth Services
Holland & Knight LLP
Robert Barton is a partner in Holland & Knight’s Private Wealth Services Group. He represents individuals, families, charitable institutions, corporate trustees and private professional fiduciaries in litigation involving complex trusts and estates. He also provides guidance on trust and estate administration, conservatorship and guardianship matters, as well as claims involving elder abuse.
Mr. Barton has a national practice and has been tapped to represent clients in some of the most high-profile and complex trust and estate disputes pending in federal, state and tribal courts throughout the country. While these disputes range in complexity and value, sometimes exceeding billions of dollars, Mr. Barton takes pride in working with his clients to find creative and effective solutions that protect and advance their interests.
Thomas N. Bell
Thomas Bell is a regulatory attorney at Square, Inc. His practice focuses on U.S. payment laws and rules, including money transmitter laws, Automated Clearinghouse (ACH) operating rules, crypto-currency, card network rules, Anti-Money Laundering laws and consumer protection requirements. A Bay Area native and a fanatic of authentic jazz music, Mr. Bell earned a B.A. in journalism from Howard University and a J.D. from the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
Pilgrim Media Group, LLC
Rebecka Biejo serves as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Pilgrim Media Group, LLC, one of the most prolific unscripted television production companies in the United States with diverse programming across 43 networks and media platforms. In this role, Rebecka provides legal counsel and advice on issues related to business operations, risk management/compliance, company-wide policy development and implementation, and legal investigations/proceedings, in addition to overseeing all human resources operations. Prior to joining Pilgrim in 2016, Rebecka was General Counsel for a health and fitness company, as well as worked for several years as a business and employment litigator with the Los Angeles office of the national law firm of Robins Kaplan LLP. Rebecka received her B.A. in English and Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, and her J.D. from Cornell Law School.
Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP
Carolina Bravo-Karimi is a Partner at Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP. She is a member of the firm’s employment law and class action groups with her practice focused on representing employers in a variety of employment disputes including wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and wage and hour litigation. Bravo-Karimi also conducts workplace investigations, including those requiring Spanish fluency. She also regularly advises employers regarding diversity initiatives and provides implicit bias, equal pay, and anti-harassment training.
Prior to joining Wilson Turner Kosmo, Bravo-Karimi served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Louisa S. Porter of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California.
Bravo-Karimi was President of the San Diego Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in 2018. In addition, she is a Regional Deputy for the Hispanic National Bar Association and was named a “Top Lawyer Under 40” by the HNBA in 2019. Passionate about promoting student success and diversity in the legal field, she is a proud mentor to more than ten current and former USD School of Law students and received the 2017 Rising Star Recent Alumni Award.
Bravo-Karimi received her Juris Doctor degree, Order of the Barrister, from USD, Master of Science degree in Gender Studies with merit from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Harvard University.
Bravo-Karimi is fluent in Spanish, Italian and Farsi and resides in San Diego with her husband Andrea and their two children Ana Sofia and Santiago.
Director of Equity and Inclusion, Student Services
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
Emily Bruce is Director of Equity and Inclusion, Student Services, at UC Berkeley School of Law. She works with student leaders, faculty, and staff members to promote an inclusive law school culture. Previously a Lecturer in the Legal Studies Program at UC Berkeley, Emily has taught undergraduate courses on topics including antidiscrimination law, race and law, and the Supreme Court.Before joining Berkeley Law, Emilywas a Clinical Assistant Professor of Legal Practice at the University of Michigan Law School and practiced with a Detroit-based law firm. A graduate of Stanford Law School, Emily clerked for Chief Justice Alexander O. Bryner of the Alaska Supreme Court. Her professional interests include inclusive classrooms, communicating across difference, work-life balance, and mindfulness, as well as addressing the effects of implicit bias, stereotype threat, and impostor syndrome.
Hasani serves as Zendesk’s General Counsel. Prior to joining Zendesk, Hasani was an attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where he represented a wide variety of public and emerging technology companies. Hasani holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.S. in Computer Science from Prairie View A&M University.
Associate General Counsel
Andres Carrillo is Associate General Counsel, AR/VR at Facebook, Inc. where he supports Facebook’s dedicated AR/VR organization’s media licensing and software product teams, including Oculus, Portal, and AR camera. Prior to joining Facebook, Andres was Sr. Legal Counsel at Twitter, Inc. where he supported the Live and Content Partnerships teams with content licensing, ad revenue, and technology deals. Before going inhouse, Andres was a litigator with Bryan Cave. Andres is a graduate of USC Law School and Santa Clara University.
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Hailyn Chen is Co-Managing Partner of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP and one of only a handful of women managing partners in the country. She has twice been honored by the Daily Journal as one of California’s top women lawyers. Hailyn’s clients, which include the University of California and Airbnb, frequently turn to her to guide them through their most challenging legal matters. She serves as UC’s lead counsel on student, faculty, and physician sexual misconduct matters and has led numerous internal investigations into high profile allegations of misconduct. Hailyn also serves by appointment of the California Supreme Court on the State Bar of California’s Board of Trustees and co-chairs the ABA Section of Litigation’s Woman Advocate Committee.
Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP
Vaneeta Chintamaneni is an associate in the San Francisco office of Allen Matkins. Her practice focuses on environmental and natural resources law as well as business litigation. She provides pro bono counsel to asylum applicants and housing and community development nonprofits. Ms. Chintamaneni received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and received her Master of Urban Planning and law degree, summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her free time, Ms. Chintamaneni enjoys traveling and reading.
Lybra S. Clemons
Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion
Lybra S. Clemons is a seasoned diversity executive with more than fifteen years of professional experience managing a wide range of cross-cultural projects and strategic plans. She has an extensive background in building, creating, and implementing results-driven diversity strategic plans for corporations – as well as nonprofits, foundations, and government organizations.
Currently, Lybra is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for PayPal. She is responsible for managing and overseeing all global diversity initiatives for the company — including developing a framework and strategy for diversity talent analytics, engagement, and recruitment. Her work includes extensive engagement with senior leaders to administer and create diversity programs to address the needs of the business for diverse talent.
Prior to her role at PayPal, Lybra held key roles in the diversity and inclusion space with Morgan Stanley, the Brunswick Group, and American Express.
Associate General Counsel
Coré Cotton serves as Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President in the Wells Fargo Legal Department in Charlotte, North Carolina, leading the legal group that supports the merger & acquisition and divestitures, corporate strategic investments, third party contracts and FinTech activities of the Company. She also co-leads the Department’s Diversity & Inclusion Council.
Coré supports various community organizations in Charlotte, including United Way of Central Carolina and KoCo Women & Youth Empowerment Foundation, Incorporated, among others. She serves on the University of Minnesota Law School Board of Advisors and on the Executive Board of the Charlotte Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
She is a graduate of Howard University (B.A.) and the University of Minnesota Law School (J.D.); and is a Grammy-winning recording artist.
Nicole Cowing Baciuska
Legal Operations Manager
Nicole Cowing Baciuska leads the Legal Operations team at Facebook where her current focus is on Legal People Programs –Diversity & Inclusion, Legal Onboarding, Legal Career Development, and the Global Legal Summit. Before FB, her prior Legal Operations experience was at alternative legal service provider Axiom, where she worked with strategic global clients including Genentech and Dell to set up and manage their outsourced services. Prior to that, Nicole worked in consulting for global technology and management consulting company Capgemini, where she managedprocess design and system implementation projects, and other large-scale transformation projects for clients including Sprint and AT&T. Nicole earned her MBA from Oxford University and studied commerce and chemistry as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. Her interests are running, snowboarding, baseball, and Nutella.
Shedrick (Rick) Davis
Western Regional Director
Shedrick (Rick) Davis is the Regional Director of the Western Regional Office for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and everyone living with HIV. He is responsible for expanding Lambda Legal’s organizational reach in eleven Western states with a focus on strategic planning, financial development, educational and media efforts.
Davis received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at the University of California, Riverside. He then studied law at the University of California, Los Angeles where he holds a Juris Doctor degree. He was previously a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at JPMorgan Chase for twenty years.
Barrington Dyer is an Intellectual Property and Tech Transaction litigator at Polsinelli LLP. Outside the courtroom, Barrington represents companies in a variety of high-tech, data-driven industries, including neural networks, mobile apps, blockchain and other internet-related technologies. A former software engineer, Barrington helps companies navigate the evolving legal framework faced by emerging tech. In addition, Barrington serves as a board member for several nonprofits, whose focus range from professional development to digital inclusion of underserved communities.
Vice President, General Counsel
ASICS America Corporation
Joni Lee Gaudes is Vice President, General Counsel at ASICS America Corporation, the brand known for performance footwear and apparel; the choice for both runners and fitness enthusiasts alike. She is the head of legal, compliance, intellectual property and internal audit for the United States, Canada, Mexico and certain countries in Latin America. She is also responsible for managing all claims and litigation for or against the company.
Before ASICS, she held General Counsel and senior level positions for various companies such as 1-800-DENTIST and FCTI, Inc. Prior to going in-house in 2006, she was a trial attorney defending insurance companies in insurance bad faith actions. She received her B.A from UC Santa Barbara and her J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law. She is also a Board member of ACC-SoCal and a Corporate Section member of the Orange County Bar Association.
Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs
As Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs, Rahwa Ghebre-Ab oversees the employment law function at Lionsgate Entertainment, a leading global entertainment company with a strong and diversified presence in motion picture production and distribution, television programming, digital distribution and new channel platforms Rahwa works closely with Lionsgate senior management, the Company’s Human Resources team, its various film & television productions, and employees at all levels to address the Company’s day-to-day global employment needs, support its M&A and other strategic growth initiatives around the world, and ensure compliance with its commitment to a diverse, inclusive, and respectful work environment.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Rahwa received her B.A. from The University of Michigan and her J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School.
Katy Goshtasbi is a growth, change and branding expert and founder of Puris Consulting. She works with law firms, lawyers and organizations on growing, in size and profits, by mastering change and developing brands that get their message out effectively. The results include happier, more productive lawyers, reduced stress, attracting better clients and more revenues. She travels globally consulting, training, keynoting and inspiring people to uncover their truth to resonate well. She is Chair of the ABA Law Practice Division. Katy practiced securities law for over 14 years and lives in San Diego with her husband and two mutts.
Clyde & Co US LLP
Julie Hawkinson is the managing and founding partner of Clyde & Co’s Los Angeles office, which officially opened its doors on July 24, 2017. Prior to that, Julie was part of the founding team of the firm’s San Francisco office, which opened in 2008. Julie’s practice focuses on the representation of insurers in connection with cyber and technology liability insurance policies, including with respect to complex and high-stakes data breach incidents and consumer privacy litigation. Julie received her B.S. from the University of Southern California and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
Julie serves as one of the co-chairs of the U.S. region’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, where she works with others to help create an inclusive environment that fosters innovation, mentorship, participation, and belonging.
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Kenneth Trujillo-Jamison is a litigation associate with Munger, Tolles & Olson. His practice centers on complex civil litigation, specializing in securities litigation, intellectual property litigation, and general commercial disputes. He maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on public-interest impact litigation and cases representing asylum seekers in trial and appellate courts. Kenneth serves as co-chair of Munger Tolles’ Jay Fujitani 1L Diversity Summer Program and as a member of the firm’s Recruiting and Diversity Committees. He also serves as the president of the board of the Housing Rights Center, and a member of the board of the Inner City Law Center. He earned his B.A. in English Literature, magna cum laude, from Washington University in St. Louis, his M.A. in Sociology from Princeton University, and his J.D. from Yale Law School
Brittany Jones is Corporate Counsel at Autodesk, Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. She serves as the legal business partner for the AutoCAD family of products, Autodesk’s commercial computer-aided design (CAD) and drafting software applications, and supports AutoCAD’s desktop, web and mobile platforms. Previously, she was a mergers and acquisitions attorney at Cooley LLP in San Francisco, California and Hogan Lovells US LLP and Fried Frank LLP, both in New York, New York.
She is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/E) and currently practices in San Francisco, California. She holds a law degree from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jirayr R. Kembikian
Private Wealth Advisor
Citrine Capital, LLC
Jirayr started his career with one of the nation’s largest banks, where he repeatedly witnessed the enduring impact of a solid financial plan on clients’ success. This led him to pursue a career as a financial planner with a mission to provide all clients with a financial roadmap and professional guidance in order to help them reach their full potential.
Today, Jirayr is a managing partner and wealth advisor at Citrine Capital, where he serves as an Investment Advisor Representative (IAR) and a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®).
Prior to co-founding Citrine Capital, Jirayr was a financial planner at Ameritas Investment Corporation where he helped hundreds of individuals, families, and small businesses develop a financial plan and work towards their financial goals.
Client Relations Partner
Rutan & Tucker, LLP
Gloria Lee is the Client Relations Partner for Rutan & Tucker, LLP, an AmLaw 200 firm and one of the largest full service law firms in California. She is the Chair of the Firm’s Business Development Committee and is responsible for the strategic growth of business opportunities for the Firm.
Prior to being promoted as the firm’s Client Relations Partner, Gloria practiced as a leading commercial real estate and finance attorney and has received several honors including been named a Super Lawyer and/or Rising Star by the Southern California Super Lawyers publication from 2012-2018.
In 2017, she was honored by the National Diversity Council as one of five of the “Most Powerful and Influential Women” in Southern California. She is also the recipient of CMCP’s 2018 Marci Rubin Emerging Diversity Leader Award. Gloria is a graduate of Stanford University and Berkeley School of Law.
James M. Lee
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
James M. Lee is co-founder and CEO of LegalMation. He is a founding partner of LTL Attorneys LLP, a nationally recognized litigation boutique. As an experienced litigator, he has tried numerous cases in federal and state courts. He has been recognized as a top business litigator by various legal publications including the National Law Journal. He is a frequent and noted speaker and commentator in the field of AI and innovations in the field of law. He received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, and his B.S. from the University of Southern California. James has taught trial advocacy at Stanford Law School.
Covington & Burling LLP
Aaron Lewis is a partner in Covington’s White Collar Defense and Investigations practice group. He represents businesses, boards of directors, and individuals in sensitive, high-stakes government investigations, internal investigations, and criminal and regulatory enforcement matters.
Mr. Lewis returned to Covington in 2015 after six years of service in the Department of Justice, first as Counsel to Attorney General Eric Holder in Washington, and later as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles. Mr. Lewis advises clients facing alleged criminal and civil violations of the False Claims Act and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, as well as allegations of public corruption, mail and wire fraud, obstruction of justice, and espionage. He has advised companies and independent board committees in the aerospace and defense, automotive, technology, entertainment, and retail industries that were conducting internal investigations, including several involving allegations of ineffective internal controls and dysfunctional workplace cultures.
Associate General Counsel
Brian is responsible for advising Facebook on user data disclosure and safety and security matters. Before joining Facebook, Brian was a federal prosecutor in San Francisco and Oakland for eight years, serving most recently as the Deputy Chief of the Oakland Branch Office.
Irene is the General Counsel of Checkr, a provider of modern and compliant background checks for global enterprises and on-demand startups. At Checkr, she oversees legal, compliance, policy, and customer education teams. She is also a regular speaker on topics ranging from government engagement strategies and risk management to AI, data privacy and security. She is a frequent writer and contributor to the Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute.
Prior to going in-house, Irene worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Antitrust Division and at the FTC in the Bureau of Consumer Protection. She gained extensive international policy and compliance experience while overseeing BlackBerry’s global compliance team. Irene received her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law and her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College.
Monica Williams Monroe currently serves as Partner-in-Charge of the San Francisco office of Tucker Ellis LLP. She practices in the area of complex civil litigation, with a focus on commercial and product liability claims. In her capacity as both local and national counsel, she represents a variety of corporate and insurance interests, including those of technology companies and product manufacturers. Monica regularly handles client matters involving general contract analysis and business disputes, including pre-litigation counseling designed to identify and assess potential risk.
Monica is a long-term member of the Tucker Ellis Equity & Inclusion Committee, serving to support minority and underrepresented groups through the implementation of sustained diversity initiatives. She also serves as a Practice Group liaison, helping to mentor the firm’s most senior counsel in their overall practice growth and professional development. She received her undergraduate degree from Clark Atlanta University in 1998, and earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she attended as a Loyola Scholar and was inducted into the Order of the Coif in 2003.
Lydia Mendoza Mosser
Mendoza Mosser Law
Lydia Mendoza Mosser is an estate planning attorney and principal of Mendoza Mosser Law, specializing in family trusts, probate and trust administration. A graduate of UC Berkeley, the London School of Economics and Columbia Law School, she spent the first decade of her legal career as business litigator and trial attorney for one of the largest firms in Los Angeles where she was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine several years in a row. As a former litigator, she knows that the best way to avoid legal disputes is to implement proper legal planning from the beginning. She uses her experience to help her clients avoid costly litigation and probate by creating customized estate plans for individuals, couples, and families that provide peace of mind.
Zakiya J. Norton
Partner and Co-Founder
Norton Basu LLP
Zakiya J. Norton is a founding principal and managing partner of the Santa Clara, Beverly Hills, and Las Vegas offices of the estate planning law firm Norton Basu LLP. She currently calls the Santa Clara office home and focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning, probate, conservatorships, trust administration, and trust litigation. She also feels strongly about giving back to her community through providing pro-bono hours for Bay Area Legal Aid, Queen’s Bench Bar Association and participating as a scoring attorney for the Santa Clara County Mock Trial Competition for local high-school students throughout Santa Clara County. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Cancer CAREpoint
Samuel J. Park
Alston & Bird LLP
Sam Park is a partner in Alston & Bird’s Los Angeles office. He has more than a decade of experience representing companies in high-stakes class actions, complex commercial cases and arbitrations, and regulatory matters. Sam has served as counsel for clients in a wide range of industries, including insurance, financial services, wealth management, life sciences, marketing, beverage, food processing, and nutritional supplements. He has spent his career guiding clients through all phases of class actions, including discovery, summary judgment, class certification, expert motions, pre-trial work, and settlement. He has defeated class actions on the merits and at the certification stage and has implemented strategies for clients that have significantly reduced exposure before settlement.
Akasha is a Workplace Investigator in the Legal Compliance Organization at Intuit, where she conducts high-risk investigations, advises business partners on employee relations strategy, and supports initiatives for the broader Legal and Compliance and People and Places organizations. Prior to joining Intuit, Akasha was a Senior Employee Relations Partner at Tesla Motors and an Employment Law Associate at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP. She received her law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC where she served as the Executive Submission Editor for the Howard Law Journal and President of the Howard Public Interest Law Society.
Head of Legal
Aurelio is the Head of Legal at Wonolo, which provides an on-demand staffing platform designed to connect businesses with temporary workers while helping the un- and under-employed. Aurelio is a member of Wonolo’s leadership team and counsels on a variety of legal matters including commercial deals, corporate and financing matters, privacy, contingent workforce issues, intellectual property, and advertising. Prior to joining Wonolo Aurelio was a shareholder at Littler Mendelson where he practiced labor and employment law. Aurelio received his J.D., Ph.D., and M.A. from UC Berkeley and his B.A. from Swarthmore College.
Tam T. T. Pham
Managing Director, In-House Practice Group
Major, Lindsey & Africa
Tam T. T. Pham is a Managing Director in the San Francisco In-House Practice Group of Major, Lindsey & Africa. She is focused on identifying highly qualified general counsel, senior-level attorneys and compliance professionals for a broad range of corporations and other in-house clients looking for the best legal talent for their teams.
Tam joined MLA after six years with Paragon Legal, where she served as Director of Attorney and Client Development. Prior to Paragon, Tam managed business and legal matters for a design consultancy, Workreative, as well as a designer footwear company, Ryan Rowe. She began her legal career as an associate at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley &McCloy, representing lenders and project sponsors in domestic and international project finance transactions.
Tam received her JD from Columbia Law School and A.B. from Stanford University.
Chief Legal Officer
Phuong Phillips is Chief Legal Officer for Zynga, overseeing all legal affairs and government relations for the company. Prior to joining Zynga, Phillips served as Associate General Counsel for Tesla, Inc. and was the lead M&A attorney. Before that, Phillips spent more than six years at SolarCity as its Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Head of Corporate and Securities.
Before joining SolarCity, Phillips spent more than seven years as a Corporate Attorney at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.
Phillips serves as the Executive Chair of Women At Zynga, an employee-led resource group offering a variety of programming for women in gaming, as well as on the Board of the California Minority Counsel Program and Director of Operations for the Straubel Foundation.
Phillips received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a specialization in Business Administration from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law.
Shareholder, Co-Chair, Robotics, AI and Automation Practice Group
Littler Mendelson P.C.
Natalie Pierce is an experienced trial attorney and trusted advisor to employers ranging from start-up companies to global corporations on all employment law matters, including harassment and discrimination and pay equity audits to wage and hour compliance challenges. She counsels companies on how to incorporate robotics, biometrics, telepresence, AI, and other worker enhancement technologies into the workplace, as well as how to re-skill workforces to facilitate adoption.
She co-chairs Littler’s Robotics, AI and Automation practice group, which is focused on identifying legal challenges to the use of robotics and AI in the workplace, as well as developing practical compliance solutions that facilitate the integration of new technologies and help employers mitigate robot/AI–related risks.
As Co-Chair of Littler’s Diversity & Inclusion Council, Natalie developed the firm’s Career Advocacy Program in 2012 and Investment for Success in 2015. These programs have received national attention by media and organizations. She received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley, and her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.
Duane Morris LLP
Manita Rawat is the managing partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office, a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property (IP) Practice Group, a member of the firm’s governing Partners Board and serves on the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Manita is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO. She has a strong technical background in applied mathematics with a concentration in computer science, aerospace engineering and statistical analysis. She also has a strong technical background in biochemistry. Manita counsels clients on a variety of issues related to IP, working primarily with software, mechanical and aerospace technologies. Manita also has substantial experience in supporting IP issues related to M&A and investment funding. Manita has significant experience with providing technical support on patent litigation matters at various stages of a case.
L. Song Richardson
Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law
University of California, Irvine School of Law
L. Song Richardson is the Dean and Chancellor’s Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine School of Law with joint appointments in the Department of Criminology, Law and Society and in the Department of Asian American Studies. She received her AB from Harvard College and her JD from Yale Law School. Her interdisciplinary research uses lessons from cognitive and social psychology to study decision-making and judgment in a variety of contexts. Her scholarship has been published by law journals at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Duke and Northwestern, among others. Richardson is a leading expert on the impact of implicit racial and gender biases in a variety of contexts, including emerging technologies, and is frequently invited to speak to law firms, private industry, judges, and bar associations across the nation on these issues.
Esther K. Ro
California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District
Esther Ro is a writ attorney with the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District. Prior to joining the Court, Esther was a litigation partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Los Angeles, where she represented clients in high-stakes class actions and business disputes. In 2018, Esther was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the “Most Influential Minority Lawyers” in Los Angeles County. She serves on the executive board of the Asian Pacific Women Lawyers Alliance and as the co-chair of the Pro Bono Advisory Council for Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles. Esther also co-chairs the Legislation Committee of the LACBA Litigation Section. Esther obtained her law degree from UCLA School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Stanford University.
Carla Maria De Silva
Carla Maria De Silva is Regulatory Counsel at Square, Inc. Square offers access to payments and funding to growing small businesses and Carla supports all lending products for eligible Square sellers. Her practice has been focused on banking and financial services, with extensive experience in the fast-paced FinTech industry, regulatory compliance, commercial contracts, licensing, M&A, telecommunications and intellectual property. Carla has counseled the development and maintenance of product counsel, governance and corporate compliance programs at various FinTech businesses and banks. Carla focuses on leveraging technology innovation for compliance as a competitive advantage, in order to bridge the gap between the law and today’s demands on financial services providers. Carla is a founding co-chairperson of Square’s LatinX community, currently an advisor, and volunteers on the Pro Bono Committee at Square, helping communities through legal assistance. She is actively involved in other non-profits supporting women entrepreneurs.
As Lyft’s first in-house lawyer, Kristin Sverchek has led Lyft’s legal team and strategy as General Counsel since November 2012. In that time, she has helped Lyft grow from a small, private San Francisco-only company to a public company with a presence in all fifty states and Canada. During her time at Lyft, Kristin has built a robust legal team covering specialty practice areas including employment, regulatory, litigation, insurance, corporate, and commercial transactions. In January 2015, she was Lyft’s first female employee to take maternity leave, a policy which she helped develop in connection with the Human Resources department. Kristin has an undergraduate degree in molecular and cell biology from UC Berkeley and her law degree from UC Hastings, and she started her career working in private practice as a corporate transactional lawyer at both Gunderson Dettmer and Silicon Legal Strategy before going in-house at Lyft.
Candice T. Zee
Vedder Price (CA), LLP
Candice T. Zee is a Shareholder at Vedder Price and a member of the Labor & Employment practice area in the firm’s Los Angeles office.
Ms. Zee focuses her practice on traditional labor issues, including unfair labor practice charges, interpretation of collective bargaining agreements, grievances, arbitrations and National Labor Relations Board proceedings. She has handled several union grievances, arbitrations and representation cases at all stages and has extensive experience managing and overseeing union election campaigns.
Ms. Zee has represented and defended multi-state and international corporations on all aspects of employment litigation, including allegations of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, wage and hour issues, reductions-in-force, reasonable accommodation and independent contractor issues as well as workplace torts, including defamation, emotional distress and interference with contractual relations. She has also litigated single plaintiff and class action employment lawsuits in a first chair capacity.
Ms. Zee was named one of Southern California’s “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers from 2009-2017.