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What was your route to the top? I started my legal career as a summer associate at Morrison & Foerster, and although I’ve been with the firm throughout my career, my job has definitely not stayed the same. I’ve had the good fortune of being at the top technology law firm in the Bay Area, the epicenter of the technology sector. As our clients have developed new technologies and evolved their business models, my job keeps changing, too. I started out as a litigator, working with technology, life sciences, and consumer products companies. During one of our huge technology booms, I moved into the technology transactions group to negotiate IP and commercial agreements, working with software companies, ecommerce startups, semiconductor equipment makers, and telecom companies. Today, I’m still an IP and commercial lawyer with an active practice advising clients on strategic IP and commercial transactions and M&A matters. But technologies have evolved further, and data drives most of our deals. I’m also advising clients on transactions involving AI, robotics, digital content and advertising, connected devices, and software and platforms as a service. Along the way, I became MoFo’s Technology Transactions Practice chair and then a firmwide managing partner. Now my job includes making sure that our firm is as innovative as possible in order to meet the needs of our clients.

James Schroeder

 

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