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  • Texas Lawyer | Q&A

    Top Women in IP: Katherine Franco

    By Everett Catts | November 30, 2022

    "As a Latina patent attorney, I am a frequent speaker on diversity in inventorship. The United States Patent and Trademark Office recently revealed that a mere 12 percent of inventors listed on patent applications are women," Katherine Franco said.

  • Texas Lawyer | Q&A

    Top Women in IP: Andrea Fair

    By Everett Catts | November 30, 2022

    "Remember everyone is human, including yourself. We are often our own worst critics, and very few mistakes are outcome determinative. Instead of getting bogged down, learn from it, put it behind you, and continue to strive for excellence," Andrea Fair said.

  • Texas Lawyer | Q&A

    Top Women in IP: Holly Engelmann

    By Everett Catts | November 30, 2022

    "In patent litigation, witnesses are most often men and many male colleagues fail to be mindful of the need to present women in the courtroom. Instead, they continue to hire the same male experts repeatedly. Seeking out women who can testify and give them opportunities is essential for progress in practice," Holly Engelmann said.

  • Corporate Counsel | Profile|Q&A

    How an Ex-Tesla Lawyer Overcame Impostor Syndrome to Become a Law Firm Owner

    By Trudy Knockless | November 29, 2022

    Laura Frederick says that when she went out on her own, "I learned how to stand up and recognize my own self-worth and my own value. Before then, I knew in my head that I was a good lawyer and I knew in my head I was worthwhile, but I didn't feel it in my heart."

  • Texas Lawyer | Q&A

    Most Effective Dealmakers: Stuart Zisman

    By Everett Catts | November 29, 2022

    "To me, there are three qualities [leading to developing a reputation as a strong dealmaker] that matter the most: (1) integrity, (2) being a great listener and (3) creativity," Stuart Zisman said.

  • Texas Lawyer | Q&A

    Most Effective Dealmakers: Thomas Yang

    By Everett Catts | November 29, 2022

    "The practice of M&A has evolved substantially over my three decades of practice. While we still need the detailed, legal technical skills and analysis to properly conduct a deal, clients are now looking for so much more from top M&A attorneys," Thomas Yang said.

  • Texas Lawyer | Q&A

    Most Effective Dealmakers: Rhett Van Syoc

    By Everett Catts | November 29, 2022

    "As everyone knows, after a lull at the start [of the COVID-19 pandemic], nearly every transactional practice saw a boom in growth. Doing deals is a lot like playing jazz—the basic notes are all in front of you but every deal requires creativity and improvisation," Rhett Van Syoc said.

  • Texas Lawyer | Q&A

    Most Effective Dealmakers: Gary Sorden

    By Everett Catts | November 29, 2022

    "My proudest achievement in 2021 was closing different types of deals during a worldwide pandemic that prevented the parties from working in a face-to-face capacity," Gary Sorden said.

  • Texas Lawyer | Q&A

    Most Effective Dealmakers: Sarah Morgan

    By Everett Catts | November 29, 2022

    "We had an extraordinary volume of multifaceted, very complex matters in 2021 with highly variable market conditions—it took a lot of hard work and creative problem solving to get many of those transactions across the finish line," Sarah Morgan said.

  • Texas Lawyer | Q&A

    Most Effective Dealmakers: Christopher May

    By Everett Catts | November 29, 2022

    "I think the key qualities [that lead to the development of a reputation as a strong dealmaker] are being able to give sound commercial advice and concrete recommendations. This helps to build trust and strong long term relationships with your clients," Christopher May said.

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