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Emily Evitt, Partner, Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp (Photo: Courtesy photo)

Emily Evitt, a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp, represented Blizzard Entertainment in a suit seeking to prevent defendant Bossland from selling software bots for use in popular multiplayer games. Evitt’s team won a $8.5 million judgment in statutory damages and a permanent injunction.

Describe yourself in one word.

Tenacious.

Who is the most important mentor you’ve had thus far in your career? Why?

My partner Karin Pagnanelli. She’s taught me about intellectual property law, showed me how to be a fierce litigator, and championed my career at every stage.

What’s the best part of working in the tech sector?

Technology develops faster than law, so it is exciting to come up with strategies to apply old law to new tech.

What’s the biggest challenge?

Helping startup clients balance between investing in legal services versus other areas of their business.

What’s one way technology has made your life easier?

Remote access has given me the flexibility to work from (almost) anywhere.

One way it’s made your life more difficult?

Constant connectivity makes it difficult to unplug.

Name an important opportunity you’ve had in your career and what you did with it.

I was given the chance to launch an interdisciplinary practice group for startup companies. Our initial seminar drew over 50 participants.

What drew you to practicing law in the technology industry?

I took a class called “Computers and the Law” my senior year of college. It turned out to be an introduction to intellectual property, with a focus on the intersection of law and technology. I never looked back.

What’s the best piece of career advice anyone ever gave you?

Start out practicing litigation.

In 50 words or fewer, what’s the best way to address tech’s gender gap?

Get girls excited about STEM starting at an early age.

What’s one area of technology that you’re most excited about and why?

Artificial intelligence and machine learning applied to document review.

Ross Todd

Ross Todd is bureau chief of The Recorder in San Francisco. He writes about litigation in the Bay Area and around California. Contact Ross at rtodd@alm.com. On Twitter: @Ross_Todd.

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