Jessica Valenzuela Santamaria of Cooley knocked out a state court securities class action against Pure Storage that alleged certain statements were false and misleading in the company’s IPO offering documents relating to its growth prospects, market opportunity and product features.

After the events that have rocked Silicon Valley this year, are you more or less hopeful about the prospects for women in the tech industry?

More hopeful.  Change can’t happen unless we acknowledge and talk about the unique challenges that women face. There is now an active dialogue and the people in a position to implement change are now listening.

 
Do lawyers bear any special responsibility in addressing gender stereotyping and discrimination in tech?
 
Absolutely. Lawyers historically have played a critical role in combating discrimination and advancing the interests of traditionally underrepresented groups. In many ways, women in tech fit that description. We have the training, skills and access to the institutions that are best able to effect change — courts, board rooms and legislative bodies. 
 
If I weren’t working in tech, I’d be … 
 
An Olympic weightlifter. 
 
If I could change one thing about working in tech, it would be … 
 
The number of women and minorities in leadership positions. 
 
The number one issue that keeps me and my clients up at night is … 
 
Global warming.
 
What piece of advice do you have for young lawyers in tech? 
 
Be creative, share your ideas and speak your mind.

­—Ross Todd