Angela Padilla, vice president, deputy general counsel at Uber Technologies Inc., has helped the company navigate cases involving claims that drivers should be classified as employees while overseeing Uber’s responses to government investigations on regulatory compliance, and the trade secrets case brought by autonomous car rival Waymo.
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?
Very hopeful. The Band-Aid has been ripped off of a deep, infected wound. We have a real change to improve now.
Do lawyers bear any special responsibility in addressing gender stereotyping and discrimination in tech?
Definitely! We are duty-bound to bring make equality a reality.
If I could change one thing about working in tech, it would be …
We need more people of color, LGBT folks and women in real positions of power.
The No, 1 issue that keeps me and my clients up at night is …
How long will it take the law to catch up with hyper-growth technology changes.
What piece of advice do you have for young lawyers in tech?
Stay strong. Be stubborn. Don’t quit. Follow our dreams. Demand mentoring and helpful feedback. Seek out hard work that is visible and builds your personal brand.
Who’s the best leader you’ve seen in action and why?
Judge Shirley M. Hufstedler, former judge of Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was plain-spoken, demanding and a caring mentor. She led trial teams when there were no women in the courtroom. As the first woman on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, she had to corral male lawyers and justices. She was terrifying and exhilarating at the same time.
If I weren’t working in tech, I’d be …
A full-time animal welfare activist.