Carolyn Luedtke of Munger, Tolles & Olson helped online real estate marketplace Ten-X obtain a $1.6 million settlement and public apology from former employees accused of using stolen trade secrets to launch a rival company.

The No. 1 issue that keeps me and my clients up at night is …

How to balance the cost of litigation with the need to do exceptional legal work.

Who’s the best leader you’ve seen in action and why?

Sandra Seville-Jones, our firm’s co-managing partner. She is masterful at gathering information, being an attentive listener, understanding viewpoints, and then building consensus to move toward a strategic goal she has identified. My practice is successful because of her leadership of the firm and her mentoring of women at the firm such as myself.

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?

I am an optimist by nature, so I am hopeful. I believe that recent events have provoked a dialogue and awareness that will make people more thoughtful of the challenges women face when working in a primarily male industry and the benefits of change. We have a long way to go, but as women leaders in tech are emerging, there is much to celebrate. I see in my own work with tech clients that my business and legal client contacts are increasingly women. As these amazing women climb through their companies and continue to expand their sphere of influence, the industry will feel less male and businesses will be stronger.

Do lawyers bear any special responsibility in addressing gender stereotyping and discrimination in tech?

I think that we have a responsibility to stay in the game, to be visible women advocating on behalf of and within tech companies, and to demonstrate through our actions and presence that this is not an all-male industry.

If I could change one thing about working in tech, it would be …

Traffic on 101!

—Ross Todd