Dawn Belt of Fenwick & West helped represent Nimble Storage, a Bay Area disrupter in the enterprise storage business, in its $1.2 billion acquisition by Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

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. Identifying the issue is a good first step.

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

I think all leaders have the responsibility to be self-aware, set a good example and be open-minded about identifying talent.

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

Gordy Davidson, who was the longtime chairman of Fenwick. Always had the institution’s best interests in mind, led strongly by example, intellectual and empathetic — just an incredible human being.

If I weren’t working in tech, I’d be …

Figuring out how to get into tech.

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

We need to emphasize quality of communication, rather than speed of response and variety of channels.

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

The economy has been humming along at a great pitch for awhile now. We worry about when a downturn might hit.

What piece of advice do you have for young lawyers in tech?

Be passionate about your learning and always keep growing.

—Ross Todd