Karen Webb of Fenwick & West helped Twitter Inc. manage the company’s valuable U.S. trademark portfolio.
What piece of advice do you have for young lawyers in tech?
Get to know your clients and their business like it’s your own.
If I could change one thing about working in tech, it would be …
Embracing the value of working hard and playing hard. The notion that you have to give up time with your family and friends, hobbies and fitness, to be successful is a misconception. It’s important to have interests outside of work, take time to recharge, stay connected with others, and be creative.
The No. 1 issue that keeps me and my clients up at night is …
Balancing real-world marketplace needs while growing and protecting brands.
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. By bringing these issues to light and encouraging discussion, we’ll be able to discover and take continued steps toward propelling women to greater heights in the tech industry.
Do lawyers bear any special responsibility in addressing gender stereotyping and discrimination in tech?
By virtue of acting as counsel to high level leaders at companies big and small, lawyers are in a special place to affect change.
If I weren’t working in tech, I’d be …
Founder of my own startup, and professional gelato connoisseur on the side.