Krista Schwartz of Jones Day represented Synopsys in jury trial against ATopTech that resulted in a $30.4 million verdict and the follow-on bench trial where the court rejected ATopTech’s defenses.
Who’s the best leader you’ve seen in action and why?
My grandmother, Marion Schwartz, is the best leader I’ve had the chance to see in action. She had a keen ability to see individuals’ strengths and encourage those she interfaced with to maximize and leverage their talents. Never having the opportunity to attend college herself but confident in her own abilities, she sought out opportunities to learn on the job and pass her knowledge onto other women. I owe my technology-focused career to her efforts to cultivate a strong work ethic and perseverance within me, and to her encouragement to capitalize on my strengths in logic and the sciences.
If I could change one thing about working in tech, it would be …
The opportunity to work with and mentor more women who are also working in tech.
The No. 1 issue that keeps me and my clients up at night is …
Managing and dealing with current, pressing issues while also trying to anticipate and plan for issues on the horizon.
What piece of advice do you have for young lawyers in tech?
Given the rapid pace of innovation and developments in the law, don’t overspecialize—either in a narrow area of technology or the law. Those who are too narrowly focused tend to lose sight of new developments and opportunities. If you have a broader knowledge base, you’ll not only be in a better position to keep pace with new innovations and changes in the law, but you’ll also have a broader well of experience to draw upon in advising clients.
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—I’m hopeful that with increased awareness and discussion of the issues women in the tech industry face, those in the tech industry will take steps to improve prospects and opportunities for women.