Sarah Solum of Davis Polk & Wardwell had a whirlwind year advising semiconductor test company FormFactor in its purchase of Cascade Microtech; the underwriters on the IPO and follow-on offering for cloud-based spend management platform Coupa; and the underwriters on a $1.07 billion GoDaddy stock offering.

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 in that many people with a lot to lose have been called to the carpet for blatant misbehavior. Implicit bias is a much more difficult problem to solve, though surely technology can also help address this problem.

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

Focus on relationships.

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

I’m impressed by leaders who cultivate workplace cultures that are “radically candid” (to steel a phrase from author Kim Scott) without being unkind.

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

Hero worship and celebrity culture.

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


­­—Ross Todd