Sonali Maitra of Durie Tangri persuaded opposing counsel to dismiss with prejudice a high-profile copyright action against Google Inc. and its real-time traffic app Waze with no payout by Google.

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

Lawyering nevertheless. I love tech, the tech industry, and my tech colleagues. But my true love is the law and litigation, so if I weren’t working in tech, I’d be lawyering elsewhere.

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

The number of bright young women (particularly of color) interested in being a part of it. That’s why I love organizations like BAYCAT and the Stanford School of Engineering diversity programs.

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

I have two. Simona Agnolucci and Shaudy Danaye-Armstrong. Simona is a partner at Keker, Van Nest & Peters and Shaudy is in-house at Google. Both Simona and Shaudy lead and inspire with strength, grace, humility, and a wicked sense of humor. They are my role models in leadership­—and (at the risk of sounding a touch dramatic) in life.

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?

Absolutely more hopeful. To be sure, there are a**holes everywhere. But I’ve been sensing a vibe that women in tech are now more empowered now than ever to achieve and succeed (and certain others less empowered to be a**holes).

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

Getting to the best outcome fastest. Litigation can be a real impediment, a distraction, to achieving meaningful work in tech. The question, the thing that keeps me up at night, is “How do I eliminate this frustrating barrier as quickly as possible?”

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

Come talk to me! I love making connections with young, ambitious lawyers interested in rocking the tech world (and the status quo).

­—Ross Todd