Victoria Maroulis, the managing partner of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan’s Silicon Valley office, obtained a unanimous win in the U.S. Supreme Court, which reversed a $400 million design patent damages judgment against client Samsung in its long-running smartphone IP fight with Apple.
What piece of advice do you have for young lawyers in tech?
Be fearless, take on cases that challenge you, and seek out difficult assignments.
If I could change one thing about working in tech, it would be …
I would reform the electronic discovery in tech litigation. Its cost and burden now frequently overshadow the actual substance of the disputes.
The No. 1 issue that keeps me and my clients up at night is …
The question that keeps me up at night is how can I best protect our clients’ innovative technologies and products and win their cases with the minimal disruption to their business. What keeps them up likely differs greatly among them but the burden of discovery is certainly a top concern.
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. Acknowledging the lack of diversity and unequal treatment is the first step toward fixing it.
Do lawyers bear any special responsibility in addressing gender stereotyping and discrimination in tech?
Lawyers are by nature outspoken and articulate. They are in a better position than many other professionals to address and try to stop bad behavior.
If I weren’t working in tech, I’d be …
A dance or theater critic.
Who’s the best leader you’ve seen in action and why?
John Quinn, the founder and the head of our firm. In 30 years, he built our firm from a four-lawyer shop in LA into a litigation powerhouse with 22 offices in 10 countries that still maintains the camaraderie and the adventurous spirit of a startup.