September 28, 2016
The Recorder recently named 54 California Lawyers as its 2016 Women Leaders in Tech Law. For the second straight year, among the honorees were Weil’s Silicon Valley-based Technology & IP Transactions partner Karen Ballack and Patent Litigation partner Anne Cappella. All of the honorees were selected by The Recorder editors based on their recent achievements as litigators, dealmakers, advisors and strategists in the tech industry, as well as in leadership roles at their organizations or in the legal community. These women are “handling game-changing, law-shaping, market-moving work in and around the technology sector,” from data security and IP strategy to mega-mergers and workplace policies.
The women were interviewed on issues including valuable career advice they had received and what could be done to close tech’s gender gap.
Ms. Ballack’s profile focused on her representation of some of the tech industry’s largest companies as a key member of Weil's Technology and IP Transactions practice, including Yahoo! in its spin-off plan, Intel in its $16.7 billion acquisition of Altera and GLOBALFOUNDRIES in its acquisition of IBM’s commercial semiconductor business. As for pet peeves related to working in the tech sector, Ms. Ballack noted it would be nice if "the laws could keep up with the new technologies that are being developed at such a rapid pace.”
Ms. Cappella’s profile highlighted her engineering background and the fact that she is “one of the few lawyers who does both M&A work and litigation.” Ms. Cappella recently led both the patent due diligence in GLOBALFOUNDRIES’ acquisition of IBM’s global commercial semiconductor business and represented major cellular handset manufacturers and carriers in court. Ms. Cappella said that the best career advice she ever received was to “follow your passion.”