Jessica Nguyen leads (and built from the ground up) the legal department at PayScale, a rapidly growing tech company based in Seattle focused on cloud-based compensation management solutions. Currently, PayScale is #6 on the GeekWire tech start-up rankings. Prior to PayScale, Jessica supported the Outlook and Exchange teams at Microsoft and helped other tech start-ups (Avalara and hibu) scale and grow their businesses.
Janet Loduca is Vice President, Deputy General Counsel for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. In this role, she oversees the company’s litigation, claims, regulatory, and policy legal strategies, as well as the overall department operations, including budget and outside counsel management.
Loduca joined Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 2000 and has held a number of positions including, most recently, vice president, Investor Relations where she was responsible for providing the investment community with information about the Corporation and its operational and financial performance. Prior to this role, Loduca was the vice president of Safety, Health and Environment, where she led employee and contractor safety programs and oversaw the company’s land and environmental programs and policies, and vice president of Corporate Relations, where she was responsible for the company’s internal and external communications. She has also served as the chief of staff to Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s former President and has held positions in the Regulatory Affairs organization and Law department.
Before joining PG&E, Loduca was an environmental attorney in private practice and an environmental prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. Loduca holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Washington and a law degree from the University of San Francisco. She also serves on the board of directors for Girls Inc. of Alameda.
Chandrika Vira is a director in Sterne Kessler’s Trial & Appellate and Biotechnology & Chemical Practice Groups. Chandrika represents clients in complex patent litigations in federal district courts, in contested proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and before the Federal Circuit on appeal.
Chandrika has litigated cases involving a broad range of technologies in the pharmaceutical, biotechnological arts, and electrical arts. Chandrika focuses her practice on litigating cases involving small-molecule pharmaceuticals under the Hatch-Waxman Act and biologics and biosimilars under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act (BPCIA).
In 2017 and 2018, Chandrika was named a "Rising Star" in Intellectual Property by Super Lawyers.
Prior to law school, Chandrika worked as a consultant for two technology companies where she advised companies on implementing technological solutions. While in law school at The George Washington University, Chandrika participated in the Law Students in Court Clinic where she had the opportunity to represent clients in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in the Criminal Division. Chandrika received her B.A. in molecular biology from Coe College.
Nilanka Maldeniya is Assistant General Counsel at AMD’s (Advanced Micro Devices) headquarters in Santa Clara, California. She represents the business in diverse commercial and hardware/software licensing matters and manages the company’s marketing legal function and global trademark portfolio. Prior to AMD, Nilanka was in private practice at the leading Toronto law firms of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP and Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP where she focused on corporate/securities law and commercial/regulatory insurance law, respectively.
Nilanka has authored numerous articles on insurance law matters and previously spoken on the topics of Anti-Bribery and Foreign Corruption Practices and M&A Legal Challenges. She has also been a speaker at Global IP conferences on the topic of Blockchain, and frequently speaks at Women in IP & Leadership Summits on topics ranging from Pay Equity to Self-Advocacy.
Nilanka received her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada. She is a dual-licensed attorney, being a member of the California Bar as well as of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Nilanka also moonlights as a children’s book author. She recently released the two series, My Favorite and Riana’s Adventures, for the 4-8 year age group and a couple of standalone titles for toddlers, all of which are available on Amazon and other global etailers and retailers. Learn more at www.nilankamaldeniya.com.