Avital Gertner-Samet works as General Counsel at pymetrics, Inc., creators of a groundbreaking platform that employs neuroscience and data-analytics to assess talent efficiently and fairly. Ms. Samet oversees all legal matters at the pymetrics and helps bridge between pymetrics’s pioneering technology and traditional Equal Employment Opportunity law, which was legislated in the 1970s.
Ms. Samet served as Secretary of the Consumer Financial Services Committee at the California Bar. She presented at various educational programs alongside regulators and other industry-leading practitioners, including at the Annual Meeting of the California Bar. Ms. Samet has also authored numerous Committee-issued e-bulletins on legal developments in the field.
Before Pymetrics she acted as General Counsel at TrueAccord Corp., as well as represented multinational corporations as well as Non-Profit Organizations on cutting edge tax matters.
The connecting thread in Ms. Samet’s legal career is her passion for policy work.
Ms. Samet is licensed to practice law both in California and in Israel.
April Madison-Ramsey is Senior Counsel, Labor & Employment for Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West). She has more than 20 years of traditional labor & employment litigation, risk avoidance/ management, employment compliance and ADR experience. She currently manages Dignity Health’s three-state, 40-facility employment litigation and risk management program. Her practice includes system-wide oversight of all aspects of prelitigation and litigation matters. She also provides training and preventative counseling and advice concerning disability discrimination, leave administration, corporate diversity, harassment prevention, internal investigations, collective bargaining agreements, wrongful termination, and employee discipline. Prior to joining Dignity Health in 2006, April represented management-side labor andemployment interests in a variety of industries, both public and private.
Upon relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area from Wisconsin in 1992, April worked on the central staff of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Following her time at the Ninth Circuit, April worked as an associate at Morrison & Foerster LLP representing employers in securities and employment litigation and appellate matters. She has also represented public sector management interests as a Deputy City Attorney for both the City and County of San Francisco and the City of Oakland. As a Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco, April’s practice included all aspects of labor relations and employment law, including litigation, preventative counseling, wrongful termination, employee discipline, Title VII and California Fair Employment and Housing Act claims, and wage and hour matters.
April has served as special counsel to the San Francisco Civil Service Commission and counsel to the City of Oakland’s Civil Service Board. In that capacity, she was responsible for advising commission and board members concerning the negotiation and administration of civil service rules and human resource policy and procedure.
Her national speaking and teaching experience includes her time as an adjunct professor of Legal Research/Writing and Moot Court at both Hastings College of Law and Golden Gate Law School. In addition, she has spoken on wide range of employment law topics for the State Bar of California, the League of California Cities, the California Society for Healthcare Attorneys, the California Commission on Police Officer Standards and Training, the Council on Education in Management, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and the National Employment Law Council.
She has also served as a member of the board of directors for civic and community organizations, including the Charles Houston Bar Association and the San Francisco Women Lawyer’s Alliance. She is a member of the Labor & Employment Law Section of the State Bar of California, the Society for Healthcare Attorneys, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the Corporate Counsel Women of Color.
April is certified as a Senior Human Resource Professional by the Human Resources Certificate Institute of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). She received her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School and her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of Wisconsin, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and the Western District of Wisconsin.
Olga V. Mack is a blockchain and distributed ledger technology strategist, security professional, experienced board director, nationally-recognized author, public speaker, and impactful women’s advocate. She is currently Vice President of Strategy at Quantstamp, the first decentralized security auditing blockchain platform. Olga was instrumental in passing AB 2658 and SB 838, which define blockchain and form a working blockchain group in California. She co-authored Fundamentals of Smart Contracts Security (Momentum Press, March 2019) and she is writing a book about blockchain and distributed ledger technology business models. Olga leads the Smart Contracts Security Alliance to help enterprises innovate in blockchain securely. She spoke at TEDxSanFrancisco about the impact potential of blockchain and smart contracts and at SXSW about blockchain business models.
Olga is an impactful leader who can mobilize change both within an organization and throughout society at large. She founded the Women Serve on Boards movement, which advocates for women to serve on the corporate boards of Fortune 500 companies. She has successfully persuaded over a dozen Fortune 500 companies to recruit their first woman director. She actively advocated, testified, and mobilized for the passage of California SB 826, which requires California public companies to recruit women directors. Finally, she authored All [A]Board: Your Journey to Becoming a Corporate Director, to demystify board service.
Olga has received widespread recognition for her professional achievements. In 2016, she was selected as a White House United State of Women Change Maker. She also received the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) Top 10 30-Somethings, Watermark Impact and Advocacy Make Your Mark, Corporate Counsel of the Year, and Women Leaders in Technology Law Awards. She has been featured and quoted in Bloomberg, MPR/KQED, Law.com and numerous trade publications. Olga was previously General Counsel at ClearSlide. She also worked at Zoosk, Visa, Yahoo, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. She serves on the California Law Revision Commission (appointed by Governor Jerry Brown).
Rachel Adcox is a standout amongst antitrust practitioners, whether leading clients through complex multidistrict litigation cases or negotiating successful resolutions to criminal and civil matters. Prior to joining Axinn, Rachel was a Trial Attorney at the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Rachel's work in groundbreaking litigation demonstrates the trust that her clients place in her skill and judgment. Her unique combination of government and defense-side experience allows her to assist clients with a full range of antitrust issues, including corporate counseling, mergers, internal investigations, civil non-merger and criminal cartel investigations and litigation. In each of these areas, Rachel is known for providing practical options for her clients based on their specialized needs and business goals. Currently, Rachel is notable for her representation of multiple defendants in the Auto Parts class action multidistrict litigation and her representation of Independence Blue Cross in the largest class action case in the U.S.
Behind the scenes, Rachel is a trusted confidential adviser and advocate in international cartel and compliance matters before international enforcers such as the Department of Justice, the European Commission, the Canadian Competition Bureau, and the Japan Fair Trade Commission.
Corina Davis is the EVP of Business Development and Chief Legal Officer at Redbubble, a global marketplace where artists and designers can sell their artwork on an extensive assortment of products, from t-shirts to iPhone cases. Serving as the EVP of Business Development and Chief Legal Officer, she enjoys collaborating with all parts of the company, partnering and advising on a wide variety of business and legal matters, as well as working with external partners to create new business opportunities. Ms. Davis thrives in a fast-paced environment and loves working across multiple geographies with colleagues all over the globe. She received her J.D. from University of San Diego School of Law.
Maggie specializes in the representation of emerging growth companies throughout their lifecycles. Maggie is broadly experienced with corporate formation and governance matters, venture capital financing transactions, and a variety of M&A transaction structures.
Maggie represents a wide variety of technology companies from consumer internet, software, telecommunications, and entertainment technology industries, as well as a number of leading venture capital firms.
Joanne Bal is a legal executive with demonstrated success advising leading and developing teams within global companies in the the apparel/fashion and tech industries. Currently she is the Chief Counsel at Levi Strauss & Co. Ms. Bal is skilled in Negotiation, Corporate and Commercial Law, Intellectual Property, Privacy, Antitrust, and eCommence. Prior to joining Levi Strauss & Co., Ms. Bal was the Managing Director, Legal Services at Applied Materials. She received her J.D. from University of Chicago Law School.
Diana Jimenez is senior attorney at Intel Corporation in the Privacy and Security Group. She has been a lawyer for over 25 years in the areas of technology transactions, open source, M&A, regulatory compliance and now privacy. Prior to joining Intel, Diana was Senior Corporate Counsel at Altera. She received her J.D. from University of Washington School of Law.
Tamara's legal experience is anchored in labor and employment advice, counseling and litigation for employers. She started her career at a mid-sized defense firm in San Francisco. At Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. she spent 15 years in the Labor & Employment Practice Group, advising managers and HR on both day to day performance oversight as well as big picture policy and strategy issues, and managing employment litigation. Since 2017, Tamara’s practice has focused on managing employment litigation. Tamara is a seasoned litigator and tough negotiator, known and respected for her pragmatic, collaborative, results-oriented style and strong writing skills.
A significant portion of Tamara’s work at Kaiser is devoted to the Legal Department’s Equity, Inclusion and Diversity Program. As the Department’s Strategic Leader for Equity Inclusion and Diversity, since 2011 Tamara has developed and led the Department EI&D Committee, working tirelessly to promote the Program mission, "to strategically drive the integration of equity, inclusion and diversity into every aspect of our work resulting in a positive and enduring impact on our workforce/department, the legal profession and the communities we serve." The positive, measurable, undeniable and enduring impact of this work on her colleagues, the community and the pipeline of future diverse lawyers drives Tamara's passion for this aspect of her career.
Tamara is a Bay Area native and graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford Law School. Tamara’s passion for equity spills over into her non-work life. She serves on the board of a local non-profit that provides respite and support services to children and families. Tamara, along with her adult daughters, host a variety of events for youth and women of color, including empowerment seminars and distribution of essential toiletries and accessories to homeless women.
Veronica M. Gray is a prominent trial attorney in Orange County, California with more than four decades of experience litigating and negotiating employment issues for her clients. She chairs Nossaman’ s Employment Practice Group and represents employers throughout California, as well as meeting their out-of-state needs. Ms. Gray provides counseling, advice, and litigation services to privately-held companies and public entities in a broad array of employment and labor related matters including defending class actions related to wage and hour, and defending sole plaintiff wrongful terminations, discrimination, and harassment actions. Ms. Gray also prosecutes and defends unfair competition and trade secret matter. Advice and counsel include labor related issues, data breach/cybersecurity, executive employment agreements and benefits, severance and separation agreements, leave laws, reductions in force, record retention, e-discovery, audits, and social media. What distinguishes Ms. Gray is her strategic creative approach in addressing her clients’ needs and resolutions that are smart and effective. Ms. Gray has not only mastered the nuances of employment law, but is skilled in bet the company cases. She thrives on tough cases and knows how to win.
Ms. Gray counsels employers on how to execute workplace standards that both contribute to the overall stability of their organizations and comport with state and federal laws. Ms. Gray’s experience runs the gamut of strategizing and negotiating to agency hearings, mediation, arbitration, and trials on an administrative, federal and state level. Ms. Gray leads a team of accomplished litigators, with a track record of success in high profile cases. Her team regularly counsels clients and appears before state and federal agencies such as the DLSE, DOL, FEHA, EEOC, and PERB.
Over the span of Ms. Gray's career, she has taken on leadership roles in many professional and philanthropic organizations on a local and international level with a focus on micro-enterprise and children's education. Ms. Gray is also a passionate photographer and her remote travel has allowed her to capture the striking close-up images of indigenous people world-wide (www.veronicagrayphotography.com). She has donated her photography to many non-profits to support their fund raising efforts and her work has been on display at the Chapman University School of Law and the Peter Blake Gallery in Orange County, in Orange Coast Magazine, and at the FotoCare Gallery and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York.
A high-performing, effective trainer and mentor, Ms. Gray regularly presents to public agencies, privately- held companies, and industry groups on employment topics and industry trends impacting employers in addition to leading the Firm’s annual Employment Law Update series. She has been recognized for her work by Los Angeles magazine as a Southern California "Super Lawyer" in Employment & Labor and included in OC Metro magazine’s annual list of “Top Attorneys” as one of the region’s top-rated Employment lawyers. She is AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Laura J. Maechtlen is the National Chair of the Labor and Employment Department at Seyfarth Shaw LLP and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Team. Her practice is focused on employment litigation and includes the defense of class, collective and multi-plaintiff actions. Laura also has experience litigating against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) in systemic actions, both at the early charge stage and in large-scale EEOC pattern-and-practice litigation. In addition to her litigation practice, Laura also provides day-to-day counseling and advice to clients about the various laws affecting the employment relationship.
Laura is a national leader on issues related to diversity and inclusion in the legal industry, and has held a variety of leadership positions through which she has advocated for systemic improvement in the legal industry in the areas of diversity and inclusion. She currently serves as the Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors for the California Minority Counsel Program, as well as the Executive Committee for Lambda Legal. She is a previous Latina Commissioner for the Hispanic National Bar Association, President of the National LGBT Bar Association, and Fellow for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).
Laura speaks and publishes regularly on a variety of employment law and litigation topics, and issues regarding diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and has been quoted on those topics by the San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Reuters, The Recorder, Vogue, The Daily Journal, the Insurance Journal, CIO.com, Employment Law 360, and others. She has also served as a contributing editor to multiple editions of The Fair Labor Standards Act (ABA) and The Developing Labor Law (BNA).
Helen Tieh is Director, Legal at Looker Data Sciences, a business intelligence platform start-up. Reporting to the General Counsel, Helen is responsible for all legal work for product and intellectual property, supporting the engineering, product and design teams and managing the patent, copyright, trademark and open source programs for the company. Prior to joining Looker, Helen also worked in-house at NVIDIA Corp., Symantec, HP and Oracle. She has a J.D. from the Duke University School of Law and a B.A. from Stanford University.
Laura is Casetext’s COO, General Counsel, and co-founder. Before Casetext, Laura was a litigator at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, clerked for Judge Paul Engelmayer in the Southern District of New York, and served in the Senate Judiciary Committee. Laura graduated from Yale Law School, where she was managing editor of the Yale Law Journal. In 2017 Laura was named one of the top Women Leaders in Tech Law in California.
Martha Rose works as the Director of Legal for Sequoia Heritage, an endowment-style registered investment adviser based in Menlo Park. At Sequoia Heritage, she works to facilitate her investment team’s strategies, including negotiation of transaction terms, while monitoring appropriate legal and compliance requirements. Martha works closely with her operations and finance colleagues to keep the fund running smoothly and implement each of the fund’s new investments.
Prior to joining the Heritage team, Martha was the Associate General Counsel at a private equity fund and counseled clients in public and private M&A, joint ventures and other corporate transactions as an associate at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati in their San Francisco office and Proskauer Rose in New York.
Martha received her JD from Columbia Law School.
Tracy Talbot is a partner in the firm's Commercial Litigation Group, and is chair of the firm's LGBTQ Lawyer's Affinity Group, office leader for Bryan Cave Women, and co-chair of the San Francisco Recruiting Committee. Tracy is deeply committed to increasing diversity in the legal profession, and continuously looks for opportunities to partner with clients to advance that goal.
Tracy is a trial lawyer whose litigation practice includes complex litigation, intellectual property litigation, class action defense, and managing a team of lawyers handling large volume litigation. Tracy has significant experience handling all phases of litigation, including initial case assessment, developing and implementing pre-trial and trial strategy, managing efficient discovery plans, engaging in dispositive motion practice, formulating expert witness strategy, and trying cases to verdict, which Tracy has done numerous times.
Tracy was an integral member of the trial team that received a multi-million dollar jury verdict in a 9-week trial for one of the best known companies in the telecommunications industry, and she was also instrumental in a 3-week jury trial representing a telecommunications company against a shareholder. Tracy's experience encompasses defending clients against claims for intentional interference, unfair competition, noncompete and trade secret misappropriation, negligence, false advertising, and patent infringement, as well as advising and defending clients regarding claims for violations of federal and state lending laws and regulations, including FCRA, TILA, RESPA, RDCPA, and HOBR.
Tracy strives to partner with her clients to help them achieve their legal business objectives by evaluating strategic settlement options, determining whether it makes sense to try a case on the merits, or developing an innovative fee arrangement.
Shanti Ariker is an attorney practicing for more than 20 years with experience working internationally and with high-growth companies. She is a pragmatic attorney and strategic thinker who helps management to resolve issues in connection with business objectives. She has experience working with board of directors and executive management, managing and building teams and negotiating complex agreements.
Shanti is currently Senior Director & Senior Corporate Counsel, Named Accounts & Customer Success at Autodesk, Inc. Prior to that, she spent 3.5 years as General Counsel of Salesforce.org, the non-profit arm of Salesforce. Before that, at Salesforce, she managed a team of lawyers responsible for enterprise and commercial accounts in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. She has also held in-house roles at Celestica and E*Trade as well as practicing with several law firms in private practice.
Suzette has always enjoyed the art of negotiation and litigation. She has appeared and argued before several state, federal, and bankruptcy courts. She has appeared before administrative agencies, including the San Francisco Board of Appeals, the San Francisco Rent Board, the Oakland Rent Board, and the California Labor Commission.
Suzette joined Bardellini, Straw, Cavin & Bupp LLP (BSCB), a boutique law firm that specialized in real estate transactions and litigation. Her practice evolved to include title/escrow issues, business disputes, contract negotiations, handling adversary proceedings in bankruptcy, Home Owner Association issues, and construction defects. Suzette also has significant appellate experience (9th Circuit) and has successfully argued before the California Court of Appeal (1st District).
Suzette was the only female/minority partner at BSCB. In 2014, Suzette joined Fidelity National Law Group in Walnut Creek as VP/Trial Counsel and later transfered to the business side as VP/Underwriting Counsel. In 2016, she moved to North American Title Company as its VP/Regional Counsel serving the Western Region including California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah
Suzette is District 4 Governor of the California Women's Lawyer's Association (the largest women's bar association statewide) and serves as the Chair of the In House Counsel Network. She is an active member of the In-House Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area and a former Co-Chair, a Board Member at Large of the Contra Costa County Bar Association Women's Section, a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association - Silicon Valley, the Filipino Bar Association of Northern California, and CREW SF/East Bay CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women).
She has been rated AV Preeminent® by her peers, the highest rating given by Martindale-Hubble®, and was selected as an honoree for the 2018 National Women in Law (Collaborative Leadership Category)
Sarah Piepmeier is a partner in the San Francisco office and a leader of Kirkland & Ellis’ Bay Area intellectual property litigation practice. Sarah’s practice focuses primarily on patent litigation, but she also has significant experience in trade secret, copyright, trademark, false advertising, anti-trust, technology-related commercial litigation, and constitutional law. Sarah’s cases have involved a variety of technologies and industries, such as semiconductors, wireless standards, relational databases and data aggregation, online video games, social networking, electronic books, anti-virus and encryption software, hard drives, high-voltage switchgears, and various home appliances. Sarah has also achieved successful results for major clients on cutting-edge legal issues relating to standard essential patents and FRAND, and she has significant experience working with German counsel on patent matters before courts in Germany.
Recently, Sarah was recognized by The Recorder as a 2018 Woman Leader in Tech Law, a recognition given to California-based lawyers who practice in the technology industry. Earlier in 2018, Sarah was named one of the Top Women Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal. In addition, Sarah was honored as a Northern California “Super Lawyer” for Intellectual Property Litigation each year from 2013 through 2015. Previously, from 2010 through 2012, she was named a “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Litigation, a distinction awarded to less than 2.5% of Northern California lawyers under the age of 40. In 2011, Sarah was named a “Best LGBT Attorney Under 40” in the United States by the National LGBT Bar Association.
Sarah’s clients rely on her fifteen years of experience litigating patent and other IP matters across the United States, including dozens of district court cases and more than ten Section 337 Investigations before the International Trade Commission. Sarah has significant first chair experience and routinely leads teams of lawyers, including joint defense groups, in high profile matters from case inception through successful resolution. An accomplished trial lawyer, Sarah has tried more than ten cases in federal district court and before the International Trade Commission.
Prior to joining Kirkland, Sarah was a core member of the team that obtained a landmark decision invalidating California’s Proposition 8 on the grounds that it violates the United States Constitution. Sarah’s work on this case has been profiled and mentioned in corresponding media coverage, as well as in the documentary and book that trace the litigation. Today, Sarah maintains an active pro bono practice that focuses primarily on civil rights litigation. Prior to law school, Sarah spent several years as a complex database designer.
Sarah is a member of the Firmwide Diversity and Inclusion Committee, the LGBT Subcommittee, and the Pro Bono Management Committee. Sarah is also a member of the Bay Area Recruiting Committee and the Bay Area Associate, Paralegal, and Secretarial Review Committees.
Iris is a Vice President in the Legal Department at Google, LLC where she leads a team of 110+ attorneys and contract managers responsible for supporting global product development and all commercial transactions in North America and EMEA for Google’s advertising, analytics, commerce, payments, search, research, geo, emerging markets and product infrastructure services. Iris regularly advises the company’s executives across Product, Engineering, Sales, Business Development and other functions. She began her career at Google in 2006 as a commercial attorney supporting the company’s ads business and was also the lead attorney for Google’s legal staff in New York before relocating to the company’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA, in 2011. She is a member of Google’s executive oversight committee for some of its diversity and inclusion initiatives and is the co-sponsor of the Google Legal Department diversity and inclusion committee. Before joining Google, Iris was a corporate associate at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (2001-2004) working on securities, M&A, private equity fund formation and non-profit organization matters. She then joined Ropes & Gray (2004-2006) where she was a member of the firm’s investment management practice.
Iris is a Vice President on the Board of the Columbia Law School Association. She is also an advisory committee member for PracticePro, a San Francisco-based legal education startup that provides skills training, career development training, diversity programs and technology with the aim of improving how new lawyers are trained and bringing more diversity to the legal profession. Iris was also a recipient of The Recorder’s Women Leaders In Tech Law Awards in 2017.
Iris received a BA in 1997 from Yale University and a JD in 2001 from Columbia Law School where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Joseph Solomon Arts Fellow. She also completed the Advanced Leadership Program for Asian-American Executives at Stanford Business School in 2017. Outside of work, Iris enjoys running, following interior design blogs and spending time with her husband and three daughters.
An accomplished and confident strategist and litigator, Kate Stimeling doesn’t waste time equivocating, euphemizing or waltzing around. She’s a straight talker who likes to get to the point, although she knows how to navigate her way there using empathy and intelligence. She starts working early in the process, coordinating discovery, vetting experts, identifying resources, and crafting motions that are designed to increase efficiency and minimize risk.
In the boardroom, Kate is committed to developing effective, cutting-edge legal strategies. In the courtroom, she practices the art of putting people at ease and building trust by explaining complex legal concepts in simple, understandable terms. She is equally adept at managing and conducting internal investigations of discrimination and other employment claims.
Kate has experience in the areas of product liability, toxic and mass tort, catastrophic personal injury, juvenile law and employment law. The clients and industries she has represented include chemical manufacturers, food distribution companies, transportation and consumer product and equipment manufacturers. She has served as outside counsel for a national food distribution company in 13 jurisdictions and has handled cases involving food poisoning, personal injury, breach of contract claims and trucking-related litigation.
Dr. Astrid Becker-Celik is Associate General Counsel of Glu Mobile Inc., a developer and publisher of mobile games. Astrid has experience with a broad range of legal, business and strategic issues. Being admitted in California, New York and Germany (inactive), Astrid’s practice is multijurisdictional and multinational. Astrid is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPP/A and CIPP/C), a Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM).
At Glu, Astrid is the legal point of contact for the worldwide Finance, Tax, Stock Administration, Marketing, Information Technology, and Information Security teams. She is also responsible for privacy, corporate compliance, SEC reporting and Glu’s worldwide legal entity structure.
Before joining Glu, Astrid was Associate General Counsel for Quantum Corporation, a data storage company, for 15 years and prior to that worked for two US-based and one German-based multinational law firm. She studied in three different countries, and worked in Belgium, France, Germany and Ecuador before coming to the US.
Priya Sanger is Deputy Legal Counsel at Patreon, a SaaS payments platform company helping to fund the creative class. They provide an online membership payments platform for Artists and Creators to engage with their supporters, and get paid easily and predictably without ads. Previously she spent 5 years at Google as a product and payments counsel, providing consumer and business strategic advice and leading product internationalization in Ads & Commerce. Before Google, Priya worked at Wells Fargo where she worked in different attorney roles: as a product and strategy lawyer, M&A lawyer, privacy lawyer, regulatory & compliance lawyer, and commercial lawyer. She also served as President of the Bar Association of San Francisco, which represents 8000 lawyer members in San Francisco and provides justice for the under-served.
Nancy Chung Allred is Senior Policy Counsel at Airbnb, Inc., focusing on regulatory, policy, and government affairs for a fast-growing startup disrupting traditional hospitality models. Nancy has a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from Columbia Law School. She has over 12 years of experience as an attorney, including stints at Uber Technologies, Inc., Southern California Edison Company, and Baker McKenzie LLP. Nancy is a longtime San Franciscan, with three young children who don’t care much about regulatory reform but do like that their mom’s workplace has a ball pit.
Jacqueline (“Jaci”) Lee represents America’s largest restaurant franchisee in a wide range of commercial, real estate, and tort disputes for over 1200 restaurants nationwide. She is an experienced trial lawyer who has managed all aspects of litigation and has played a lead role in several jury and bench trials, as well as arbitration. Jaci has written and spoken extensively on litigation strategy, IP damages, and diversity in the legal profession, and her contributions have been recognized by a number of legal publications, including The Legal 500 United States and Northern California Super Lawyers. In 2015, Jaci was named to Silicon Valley Business Journal’s 2015 “Women of Influence” list. Prior to joining Flynn Restaurant Group in 2018, Jaci was a partner in Jones Day’s Silicon Valley office.
Alexandra Ross is the founder of The Privacy Guru and Director, Global Privacy and Data Security Counsel at Autodesk, Inc., a leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software. Previously she was Senior Counsel at Paragon Legal and Associate General Counsel for Wal-Mart Stores. She is a certified information privacy professional (CIPP/US, CIPP/E, CIPM, CIPT and FIP) and practices in San Francisco, California. She holds a law degree from Hastings College of Law and a B.S. in theater from Northwestern University.
Alexandra launched The Privacy Guru blog in January of 2014 to facilitate a safe, engaging space for people of all walks of life to learn about privacy and security. Her mission is to demystify complex privacy issues and help us make mindful privacy choices that align with our personal values. Her ebook Privacy for Humans (available on Amazon and iTunes) is a guide for technology lovers who want to embrace the future with enhanced awareness of data privacy and security issues.
Ms. Sumita Ray has been the Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Calithera Biosciences, Inc. since October 3, 2017. Ms. Ray has a breadth of knowledge in FDA regulatory law, global health care law and compliance, brand support, product launches, collaborations and alliances. Ms. Ray served as the Chief Compliance Officer, Head of Healthcare and Regulatory Law and Associate General Counsel of Healthcare Law at Pharmacyclics LLC (alternate name, Pharmacyclics Inc.), where she supported the Pharmacyclics through the global approval and launch of Imbruvica in multiple indications Ms. Ray joined Pharmacyclics in April 2013. She has more than 17 years of legal, regulatory and compliance experience in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Ms. Ray’s legal and compliance practice involves collaboration with the clinical development, medical affairs and commercial business units, among others, on strategies to meet business goals in an ethical, legally sound and compliant manner. Ms. Ray started her career as a pharmaceutical and products liability litigator at Montgomery, McCracken, Walker and Rhoads LLP. She was at Elan Pharmaceuticals in San Francisco, where she was a member of the company’s Legal Leadership Team and Head of the BioNeurology and Regulatory Law Group , leading and managing a team of lawyers and paralegals in global support of Elan’s pipeline and marketed products. In 2010, Ms. Ray was significantly involved in the negotiation and settlement of Elan’s Corporate Integrity Agreement with the Office of Inspector General and the subsequent drafting, implementing and training of the global business on key policies and procedures related to a Global Compliance program. Prior to joining Elan, Ms. Ray was in the legal department as Corporate Counsel of AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals for 2.5 years, followed by Genentech for 3 years, where Ms. Ray was the lead Legal Counsel for each respective company’s blockbuster drug product in primary care and oncology and engaged in several FDA label negotiations, approvals and subsequent product launches. Prior to moving in-house, Ms. Ray spent 5 years as a pharmaceutical and products liability litigator at a major Philadelphia-based law firm, where she spent a significant amount of time on the FEN-PHEN products liability case, among other historic pharmaceutical cases. Ms. Ray holds a Juris Doctor from Temple University Law School and a bachelor of science in microbiology from the University of Arizona. She is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California.
Marina Gracias is General Counsel/Corporate Secretary at Varo Money. Varo[s mission is to help people improve their financial lives by providing them with a suite of mobile app based financial tools. Prior to joining Varo, Marina was a Managing Director in Financial Services at Accenture and prior to that the Head of Global Sourcing at Visa. Marina also practised corporate law both in house and at a prominent San Francisco law firm. Marina also serves as an Advisory Board member for Bizworld which is educating our future entrepreneurs.
Meryl Macklin is a trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience trying and resolving complex business disputes. Ms. Macklin has served as lead trial counsel for clients ranging from major corporations to small startups in dozens of high-exposure cases in state and federal courts around the country, and regularly practices in both Northern and Southern California. Her trial experience has enabled her to develop targeted litigation strategies even when handling cases likely to settle, avoiding unnecessary and costly motion and discovery practice where possible. Her practice focuses not only on defending companies in litigation but also on counseling clients on ways to quickly resolve disputes. She is a strong team leader, with proven success partnering with clients and other professionals to accomplish results.
She previously served as the Chair of the Litigation Department of legacy firm HRO and a member of legacy firm HRO’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Macklin was a partner at law firms in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles.
Ms. Macklin is a member of the Northern District of California Mediation Panel and serves as mediator for all types of commercial disputes. She attended mediation training at the Harvard Negotiation Project.
April currently is a VP and Associate General Counsel at Salesforce. She is a member of the Legal and Corporate Affairs (LCA) leadership team. She heads the Office of Ethics & Integrity, a global business unit reporting to the LCA President and General Counsel. She provides the strategic vision for the global ethics and integrity program and oversees legal compliance training, policy development, and related investigations. She has direct reports in EMEA, APAC, LACA and US public sector, in addition to HQ. She is a member of the Compliance and Risk Committee, a cross-functional group of senior business leaders at Salesforce that is the company's risk assessment body.
Tiffany Renee Thomas currently holds the position of Counsel – Employment and Corporate Responsibility at Visa. Prior to joining Visa, Tiffany was a partner in the San Francisco office of Reed Smith LLP where she specialized in the defense and counseling of employers in all aspects of employment law. She received her J.D. from University of California, Berkeley - School of Law.
Jasmine primarily defends employers in all aspects of employment law matters before federal and state courts and administrative agencies. Jasmine handles a variety of claims involving discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to accommodate, wage and hour, denial of leave, and other employment law issues. Jasmine also provides advice and counsel to employers on how to prevent these claims and develop lawful and effective policies and practices. Jasmine is also a certified, trauma-informed investigator and has substantial experience conducting Title IX and workplace investigations for a multitude of clients.
Jasbir Khalsa is a product attorney that provides cross-functional support to certain start ups that have been acquired by Microsoft in Silicon Valley. Jasbir touches a variety of issues ranging from ethical use of data for artificial intelligence and machine learning, data protection, privacy, IP rights, IP protection, data security, US and international consumer protection laws, marketing, commercial and regulatory compliance. Jasbir is licensed to practice law in England & Wales, New York and California. She has an LLM from Golden Gate University and a LLB from Brunel University in London.
Nancy is an experienced corporate attorney with over ten years working at reputable and iconic consumer products companies and approximately eight years at multi-billion dollar financial services firms.
In her current position as Associate General Counsel at Jelly Belly Candy Company, she is responsible for handling and advising on a wide range of legal topics. They include reviewing and negotiating contracts, corporate governance, insurance, real estate, finance, global subsidiary management, compliance, insurance, and general corporate matters. In addition, she has successfully streamlined processes and procedures to help the company become more efficient and effective. Nancy supports and advises operations, human resources, finance, retail stores as well as other business units. Prior to Jelly Belly Candy Company, she was Corporate Counsel at Big Heart Pet Brands (formerly Del Monte Corporation) and Director of Compliance at AXA Financial.
McGuireWoods partner Carolee Hoover represents financial institutions in single plaintiff, class action, and multidistrict consumer finance litigation nationwide in matters relating to automobile and mortgage loans, deposit accounts, and related servicing. She defends alleged violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, RICO, the Bank Holding Company Act, and state UDAP statutes. Additionally, Carolee handles complex commercial litigation and antitrust price-fixing matters as well.
Navigating and complying with the technical and complicated employment laws in California is downright challenging. Rhonda helps employers find cost-effective solutions to day-to-day employment problems to reduce the risk of litigation.
Sometimes, however, litigation is unavoidable. In those circumstances, Rhonda is an aggressive litigator who will help clients make an early assessment of the risks and exposure in the case to find the best possible resolution ranging from early settlement to, if necessary, trial.
Rhonda specializes in employment litigation, advice and counseling, and representing employers in a wide variety of issues arising within the employer/employee relationship. Rhonda counsels employers on internal harassment and discrimination investigations and presents on-site seminars for clients on sexual harassment, disability accommodation, medical leaves, wage and hour compliance, and related issues. Rhonda also has experience litigating employment claims ( including class actions).
Rhonda is very active in a number of professional associations. She is currently a member of the American Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, and the Business Law Section. She is also a member of the Bar Association of San Francisco and a former member of the Judicial Evaluation Committee. She has been a panelist at a number of seminars and programs organized by such associations as the Continuing Education of the Bar, Association of Defense Counsel of Northern California and Nevada, Minority Corporate Counsel Association and the American Bar Association.
Rhonda is actively involved in the community and has served on a variety of non-profit boards, including, Equal Rights Advocates, Julia Morgan School for Girls, San Francisco Girls Chorus and East Bay Rowing Club.
Rhonda has been voted Super Lawyer 2009-2017 in the area of Employment & Labor; Rated AV Preeminent 1997 – 2017 and selected for an edition of Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers,™ 2013-2017.