The San Francisco Business Times has named Jennifer Kelly, co-chair of Fenwick’s games industry group and chair of the firm’s IP and commercial litigation practice group, as one of the Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business for 2018.
The annual list singles out business leaders in the Bay Area who have contributed to business growth and also have had noteworthy impacts on their communities.
Kelly is one of the foremost authorities on intellectual property issues pertinent to video games and mobile games. She has been named one of The Recorder’s Women Leaders in Tech Law for the past two years and was recently named to the Executive Board of TechLaw– the first woman to hold a leadership position in TechLaw’s 30-plus year history. Kelly has led a number of high-profile copyright infringement “cloning” lawsuits for Fenwick clients, including King Digital Entertainment, Peak Games, Gram Games and Glu Mobile.
She told the Business Times that her proudest professional accomplishment has been "building and now chairing a successful legal practice focused on the games industry, which historically has been dominated by men."
Kelly also shared advice for other women seeking to advance in business.
“I spend a great deal of time mentoring the amazing women I work with, many of whom inspire me in return. When they ask for guidance, the thing I emphasize the most is to ‘always be strategic.’ ABS, ladies! Figure out what you want, map out a plan for getting it, and go execute. Ask for help, but never ask for permission.”