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Women Leaders in Tech Law: Kate Fritz

September 25, 2015

Fenwick & West managing partner Kate Fritz was profiled by The Recorder in recognition of her inclusion on the publication’s Women Leaders in Tech Law list for the third straight year. The list celebrates leadership and great achievement in the legal field. This year, Fritz also received special recognition on The Recorder’s inaugural Power Players list, which honors the 10 women who “stand out as trailblazers, mentors and advocates for women in tech,” according to The Recorder.

“Kathryn Fritz, who has been firmwide managing partner for nearly a decade, can be credited with helping solidify Fenwick’s position as a sought-after firm for high-dollar deals and IPOs,” The Recorder reported.

Fritz, who has defeated right of publicity class action claims and obtained favorable decisions for clients in numerous IP litigation matters, told The Recorder that she likes working with cutting edge companies.

“Working in tech permits you to work with some of the most innovative, interesting and often disruptive companies and entrepreneurs imaginable,” Fritz told The Recorder. “The opportunity to work closely with these clients on legal issues that are often novel and high stakes—and helping them craft successful solutions—is extremely rewarding.”

Fritz identified a high-stakes pro bono success as the best moment in her career. “I have been lucky to have had many, many high points in my career, but having the Ninth Circuit reverse the death sentence of my pro bono capital defendant client is hard to surpass.”

In June, the California access to justice organization OneJustice ho​nored Fritz "for her work in mobilizing the private sector to bring legal help to those in need" and for ensuring that Fenwick "is at the forefront of pro bono delivery.

Reflecting on the most valuable career advice she’s received, Fritz pointed to the words of Fenwick’s founding partner.

“Early in my career, Bill Fenwick impressed on me the importance of owning your own professional life and creating a career that is personally energizing and fulfilling,” she said. “No mentor or sponsor can create that for you. They can only support your efforts to do that.”

Trademark group chair Sally M. Abel and and startup and venture capital co-chair Cindy Hess were also recognized among the 2015 Women Leaders in Tech Law.​​​​