Fenwick & West managing partner Kathryn (Kate) Fritz was profiled recently by The Recorder after the publication named her to its 2014 Women Leaders in Tech Law list. That distinction is awarded to lawyers who have "demonstrated leadership and expertise in solving the most pressing legal concerns tech companies can face."
The Recorder praised Fritz for "developing innovative client-focused practices, including flexible pricing for a wide range of legal services that reflect tech companies' varied needs and budgets" during her eight years managing the firm.
The publication noted that Fritz "maintains an active IP litigation practice and writes regularly on IP issues of interest to tech companies," in addition to showing a sustained commitment to pro bono legal services. Fritz—who said she learned from her former partner Patricia Lucas (now a Santa Clara County Superior Court judge) to "never forget that the core role of lawyers in society is to serve"—co-chaired the Bar Association of San Francisco's Pro Bono Committee and served on the Legal Services Corporation's Pro Bono Task Force.
Fritz told The Recorder, "I am proud of my accomplishments as an attorney but am equally proud of my role as managing partner at Fenwick, contributing to the shape of the firm and helping to ensure that its legacy as a preeminent technology firm is long lasting and that we are continually innovating."
One ongoing challenge to the practice of technology law, Fritz noted, involves how to continually "apply technology to increase the value of legal services to our clients and make the delivery of those services more efficient." She also said there is "still a lot of progress to be made when it comes to gender diversity in technology," although she is "proud of the progress we have made as a firm in that regard."
The full profile of Fritz is available through The Recorder website. Fenwick trademark chair Sally Abel and venture capital co-chair Cynthia Hess also received the 2014 Women Leaders in Tech Law award.