Three Cooley Partners Named Women Leaders in Tech Law

Palo Alto – August 6, 2015 – Cooley partners Barbara Borden, Heidi Keefe and Michelle Rhyu were recognized as 2015 "Women Leaders in Tech Law" by The Recorder. The honorees were selected "based on their recent achievements as litigators, dealmakers, advisors and strategists in the tech industry, as well as in leadership roles at their organizations or in the legal community."

Borden, who is chair of Cooley's M&A practice and a newcomer to the list, recently led two simultaneous multibillion dollar deals, which were announced on the same day. Earlier this year, she was named a "Top Women Lawyer" by the Daily Journal.

Keefe, a three-time recipient of this accolade, serves as primary outside patent litigation counsel for Facebook, has handled more than 75 of the company's litigations throughout the country involving various core networking and web technologies. In 2015, Keefe was named a "Top IP Lawyer" and "Top Women Lawyer" by the Daily Journal and one of the "Top 20 Influential Women in IP Law" by Law360.

Rhyu, who previously earned a spot on the "Women Leaders in Tech Law" list in 2013, recently secured a high-profile arbitration win for client Gilead Sciences in an ownership dispute with F. Hoffmann-La Roche over the Hepatitis C drug Sovaldi. With $10 billion in annual sales at stake, this result has been referred to as an "industry-defining" arbitration win. Rhyu and a Cooley team secured a judgment, finding that Roche was not entitled to any rights to the drug nor to any damages. In July of this year, The American Lawyer presented Cooley with a Global Litigation Award in honor of this win.

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Barbara Borden Partner, San Diego
Michelle Rhyu Partner, Palo Alto
Heidi Keefe Partner, Palo Alto