2020 DITA Award Winners

Izu Emeagwali

Izu Emeagwali – Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, J.P. Morgan

Izu Emeagwali is a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for the Corporate and Investment Bank at J.P. Morgan Chase and Company (JPM). At JPM, Izu advises global businesses on data use and data protection initiatives, artificial intelligence and technology. There she serves on the Legal Diversity Council; is co-chair of the External Bar Recognition Sub-Council, whose purpose is to connect with external diverse bar organizations to help promote diversity; and mentors junior women of color in their career development. Izu graduated magna cum laude from Howard University School of Law where she remains active by mentoring minority attorneys and non-attorneys interested in corporate, technology and IP law. She has hosted networking receptions for Howard Law IP alumni and current law school students and has participated in a bootcamp for rising 2L and 3L students to help equip them with real life tools to use and succeed at law firms and corporations. Izu has also volunteered with Lawyers for the Arts and advised pro bono clients on intellectual property matters. Izu additionally serves as a Trustee for Westover School, an all-girl college preparatory boarding school and her alma mater in Connecticut and is a Junior Board Member of the Council for Economic Education based in New York. Izu received an BSE degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania

Bradley Gayton

Bradley M. Gayton – Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Ford Motor Company

Bradley M. Gayton is chief administrative officer and general counsel, effective June 1, 2017. In this role, Gayton leads the company’s litigation, tax, corporate and intellectual property efforts. He also advises the company’s board of directors and senior management on a wide range of legal issues, and oversees its General Auditor’s Office. His responsibility now also includes leading Ford Land and Corporate Services efforts. He reports to Jim Hackett, Ford president and CEO.

Previously, Gayton was vice president and general counsel, a position to which he was named to in January 2016 when he also was elected a Ford Motor Company officer.

Gayton joined Ford’s Office of General Counsel in 1991. He has held positions of increasing responsibility within the department including serving as corporate secretary and assistant general counsel since April 2012.

In the corporate secretary role, Gayton had direct responsibility as secretary to the Board of Directors and for related governance and legal matters. He led a team with responsibility for NYSE and SEC compliance and reporting, including annual and quarterly reporting, proxy statement and registration statements, as well as responsibility for supporting Ford’s Treasury operations in capital markets and debt financing transactions. He also led a team dedicated to providing legal counsel on privacy and data protection matters, including cross-border data transfers and data usage, and provided administrative oversight of Ford’s global compliance function.

Previously, he was director of Legal Affairs – Canada, Mexico and South America with responsibility for managing all aspects of Ford’s legal matters related to regional manufacturing, sales and service, and distribution activities. He also served as Assistant Tax Officer with responsibility for U.S. federal and state compliance, analysis, transfer pricing, and all aspects of global indirect taxes including litigation.

Born in 1963, Gayton holds a bachelor’s degree in business and a law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Bruce Jackson – Associate General Counsel, Global Sales, Marketing & Operations, US Regulated Industries, Microsoft Corporation

Bruce Jackson is an Assistant General Counsel for Microsoft Corporation where he currently supports the Global Sales, Marketing & Operations (GSMO), U.S. Regulated Industries Group. In this role, he leads the engagement of a $14 billion business and manages a team of fifteen. Since his inception at Microsoft in 2000, Bruce has been determined to play a pioneering role in digital media, and be a champion for diversity and inclusion, often speaking about the general necessity, corporate responsibility, and economic advantages of D&I.  He has been recognized for helping to shape Microsoft’s legal department’s diversity efforts, including organizing and executing the first LCA Women and Minority Law student IP Summit in New York.  Among other roles, he has served as a member of Microsoft’s Law and Corporate Affairs (LCA) diversity committee since 2001 and is a board member of the National Association for Women and Minority Owned Law Firms, and the African American Chamber of Commerce for Westchester and Rockland County.  He is additionally a member of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Individual Mentoring Program for the New York City area, and helped to launch Elevate America, making 71,000 technology-training vouchers available to people statewide to help them succeed in the 21st-century economy.  Annually, Bruce participates in the Blacks at Microsoft Minority Student Day, which exposes students to high school internships, college scholarship opportunities, and further develops the recruitment pipeline with diverse talent.  Even amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bruce has stayed highly connected with his diverse teams, offering support and guidance to his colleagues, and ensuring that business moves forward and opportunities for attorneys of color continue.

Shayne O’Reilly – Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation, Facebook, Inc.

Shayne is an Associate General Counsel of IP Litigation at Facebook, Inc., where he is responsible for managing domestic and international IP litigation matters. Shayne has been recognized for his efforts in increasing diverse representation among Facebook’s outside counsel, and ensuring that diverse attorneys receive billing credit.  Shayne also co-chairs the Black employee resource group for Facebook’s legal department. Prior to joining Facebook, Shayne worked at Kilpatrick, Townsend & Stockton LLP, where his practice focused on IP law, with a primary focus on patent litigation, client counseling, technology transactions, due diligence investigations, and contentious inter partes and ex parte post-grant and reissue work.  Shayne’s practice also included advising clients on Internet, privacy, and cybersecurity law, including privacy policies, website terms and conditions, and legal audits of relevant practices and procedures.

Vaishali Udupa – Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Litigation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Vaishali is Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of Litigation at Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).  In additional to being an IP subject matter expert and spearheading HPE’s IP litigation, Vaishali has made a concerted effort to address diversity issues that have challenged the legal profession, including demanding and pushing for more women and diverse attorneys in the legal field and on her case teams.  As a member of HPE’s legal diversity committee, she has also undertaken a number of initiatives designed to improve diversity and inclusion within HPE and with its suppliers of legal services; led round tables addressing important D&I topics such as unconscious bias, amplification, and work-life balance; and has revised HPE’s RFP process to better address diversity issues.  She has additionally sought to promote diversity and inclusion through pro-bono work and bar association involvement, including by serving as the Honor Roll Committee Co-Chair and founding member of the ChIPs East Coast Branch, volunteering with the Girls Scot Council of the Nation’s Capital, and teaching basic IP topics to high school law classes through the Street Law Program.

Intel – Corporate Legal Department Honoree
Intel’s in-house legal team has demonstrated a sustained commitment to advancing the hiring, retention, and promotion of diverse attorneys in IP and within the technology industry. In 2019, Intel announced the “Intel Rule” to promote an increase in diverse ownership in US law firms. Under the Rule, beginning in 2021, firms will only be eligible to perform legal work if at least 21% of the firm’s US equity partners are women, and at least 10% of the firm’s US equity partners are underrepresented minorities. Additionally, in 2017, Intel implemented a program to foster diversity on legal teams through financial incentives for year over year improvement; recognize Intel’s most diverse firm each year; and focus on diverse attorney development, and provide greater networking and professional development opportunities. Lastly, through Intel’s Leading Edge initiative, the company supports the hiring, retention, and promotion of women in Intel Legal by sponsoring external speakers, internal workshops, and other events, and creating programs for building a community of diversity allies.

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