Past Winners

Award Year Name Company
2019 Laurie Charrington Associate General Counsel | Intel Corporation
In addition to being the Patent Litigation Team lead, Laurie is on the leadership team for Intel Legal’s women’s leadership program, Leading Edge, and is co-chair of Intel’s global Black Leadership Council (IBLC).
Joe Lee Associate General Counsel | Microsoft
Joe has been with Microsoft since 2000, and currently leads the Microsoft Devices & Hardware legal team. He is an active board member and leader in the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA). Accepting the award on Joe’s behalf was Aneesh Metha of Microsoft.
Lisa Collins Intellectual Property Partner | BakerHostetler
In 2018, the NBA awarded Lisa the 40 Under 40 Award and the Excellence in Leadership Award, which honors one member of the 40 Under 40 class for outstanding leadership.
John Gibson Litigation Partner | Crowell & Moring
John is chair of the firm’s 3D Printing Digital Transformation Working Group and a co-chair of the Diversity Council. In 2019, John was honored as the “Attorney of the Year” by the Thurgood Marshall Bar Association.
HP Inc.
North Carolina Central University School of Law
2018 Sharon Barner Vice President and General Counsel | Cummins
Karen Borno Managing Associate General Counsel | Verizon
Aparna Dave Managing Counsel | Wells Fargo
Braxton Davis CEO | Patent Institute of Training
Cassandra Knight Vice President and Chief Litigation Counsel | PayPal
Usman Mughal Partner | Green, Howard, & Mughal
Wanji Walcott Senior Vice President and General Counsel | PayPal
2017 Diallo Crenshaw Principal | Jordan IP Law
David Ho EVP & General Counsel | Fullscreen Media
Catherine Toppin Senior Patent Counsel and Manager | General Electric
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