women to various career options in
STEM-related careers in automotive and
careers in law.
“I view mentoring as much of an
opportunity to learn as it is to share. The
insight and lessons I have learned have
ALEX PONCE DE LEON
“As a lawyer, assume nothing.
People get in trouble when they
Working at two of the most desirable tech
firms has been extremely satisfying for
Alex Ponce de Leon. Since 2014, he has
served as counsel for Google Inc., where
he develops and implements innovative
discovery strategies for a broad cross-section of litigation matters.
His practice includes patent litigation,
complex commercial litigation, trade secrets litigation, contract disputes, internal
investigations and employment matters.
In addition to managing his own caseload,
he also facilitates the implementation of
new discovery policies and procedures
designed to reduce costs and mitigate
legal risk across the company.
Prior to joining Google, he was a senior
litigation counsel at the Intel Corporation
for four years, where he focused primarily on discovery and general litigation
“You can win or lose a case in discov-
ery,” he said. “It’s a fascinating part of the
law. It’s also why it’s the most expensive
part of litigation, because you have to put
in so many hours.”
Ponce de Leon is credited with going
above and beyond what is expected. He
is a national leader on e-discovery and
At Intel, he developed and began implementation of a legal vendor diversity
pledge to encourage firms and legal vendors to improve diversity. He conceived
the idea, drafted the initial pledge and
helped lobby for its approval at Intel. He
is also the national co-chair of the E-Discovery Institute’s Diversity Council. In
that role, he is working on a similar legal
diversity pledge to help improve diversity
among law firms and vendors. He became
a catalyst for diversity nationally.
When Intel acquired McAfee, Ponce
de Leon managed a challenging assimilation of the McAfee litigation discovery
group. He managed the integration and
reduced the legal risk.
He has been a national advocate and
frequent speaker on the use of innovative e-discovery techniques, from robust
claw-backs to predictive coding. He is
also a sought-after speaker on the topic of
He has been a part of the national
organizing committee for the MCCA
Annual CLE Expo since 2012. He recently served on the MCCA scholarship
selection committee for the 2015 LMJ
Ponce de Leon spent six months
working with the Intel Education Service
Corps. This volunteer opportunity culminated in a two-week teaching deployment
to an orphanage and early education
center in Kenya.
He is a member of the California Bar
Association’s Council on Access and
Fairness, and was recently awarded the
2014 Young Hispanic Corporate Achiever
SCHUYLER A. SMITH
Hamilton Miller & Birthisel LLP
“Embrace and be confident about
what is authentic about you.
Find the right balance between
serious work and personal joys.”
Hailing from the hills of Central Jamaica,
Schuyler A. Smith has always envisioned
a career in advocacy. As a litigation associate in the Insurance Practice Group