Successful firms understand that embracing a culture of diversity and inclusion is an advantage for both the growth of their firm and the clients they represent. Firms of any size, anywhere, can begin to make change and harness diversity of vision, thought and perspectives.
- Why 21st century firms value diversity in their culture.
- Where firms can improve, from tough topics to taking small steps to improve your DEI initiatives.
- Understand how diversity can be an advantage for clients and growth.
- Ideas for new hires and tenured team members to take steps together.
Les Bookoff is a partner at Bookoff McAndrews PLLC (BoMc), a patent prosecution and counseling firm. For almost 30 years, Les has managed the patent portfolios of Fortune 500 companies and smaller high-tech companies and startups, and has counseled those companies on IP risk management, acquisition of technology, licensing, freedom-to-operate, and due diligence investigations during investments and acquisitions. Just nine years after Les co-founded BoMc, BoMc has grown to over 40 attorneys and 25 staff members. With a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion, BoMc was named Chambers “Most Inclusive Firm” in 2020 and Vault’s “Best Midsize Firm to Work For” (including tops for diversity) in 2021. Les currently serves on BoMc’s management and DEI committees.
Alexandra is an Associate Attorney based in the San Francisco office of Rogoway Law Group, PC, a California law firm focusing on cannabis, hemp, and psychedelics law.
Alexandra focuses her practice on advising clients in the cannabis industry on a range of regulatory compliance issues, corporate and commercial matters, and supports her firm’s civil litigation practice.
Alexandra graduated from University of San Francisco School of Law in 2019. Her perspective is informed by a wide range of experiences working on civil proceedings, including supporting in-house legal teams and working in large and boutique law firm settings on a broad range of civil matters, both transactional and litigation.
Alexandra is drawn to the cannabis law practice because of her passion for advising entrepreneurs. With a business degree from Babson College, Alexandra is able to provide both business and legal advice to clients.
Director of Operations
Tiffany Ho joined the legal industry in 2012 at a multinational law firm with offices in the US and Asia. Since joining Rogoway Law Group’s San Francisco office in 2017, Tiffany oversees the firm’s human resources, finance, administrative operations, and marketing functionality as the Director of Operations. She works closely with the Managing Partner as a strategic partner on business planning and practice management. Tiffany is the Vice Chair of ALA Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee (2021-2022). Prior to joining the legal industry, Tiffany spent over six years working with children and families with special needs. She remains a strong advocate to amplify voices that have been silenced and to empower those without power.
Elissa Knoff’s practice includes patent prosecution and client counseling across a broad range of technological areas, including medical devices, computer-implemented technologies, mechanical products, and electronics. Elissa gained further insight into her clients’ goals and motivations through an in-house secondment at a major medical device company. Elissa previously worked as a patent litigator, representing clients in various stages of litigation. Elissa has also worked as a litigation and patent portfolio analyst for a syndicated, subscription-based service that provides information regarding the lifecycle of pharmaceutical products. Prior to entering practice, Elissa served as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy B. Dyk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Working for a variety of different organizations in different roles has given Elissa a keen eye to what it takes to keep your team happy and engaged.