Company: Technical Disputes Resolution Services, Inc.
Location: Portola Valley, California, United States
Susan Nycum, Principal of Technical Disputes Resolution Services, Inc., has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in technology legal solutions.
With more than 50 years of professional experience, Ms. Nycum has been the principal of Technical Disputes Resolutions services, Inc., since 2002. Prior to obtaining her current position, she was on the Asia Pacifica Regional Council of Baker & McKenzie from 1995 to 2002, where she also served as senior partner and chair of the United States Intellectual Property and Informational Technical Practice Group from 1987 to 2002 and on the United States Leadership Team from 1987 to 1997.
From 1986 to 1987, Ms. Nycum was the managing partner of the Palo Alto office of Kadison, Pfaelzer, Woodard, Quinn & Rossi, and from 1980 to 1986 she was partner-in-charge of the high technology group of Gaston Snow & Ely Bartlett. She previously served as senior associate of MacLeod, Fuller, Muir & Goodwin from 1974 to 1975, and as a consultant in computers and law from 1973 to 1974. Earlier in her career, she worked in private practice from 1962 to 1965.
In addition to her work in the field, Ms. Nycum has been active in academia, having been a Stanford Law and Computer Fellow with the Stanford University Computer Center from 1972 to 1973, where she was director of the computer facility from 1969 to 1972. She previously served as manager of operations in the Carnegie Mellon University Computer Center from 1968 to 1969, and she was the designer and administrator of the University of Pittsburgh Legal Research System from 1965 to 1968.
Ms. Nycum began her career as a student at Ohio Wesleyan University, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1956. She continued her studies at Duquesne University, earning a Juris Doctor in 1960, and she completed postgraduate coursework with Stanford University. Having come from a family of scientists and in a time when the only jobs generally available to women were nurses, teachers, or secretaries, Ms. Nycum found that beginning in patent law was the best way to be taken seriously as a woman in the field.
Attributing her success to her mentors, Ms. Nycum is particularly grateful to have had Jan Fierst at Carnegie Mellon University help get her started on her path. Throughout her career, she has been recognized for her contributions to the legal industry, including with grants for studies on computer abuse from the Department of Justice and the National Science Foundation. In addition, the Association for Computing Machinery named her to their Hall of Fame. Looking toward the future, Ms. Nycum is excited to see what will happen next in her profession.
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