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Seventh Annual “Celebrating Women in Competition Law in California”

March 7 @ 5:30 pm 8:00 pm

Pack your bags and head to San Francisco on March 7, 2024 because the Seventh Annual “Celebrating Women in Competition Law in California” is back in town! Among our panel of exceptional female trailblazers of the competition bar are Dena Sharp (Girard Sharp, LLP), Kathryn Cahoy (Covington & Burling LLP), Renée Dupree (Google), and Leslie Wulff (U.S. Department of Justice). The panel will be moderated by the Honorable Rita F. Lin.


  • 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm: Registration and Hosted Networking Reception
  • 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Panel Presentation
  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Hosted Networking Reception


Covington & Burling LLP
Salesforce Tower
415 Mission Street, Suite 5400
San Francisco, California 94105

MCLE Credit:

Earn 1.0 Hour Recognition and Elimination of Bias

Panel Description

In a conversation moderated by the Honorable Rita F. Lin, a panel of female trailblazers of the competition bar will discuss their career paths, provide tips for recognizing and eliminating bias, and share strategies for navigating gender-based obstacles.The evening will conclude with a hosted networking reception featuring delectable bites and beverages.

Moderator: The Honorable Rita F. Lin, United States District Judge, Northern District of California


  • Dena Sharp, Partner, Girard Sharp, LLP
  • Kathryn Cahoy, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Renée Dupree, Director, Competition Legal, Google
  • Leslie Wulff, Chief, San Francisco Office, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice


  • Jill M. Manning, Partner, Pearson Warshaw, LLP
  • Kate Patchen, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP
  • Bonnie Lau, Partner, Morrison Foerster LLP

Get to know our speakers!

Dena Sharp
Dena Sharp
Girard Sharp LLP

Dena Sharp is dedicated to finding common-sense solutions in even the most complex litigation. Most recently, she served as co-lead counsel in the In re Juul Labs Inc. multidistrict litigation, which resulted in recoveries of nearly $2 billion for individual consumers, school districts, municipalities, and Native American tribes. The last of the Juul settlements—for $235 million with Altria (formerly Philip Morris)—was reached after Dena and her co-lead trial counsel rested the plaintiff’s case in a bellwether jury trial against the tobacco giant.

Dena currently serves as co-lead counsel in In re Xyrem Antitrust Litigation and In re Google Digital Advertising Antitrust Litigation, and she serves as a member of the End-Payer Steering Committee in the massive In re Generic Pharmaceuticals Pricing Antitrust Litigation.

Dena tries cutting-edge cases. In a first-of-its-kind jury trial in 2021, Dena and team represented clients whose eggs and embryos were in a freezer tank at a fertility clinic that failed. After a three-week trial, the jury returned a $15 million verdict for the plaintiffs.

Dena was recognized as the 2023 “Lawyer of the Year” in San Francisco for Plaintiffs’ Mass Tort / Class Action Litigation by Best Lawyers in America, and selected as a “Titan of the Plaintiffs’ Bar” by Law360 in April 2023. Dena has three times been named to the National Law Journal’s “Elite Women of the Plaintiffs’ Bar,” honoring her as one of only a handful of lawyers nationwide who has “consistently excelled in high-stakes matters on behalf of plaintiffs.”

Leslie Wulff
Leslie Wulff
San Francisco Office of the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division

Leslie Wulff is the Chief of the San Francisco Office of the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. Leslie has been with the Antitrust Division for over 8 years and was previously a line prosecutor and most recently Assistant Chief. In addition to her management responsibilities, Leslie oversees the office’s criminal portfolio which involves investigations and prosecutions under federal antitrust and other criminal statutes. Leslie represented the United States in its successful prosecution of United States v. Lischewski and other criminal resolutions stemming from a conspiracy to fix prices for canned tuna. She also represented the United States in the third trial of United States v. Penn et al. Leslie has worked on dozens of other price fixing, bid rigging, and fraud investigations involving international, national, and local conduct.

Prior to joining the Antitrust Division, Leslie worked at the San Francisco Office of a large international law firm and clerked for The Honorable R. Gary Klausner of the Central District of California. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley Law School.

Kathryn Cahoy
Kathryn Cahoy
Covington & Burling LLP

Kate Cahoy uses her substantial class action experience to help clients develop strategic and innovative solutions to their most challenging litigation matters. She regularly defends clients in complex, high-stakes class action disputes involving privacy, antitrust, and consumer protection claims and has achieved significant victories for clients in the technology, entertainment, consumer product, and financial services industries. In addition, Kate has substantial experience litigating cases brought under California’s Section 17200 and other consumer protection, competition, and privacy laws. Kate was recently named on the Daily Journal’s “Top Women Lawyers” in California and Silicon Valley Business Journal’s “2023 Women of Influence” lists and has been recognized as a “Technology Rising Star” and a “Top Forty Under 40” by Law360.

Renée DuPree
Renée DuPree
Legal Director, Google

Renée DuPree is Legal Director at Google where she oversees the company’s global competition compliance team. In her role, she manages a team of competition lawyers and program managers who advise on competition risk as well as design, implement, and oversee regulatory compliance programs in response to legal challenges and regulatory commitments. Prior to joining Google in 2012, she worked as Competition Counsel for Oracle and as an Antitrust Associate at Bingham McCutchen LLP. Renée holds a Bachelor of Science from Northwestern University, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. 

Moderated by The Honorable Rita F. Lin

Judge Rita F. Lin is a United States District Judge in the Northern District of California.  Before joining the federal bench, she was a Superior Court Judge in San Francisco, where she presided over a variety of criminal matters ranging from felony trials to preliminary hearings to mental health court. Prior to becoming a judge, Judge Lin was an Assistant United States Attorney, and investigated and prosecuted cases involving public corruption, illegal opioid prescriptions, organized crime, money laundering, and narcotics trafficking, among other areas.  Before that, she was a law firm partner at Morrison and Foerster, where she practiced complex commercial litigation and carried an active pro bono caseload.  She began her career as a law clerk for Judge Sandra Lynch on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  She received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and B.A., magna cum laude, in Social Studies from Harvard College.

Rita F. Lin

Thank you to our Generous Sponsors

This event is generously sponsored by Angeion Group and Huntington Bank.

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Registration Information


  • $25.00 for Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section members
  • $50.00 for non-Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section members
  • Free for members of the Judiciary, NLS members, and Law Students

Pre-Registration Deadline: The deadline to pre-register is Tuesday, March 5, 2024.

Cancellations/Refunds: Requests must be received in writing by Thursday, February 29, 2024. A $20 processing fee will be charged for requests received after Thursday, February 29, 2024. For more information, call (916) 516-1757.

Special Assistance: For special assistance, please call (916) 516-1740.

Questions: For registration information, call (916) 516-1757. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information call (916) 516-1740.

This event may be recorded. By attending this event, you consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded, and to any use, by the CLA, of your likeness, voice, and name in any and all media including social media. If you do not want your name or photo to be used, please let us know in advance. We cannot, however, honor requests to opt out of the use of your image or voice if you choose to ask a question during one of the event sessions.

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