Isabella Fu’s enthusiasm for her area of law has led her from Intel to Microsoft, two of the major technological giants of our time ranking in the dual-digits of the Fortune 500. At Intel, Fu served as a litigation attorney for seven years, handling intellectual property and general commercial litigation. She eventually became the director of litigation and a member of the general counsel’s staff. Recently, Fu transitioned to the Microsoft Corporation’s legal department as a senior attorney with a focus on patent litigation. “My attraction to both corporations is based on the fact that they have the most complex patent and antitrust cases,” says Fu of her career thus far. “If you practice this type of law, these companies are the best to work for.”
And indeed, Fu’s record shows she never backs away from a challenge. Early accomplishments include her graduating, cum laude, with an Artium Baccalaureatus (A.B.) from Harvard/Radcliffe College, and from Columbia Law School with a J.D.
Fu urges aspiring attorneys to take risks. “Volunteer for challenging projects, even if you think they may be beyond your abilities or you think you may not get rewarded for volunteering for a project no one else wants to take.”
From the March/April 2003 issue of Diversity & The Bar®