2011 Legal Elite profile
- November 30, 2011
Janet P. Peyton
Other legal specialties: Technology and outsourcing transactions
Education: Bachelor’s degree, Duke University; law degree, Tulane University
Husband: Christopher W. Francoise
Children: Sophie, 17; L.T., 17; Will, 13
Hobbies: “Crew mom (for my daughter’s rowing team); soccer mom (for my son’s soccer team); volunteering for ... everything!”
First job as a lawyer: “Associate at McGuireWoods (I’m a lifer!)”
Fan of: River City Crew; The New Community School Sabres
Favorite vacation spot: Waiwera, New Zealand
Recently read book: “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen
Career mentor: “My dad, Gordon Peyton (I’m a third-generation Virginia lawyer)”
Has protection of intellectual property rights become more difficult as more U.S. companies expand overseas?
“Actually, to some extent protecting intellectual property in multiple jurisdictions has become easier in the past 10 years as countries have worked to harmonize their laws. Still, I spend a lot of time corresponding with IP lawyers in Europe, Asia and South America. Sometimes, even when the law is the same, it can be applied quite differently.”
What intellectual property issues do you look for in auditing websites?