Finalists

Apricus Biosciences
Viejas Enterprises
Provide Commerce Inc.
General Dynamics NASSCO
Straub Construction Inc.
Petco Animal Supplies Inc.
Qualcomm Inc.
OwnerGUARD Corporation
University of San Diego
Balfour Beatty Construction
San Diego Padres
Amylin Pharmaceuticals
Leap Wireless International Inc.
Sony Electronics
San Diego Metropolitan Transit System
AMN Healthcare Inc.
ViaSat Inc.
Dexcom
Viejas Enterprises
Gafcon; SharePoint360
Catalina Restaurant Group Inc.
Websense Inc.
Science Applications International Corp.
American Assets Trust Inc.
DJO Global

Finalist

Melissa DeVita

Qualcomm Inc.

Melissa DeVita currently is a senior director of legal affairs at Qualcomm Inc., where she is responsible for providing counsel on all legal aspects of the development and commercialization of new technology, products and services for the global market development team, which includes the Qualcomm Labs subsidiary — an internal incubator focused on addressing new market and product opportunities in areas such as: context awareness and proximity, next generation communication, enhanced access services, connected home and M2M data platforms.

DeVita has more than 14 years of experience in corporate intellectual property, new media and entertainment matters, beginning her career at a large international law firm. As an associate with Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP, she focused on corporate intellectual property matters after initial work as a litigation associate.

For the last nine years, DeVita has served as in-house counsel, initially as vice president of legal affairs at Gemstar-TV Guide International (since acquired by Rovi Corporation), where she was responsible for all legal matters related to the TV Guide Channel television network and new media businesses, including overseeing and negotiating all aspects of production and talent deals, content distribution to new media platforms, marketing initiatives and technology licensing related to electronic program guides. 

In 2006, she joined FLO TV Incorporated, a Qualcomm subsidiary focused on providing live television to mobile devices through tier one carriers, as well as direct to consumers. At FLO TV, DeVita was a senior director responsible for providing counsel regarding content licensing (including broadcast and cable networks, as well as sports leagues), product development, business operations, marketing and consumer affairs. 

DeVita currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Marshall Faulk Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for San Diego youth by increasing opportunities for them to lead healthy, fulfilling lives primarily through sports development and education. She also serves as co-vice chair of the interactive media division of the ABA Sports and Entertainment Law Governing Committee, is a member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and serves on the Interactive Advertising Bureau Public Policy Committee. She is an active volunteer at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas.

DeVita received her B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles, cum laude, receiving the UCLA President’s Medal and the Chancellor’s Service Award. She received her J.D. from University of Southern California, after serving on the board of the Hale Moot Court Honors Program and representing USC in the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition at the University of Hawaii. 

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Deadlines

Nominations Open: July 2, 2012
Nominations Close: August 13, 2012
Nominees Announced: August 17, 2012
Finalists Notified: August 17, 2012
Sponsorship / Advertising Close: September 12, 2012
Publication Date: September 19, 2012

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