We choose our battles “not because they are easy, but because they are hard,” because each fight “will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills,” and because each challenge “is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win.”
--Adapted from President John F. Kennedy speech of September 12, 1962
Credence Fogo Sol, Ph.D. has nearly 20 years of experience in business, entertainment, and intellectual property litigation. A graduate of the University of Chicago (A.B., Philosophy) and the University of Oregon (J.D., Order of the Coif), Credence holds a doctorate from Université François-Rabelais de Tours. Her thesis was titled “The right of performing artists to protect their works in the digital age.” Credence clerked for the Hon. Robert Beezer of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Hon. Jack Landau and the Hon. David Brewer of the Oregon Court of Appeals. She was an associate at Skadden Arps and the firm formerly known as Liner Yankelevitz. Credence has taught intellectual property and a variety of other subjects to graduate and undergraduate law students at the Université François-Rabelais de Tours. She has been widely published.
Credence’s experiences in the court system, academia, and private practice have profoundly shaped her views on advocacy and justice. Judge Landau, the very first judge for whom she clerked, emphasized that intellectual integrity is paramount: our system is one of the rule of law, and an advocate who cannot or will not honestly and dispassionately assess her case in its strengths and its flaws alike does her client no service at all. At Skadden Arps, Credence internalized the value of really going the extra mile for all clients: that “you are not done” just because an answer to a legal question seems to be simple, but instead, that a good lawyer continues to drill down, to obtain a complete understanding of the law, its applications, and its exceptions that can advance a client’s position. Liner Yankelevitz (later aquired by DL Piper) was a master class in client service and the principle of putting the client first, let the chips fall where they may. In academia, both as a teacher and as a researcher, Credence became an accomplished legal technician with the ability to explain the finer points of legal doctrine to a general audience. This background came with Credence to her work with Cris, once a fellow associate at Skadden Arps and now her closest colleague, good friend, and teacher in the art of being fearless in service of a righteous cause, even when, as in Garcia v. Google, that cause might be an unpopular one.
Finally, Credence believes that her most important roles—as a wife, a mother, a teacher, and a member of the community—have informed her practice and her ability to connect to clients. Twenty years in the profession have taught her a lot about the law and how to be a lawyer in the right way, known for her integrity and work ethic. They have also taught her that without a beautiful life, even the most brilliant career can be a hollow victory.