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Hanson Bridgett Managing Partner Kristina Lawson Becomes Bay Area Council's New Board and Executive Committee Chair

July 19, 2023 (San Francisco, CA) – Hanson Bridgett LLP is pleased to announce that Managing Partner Kristina Lawson has become Chair of the Board and Executive Committee of the Bay Area Council. Lawson succeeds Kausik Rajgopal, Executive Vice President, People & Sourcing, PayPal, who served as Chair since 2021.

"I'm honored and humbled to be given the opportunity to Chair the Bay Area Council," said Lawson. "Kausik has done an outstanding job over the past two years and I'm excited to continue building on his great work. The Bay Area Council is the preeminent regional organization focused on making the Bay Area the best place to live and work, and I look forward to collaborating with our businesses and communities to strengthen this phenomenally innovative and successful region."

As Hanson Bridgett's chief executive, Lawson is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s strategy and management. She is the first female Managing Partner in Hanson Bridgett’s 60+ year history. Known in the legal industry and beyond as a progressive and collaborative leader, Lawson was named to the San Francisco Business Times 2023 Power 100 list of the Bay Area's most influential business leaders. Over the course of her career, Lawson has been deeply committed to public service. She is a former Mayor of the City of Walnut Creek, and was appointed by both Governor Brown and Governor Newsom to serve on the Medical Board of California, where she currently serves as the Board’s President.

About the Bay Area Council

The Bay Area Council has been at the intersection of business and civic leadership, shaping the future of the Bay Area since 1945. More than 330 of the largest employers in the region are members of the Bay Area Council and are committed to working with public and community leaders to keep the Bay Area the most innovative, globally competitive, inclusive, and sustainable region in the world.

About Hanson Bridgett

Hanson Bridgett LLP is a full service AmLaw 200 law firm with more than 200 attorneys across California. Creating a diverse workforce by fostering an atmosphere of belonging and intentional support has been a priority at Hanson Bridgett since its founding in 1958. We are dedicated to creating an environment that provides opportunities for people with varied backgrounds, both for attorneys and administrative professionals. We are also committed to the communities where our employees live and work and consider it part of our professional obligation to serve justice by encouraging and supporting pro bono and social impact work.



Kristina Lawson
Kristina Lawson
Managing Partner
San Francisco, CA