Prominent Boston labor lawyer Shannon Liss-Riordan found herself in an unexpected position recently: on a list of the 100 most “amazing and influential people” in Silicon Valley alongside the CEOs of several companies she’s suing.
Liss-Riordan is No. 33, according to the online publication Business Insider, for her lawsuits challenging ride services Uber and Lyft for misclassifying drivers as independent contractors. Several Uber executives made the list, led by chief Travis Kalinick, ranked No. 2. Lyft cofounders John Zimmer and Logan Green are there too, coming in below Liss-Riordan at No. 54. Liss-Riordan also has misclassification cases pending against the grocery delivery company Instacart (No. 57) and the package pick-up service Shyp (No. 63).
“I’m disrupting the disruptors, and apparently that got some attention,” Liss-Riordan said.
Liss-Riordan, 46, beat out a number of prominent CEOs, including Reed Hastings of Netflix (No. 39), Marissa Mayer of Yahoo (No. 40), and Ellen Pao (No. 35), who famously lost a sexual discrimination case against the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and is now the head of Reddit.
Liss-Riordan even came out ahead of her Harvard roommate, Susan Wojcicki (No. 43), who runs YouTube.
“I don’t want to rub it in or anything,” Liss-Riordan quipped. “We’re still friends.”