Not too many people are bold enough to switch between two careers that each require a mega-education. But Michael Piraino did just that when he left his job as a propulsion engineer with Boeing to go to law school. Since then he's built a career at the intersection of technology and law by weaving a path between law firm and in-house jobs. And in October, supercomputing provider Cray Inc. named Piraino its general counsel. Not bad for a self-described tech geek.
Piraino started his legal career at Perkins Coie before assuming the role of vice president, general counsel and secretary of WatchGuard Technologies Inc. He returned to law firm life when he joined tech-focused Fenwick & West.