United States: California

Firms: litigation

  • Durie Tangri LLP
  • Fish & Richardson
  • Irell & Manella LLP
  • Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Baker Botts LLP
  • Cooley LLP
  • Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP 
  • Knobbe Martens
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Paul Hastings LLP
  • Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP 
  • Winston & Strawn LLP 
  • Dentons US LLP
  • DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Jones Day
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • King & Spalding LLP
  • Mayer Brown
  • McDermott Will & Emery
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Perkins Coie LLP 
  • Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Sidley Austin LLP
  • White & Case LLP
  • Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Firms: prosecution

  • Highly recommended
  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • Knobbe Martens
  • Recommended
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Bozicevic Field & Francis LLP
  • Dentons US LLP
  • Fish & Richardson
  • Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham LLP
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Mintz
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott LLP 
  • Perkins Coie LLP 
  • Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner PA
  • Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP
  • Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

Firms: transactions

  • Highly recommended
  • Cooley LLP
  • Fenwick & West LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Recommended
  • DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Jones Day
  • Knobbe Martens
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP 

Alston & Bird LLP

Few firms have kept pace with the changing US IP market as well as Alston & Bird; by maintaining robust practices in prosecution, litigation and transactions, it has cultivated a truly panoramic perspective on the law and business of patents. The sophistication of lawyers such as Joe Liebeschuetz also ensures the organisation’s day-to-day contact with cutting-edge technologies. Silicon Valley-based Liebeschuetz is a paragon of quality for life sciences concerns looking to patent the assets that will define their businesses for years to come. He and Romy Celli are often mentioned in the same breath as “outstanding and smart lawyers with impeccable technical credentials”. A global strategist for biotechnology companies, Celli excels when managing complex patent projects with prosecution, enforcement and commercialisation aspects. High-tech innovators, meanwhile, look to the firm’s Los Angeles office where prolific transactional specialist Jonathan Gordon is based. He stays sharp and ready for anything and, to give a sense of the diversity of his workload, has recently acted for worldwide leader in automotive safety Autoliv on a spin-off, guided TrueCar on IP and licensing strategy and represented a healthcare company on a major deal with a US hospital system.

Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP

Arnold & Porter’s patent litigators excel at resolving cases efficiently, no matter how complex; showcasing confidence and strategic poise, they focus their advocacy on the most impactful points. This approach has enabled Michael Berta to score success after success for Google and Adobe. As a litigator and trial lawyer, Berta is the real deal: “He has excellent litigation instincts and is passionate in defending his clients’ interests.” One source comments: “Arnold & Porter has a great reputation in the Valley because of Mike.” It’s a valid point, but doesn’t tell the whole story; Deborah Fishman is also doing sterling work for life sciences patrons such as Sanofi and Regeneron, which she is currently representing in a patent action brought by Amgen. “Level-headed, strategic and thoughtful”, she is a great choice for this sort of big-money battle and a key contributor to what is one of the United States’ leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology practices. Not just a litigation firm, Arnold & Porter also fields a superb team of IP transactions specialists. Their practice is not just a start-up or M&A practice – it is much more multifaceted than that, including overseeing collaborations between non-profits, among other things. In California, Thomas Magnani is the point man on IP deals. His edge in negotiations stems from a phenomenal knowledge of substantive patent law.

Baker Botts LLP

Seen through the prism of its patent practice, the culture of collaboration at Baker Botts is incredibly strong; lawyers across offices and different patent disciplines – prosecution, litigation and transactions – work in perfect harmony to deliver holistic IP solutions. Upwards movement in the IAM Patent 1000 rankings attests to the dynamism of the firm’s California crew, anchored on the litigation side by Bryant Boren, Hopkins Guy and Wayne Stacy and on the portfolio side by Travis Thomas. Boren and Guy have a lot in common, being experienced first-chair trial lawyers with excellent success records, and they work efficiently together. Boren recently put on a litigation clinic acting for AT&T and Ericsson (as intervenor) to fight off wilful patent infringement allegations by Iridescent Networks. An appellate victory for Hulu and DISH Network is one of Guy’s recent highlights; this arose out of a PTAB win, which is something of a common occurrence for Guy and for Baker Botts in toto. In the course of acting for Cisco Systems in the Northern District of California, Stacy has also scored post-grant wins. His ability as a litigator and lawyer has put him in the position of mentoring youngsters as they enter the legal profession and develop their careers; he teaches at universities and supervises programmes at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. In recognition of his sterling global patent portfolio development and transactional work for Facebook, Thomas debuts in the guide this year.

Bozicevic Field & Francis LLP

Bozicevic Field & Francis is a hot commodity in the life sciences domain; its special blend of cutting-edge scientific expertise, profound legal knowledge and commercial acumen is compelling to some of the industry’s foremost innovators. “The best in the business when it comes to monetising patents” is Karl Bozicevic. Fellow founding partner Carol Francis also has the magic touch when it comes to the creation of valuable patent portfolios.

Cooley LLP

“Compared to other top transactions firms, Cooley has the lion’s share of pharmaceutical and biotechnology deals.” It’s market-leading life sciences practice is spearheaded at an international level by Barbara Kosacz, an “outstanding and collaborative” attorney and trusted confidante of the C-suite. Like Kosacz, Marya Postner is also profoundly knowledgeable when it comes to business and strategy; she has eye-catching technical credentials, too, and earned her PhD in molecular biology at Princeton. Maintaining one of the broadest corporate practices in the life sciences industry is Robert Jones, who is best known for his biotechnology licensing expertise. For due diligence work – and for total support on patent prosecution and portfolio management – the person to turn to is Mika Reiner Mayer. A “leading technology firm” across the board, Cooley also demonstrates a mastery of highly technical subject matter outside the life sciences, as made crystal clear by the work of leading litigators such as Heidi Keefe. “Relentlessly brilliant, Heidi is a superb advocate who is good on her feet in court and who knows how to quickly get to a winning argument.” She also has “an exceptionally sharp knowledge of patent law”. Michael Rhodes, who serves as chair of the cybersecurity, data and privacy practice, is another indomitable trial lawyer.

Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP

Davis Polk & Wardwell is an exciting new addition to the IAM Patent 1000 this year; the prestigious global commercial firm has “an extremely high-quality patent litigation practice” run by “great trial lawyers with outstanding judgement”. The first names on the team sheet are Anthony Fenwick, David Lisson and Micah Block, who have been garnering plaudits for their extensive representation of Comcast. Peers comment: “They are some of the most collegial, hard-working, with-you-in-the-trenches lawyers out there.” Some of the best feedback is reserved for Lisson, who is “simply amazing at plotting trial strategy from beginning to end. In the biggest litigations, his command of so many facts and issues is unrivalled”. Fenwick is described as a “natural leader and stand-up trial lawyer”, while Block is considered among the market’s brightest rising stars. In February 2018 the group was joined by Ashok Ramani; the former Keker lawyer fit right in given his distinctly polished trial skills.

Dentons US LLP

In terms of the scope of its patent practice and its geographic reach, Dentons is a class apart; it has strength in depth spanning the contentious/non-contentious divide and more than 300 IP and technology professionals collaborating across a truly global platform. The whole is impressive, then, but so too are its prosecution, post-grant and litigation practices as distinct parts. In the biopharmaceutical world, portfolio protectors and developers don’t come better than San Diego’s Stephanie Seidman, who gets excellent feedback from the market: describing a long-term relationship with the biochemistry PhD holder, one client comments: “With Stephanie we have successfully been granted many patents with minimal resistance – she navigates around roadblocks with the greatest of ease and gets you to your destination as efficiently as possible. Her experience allows her to accurately predict responses when drafting claims, which ultimately reduces back-and-forth with the patent office and thereby saves you money. She is also passionate about her work and extremely creative.” A counterpart on the high-technology side of the practice is Bay Area stalwart Peter Yim, an experienced prosecutor and strategist backed by an excellent team that has remained consistent over many years. He, Brian Ho and Christopher Eide often act in concert to deliver watertight patent protection schemes and informed business counsel to some of Silicon Valley’s leading innovators. Due to the tenacity and quality of the Dentons litigation team, these same companies stick with the firm when complicated and commercially significant patent disputes arise. Instilling his trial teams with competitive bite, Robert Kramer provides strong leadership to the patent litigation group. His recent victories include a Federal Circuit affirmance of a 2016 jury trial win for defendant Nistica in a huge case against Finisar in which he prevailed every step of the way. “Robert gives exceptionally clear advice and has an encyclopaedic knowledge of USPTO and litigation procedure and tactics. With him you know you are getting the best advice available.” Dentons makes its dual prosecution and litigation proficiency count and is performing at a high level in the post-grant area, particularly with Kevin Greenleaf at the helm. Clients of his such as Ford have become accustomed to winning at the PTAB.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

“On important technology and IP transactions DLA Piper is a name you come across like clockwork.” With Mark Radcliffe on deck, the firm has one of Silicon Valley’s most experienced high-technology deal brokers and a lawyer in perennially hot demand for his combination of corporate securities, patent licensing and IP strategy expertise. The firm is right in the mix when it comes to patent litigation, too, and has several unstoppable trial lawyers in its ranks, including Mark Fowler, the global co-chair of the practice; prolific winner and member of the American Board of Trial Advocates John Allcock; and Sean Cunningham, who can be counted on for a resonant performance in front of a jury. While other full-service outfits have shifted focus, DLA Piper stays sharp on patent prosecution, which helps to set it apart as one of the nation’s best all-round patent practices in a commercial setting. Focusing her practice on portfolio management, opinions and licensing, microbiology and immunology PhD holder Lisa Haile is a go-to for life sciences companies keen to tap into first-rate technical, business and patent expertise.

Durie Tangri LLP

In lead and co-counsel roles, Durie Tangri is “top notch and extremely impressive”. Its team of “smart and efficient litigators” is led by Daralyn Durie, who is “one of the best courtroom lawyers and strategists in the patent space”. “Her advocacy skills are simply amazing and she has a masterful knowledge of patent law, which is a powerful combination.” The talent around her is abundant; Ragesh Tangri, Sonal Mehta and Joseph Gratz are all experienced trial mavens who like to get hands on. Then there is Mark Lemley, a lodestar of the legal world whose scholarly works are great and many. The top litigator and appellate expert is also the founder of IP disputes analytics company Lex Machina.

Fenwick & West LLP

If you were to draw a chart describing Fenwick & West’s patent practice, everything would be up and to the right; the Silicon Valley éminence gris is doing all the right things when it comes to patent strategy, transactions, litigation and post-grant proceedings. The firm continues to be a leader in prosecution – it was recently awarded Patent Prosecution Firm of the Year at the inaugural Global IP Awards – and is at the forefront of the development and use of sophisticated IT and AI tools to help smooth the path to protection for its following of leading innovators, which are legion. Michael Farn, who was anointed patent chair at the start of 2018, has the group firing on all cylinders. In his own practice, Farn bonds with clients over the most difficult problems and technologies and is a master at creating strategic roadmaps for high-level patent projects. The same can be said of IP head Rajiv Patel, with whom Farn works closely on behalf of Synopsys. Described by one foreign associate as “the very best for high-technology companies”, Patel is “a joy to work with; he provides the clearest advice and is a personable and down-to-earth lawyer who cuts through jargon and tech-speak to get to the heart of the issues”. A beacon of light for Facebook and many others, Robert Hulse is another of the team’s celebrities. “Many of the Valley’s top companies rely on Bob for his creativity and ability to navigate the Alice landscape. He understands how to make IP assets really valuable and brings a deep knowledge of post-grant proceedings to the table, too.” Working alongside Hulse for Facebook is Antonia Sequeira, a top expert at the intersection of computing and medical device technologies. All those highlighted so far are multidisciplinary talents, but no list would be complete without David Hayes, John McNelis, Jae Won Song and Daniel Becker: “David Hayes has a big brain and is remarkably good at thinking through the most challenging IP issues. He is an outstanding draftsman of complex agreements.” McNelis is a copybook all-rounder who counsels clients strategically in all IP areas, with an industry focus on autonomous transport. In a practice encompassing prosecution and litigation, Song excels as a counsellor and IP value creator and is listed in the IAM Strategy 300 guide to the world’s leading IP strategists. A touchpoint for life sciences companies, Becker develops portfolios, oversees transactions and steers clients through post-grant actions as well as any single-focus lawyer. The pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries loom large in Fenwick & West’s superior transactions practice. This is led superbly by Jake Handy, a “no-nonsense, to-the-point and extremely intelligent lawyer who is just a superstar for technology transactions”. The deals have been landing on his desk thick and fast lately, but the global development and commercialisation partnership he orchestrated between client Loxo Oncology and Bayer with respect to new drugs for the treatment of cancer is one good example of the high-level work he engages in. With him on this was frequent collaborator Stefano Quintini, who co-chairs the digital health group. The deployment of such industry groups, which are cross-disciplinary, gives Fenwick & West a chance to show its exceptional internal cohesiveness as well as its presence at the cutting edge of technological development; for example, the blockchain group, which is co-led by Stephen Gillespie, brings together partners and associates from the corporate, technology transactions and securities litigation practices. Involved in several practices thanks to his leadership on the development of unique new client service approaches is Ralph Pais, a former managing partner who takes the reins of the firm’s professional development programme. “Ralph is business-driven and understands his clients’ needs even in complex and very abstract markets and technical fields. He is a practical adviser who gets deals done.” Clients tie their flag to Fenwick & West’s mast not just when they need to protect and commercialise intellectual property, but also when they need to fight for their lives in court, too. The captaincy of Michael Sacksteder has been vital to the litigation group’s success in district courts, the Federal Circuit and the PTAB. Sacksteder, who is described by fellow elite trial lawyers as “a worthy adversary”, has been fighting the corner of Supercell recently in US courts, the USPTO and forums in China and Japan. “Terrific at discovery, quick to understand complex technology and adept at defeating trolls”, David Hadden and Saina Shamilov are “trusted partners all round”. They lead the way on litigations in the e-commerce space. Making her debut in the IAM Patent 1000 this year alongside Shamilov is Charlene Morrow, an experienced lead trial counsel who also excels at cross-border case coordination. Her practice is equal parts life sciences and information technology. The top specialist when it comes to PTAB proceedings is Stuart Meyer.

Fish & Richardson

“A formidable competitor at the top of its game”, Fish is widely considered to be the leading patent litigation firm in the United States; indeed, it recently secured Firm of the Year honours in this area of practice at the inaugural Global IP Awards. It has a deep squad stationed in its California offices as recognised by this year’s IAM Patent 1000, in which seven of its trial lawyers are recommended (up from three in the previous edition). Still at the top of the list is Juanita Brooks, a paradigmatic lead trial lawyer with some of the best narrative skills in the country, sharpened over the course of an incredible 150-plus trials. She is unlimited in terms of her technical range, but Fish has no shortage of specialists, either. When it comes to pharmaceutical litigation two of the best are Jonathan Singer and Chad Shear. Singer leads the national life sciences practice and is “of the highest order in terms of professionalism, integrity and skill sophistication”. “He’s a terrific advocate who takes a practical and reasonable approach; he gets the tone just right in all the dealings he has with others.” For over a decade, he has successfully preserved product exclusivity for Allergan with respect to its Combigan glaucoma treatment. “Chad is hands-down excellent – a really thoughtful and hardworking lawyer who is helping an excellent group to thrive.” Alongside Brooks and Singer, he has been active with Gilead Sciences recently. Litigants in high-technology cases have options aplenty; any one of Michael Headley, Jonathan Lamberson or David Barkan can go the distance against a tough opponent and win. Headley, the managing principal of the Silicon Valley office, obtained a permanent injunction for Power Integrations preventing Fairchild Semiconductor from selling energy-efficient power supply patent-infringing computer chips. Lamberson, a long-time go-to for Microsoft, is “one of the most efficient lawyers around – he wastes no time on arguments that don’t move the needle and he makes smart decisions quickly. He is also excellent on his feet in the courtroom.” Like Lamberson with Microsoft, David Barkan is tight with Huawei and has done many great things for it in US patent cases. “David has a sophisticated understanding of global patent licensing issues, as well as being a top-tier patent litigator. Some of his colleagues may be more in the limelight, but it is often David who sets strategy and manages the thorniest issues of cases.” Craig Countryman is the man with the plan when matters go up to the Federal Circuit; the San Diego-based lawyer co-chairs Fish’s appellate practice. All of these litigators are “exceedingly prepared to discuss the intricacies of your case and offer novel strategies that are effective and cost and time efficient. Fish assembles teams that are fantastic at every level; its lawyers are tireless and their dedication gives you a tremendous advantage”. No matter how big its litigation practice grows, Fish stays true on prosecution, too, and has many top strategic patent counsellors to put at the disposal of exciting innovators. In Silicon Valley, Hans Troesch burns brightly in the software area. “Hans has a really strong understanding of how the market has changed in the United States with respect to software patents, and he knows what needs to be done to turn an idea into a system patent rather than just a software idea. He takes time to understand where his clients are coming from and is exceptional at handling the most nuanced matters.” Joining him on the prosecution list for the first time this year is Eric Schulman, a former head of intellectual property at Uber Technologies and award-winning in-house counsel at Google. The IP value creator and strategist has an innovative streak and set up the LOT Network, an industry-led non-profit that seeks to reduce the number of lawsuits filed against its members by patent assertion entities.

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Gibson Dunn’s patent litigators truly excel at weaving convincing and engaging narratives around complex technologies and facts, and then delivering them with poise in the courtroom. They are routinely selected in high-stakes cases that have a high likelihood of going to trial and by companies unwilling to settle even when that is the path chosen by their co-defendants. The firm also backs up its trial victories with an exceptional appellate practice.  Wayne Barsky and Josh Krevitt co-chair the practice with Dallas-based Mark Reiter and light up the path to victory with striking regularity. Barsky recently secured the dismissal with prejudice of a case brought by an NPE against his client St Jude Medical; Krevitt, meanwhile, got Soverain IP to back down from a three-patent suit it filed against his client AT&T – a result which showcased the threat value of his trial track record. William Rooklidge is another of the set’s heavy hitters; he maintains strong trial and arbitration practices. Joining them in the IAM Patent 1000 for the first time this year is LA partner Jason Lo, a patent and trade secret litigator who doesn’t shy away from a case whatever the technical subject matter. Acting for several Taiwanese companies including Foxconn, he recently defeated an attempt by Qualcomm to secure billions in royalties. Gibson Dunn also undertakes top-level transactional work and has gained strength on this side of the practice lately thanks to the efforts of elite international deal broker Carrie LeRoy, who joined from White & Case in February 2018.

Goodwin Procter LLP

By hiring some of the most in-demand courtroom advocates in recent years, Goodwin Procter has created a powerful patent litigation practice in California. One of the most recent arrivals, Darryl Woo, jumped on board in August 2018, bringing a veteran presence to the team. The former Vinson & Elkins lawyer has gone the distance and won numerous times in cases concerning diverse technical subject matter; as such, he fits in well with Brett Schuman and Neel Chatterjee. Schuman, who heads the California litigation practice, is a lead lawyer in whom clients place 100% trust. One of his long-term clients is Applied Materials, on whose behalf he has recently defended allegations of patent infringement that threaten the company’s high-density semiconductor chip manufacturing methods. Schuman has handled dozens of post-grant proceedings and is well positioned to represent clients in cases that wind through the PTAB. The best-known trial lawyer on the team, Chatterjee is “quick on his feet and a supreme strategic thinker” with “outstanding social skills and an excellent network”. Goodwin Procter supports clients in their major transactions, too, running an eye-catching patent and technology licensing practice in the life sciences. Key to this is Karen Spindler, who is at the vanguard of many significant technological developments in the field. Her recent work includes advising Ambys Medicines on a strategic partnership with Takeda to support Ambys’s pioneering work in the application of novel modalities to the treatment of liver disease and acting for Sage Therapeutics, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company making breakthroughs for people with central nervous system disorders, on a development and commercialisation agreement with Shionogi & Co.

Haynes and Boone LLP

The depth of Haynes and Boone’s IP bench sets it apart from the vast majority of commercial law firms, many of which are mere dabblers in the discipline by comparison. The firm has a particularly vibrant prosecution and counselling practice, some of the brightest stars within which can be found in its Orange County and Palo Alto offices. One guiding light for companies large and small is electrical engineering maestro Tom Chen, who maintains a deep playbook of proven strategies for the maximisation of IP portfolio value. Sitting on the executive committee and board of directors, he knows all about the firm’s sizeable practice; for his clients – Tesla and PayPal, for example – this means easier access to experts in other fields of interest to them should they be needed. Chen is joined in the IAM Patent 1000 this year by Greg Michelson and Phil Woo, who both flex broad patent procurement, litigation and transactional skill sets. Michelson is a hard grafter with an unshakeable client-first mentality; he truly cares about the success of their business and has the commercial chops to help make their goals a reality. A former semiconductor engineer, Woo turns heads with his technical proficiency.

Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham LLP

Laser focused on quality, this software and computer technology boutique crafts artisanal patents that protect clients to the hilt and provide ample opportunities for commercialisation. Brian Hickman is warmly recommended because “he cares very much about the state of the overall patent system” and, in addition to being a top patent prosecutor and licensing strategist, is “an excellent mentor and educator”. Fellow co-founder Christopher Palermo has been directing traffic at the heart of the Silicon Valley technology and business community for decades.

Irell & Manella LLP

A card-carrying member of the trial elite, Irell & Manella has not been thrown off its stride by the pace of change in US patent litigation – it continues to perform at the highest level. “Morgan Chu was smart and aggressive enough to teach a certain brand of law to high-functioning individuals who could learn it and has produced an incredible IP practice as a result.” “The quality of work being done across the firm is really impressive,” although singled out for praise this year are David Gindler, Gary Frischling and Jason Sheasby. “David knows how to get his point across with crystal clarity in court and is incredibly effective in his advocacy. He’s extremely well prepared at all times and knows when to be assertive and when to hold back.” Life sciences cases are his forte. Frischling is a registered patent attorney with a well-rounded counselling and transactions practice; he is also an accomplished litigator. “Gary is a very thoughtful guy – he ruminates on and works through complex problems using his encyclopaedic knowledge of case law.” “Jason has more intellectual horsepower than just about anybody and is a classy lawyer who really cares about his work and clients.” Also recommended are Alan Heinrich, a “deeply analytical and solid lawyer” who traverses the boundary between hardcore life sciences and high-technology cases with ease; Ellisen Shelton Turner, a “terrific lawyer” with a gift not just for IP litigation but also value creation and transactions; Benjamin Hattenbach, whose verdicts routinely exceed the $100 million mark; and Michael Fleming, a former chief administrative judge at the PTAB and anchor for clients and colleagues in post-grant proceedings.

Jones Day

A jewel in Jones Day’s IP crown is its glittering life sciences practice, the multifaceted nature of which is highlighted by the IAM Patent 1000’s recommendations – these include industry specialists on the prosecution, litigation and transactions tables. Portfolio developer Dale Rieger excels at full lifecycle patent management; Anthony Insogna puts in resonant performances in must-win pharmaceutical and biotechnology litigations; and Thomas Briggs and John Wehrli get signatures on the dotted lines of deals that have a transformative long-term effect on the parties involved. The litigation of high-technology disputes is another strong suit for the group. In their element here are true Silicon Valley native Greg Lanier, trade secret supremo Randall Kay and dynamic all-round IP trial lawyer Krista Schwartz.

Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP

Technology companies enthusiastically endorse Kasowitz, citing its “team-oriented approach and client-first mentality”. “The firm’s professionals are loyal experts who seek to understand your objectives and bring about their successful realisation. More than just legal service providers, they are always looking to add value, for example by connecting clients whose assets or goals may be synergistic.” Patent litigation – and specifically trial representation – is the name of the game for a redoubtable crew helmed by Silicon Valley office manager Jonathan Waldrop. “It is always a highly productive and informative experience when you work with Jonathan, who is truly a master IP litigator.” He does great things for some of the biggest names in technology; for example, he recently secured a complete dismissal with prejudice of a case brought by a Japanese inventor against his clients Google, Motorola, LG, Samsung and ASUS following a successful motion to transfer the case out of the plaintiff-friendly Eastern District of Texas. Fighting the good fight alongside Waldrop in this one, and in myriad other cases, were Darcy Jones and Marcus Barber, two fierce trial lawyers who confidently tackle the full range of high-technology and life sciences litigations. The three of them make a fantastically tight-knit and courageous team, with the dynamic presentation and legal skills to win over tough juries.

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

“Keker is an admirable litigation firm with a very aggressive style.” Although recent attrition has thinned its bench, it is nonetheless “full of extremely talented lead trial counsel”. “A wonderful lawyer liked by everyone”, Robert Van Nest is one of the nation’s top trial lawyers in any legal discipline. In perfect pitch with the tone of excellence he sets are David Silbert, Christa Anderson, Brian Ferrall and Matthias Kamber, all of whom have sharpened their advocacy skills to a razor’s edge, having handled such a diverse range of commercial, securities, white collar crime, consumer law and patent cases. One of the most IP focused among them, Kamber is hailed by foreign associates as a “smart, efficient trial lawyer who effectively conveys even the most technically complex issues to judges and juries”.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Respecting its status as an IP powerhouse, Kilpatrick Townsend receives increased coverage in the IAM Patent 1000 California chapter this year. Two of the new faces in the guide are Ko-Fang Chang and Sujit Kotwal, who knock it out of the park when it comes to high-quality, well-organised, efficient prosecution and strategic portfolio development in the electronics, computer and software areas. Go-to representatives for a host of household-name technology companies, they are vital engines of what is one of the strongest prosecution practices in the country. An ability to deep-dive into the tech with enthusiasm also makes the firm’s patent litigation practice truly superb. A new name here is James Isbester, who has been resolving complex technology and IP cases for over 30 years; frequently overlapping with his litigation work, his vibrant licensing practice gives him ample opportunity to demonstrate his whetted negotiation skills. On the West Coast, Steven Moore is another experienced lead counsel deserving of the spotlight. With an intractable opponent testing his patience and resolve, he recently scored a summary judgment win, upheld on appeal, for AT&T Mobility against Advanced Media Networks. The contentious and non-contentious sides of the practice are interconnected in a way rarely seen, ensuring that clients benefit from a joined-up and holistic problem-solving service. Given that his practice touches just about all areas, William Shaffer is key to this integration; an astute counsellor who knows how to secure broad and lasting patent protections, he also regularly supports litigation efforts with analyses that move the needle.

King & Spalding LLP

In terms of talent aggregation during the IAM Patent 1000 review period, few firms if any have made as big of a splash as King & Spalding; high-profile and very astute hires in California, DC and New York have taken its national patent litigation and post-grant practice to the next level. The firm’s collaborative culture, AAA client base, strong trial bench and commitment to the patent office side of things all helped bring Thomas Friel and Jim Brogan on board in 2018. The erstwhile Cooley partners are experienced trial lawyers who rigorously find and execute the smartest strategies in complex, multi-stream cases. They both maintain constant and open communication with their clients and within their teams, the more junior members of which they are committed to developing. What’s more, “they never give up in the face of adversity but persevere to get the right result”.

Kirkland & Ellis LLP 

A towering presence on the US patent litigation scene, Kirkland & Ellis is always a force to be reckoned with in consequential battles over cutting-edge technologies. Its line-up of “top-notch and aggressive” trial lawyers is a long one and includes, from its California offices, Michael De Vries, Adam Alper and Luke Dauchot, all of whom are eminently capable and highly experienced in front of juries. De Vries and Alper are “skilled tacticians and really effective lawyers” who regularly link up to give clients such as Cisco Systems a powerful one-two punch. Dauchot has been to trial nearly every year of his long career and deploys outstanding street smarts to satisfyingly put to bed diverse commercial, antitrust and IP disputes.

Knobbe Martens

Knobbe Martens is one of the top IP boutiques not just in the United States but globally. Its attorneys understand patent strategy at the deepest level and they train hard and constantly in order to maintain this; cultivating cutting-edge industry knowledge also keeps them at the top of the list for technology pioneers. Whereas many competitors tend towards one or the other, Knobbe Martens is equally strong in the high-technology and life sciences domains and has standout stars aplenty in both. Orange County partner John King, who chairs the patent prosecution committee, gets to handle a lot of cool technologies in areas such as artificial intelligence for some of the most exciting start-ups and early-stage companies around; his experience and broad patent procurement, monetisation and counselling expertise make him a valuable ally. Showcasing entrepreneurial thinking at every turn is San Diego’s John Carson, a leader in areas such as flat panel displays and nanotechnology; he has made Knobbe Martens an extremely strong IP brand in Asia, having founded the firm’s greater China practice group. For semiconductor companies, the go-to is Adeel Akhtar. When it comes to the life sciences, some of the best feedback is reserved for Jason Jardine. One client comments: “The excellent work and strategic vision he has supplied has put us in a privileged position concerning fund raising and the commercial enablement of our technology.” Another says: “Jason has a true passion for his craft and for the success of his clients, and goes above and beyond to deliver.” He debuts in the IAM Patent 1000 this year alongside fellow life sciences stars Eric Furman, a biochemistry PhD with “excellent networking skills” and Daniel Altman, who focuses on foreign patent prosecution. He has fans in many jurisdictions and garnered recommendations from associates in Europe and Asia. Visionary all-rounder in the chemical field Kimberly Miller is well known internationally, too, having secured patent rights in myriad jurisdictions worldwide. Shining as a deal maker for medical and biotechnology companies, Salima Merani is another repository of trust. The neuroscience PhD and global thinker is also an artful portfolio builder, as her recent work for Insera Therapeutics shows; strategically leveraging the USPTO’s Fast Track programme, she swiftly and creatively expedited the expansion of the stroke treatment innovator’s patent portfolio internationally. With the help of Mark Benedict, she also recently oversaw a string of M&A deals for Sienna Biopharmaceuticals. Doctor of chemistry Joseph Reisman and doctor of polymer science and engineering Joseph Mallon in the San Diego office are discerning choices for pharmaceutical companies given their combination of prosecution, counselling and litigation experience. Active in so many scientific fields and industries, the firm is ideally placed to advise clients holistically in an increasingly convergent technology world. This brings to mind several individuals, including Michael Fuller, who practises at the forefront of bioinformatics; medical device maestro Gerard von Hoffmann, who is doing great things in the wearable tech space for companies such as iRhythm, a digital healthcare entity that is developing highly innovative clinical diagnosis methods for heart patients; and Ronald Schoenbaum, an IT and medical electronics ace. The combination of technical and litigation talent within the firm is compelling and underpins impressive success in both the PTAB and the courts. Acquitting themselves with distinction in post-grant settings are Kerry Taylor and Michelle Armond, both of whom debut in the IAM Patent 1000 this year. Taylor takes charge of inter partes reviews in the life sciences space; Armond, a California Institute of Technology electrical engineer, tends to lead the line on high-technology matters but is “super-sharp and someone who can quickly pick up any science”. Another key member of the post-grant section is Eli Loots, a molecular and cell biology PhD who is also a sought-after prosecutor, opinion giver and due diligence deliverer. Those in need of pure trial advocacy skills are spoilt for choice; Joseph Re, Joseph Cianfrani, Jon Gurka, and John Sganga all fit the bill. Gold-rated trial and appellate lawyer Re and litigation chair Cianfrani recently achieved a resounding win on behalf of Amazon.com and Amazon Web Services in a long-running dispute against Personalized Media Communications: in the PTAB they invalidated all seven patents in suit; in the district court they achieved the same result on ineligibility grounds; and they obtained affirmances from the Federal Circuit of the PTAB rulings. “Responsive and proactive, Gurka oversees patent litigation and filings with excellent results. He is very knowledgeable about the current state of patent law and a pragmatic business and strategic adviser.” Sganga is a dynamo who pursues client-defined wins with incredible energy. His recent highlights include a big trade secret misappropriation win totalling $111 million for Edwards Lifesciences CadiAQ against Neovasc. Large awards are something of a frequent occurrence for the team, which counts on the patent damages expertise of Karen Vogel Weil. One of her more famous wins was a jury award of over $466 million for Masimo against Philips Electronics in 2014, in which Irfan Lateef also played a lead role. Lateef has continued to do great things for Masimo, a long-time client of the firm, and in 2018 had a case brought by Dominion Assets dismissed with prejudice.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Endorsed by contemporaries for its gold-standard advocacy and all-round representation in bet-the-company patent litigation, Latham & Watkins fields one of California’s best trial line-ups. Topping the bill is Douglas Lumish, who continues to burnish his stellar reputation with consistently top-notch performances for market-leading technology companies. “Doug is a wonderful lawyer who is showing excellent results. He never lets ego get in the way of anything and has the confidence and decency to stick to his true self in litigation. He also uses Latham’s cavernous chest of resources to its fullest to get the very best for his clients.” On occasion, he and Jeffrey Homrig will form a tailor-made strike force for prestigious clients; together or separately though, “they try a great case. Both are sincere lawyers with deep technical expertise and immense presence in court”. Other key names on a deep bench are Ron Shulman, an American College of Trial Lawyers fellow and veteran of hundreds of patent campaigns; Richard Frenkel, a former aerospace engineer and in-house counsel; and Julie Holloway, who couples steely trial skills with excellent technical knowledge. Not just a litigation player, Latham also “deserves a high ranking for transactions”. Cited in this regard is Judith Hasko, the life sciences licensing group global chair. “She is a super thoughtful lawyer who knows how to untangle the complexities of major deals and figure out the best paths forward.” Co-chairing the global technology transactions practice, Anthony Klein is another master builder of strategic technology-driven deals.

Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Patent prosecution cycles are getting shorter and, overall, it has become less expensive for innovators to obtain a patent; for law firms this means that, even if the volume of filings is steady, less work is involved in servicing it. Against this backdrop, Lowenstein Sandler remains in a healthy groove, distinguishing itself by providing an exemplary client service and demonstrating leadership in growing areas of interest and activity such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. Attracting the best talent is also an important part of staying on top, and the firm’s focus on professional development and diversity is helping it to be competitive in this area, too. Software and electronics practice chair Marina Portnova is the person responsible for elevating Lowenstein Sandler’s reputation in California. “Marina has a gift for understanding technology and producing high-quality patent applications to protect innovations. She is great at mentoring a team to produce and deliver the best work possible on time and on budget. She is an absolute pleasure to work with and relates well to different audiences, including lawyers, business executives and engineers.” Google and Intel are two regular clients of hers. Co-servicing the latter is Kevin Grange, who heads the firm’s Utah patent prosecution centre while maintaining an additional desk in Palo Alto. The reviews for Kevin are in and they are looking good – one client comments: “He has enabled us to build a commanding position in a key strategic IP area and driven the value of our business. He keeps pace with rapidly advancing technology developments, which makes him exceptionally effective at connecting with inventors.”

Mayer Brown

Judiciously deploying the firm’s international support package, Mayer Brown’s technically accomplished US patent lawyers and litigators make great things happen for global technology innovators. Growth in California is an important component of the firm’s broader strategic development plan and Palo Alto-based litigators Michael Molano, Edward Johnson and David Wang are eminently well suited to bringing it about. Molano has a technical background so he never has to start from scratch when a client calls – he’s plug and play. He also has experience in non-patent commercial litigation, enabling him to assist the technology companies he knows so well when problems brew outside of intellectual property. Versatility is also a hallmark of Johnson’s practice, which encompasses IP, commercial, antitrust, trade secret and other types of litigation; by taking best practices from one area to the next, he has cultivated a deep litigation playbook that few pure IP lawyers have. Multi-award-winning patent litigation and licensing ace Wang is the number-one choice for many Asian companies; his soft skills are some of the best in the profession and enable him to resolve disputes effectively, although he certainly isn’t afraid to put his foot down when the situation demands.

McDermott Will & Emery

While sporting a leaner and meaner look following several recent departures, McDermott Will & Emery continues to be a major player in the US patent theatre. Specifically, it maintains a robust and comprehensive life sciences practice, calling on which are seven of the world’s top 10 pharmaceutical companies and a host of medical device industry leaders. The lynchpins of this practice are Judy Mohr on the non-contentious side and William Gaede on the litigation side. Mohr’s CV instantly stands out; having obtained a PhD in chemical engineering and worked in industry for 10 years, she speaks the same language as her clients. Gaede inspires confidence with his abundant jury trial and appellate expertise and experience. This was on full display recently when he secured a trial victory for Amgen against Sanofi and Regeneron in a dispute over blockbuster cholesterol-lowering drugs. Courtroom excellence is also demonstrated in complex high-technology cases, many of which land on the desk of Daniel Foster. His expertise on patent damages and licensing enables him to see the broader picture and devise well-rounded strategies to notch up the wins; that he “understands the corporate cultures of his clients” certainly helps, too.

Mintz

Debuting in the IAM Patent 1000 California chapter this year, “Mintz has done a terrific job building up its patent practice in San Diego”. To achieve this, Kenneth Jenkins has been putting in serious work since he joined the firm in 2015. Armed with a chemistry and biochemistry PhD and a big strategic brain, Jenkins oversees patent procurement efforts with a hawk’s eye for quality and helps clients to realise top dollar from their intellectual assets. This is a trick also mastered by fellow life sciences maven Lance Kurata, who heads the West Coast technology transactions practice. Flying the firm’s flag in northern California meanwhile is organic chemistry PhD William Kezer. His competitive landscape analyses and counsel on global portfolio development are like gold dust for those looking to steal a march on their business rivals.

Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP

Morgan Lewis orchestrated a major expansion of its California IP team in August 2018, adding nine partners from McDermott Will & Emery. A month earlier, it brought on board a seven-partner crew from the same, five of them joining the Chicago office with the remaining two taking up residence in the DC and Silicon Valley bureaux. Keeping in mind that it already had a well-rounded national patent practice, these moves give it serious oomph for 2019 and beyond, and mark it out as one of the top movers and shakers of the patent world. Among those making the switch were Mark Itri and Nathan Smith, two versatile strategists who bring broad skill sets to the practice. Itri is a veteran prosecutor and IP counsellor (with a background in litigation) and a trusted confidant of many a top name in the high-technology world. “Smith has a strong engineering background and in-depth medical devices industry knowledge. He grasps new concepts and ideas quickly and accurately, and has a good feel for what his clients are trying to achieve. He is also an efficient and remarkably responsive communicator.” They take the total number of Morgan Lewis representatives on the California prosecution table to five – a figure matched by only one other firm and bested by only two, those being Fenwick & West and Knobbe Martens. The others are Gary Williams, Dion Bregman and Jeffry Mann, all of whom demonstrate an unstinting dedication to quality in prosecution. Williams has many fans at home and abroad, and is cited as an “unassuming but ultra-knowledgeable lawyer”. The software authority regularly works with the sort of technologies that give trendy companies their cool. Bregman is an important cog in the machine, being co-leader of the firm’s cross-disciplinary technology initiative and head of post-grant proceedings. He boasts an enviable PTAB track record, leveraging his dual litigation and prosecution expertise. Mann has a synthetic organic chemistry PhD and co-leads the global life sciences group. A named inventor on two US patents and a regular author of hot-topic papers, he is looked up to as an authority by his pharmaceutical and other clients. When it comes to litigation, the firm is particularly sophisticated in its handling of International Trade Commission (ITC) cases – shout-out to Eric Namrow in DC – but also acquits itself admirably in other forums. Michael Lyons came up trumps for the Alfred E Mann Foundation for Scientific Research at the Federal Circuit with an affirmance of a district court finding of infringement (and over $130 million in damages) against Australian hearing implants maker Cochlear; finding a persuasive narrative without getting lost in the tech was key on this one. Another worthy lead counsel is Brent Hawkins, who is noted for his licensing expertise, technical proficiency in the electrical arts and broad IP vision. The opportunity to leverage a global platform for international business is one of the advantages of using Morgan Lewis, and an advantage that Rahul Kapoor puts the focus on in his top-drawer transactional practice. His recent highlights include representing Yandex, the leading internet search provider in Russia, in a transaction with Uber to combine their ridesharing businesses in Russia and several neighbouring jurisdictions. “Rahul is one of if not the best technology deal lawyers in Silicon Valley. He’s a very astute businessman who can handle tense negotiations and drive matters to a favourable conclusion. Meticulous and always well prepared, he is terrifically smart and someone whose judgement you can implicitly trust.”

Morrison & Foerster LLP

“You’ll never see a bad piece of patent work from Morrison & Foerster – it has long been and continues to be one of the more impressive names in the technology world.” Of particular note is its “well-established and excellent life sciences practice”, staffed by “many accomplished prosecutors and counsellors”. A shining star among them is Catherine Polizzi, who brings so much value to the firm and her clients – she lights the way on massive transactions driven by intellectual property; supports high-flying litigation teams with incisive patent analyses; and develops commercially valuable portfolios. Michael Ward, who accompanies Polizzi on the IAM Patent 1000 prosecution table, has a multifaceted practice similar in kind. He specialises in plant intellectual property – in fact, he is one of the world’s leading experts on the subject. MoFo has long been synonymous with sovereignty in the patent litigation arena, thanks in large part to the efforts of Michael Jacobs, who has made the IP weather representing emerging technology leaders in numerous benchmark litigations. In Stefani Shanberg and Richard Hung, the firm has two next-generation stars. Shanberg is making waves in the market as a “dynamic litigator who combines strategic intelligence, aggression and human decency in a way that is really powerful”. Hung co-chairs the IP litigation group and is a veteran of many eventful and winning patent and trade secret campaigns. Rufus Pichler, Tessa Schwartz and William Schwartz form the nucleus of a progressive technology transactions and licensing practice that has masterminded some of the innovation community’s most impressive, novel and strategically impactful deals.

Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott LLP 

Sophisticated in its use of clever technical tools, Silicon Valley boutique Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott is a connoisseur of data-driven patent prosecution. It doesn’t run on automatic, however; the practitioners here rely not just on the data but on their own rich experience dealing with the USPTO to make well-informed decisions in the service of their clients. This approach has demand levels at an all-time high – more software companies are jumping on board as well as additional names in the hardware field in which the team has traditionally focused – in response to which the firm has grown its headcount with two new attorneys and a patent agent. At the forefront of the practice is Daniel M De Vos, a “smart, thoughtful, strategic lawyer and perfectionist”. “Dan is very into the details of his work and comes up with brilliant, inspiring ideas. He has excellent people skills that make him not only a great attorney but an ideal team leader.” He and fellow founding partner David Nicholson possess deep expertise on all aspects of software and information technology and know how to give the portfolios they build real commercial impetus.

O’Melveny & Myers LLP

O’Melveny’s litigation playbook is a rich and colourful one – it has an attack or defence plan for any occasion and is routinely called on by household names such as Google and Samsung when the chips are down. Ryan Yagura sets the tone as chair of the IP litigation practice. An Intel engineer in a past life, he is technically dextrous but fits the lead trial counsel mould perfectly, too. Representing Samsung Electronics against Tessera Advanced Technologies is a major highlight of his recent practice; Samsung was besieged by multiple patent infringement allegations but Yagura handled it all with calm and poise, bringing an ITC complaint filed by Tessera to a rapid close and having a case transferred out of the Eastern District of Texas. Darin Snyder and David Almeling, meanwhile, have put extra spit and polish into their representation of Google, which has seen them take over and turn around late-stage cases with swift tactical manoeuvres and textbook-worthy cross-examinations; these guys only need a short runway before they are soaring over opponents. Snyder and Almeling, it should be noted, are both leading trade secret litigators. Mark Miller is another of the group’s big hitters. 2018 saw a conclusion to the dispute between Mentor Graphics, Miller’s client, and Synopsys in the form of a settlement, including a $65 million payment from Synopsys to Siemens (which acquired Mentor Graphics); leading up to this, Miller scored many victories at trial, in the PTAB and at the Federal Circuit.

Paul Hastings LLP

Paul Hastings has been going gangbusters in patent litigation lately and has a lot of momentum in the market at a time when many of its competitors are flat; expertise in high-technology as well as life sciences, a leading PTAB practice – the firm secured Post-grant Firm of the Year honours at the inaugural Global IP Awards – an excellent trial bench, appellate strength and global capabilities make it a compelling choice for the most challenging and multifaceted cases. On fire right now, as he has been from the start of his career, Yar Chaikovsky recently put to bed a long-running battle between his client Trend Micro and Intellectual Ventures (IV) with a Federal Circuit ruling denying IV’s request for en banc review of its opinion affirming an invalidity decision against IV; in the case, Chaikovsky’s aggressive streak led to a motion for attorneys’ fees being granted by a judge whose tendency has been to deny such motions on the papers. He also scored a major victory for HTC against Virginia Innovation Services – against which several other phone manufacturers had settled – with a finding that more than 360 claims across eight patents were invalid on subject-matter eligibility grounds. Natural born leader Chris Kennerly has also met with considerable success lately and defended AT&T in a Northern District of Texas shootout over video-conferencing technology; the plaintiff’s suit was dismissed with prejudice and an award of attorneys’ fees was granted – note the trend emerging here. Working with colleagues in DC, San Diego and Korea, the Palo Alto-based lead trial lawyer has put in many assured performances for Samsung Electronics, too.

Perkins Coie LLP 

Mining US litigation data will tell you that Perkins Coie is one of corporate America’s favourites for technology disputes; the technical depth of the team and its winning record at trial and the Federal Circuit are key reasons why, alongside a top PTAB capability. Pillars of the contentious practice in California include Tom Millikan, Amy Simpson and John Schnurer, all based in San Diego. Millikan is recommended for his technical prowess – he is a former Texas Instruments engineer and undertakes strategic prosecution alongside his litigation tasks – and for his trial chops and post-grant proficiency; he makes his debut in the guide this year alongside computer scientist and firmwide litigation chair Simpson, who is similarly versatile. Schnurer co-chairs the ITC litigation section and co-manages the Taipei office. Semiconductor cases are a forte for the former electrical engineer, who is currently acting for Monolithic Power Systems in litigation in Delaware. Bing Ai’s practice also has a disputes bent; he delivers on-point analyses of validity and infringement issues that confer often decisive tactical advantages on trial teams; he is best known, though, as a top PTAB specialist. With multiple representatives not just on the IAM Patent 1000 litigation rankings for California but the patent prosecution table, too – and a name on the transactions list – Perkins Coie can lay claim to one of the most comprehensive patent practices in the state; of course, with over 225 patent professionals across its domestic offices, the firm is also a national powerhouse. In Palo Alto, two of the best prosecutors are Michael Glenn and Viola Kung, who focus on the high-technology and life sciences domains respectively. The firm’s practice in the latter is as rich as it is in the former – a cross-disciplinary life sciences and healthcare sector group, chaired by LA’s Michael Wise, serves up holistic solutions to the more complex problems that pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies grapple with. Clients find themselves in the ascendancy when they tap Wise’s blended prosecution, litigation and post-grant know how. Although formally a partner in the technology transactions and privacy group, Dana Hayter makes important contributions in all areas of the IP practice given his finely honed IP value creation expertise – the IAM Strategy 300 identifies him as one of the world’s leading IP strategists. He is in his element leading large teams to close big-ticket deals.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

John Quinn is one of the lions of the IP bar and he’s surrounded by greatness at Quinn Emanuel, an amazing firm with a unique culture.” The aggression for which the trial lawyers here are known is contained and does not hinder a collaborative spirit: “Quinn’s litigators really focus on what is important in a case and don’t seek to burden the court or their opponents with extraneous matters. It is not a very hierarchical organisation, so people there are more receptive to input from others, including co-counsel. Of course, it also obtains fantastic results.” “Charles Verhoeven runs an amazing patent litigation docket and litigates his cases hard.” “Claude Stern has a unique combination of legal and business expertise.” “Sean Pak is on the rise. Often you find that the better the trial lawyer the lesser their technical chops – not so with Sean, who is unusually skilled in both respects.” A mentor to others in the firm – and to law school students – when it comes to trial practice, Victoria Maroulis can be counted on in the courtroom. She manages the Silicon Valley office and co-chairs the life sciences practice.

Ropes & Gray LLP

With its high-calibre line-up of technically adept first-chair trial lawyers, winning PTAB practice and strong presence in Asia, Ropes & Gray is well equipped to handle complex cases involving many patents in multiple US forums, and with parallel international proceedings. In terms of recent developments, the firm has focused on cross-selling its litigation services to clients of its first-rate life sciences transactions practice – a task made easier by some astute recruitment in New York. In California, meanwhile, it has been business as usual – chalking up wins for high-technology leaders – for the likes of James Batchelder and Andrew Thomases. Batchelder, a former managing partner of the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, has been exceptionally busy fighting TiVo’s corner and, by all accounts, doing a sterling job of it. “Jim is just excellent and proves that you don’t have to be technically trained to be one of the smartest guys on the technology.” He and Thomases have also been expanding their relationship with IP Bridge, representing it in several matters in Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas. Joining them in the guide this year is Gabrielle Higgins, an experienced trial lawyer and fount of post-grant wisdom accumulated over the course of 100-plus inter partes reviews.

Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner PA

Schwegman’s success as an IP boutique is founded on its unwavering commitment to patent quality, as well as its efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Most firms struggle to maintain these three things, but Schwegman has gotten clever around the development and deployment of proprietary technical tools and procedures to ease the administrative burden and provide more advanced analytics to lawyers while giving them more space to think strategically. Expansion in Silicon Valley, Texas and Europe attests to an international patent practice that is in fine fettle. Software aficionado Andre Marais aligns himself as a key commercial partner to rights holders and is much more than just a patent filer.

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Presiding over an excellent multifaceted IP practice, Sheppard Mullin can meaningfully support technology innovators in many ways. Best known for its competitive bite in patent litigation, it strikes hard and fast when clients’ business interests are threatened by patent assertion entities or commercial competitors. The litigators to rely on when you need to make things happen are Los Angeles-based Seong Kim and San Diego’s Stephen Korniczky. Put simply, Kim makes money for his clients and has obtained copious large verdicts and settlements throughout his career. Close with Asian companies, he frequently travels to Korea, where the firm has an office. Courtroom veteran Korniczky is an authority on SEPs. Whatever they are faced with, tech companies find James Soong to be another valuable ally; he has a broad view of the world, having served as in-house counsel at a software company and having litigated and prosecuted patents extensively in private practice. Putting the firm’s life sciences practice into the spotlight, Lorna Tanner debuts in the IAM Patent 1000 this year. She develops “top-quality” IP portfolios for start-ups and mid-sized drug companies, elevating their understanding of patent strategy in the process.

Sidley Austin LLP

Sidley Austin’s transactional lawyers are “very easy to do deals with – they know the technology industry and what is marketable within it, and they take a practical and reasonable approach to negotiations”. Corporate partner Glenn Nash co-chairs the global technology and IP transactions group and has “built up an enviable practice” doing deals centred on internet and IT, software and artificial intelligence innovations. The litigators here are also respected by peers in the market. Of Michael Bettinger, one source comments: “I love working with him – he’s the consummate professional with a lot of common sense and an everyman touch.” The San Francisco-based trial lawyer chairs the West Coast IP litigation practice. Vernon Winters is the other name to know if you’re looking for some serious firepower. No stranger to headline-hitting cases, he tackles tough technology and life sciences disputes with gusto.

Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 

Without the supervision of Sullivan & Cromwell’s IP and technology group, some of the technology world’s biggest and most transformational deals simply would not get done. Winner of the US Transactions Firm of the Year award at the inaugural Global IP Awards, the firm manifests a rare faculty for multibillion-dollar acquisitions, of which there are many to report at any given time. Pre-eminent deal lawyer Nader A Mousavi’s work examples include representing Amazon.com in its $13.7 billion acquisition of Whole Foods Market; advising AT&T on its $108.7 billion acquisition of Time Warner; and advising Bayer on the IP aspects of its $66 billion purchase of Monsanto. “Great to do deals with, Nader is an extremely balanced and measured guy who never loses his cool. He gets to the point, doesn’t over-lawyer things and can break down the most technical material.”

Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP

Cupertino boutique Van Pelt, Yi & James applies a razor-sharp strategic mentality to a wide variety of patent tasks, from prosecution and portfolio management to litigation support and licensing transactions. Having helped many of them emerge into the limelight, founding partner Lee Van Pelt is a repository of trust for top Silicon Valley companies. He is well known for his mathematical brain and problem-solving prowess.

Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP 

The trust placed by many marquee technology companies in Weil’s patent litigation muscle appears to be unshakeable, which keeps the firm on the frontlines of commercially consequential, often industry-shaping battles year in, year out. Its litigators marry extremely polished trial skills with deep technical expertise and passion for their craft to operate at the highest level. The group has strong leadership, too, with Edward Reines and DC’s Brian Ferguson at the helm of the national patent litigation practice. Reines has been immensely busy and successful in the biotechnology and medical diagnostics areas; acting for Illumina and Verinata Health, he recently prevailed over Ariosa Diagnostics in a jury trial regarding prenatal testing technology, scoring his client a large damages award. He also vacated a substantial award this time acting for UnitedHealth against Cave Consulting Group, further showing that it pays to have him by your side. Sophistication also characterises the transactional wing of the practice, where “extremely smart and attentive attorney” Karen Ballack can be found. Her deals disclosed to IAM are not to be made public, but they include intricately structured, billion-dollar transactions.

White & Case LLP

As payment processing, messaging, AI and Big Data technologies begin to penetrate the market, White & Case’s patent litigation practice grows. The firm’s global platform and consistent approach across borders give confidence to Silicon Valley companies whose technologies are deployed around the world at lightspeed. Issues come up thick and fast, and there to sort them out is Bijal Vakil, a trial lawyer who also understands the finer points of international patent strategy. He is one of the relatively few IAM Patent 1000 litigators to also earn a place in the IAM Strategy 300. Cut from the same cloth, Jeannine Yoo Sano also capitalises effectively on the firm’s broader offering for her clients, which include Google. It’s primetime right now for Sano, a “brilliant procedural litigator who is also amazing in the courtroom”. Notable developments on the transactional front include Daren Orzechowski’s relocation from New York to Silicon Valley. Orzechowski overlays his knowledge of technology transaction structuring with an IP-informed strategic approach, which will help him succeed in his mandate to grow the West Coast deal practice.

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

The US patent litigation statistics show a downward trend in the market, yet WilmerHale has been as busy – if not busier – than ever. The breadth of the practice is a major contributing factor to this; the set litigates with poise and precision in all US forums and its docket is well balanced between high-technology and life sciences – not all its eggs are in one basket. Also vital is the calibre of the trial teams it can advance by drawing on the best-suited individuals across its office network. The firm’s anchor in California is Mark Selwyn, who is currently co-leading with Boston’s Bill Lee a multi-strand IP case for Ancestry.com against 23andMe, one of its competitors in the DNA testing market. Selwyn steps into hot-running feuds and cools them down with his combination of interpersonal skills, deep domain expertise in his focused industries and tactical litigation nous.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Best known for its commercial dealings with intellectual property, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati also boasts robust patent procurement, counselling and litigation practices. Recommended by peers for his “creative thinking around tricky strategic issues”, Matthew Bresnahan is one of the set’s new prosecution faces in the IAM Patent 1000 this year. He acts for a swathe of Southern Californian life sciences and medial device companies. Steeped in the medical device world, James Heslin is another name that comes to mind if you are looking for watertight patent protection and advice on IP monetisation. “Jim has a calm demeanour and deep industry understanding so he’s great at helping companies sort out their differences.” While Bresnahan has trial experience and Heslin has ample enforcement knowledge, the people to see for out-and-out litigation are Edward Poplawski and Michael Levin. Poplawski captains the side and is nationally recognised for his crisp delivery in the courtroom. Levin is a software, networking and telecommunications ace who shines in licensing disputes. A general in the firm’s army of technology transactions lawyers, Kenneth Clark keeps Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati at the forefront of commercial developments in the biotechnology sector.

Winston & Strawn LLP 

Gilt-edged trial firm Winston & Strawn “has been making all the right moves in California and is a growing force on the West Coast”. Its management has demonstrated a discerning eye for talent and a thoughtfulness about diversity by bringing on board individuals such as Kathi Vidal and Nimalka Wickramasekera, who joined in 2017 from Fish and Kirkland & Ellis respectively. Executive committee member Vidal has integrated extremely well into the group; wins for SAP America have her right in the thick of the action. Wickramasekera’s practice has skyrocketed since she arrived, particularly in the medical device area. She has technical and trial smarts in abundance, which have been put to good use on behalf of spinal surgery device innovator Alphatec Holdings and Medtronic. Aggressive in pursuing early resolutions to disputes, she has a strong business head on her shoulders which clients really appreciate. Before and after these changes, David Enzminger, Michael Tomasulo and David Bloch have done much to keep the practice flying high despite softness in the US patent litigation market. Enzminger and Tomasulo share major clients in the video-game industry and have performed well in the context of technically dense PTAB matters. Bloch litigates across the IP spectrum with a focus on technology and shares his learnings by frequently publishing on IP topics.

Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP

The past year was transformational for the IP practice at transatlantic full-service outfit Womble Bond Dickinson; in January it added a 20-strong crew of lawyers and patent agents including James Scheller from well-known tech firm Blakely Sokoloff Taylor Zafman; in May it added all-round high-technologist Daniel Ovanezian from Lowenstein; then in November it scored a coup with the addition of top PTAB mind Brent Babcock from Knobbe Martens. These moves give it a strong prosecution, strategic counselling and post-grant practice to build on in California and an additional resource for clients of IAM Patent 1000-ranked lawyers from the firm’s offices in Delaware, North Carolina and Georgia.

Other recommended experts

William Abrams of Foster Pepper is a proven trial winner with many patent and trade secret verdicts to his name. Asim Bhansali recently set up Kwun Bhansali Lazarus, a new litigation boutique with a business-focused, hands-on approach to technology disputes. Bhansali is a former Keker lawyer, so you know he’s the real deal when it comes to trial work. A resurgent Orrick found its stars in 2018, bringing Jared Bobrow on from Weil in May and Clement Roberts from Durie Tangri in June. “They both have large patent litigation practices, which Orrick has the infrastructure to support.” Operating out of the San Francisco office of Hogan Lovells, John Brockland works magic on major commercial IP transactions. He is a veteran negotiator of just about every deal type. Greenberg Traurig trial lawyer Nicholas Brown has been busy in the ITC of late. In October 2018, Venable unveiled its new signing Shane Brun. The erstwhile Goodwin Procter man is known for his strategic problem-solving approach to litigation. Kurt Calia is an esteemed life sciences patent litigator and trade secrets authority. He flies the flag of Covington & Burling in Palo Alto. Siegmund Gutman of Proskauer Rose is showing the rest of the market how to litigate biologic drug cases. Together with Boston-based Fangli Chen, he is currently acting for Shire to sharpen its competitive edge and defend patents protecting its top biologic product. Doctor of medicine James Hill has worked at several top patent firms including WilmerHale, Knobbe Martens and Perkins Coie. His accumulated wisdom regarding patent prosecution, litigation, post-grant proceedings and licensing is now deployed for the benefit of FisherBroyles clients. Mark Krietzman of BakerHostetler is a patent all-rounder who serves as global IP counsel for his loyal clients. These include Intelligent Energy, whose portfolio he has grown substantially in the past five years and whose ventures in China and Japan he has advised on at a strategic level. Squire Patton Boggs amped up its patent practice with the hire of three partners in August 2018. For one of them, Ronald Lemieux, it was a homecoming – he grew up in the firm before moving to Paul Hastings and then Cooley. Squire Patton Boggs’s global platform and robust data privacy and security practices will be put to good use by the veteran lead litigation counsel and his ardent following in the semiconductor space. Few lawyers know as much about university tech transfer as Nixon Peabody’s Seth Levy. Prominent institutions call on him to revamp their programmes because he knows what works on campus and understands private sector thinking. Emma Maconick joined Shearman & Sterling in June 2018 to reinforce the firm’s Bay Area technology transactions practice. Some of the top names in Silicon Valley trust her to negotiate key agreements because of her broad legal, business, compliance and privacy expertise. A lot of firms were interested when Fabio Marino started planning a move away from McDermott Will & Emery; his ability to triage cases, quickly understand their true nature, develop trial themes early and then deploy resources appropriately makes him a very savvy litigator. Polsinelli lucked out when he joined in December 2017. James Nelson serves as relationship lead for clients for whom Venable serves as general outside technology counsel. Technology transactions and outsourcing are his main focuses, but his corporate and commercial law expertise is incredibly broad. Skadden put itself in a strong position for growth on the West Coast when it hired John (Jay) Neukom, a dynamic patent and trade secret trial lawyer entering his prime, from Quinn Emanuel. He is currently doing a ton of work for cybersecurity leader Fortinet. Tensegrity Law Group founding partner Matthew Powers is a veteran trial lawyer who can be counted on for a performance of great éclat when only a win will do. Finnegan does not need putting on the map in California – it is one of America’s top IP boutiques and respected nationwide. However, given the nature of its client base, which includes some of the most sophisticated technology companies in the world, it does need a local presence and Erik Puknys makes it a strong one in Palo Alto. Puknys leads the firm’s appellate practice, which is one of the best in the business. Robert Sachs is a top expert on software patents and Section 101 issues. The former Fenwick & West partner now runs his own self-titled outfit. Milbank partner Mark Scarsi has an exemplary trial record and highly polished advocacy skills. He trains his associates incredibly well, too, so technology giants such as Google are happy for him to run lean teams even on major cases. Greenberg Gross is a firm that gets to trial frequently and can be expected to show up on major patent cases with increasing frequency now that David Stein is in charge. The experienced advocate doesn’t run the same playbook all the time, but focuses on establishing strong trial themes early and convincing legal reasoning to make his narratives work. Commercial player Buchalter – one of the fastest-growing AmLaw 200 firms – has considerably bolstered its patent practice recently and in February 2017 hired Rick Taché to co-chair its IP group. A veteran litigator on both sides of the ‘v’, “Rick is unique in that he really cares about his clients. He has a rare degree of emotional intelligence and an exceptional work ethic”. Highly trained as a systems engineer, Patterson + Sheridan partner Nick Transier builds portfolios that fuel international business success for clients innovating in the AI, machine learning, software, telecommunications and automotive industries. “Joseph Yang provides guidance that guarantees the agreement you sign will get you the rights you need. He is a thorough and tough negotiator and one of the best IP transactional lawyers out there. He is always on top of the law and understands the impact on US licensing of all relevant court decisions.” The PatentEsque lawyer is an authority on the licensing of SEPs and a cross-border deal broker of the highest order.

Individuals: litigation

  • Wayne Barsky - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Juanita Brooks - Fish & Richardson
  • Yar R Chaikovsky - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Neel Chatterjee - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Morgan Chu - Irell & Manella LLP
  • Daralyn J Durie - Durie Tangri LLP
  • Heidi Keefe - Cooley LLP
  • Josh Krevitt - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Mark A Lemley - Durie Tangri LLP
  • Douglas E Lumish - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Matthew D Powers - Tensegrity Law Group LLP
  • John B Quinn - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Joseph R Re - Knobbe Martens
  • Edward Reines - Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Clement S Roberts - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Ron E Shulman - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Ragesh K Tangri - Durie Tangri LLP
  • Robert A Van Nest - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Charles K Verhoeven - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • William F Abrams - Foster Pepper PLLC
  • John Allcock - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Adam R Alper - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Brent Babcock - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • James R Batchelder - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Michael A Berta - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Michael J Bettinger - Sidley Austin LLP
  • David Bloch - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Jared Bobrow - Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Bryant C Boren Jr - Baker Botts LLP
  • Jim Brogan - King & Spalding LLP
  • Luke L Dauchot - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • Anthony Fenwick - Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Brian L Ferrall - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Deborah E Fishman - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Mark D Fowler - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Richard G Frenkel - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Thomas J Friel Jr - King & Spalding LLP
  • Gary N Frischling - Irell & Manella LLP
  • William Gaede - McDermott Will & Emery
  • David Gindler - Irell & Manella LLP
  • Siegmund Y Gutman - Proskauer Rose LLP
  • Hopkins Guy - Baker Botts LLP
  • J David Hadden - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Benjamin W Hattenbach - Irell & Manella LLP
  • Michael Headley - Fish & Richardson
  • Jeffrey G Homrig - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Anthony M Insogna - Jones Day
  • Michael A Jacobs - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Randall Kay - Jones Day
  • Robert F Kramer - Dentons US LLP
  • Ronald Lemieux - Squire Patton Boggs
  • Victoria F Maroulis - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Sonal N Mehta - Durie Tangri LLP
  • Mark Miller - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Sean S Pak - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Ashok Ramani - Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Michael Rhodes - Cooley LLP
  • William C Rooklidge - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Michael J Sacksteder - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Jeannine Yoo Sano - White & Case LLP
  • Mark Scarsi - Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP
  • Mark D Selwyn - Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP
  • John B Sganga - Knobbe Martens
  • Stefani E Shanberg - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Chad Shear - Fish & Richardson
  • Jason Sheasby - Irell & Manella LLP
  • David J Silbert - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Jonathan Singer - Fish & Richardson
  • Darin W Snyder - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Wayne Stacy - Baker Botts LLP
  • Claude M Stern - Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP
  • Andrew N Thomases - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Kathi Vidal - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Jonathan K Waldrop - Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
  • Vernon M Winters - Sidley Austin LLP
  • Michael J Wise - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Ryan K Yagura - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • David Almeling - O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Christa Anderson - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Michelle Armond - Knobbe Martens
  • Marcus Barber - Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
  • Asim M Bhansali - Kwun Bhansali Lazarus
  • Micah Block - Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Nicholas A Brown - Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Shane Brun - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Kurt Calia - Covington & Burling LLP
  • Joseph Cianfrani - Knobbe Martens
  • Craig Countryman - Fish & Richardson
  • Sean C Cunningham - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Michael De Vries - Kirkland & Ellis LLP
  • David P Enzminger - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Daniel R Foster - McDermott Will & Emery
  • Joseph C Gratz - Durie Tangri LLP
  • Jon Gurka - Knobbe Martens
  • Brent A Hawkins - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Alan J Heinrich - Irell & Manella LLP
  • Gabrielle E Higgins - Ropes & Gray LLP
  • Julie M Holloway - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Richard SJ Hung - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • James Isbester - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Edward Johnson - Mayer Brown
  • Darcy Jones - Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP
  • Matthias A Kamber - Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
  • Chris Kennerly - Paul Hastings LLP
  • Seong Kim - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Stephen Korniczky - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Jonathan Lamberson - Fish & Richardson
  • Greg Lanier - Jones Day
  • Irfan Lateef - Knobbe Martens
  • Michael B Levin - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • David Lisson - Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  • Jason Lo - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Michael Lyons - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Fabio E Marino - Polsinelli PC
  • Stuart P Meyer - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Tom Millikan - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Michael A Molano - Mayer Brown
  • Steven D Moore - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Charlene M Morrow - Fenwick & West LLP
  • John Neukom - Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Edward G Poplawski - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Erik R Puknys - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • John P Schnurer - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Brett M Schuman - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Krista Schwartz - Jones Day
  • Saina Shamilov - Fenwick & West LLP
  • David Stein - Greenberg Gross LLP
  • J Rick Taché - Buchalter
  • Kerry Taylor - Knobbe Martens
  • Michael A Tomasulo - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Ellisen Shelton Turner - Irell & Manella LLP
  • Bijal Vakil - White & Case LLP
  • Karen Vogel Weil - Knobbe Martens
  • David E Wang - Mayer Brown
  • Nimalka Wickramasekera - Winston & Strawn LLP
  • Darryl Woo - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Phil Woo - Haynes and Boone LLP

Individuals: prosecution

  • Bing Ai - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Adeel Akhtar - Knobbe Martens
  • Daniel M Becker - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Mark Benedict - Knobbe Martens
  • Karl Bozicevic - Bozicevic Field & Francis LLP
  • Dion Bregman - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Matthew Bresnahan - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • John M Carson - Knobbe Martens
  • Romy L Celli - Alston & Bird LLP
  • Ko-Fang Chang - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Tom Chen - Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Daniel M De Vos - Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott LLP 
  • Michael W Farn - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Michael Fleming - Irell & Manella LLP
  • Carol Francis - Bozicevic Field & Francis LLP
  • Michael L Fuller - Knobbe Martens
  • Michael A Glenn - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Kevin O Grange - Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Kevin Greenleaf - Dentons US LLP
  • Lisa A Haile - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • James M Heslin - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Brian Hickman - Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham LLP
  • James W Hill - FisherBroyles LLP
  • Brian Ho - Dentons US LLP
  • Robert Hulse - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Mark J Itri - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Kenneth E Jenkins - Mintz
  • William Kezer - Mintz
  • John King - Knobbe Martens
  • Sujit Kotwal - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Mark H Krietzman - Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • Viola Kung - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Joe Liebeschuetz - Alston & Bird LLP
  • Eli A Loots - Knobbe Martens
  • Joseph Mallon - Knobbe Martens
  • Jeffry S Mann - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Andre L Marais - Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner PA
  • Mika Reiner Mayer - Cooley LLP
  • John T McNelis - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Salima A Merani - Knobbe Martens
  • Greg Michelson - Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Kimberly J Miller - Knobbe Martens
  • Judy Mohr - McDermott Will & Emery
  • David Nicholson - Nicholson De Vos Webster & Elliott LLP 
  • Daniel Ovanezian - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • Christopher J Palermo - Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham LLP
  • Rajiv P Patel - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Catherine M Polizzi - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Marina Portnova - Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Joseph R Reisman - Knobbe Martens
  • Dale L Rieger - Jones Day
  • Robert R Sachs - Robert R Sachs PC
  • James Scheller - Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP
  • Ronald J Schoenbaum - Knobbe Martens
  • Eric Schulman - Fish & Richardson
  • Stephanie L Seidman - Dentons US LLP
  • Antonia L Sequeira - Fenwick & West LLP
  • William L Shaffer - Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP
  • Amy Simpson - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Nathan Smith - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Jae Won Song - Fenwick & West LLP
  • James W Soong - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Lorna Tanner - Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Travis Thomas - Baker Botts LLP
  • Nick Transier - Patterson + Sheridan LLP
  • Hans R Troesch - Fish & Richardson
  • Lee Van Pelt - Van Pelt, Yi & James LLP
  • Gerard von Hoffmann - Knobbe Martens
  • Michael R Ward - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Gary S Williams - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Michael J Wise - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Phil Woo - Haynes and Boone LLP
  • Peter Yim - Dentons US LLP

Individuals: transactions

  • Adeel Akhtar - Knobbe Martens
  • Karen N Ballack - Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP
  • Thomas A Briggs - Jones Day
  • John P Brockland - Hogan Lovells US LLP
  • Kenneth A Clark - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Michael L Fuller - Knobbe Martens
  • Stephen D Gillespie - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Jonathan M Gordon - Alston & Bird LLP
  • Lisa A Haile - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Jake Handy - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Judith Hasko - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • David L Hayes - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Dana W Hayter - Perkins Coie LLP
  • Mark J Itri - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Robert L Jones - Cooley LLP
  • Rahul Kapoor - Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Anthony R Klein - Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Barbara Kosacz - Cooley LLP
  • Lance S Kurata - Mintz
  • Carrie LeRoy - Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
  • Seth D Levy - Nixon Peabody
  • Emma Maconick - Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Thomas A Magnani - Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP
  • Mika Reiner Mayer - Cooley LLP
  • Salima A Merani - Knobbe Martens
  • Kimberly J Miller - Knobbe Martens
  • Nader A Mousavi - Sullivan & Cromwell LLP 
  • Glenn G Nash - Sidley Austin LLP
  • James E Nelson - Venable LLP
  • Daren M Orzechowski - White & Case LLP
  • Ralph M Pais - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Rufus Pichler - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Marya A Postner - Cooley LLP
  • Stefano Quintini - Fenwick & West LLP
  • Mark F Radcliffe - DLA Piper LLP (US)
  • Tessa J Schwartz - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • William I Schwartz - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Karen A Spindler - Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Gerard von Hoffmann - Knobbe Martens
  • Michael R Ward - Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • John E Wehrli - Jones Day
  • Joseph Yang - PatentEsque Law Group LLP