Ameet A Modi

Partner at Desmarais LLP

Ameet A Modi is a trial lawyer who focuses on complex patent and technology-related cases. He has led teams through all phases of litigation in a variety of industries, including computer and mobile-device hardware and software, telecommunications, e-commerce, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. Mr Modi has been with Desmarais LLP since the firm’s inception in 2010 and has been a partner since 2017.

Mr Modi’s recent work for defendants includes his representation of Apple to secure complete dismissal of two lawsuits (spanning six patents) filed by Inc. In each case, the court granted Apple’s motion to dismiss all patent infringement allegations on the ground that the patent claims failed to satisfy Section 101. Mr Modi also was a member of the trial team that successfully defeated VirnetX’s patent infringement claims against Cisco, securing a rare complete defence verdict in the Eastern District of Texas, bringing an end to VirnetX’s $258 million claim against Cisco. In addition to his litigation work, Mr Modi regularly assists clients in negotiating settlement and licence agreements, and has represented and counselled clients on strategic patent licensing and inter partes review proceedings.

Mr Modi also has substantial experience working on complex life sciences disputes. Leveraging his background in molecular biology, Mr Modi has represented and advised GlaxoSmithKline, Boston Scientific Corporation and others in cases involving pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Mr Modi is a co-chair of Desmarais LLP’s diversity and inclusion committee and is centrally involved in the firm’s diversity and attorney recruiting efforts. In those capacities, Mr Modi co-directs the firm’s efforts to ensure that attorneys from all backgrounds receive substantial professional opportunities and access to clients. Each year since 2017, Mr Modi has been recognised as a “Top Rated Intellectual Property Attorney” by Super Lawyers. In 2020 Mr Modi relocated to California to help further build the firm’s office and presence in San Francisco.


  • Columbia Law School, JD, 2008
  • University of California, Berkeley, BA, molecular and cell biology, 2003

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Desmarais LLP
101 California Street
San Francisco CA 94111
United States

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