2013 Faculty
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Keynote Speaker
Daniel Scheinman
Dan Scheinman is a seasoned high technology executive, investor, and advisor for emerging companies. Mr. Scheinman had a diverse and stellar 18-year career at Cisco Systems, where he contributed in growing the company from a $100M company to more than $40B in annual revenue. He served as SVP and General Counsel, SVP of CMSG and SVP of corporate business development. His experience spans legal, business development and general management functions. Mr. Scheinman is an angel investor working with companies like Arista Networks, Tango, Zoom Video Communications, Treasure Data and Think Big Analytics. Mr. Scheinman received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University and his law degree from Duke University.
Presenters
Partner
Robb Adkins serves as the firm-wide Chair of the white collar, regulatory defense and investigations practice group and as the head of litigation for the San Francisco office. Mr. Adkins focuses his practice on white collar and internal investigations, complex civil litigation, financial regulation, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) issues, and securities litigation. He is a nationally recognized trial attorney with deep experience in complex white collar matters involving the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and across the federal and state enforcement agencies.
Partner
Atulya R. Agarwal is a seasoned attorney with more than 20 years of experience in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries. As a Silicon Valley-based partner in Dickstein Shapiro’s Intellectual Property Practice, he focuses on all aspects of IP strategy, including IP diligence, contract drafting and negotiation, IP enforcement, and U.S. and foreign patent prosecution. Mr. Agarwal leverages his 13 years of experience working at the highest levels of in-house legal departments for major bio-pharmaceutical companies to advise his clients on how best to position their IP strategy and portfolios to maximize commercial value. He also uses his deep understanding of in-house practice to provide counsel that assists his clients in addressing the demands of corporate life and furthering their business objectives.
Partner
Fred Alvarez is one of the preeminent employment lawyers in the United States. He combines a unique blend of public service with leadership in the legal profession. He has an active individual and class action litigation practice devoted to defending employers in claims brought by private and governmental parties, including defending companies against claims brought by former senior executives. Mr. Alvarez has represented and advised clients in a range of industries, including oil, insurance, retail, communications, financial services, and technology. He focuses substantial attention on strategic, preventive, and compliance advice and internal investigations. Appointed by President Reagan and confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Alvarez served in two federal government sub-cabinet positions. As Assistant Secretary of Labor, he managed and directed the Wage and Hour Division and the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. He also served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Partner
Robert Artuz is a registered patent attorney whose practice focuses on patent litigation. He is experienced with all stages of intellectual property litigation, from early case assessment through appeal, and has worked on matters pertaining to a variety of technologies, including analog and digital circuitry, computer software, Internet technology, wireless communications, computer graphics processing, biotechnology and mechanical devices. In 2009, Mr. Artuz served as a deputy district attorney for the Office of the District Attorney of Santa Clara County. As a deputy district attorney, he prosecuted numerous criminal cases and was the lead trial attorney in seven jury trials that all resulted in criminal convictions.
Senior Director of Legal Operations and Trade Compliance
Bill Barthell currently performs a dual role as Senior Director of Legal Operations and Trade Compliance at Symantec. He has 20 years of legal experience primarily at public and privately-held Silicon Valley technology companies including, in addition to Symantec, in-house roles at LSI Logic, Extreme Networks, Procket Networks, and Xilinx after earlier work at law firms in Japan. Key practice areas include Legal Operations, Trade Compliance, Corporate Compliance, Corporate Development, Technology Licensing, Government Affairs, and Investigations. Mr. Barthell has business and law degrees from the University of Wisconsin, a master's degree in Asian Studies and Japanese from the University of Hawaii, and a CPA certification. Most recently, he is focusing on the role of technology in transforming the way in which corporate law departments operate.
Of Counsel
James F. Brelsford advises clients on complex intellectual property transactions, monetization strategies and IP litigation, including in cross-border matters, particularly in Asia. He brings to his intellectual property practice a broad range of experience and strong business perspective, having served as general counsel and in senior executive capacities at several public and private companies. Prior to joining Skadden, Mr. Brelsford served for many years as the general counsel and senior vice president of IP licensing at SanDisk Corp., responsible for the company’s legal affairs worldwide, including intellectual property, M&A, litigation, sales and distribution, and corporate governance matters. Previously, Mr. Brelsford served in high-level legal, business or corporate development positions at Hands-On Mobile Inc. (formerly Mforma Group Inc.) and Excite@Home. In his various positions, Mr. Brelsford has developed a strong focus on Asia, working frequently with Asian companies on a host of complex cross-border transactions and strategic partnerships.
CFO and General Counsel
Oliver Breme started his career as a founding member of an IT security company that specializes in technologies for the validation of financial transactions and invoicing documents before working for a leading e-commerce provider on the expansion of the business into different verticals. Prior to joining cleverbridge, Mr. Breme worked for several years for a premiere Silicon Valley law firm, where he focused on mergers and acquisitions, international taxation, technology transactions and intellectual property. He holds degrees from the School of Law and Economics of the University of Bonn, Germany, and Stanford Law School.
Chief of Staff and Director of Legal Operations
Connie Brenton is Chief of Staff and Director of Legal Operations at NetApp Inc. Prior to joining NetApp, she served as the Legal Operations Director at Oracle and the Chief of Staff and Director of Legal Operations at Sun Microsystems. Before going in-house, Ms. Brenton was a civil litigator. She holds a JD, an MBA and a BA in Economics. She has an expertise in legal process outsourcing, frequently speaking and writing on the topic. She is a founding member of CLOC (Corporate Legal Operations Consortium), a bay area consortium of senior legal operations executives. Ms. Brenton writes a monthly technology column for InsideCounsel.
 
Associate General Counsel, IP Litigation & Public Policy
 
Senior Intellectual Property Counsel
Lisa Buccino is a Senior IP attorney for SAP in Palo Alto. Lisa joined SAP in 2009 after nearly 10 years representing Fortune 500 and other corporate clients in high-stakes patent and trademark litigation. She is now a member of SAP's Global Litigation Group where she manages domestic and international litigation.
Senior Director, Assistant GC, Legal Operations
Dan Coll manages the legal operations function for Oracle, including ediscovery, records, spend, technology and general law department management. Prior to joining Oracle, he held various in-house roles at NetApp, Inc. and Jabil Circuit, Inc., including commercial transactions, compliance, internal investigations, litigation, M&A, and corporate governance. Mr. Coll began his legal career as a litigator for Swanson, Martin & Bell in Chicago, Illinois. Prior to working in the legal profession, he spent several years in public accounting with the firms of Arthur Andersen, LLP and Grant Thornton, LLP. Mr. Coll received his J.D. from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, an LL.M. in International Law and Business from Stetson University College of Law, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Northern Illinois University.
Partner
Randall Colson is a partner in Haynes and Boone's technology transactions group. Leveraging his industry experience as a hardware and software designer, Mr. Colson has extensive experience counseling clients with a myriad of technology and intellectual property-related transactions, including information technology and business process outsourcing, software development and licensing, SaaS, cloud computing, hosting, joint development, distribution, consulting, naming rights, and e-commerce transactions. In addition, he provides counseling on the use and procurement of patents, trademarks and copyrights, as well as on the intellectual property issues related to corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate securities transactions.
Counsel
Kellie Combs provides legal and strategic advice to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies on a broad range of regulatory issues under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act and the Public Health Service Act. Ms. Combs has advised clients on promotional compliance matters, life cycle management, regulation of clinical research, government investigations, and internal investigations and compliance audits. She has also performed regulatory due diligence in connection with transactions involving life sciences companies and has litigated cases that involve challenges to federal agency decisions under the Administrative Procedure Act. Ms. Combs has extensive experience counseling clients on issues associated with the use of social media for drug and device promotion.
Legal Operations Director
Stephanie Corey is the Legal Operations Director for the Flextronics Legal Department, managing its operations, information technology, finance and administration. From 1999-2010, Ms. Corey worked at Hewlett Packard where, as Director of Legal Operations and later Chief of Staff to the General Counsel, she managed legal department operations. She was responsible for developing IT solutions to meet department needs to improve the delivery of legal services to the corporation, including Knowledge Management and the Legal Department’s interactive website. Her responsibilities included managing finance and accounting, legal records, administration, the law library and board of directors support. Ms. Corey also managed Global Records Management for all of HP and she was responsible for the worldwide budget of $310M, including the development and oversight of cost cutting measures internally and with outside vendors, and determined competitive metrics for managing department performance.
Partner
David Cross is a partner in the Antitrust and Litigation groups and co-chair of the E-Discovery & Information Management Group in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office. Mr. Cross' practice includes antitrust, intellectual property, health care, securities, and general commercial litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts as well as arbitration. His patent litigation experience includes representing complainants and respondents in fast-paced Section 337 actions before the United States International Trade Commission. Mr. Cross also has extensive experience advising clients on matters regarding electronically stored information (ESI), including developing comprehensive discovery guidelines and protocols for Fortune 500 companies. He is co-chair of the American Bar Association's E-Discovery Subcommittee for the Section of Litigation and a member of the Sedona Conference, Working Group 1, which develops principles and best practice recommendations for electronic document retention and production in civil litigation.
Partner
Doug Dexter is a partner and chair of the Employment Practice Group. Mr. Dexter has spent 30 years advising employers on implementing sound business policies and reducing the threat of employment litigation and workplace conflict. He has successfully represented employers before arbitrators, juries, administrative agencies and appellate courts on a variety of employment law topics. This advice and representation includes topics such as wage compliance, disability accommodation and leaves of absence, sexual harassment, discrimination, "whistle blower" claims, union relations, trade secret protection, unfair competition, and non-compete/solicitation agreements. Mr. Dexter also represents executives in negotiating compensation and severance agreements. Mr. Dexter has advised and represented clients in the communications, media, technology, transportation, retail, manufacturing and professional service industries.
Partner
Paul DiSangro is regarded as a leading advisor in the area of federal and state tax controversies. As a counselor and litigator, Mr. DiSangro regularly represents clients in the course of complex IRS audits and appeals and tax litigation. He also provides authoritative guidance concerning international tax issues and considerations relative to transfer pricing. From his office in Silicon Valley, Mr. DiSangro serves an international group of clients, with a particular focus on the high tech and biotech industries. He also advises clients on a broad range of international, federal, and state tax planning. He advises on cross-border issues including taxation under subpart F, transfer pricing, and the movement and licensing of intangible property. He also regularly advises on mergers & acquisitions and outbound and inbound investment into the United States. Mr. DiSangro has authored several important works on US and international tax issues.
Partner
Eric Dreiband represents companies in all aspects of civil rights, employment discrimination, whistleblower, and wage and hour investigations, litigation, and counseling. Mr. Dreiband previously served as the general counsel of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He directed the federal government's litigation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and several other federal employment antidiscrimination laws. He also issued the Regional Attorneys' Manual, which established the policies of EEOC's litigation program. Prior to his EEOC service, Mr. Dreiband served as deputy administrator of the U.S. Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division. He directed the federal government's enforcement of the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and other laws.
Partner
Dan Dwyer's practice focuses primarily on representing food, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, medical device, and consumer products/services companies on a variety of matters involving FDA law, USDA law and advertising law. Mr. Dwyer has substantial expertise in food and drug safety issues, clinical trials, labeling and advertising claim substantiation, sales and marketing practices, good manufacturing practices, FDA inspections, recalls, corporate compliance programs and related matters. He regularly advises clients on developing strategies for FDA compliance and compliance with federal and state advertising law. Mr. Dwyer has more than 20 years of experience in FDA law and related matters. He has built a national reputation for successfully resolving difficult and complex FDA compliance and regulatory matters.
Partner
Jordan Eth is Co-Chair of the firm's Securities Litigation, Enforcement, and White-Collar Defense Group. He is a nationally recognized litigator, representing public companies and their officers and directors in securities class actions, SEC investigations, derivative suits, mergers and acquisitions litigation, and internal investigations. In 2008, Mr. Eth received a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award for co-leading the successful defense of JDS Uniphase Corp. and its former executives in a securities class action jury trial seeking $20 billion in damages. Mr. Eth has more than 25 years of experience handling complex and high-stakes litigation. He has represented dozens of companies and individuals in a broad range of industries, including financial services, computer software and hardware, life sciences, and consumer products.
Partner
James R. Ferguson focuses his practice on intellectual property, complex commercial litigation, and domestic and international arbitration. Mr. Ferguson also conducts domestic and international investigations for multi-national corporations. He has been lead trial counsel in patent, trademark, trade secret, license disputes, and breach of contract cases in federal courts and domestic and international arbitral tribunals. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, Mr. Ferguson has also been lead trial counsel in a wide range of other commercial and white-collar criminal litigation, including antitrust, securities, FCPA and tax cases. He has tried more than 50 cases to verdict or judgment and argued more than 40 appeals in federal courts, including the Federal Circuit.
Partner
Debra Fischer is chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and firm administrative partner. Ms. Fischer has practiced employment law for more than 20 years, successfully trying cases in both California state and federal courts. She has experience in arbitrations, and her appellate work consists of briefing and arguing cases in state and federal courts of appeal, including briefing in the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Fischer has defended clients in a wide variety of employment matters, including sexual harassment and wrongful termination suits; claims of race, sex, disability, pregnancy, age and sexual orientation discrimination; and assault, battery, invasion of privacy, defamation, fraud and false imprisonment allegations. She advises on trade secret and unfair competition issues that arise when employees change employment. In addition, she defends clients against wage and hour class actions and Section 17200 claims.
Chief of Staff to the General Counsel and Director of Global Legal Operations
Jeffrey Franke is Chief of Staff to the General Counsel and the Director of Global Legal Operations at Yahoo, Inc. Mr. Franke has over 20 years of experience at major high-tech companies and in private practice. He has provided legal support on a broad range of issues including, technology licensing, commercial transactions, commercial litigation, open source, product and M&A technology due diligence, and law practice management during that time. In his current role, Mr. Franke supports strategic and financial planning and management, tool implementation, vendor management, department communications, knowledge management, web portal development, electronic-billing, contract management, and other cross-departmental issues. Prior to joining Yahoo, Mr. Franke worked at Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Oracle Corp. supporting various software, hardware, services, manufacturing, and other business units.
Partner
Stephen Fronk's practice focuses on intellectual property transactions. Mr. Fronk advises emerging and public companies, venture funds, entrepreneurs and individuals on a wide range of intellectual property-related issues such as copyright, patent, trademark and trade secret licensing, protection and enforcement, software and hardware development and distribution, and contracts and regulatory issues relating to online commerce. He has particular experience advising clients on digital media-related transactions and has negotiated digital distribution deals with leaders in the movie, television, music and publishing industries.
Partner
Parag Gheewala chairs the technology transactions practice in the Seattle office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. The technology transactions practice specializes in domestic and international business transactions driven by the use or acquisition of rights in technology and intellectual property. Mr. Gheewala has experience with a variety of transactions, including joint ventures, strategic alliances, and product research, development, licensing, manufacturing, distribution, and marketing relationships. In particular, he has extensive experience negotiating with Microsoft and other large companies.Mr. Gheewala also works closely with the firm's corporate attorneys on mergers, acquisitions, spin-outs, and venture capital investments to evaluate the technology and intellectual property rights involved and to structure the transfer and protection of those assets. Mr. Gheewala taught "Drafting Technology Contracts" at the University of Washington Law School from 2003 to 2007.
Partner
Jake Handy focuses his practice on technology-based transactions, including intellectual property acquisitions and licensing strategies for life sciences and technology companies. Mr. Handy's representative transactions include: development, collaboration, license and material transfer agreements for a broad range of life science technologies including antibody, protein expression/modulation, gene therapy, genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics technologies; software, telecommunications and IT agreements, including technology development, licensing and marketing agreements; clinical trial agreements; and supply, distribution, sales representative and other supply-side agreements for biopharmaceuticals, diagnostic, medical device, telecommunications and software products.
Partner
W. Reece Hirsch is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Healthcare Practice. Mr. Hirsch focuses his practice on healthcare law regulatory and transactional matters. He counsels and represents hospitals, health plans and insurers, physician organizations, healthcare information technology companies, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, and other healthcare organizations on transactional and regulatory matters, including Medicare, fraud and abuse, self-referral, and privacy issues. Mr. Hirsch has specific knowledge in data privacy and security issues that apply to the healthcare industry, including compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act. He has advised clients from virtually all sectors of the healthcare industry on privacy and security compliance matters, including assisting them in developing policies and procedures, structuring healthcare information technology ventures, and responding to security breaches.
Partner
Mr. Hockett is a member of Davis Polk’s Litigation Department, practicing in the Menlo Park office. He represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters, including antitrust and unfair competition disputes, IP litigation, securities litigation, professional malpractice matters, contract cases and consumer class actions. He has also counseled and represented clients in connection with government investigations and the antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions. His clients have included many well-known technology and telecommunications companies, as well as a variety of leading firms in other industries, including financial and legal services, sports, e-commerce, media, manufacturing and health care. Mr. Hockett is the global head of Davis Polk’s antitrust practice. He is currently Chair of the 8,000-member ABA Section of Antitrust Law.
 
Senior Director, Legal Operations
Corporate Counsel
Eric Hutchins is a registered patent attorney in Oracle's legal department. Eric's practice includes patent litigation and licensing, copyright litigation, software licensing, and litigation- and IP-related diligence and licensing in mergers and acquisitions.
Partner
Linda M. Inscoe is a litigation partner in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices of Latham & Watkins. She is a member of the Employment, Benefits & Compensation Practice, and has jury, bench, administrative agency and binding arbitration trial experience. Ms. Inscoe’s practice focuses on employment law litigation and counseling, providing advice to approximately 200 companies a year. She has extensive litigation experience, having defended employers against claims of violation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, failure to pay benefits owed under ERISA plans, violation of wage and hour laws, unfair competition and trade secret infringement, wrongful discharge, employment discrimination and sexual harassment. Ms. Inscoe also routinely advises employers in connection with employment terminations, severance negotiations, executive employment disputes, compliance with wage and hour laws, facilities closures and reductions in force.
Partner
Jamie Isbester is a partner in Kilpatrick Townsend's San Francisco office where he specializes in patent and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Isbester has been advising and representing clients in intellectual property and technology-related matters since 1987. Although his clients span the business world, most of his work is on behalf of high technology and medical device companies. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in jury trials, bench trials, various state and federal courts of appeal, and arbitrations.
Partner
Wab Kadaba is the Managing Partner of Kilpatrick Townsend's Atlanta office and is Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Department. Mr. Kadaba concentrates his practice on litigation related to intellectual property as well as strategy and management of intellectual property and technology issues. He has considerable experience representing clients in patent, trademark and trade secret litigation matters, covering technologies as diverse as software, telecommunications, e-commerce, medical devices, footwear and chemical compositions. He is admitted to the United States Patent & Trademark Office and holds a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering.
Partner
Bill Kelly is a corporate partner and a founder of Davis Polk’s Menlo Park office. He primarily represents technology companies and their investors and advisers in mergers and acquisitions, strategic alliances, corporate governance and securities law compliance. He has been involved in some of the most significant M&A transactions in Silicon Valley and acts as regular corporate counsel to a number of tech companies. He also acts as special counsel to boards of directors, both tech and non-tech, in takeover defense and other sensitive situations. Mr. Kelly joined Davis Polk in 2000 from Silicon Graphics, where he spent six years as general counsel and in a variety of roles as a senior business executive. He was the head of the Menlo Park office until 2011, and is currently co-head of the firmwide corporate governance practice. Mr. Kelly has been actively involved in Silicon Valley law and business since 1982.
Partner
Building on work experience in the computer industry, Gregg Kirchhoefer's practice is focused on transactional and counseling matters primarily involving computer, telecommunications, eCommerce, life sciences, pharma, biotechnology, other technologies and intellectual property, corporate and commercial issues. Mr. Kirchhoefer is responsible for the Firm's intellectual property/technology transactions and outsourcing practice groups. In addition, he works closely with the Firm's corporate, private equity, tax, and restructuring attorneys on mergers, acquisitions, leveraged buyouts, venture capital/private equity transactions, securities offerings, financing transactions, and restructuring counseling and related transactions, and with the Firm's litigation attorneys on contentious matters requiring consulting on matters within his knowledge domain. Mr. Kirchhoefer's outsourcing experience spans nearly 30 years and in that time he has handled some of the largest, most comprehensive outsourcings in history.
Partner
Bernard J. Knight, Jr. is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. He focuses his practice on complex patent litigation. Mr. Knight is among the most respected authorities on intellectual property law in the United States, having served as General Counsel for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) from 2010 to 2013. At the USPTO, he played a leading role in the development of the landmark America Invents Act (AIA), which opens up several paths to challenge the validity of a patent that were not available previously. These challenges will become an integral part of overall strategy for any major patent dispute. As General Counsel of the USPTO, he led the development and legal review of the regulations implementing the new Inter Partes review, post grant review, business method review and derivation proceedings, as well as the regulations changing the United States to a first-inventor-to-file system. Mr. Knight is experienced in handling all IP matters, including patent, trademark and copyright issues. He has advised on intellectual property cases before the United States Supreme Court and provided oversight on patent and trademark cases before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the district courts. He previously served as Acting General Counsel of the U.S. Treasury at the height of the financial crisis.
 
Director, Legal Operations
Partner
Robert (Rob) Kramer is a partner in Dentons' Intellectual Property and Technology practice and is the Co-Chair of the Firm’s national Patent Litigation practice. He is resident in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices. Mr. Kramer specializes in patent infringement litigation, trade secrets, licensing and other complex business cases. He represents clients across various industries in federal and state courts, judicial and private arbitrations and US International Trade Commission (ITC) patent investigations. Mr. Kramer is a trial lawyer with decades of experience representing clients in patent infringement cases in district courts throughout the country, including in California, Delaware and the Eastern District of Texas. He has represented clients in patent litigations involving a wide range of products and industries, including wireless technologies, networking, data compression and transmission, microprocessors, Power over Ethernet (PoE), IEEE 802.3, programmable logic arrays (PLAs), semiconductor manufacturing and packaging equipment, light emitting diodes (LEDs) and optics, databases, software, graphics, electronic gaming, industrial equipment, life sciences, chemicals and adhesives, biometric authentication and smart grid utility systems, as well as Internet and business method patents.
Counsel
Mark T. Kresnak is an accomplished patent and transactional attorney with a lengthy track record of developing and executing comprehensive global IP protection, enforcement, and defense strategies. With nearly 20 years in the biotech, life science, and pharmaceutical industries, Mr. Kresnak has extensive experience in securing broad protection for all aspects of corporate IP, conducting detailed IP portfolio diligence, preparing patentability and/or infringement/non-infringement opinions, negotiating and drafting complex IP-related agreements, supporting IP litigation, and overseeing complicated product regulatory and lifecycle issues. Mr. Kresnakhas spent more than 14 years working at the highest levels of in-house legal departments for major pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
Partner
Rachel Krevans is chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Group and co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group. For more than 20 years, Ms. Krevans has tried patent disputes involving all manner of products in the electronics and biosciences areas. Her work in these industries has involved an assortment of technologies-from DVRs, cable and satellite TV, and computer-phone interfaces, to HIV and cancer treatments, vaccines, and blood and antibody research. Ms. Krevans's contentious matters often involve some of the most difficult and complex circumstances.
 
Vice President and Deputy General Counsel
 
Legal Director
Partner
Robin J. Lee is a partner in the Technology Transactions practice group and a member of the Cooley Business Department. He joined the Firm in 1999 and is resident in the Palo Alto office. His practice focuses on the representation of both emerging growth and established information technology companies, with an emphasis on intellectual property and technology transactions. The scope of his practice includes drafting, negotiating, and providing strategic counsel on a variety of commercial technology agreements, including licensing, distribution, manufacturing and development arrangements for hardware, software, and services. Mr. Lee also regularly provides legal and strategic counsel regarding the use of free/open-source software (FOSS), and has advised companies at all stages of growth on FOSS compliance assessment, copyleft contamination risks, FOSS business model implementation, internal open-source usage policies, and remediation of FOSS noncompliance.
Partner
Jon Leibowitz is a partner in Davis Polk’s Washington DC and New York offices. His practice focuses on the complex antitrust aspects of mergers and acquisitions, as well as government and private antitrust investigations and litigation. He also provides counsel in the developing area of privacy law. Mr. Leibowitz was Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission from 2009 through 2013, and was noted for his bipartisan effectiveness. He served as a Commissioner from 2004 to 2009. While at the FTC, his priorities included health care and high-tech competition.
Partner
Joy Liu advises drug, biotech, and device companies on a broad range of FDA regulatory matters. Ms. Liu has significant experience working on advertising and promotion compliance matters, Hatch-Waxman patent and exclusivity issues, and regulatory risk management. She has also worked on a number of government investigations, helping to defend companies during civil and criminal investigations concerning off-label promotion, recalls, safety reporting, and GMPs. In addition, Ms. Liu’s perspective is bolstered by her in-house counsel experience gained during an eight-month secondment to a multinational pharmaceutical company, where she worked as the sole product attorney for a $3 billion drug, sat on the copy review committee, and advised on fraud and abuse issues.
Partner
Sarah Lowe focuses her practice on employee benefits, with an emphasis in the areas of qualified plans, related ERISA fiduciary issues and pension plan investments. She regularly reviews and negotiates provisions of pension plan investments on behalf of large pension funds, including hedge funds and other alternative investments. She also routinely assists structuring private investment funds and their portfolio investments so that they avoid being subject to ERISA fiduciary rules. As part of her practice, she regularly advises clients on compliance with ERISA's rules regarding fiduciary duties and prohibited transactions. Ms. Lowe has provided counsel to and negotiated on behalf of clients regarding employee benefit issues in connection with mergers, acquisitions, dispositions and other business transactions. She has also researched and advised public and private employer clients regarding issues related to design, preparation, communication, administration and operation of qualified plans and the related funding vehicles, including pension and profit sharing plans, 401(k) plans, rabbi trusts, and cafeteria plans.
Chief IP Counsel
Doug Luftman serves as Chief IP Counsel for NetApp, Inc., a leader vendor of innovative storage and data management solutions that help organizations around the world store, manage, protect and retain their data. Mr. Luftman's areas of expertise include IP services such as strategic intellectual property counseling, patent portfolio development, intellectual property enforcement and licensing strategy, IP asset acquisitions, standards development strategy, IP and technology licensing, open source software management strategy, mergers and acquisitions, government affairs at state and federal level (including at agencies such as the US Patent and Trademark Office, FTC and DOJ), and leveraging information technology systems to maximize the effectiveness of delivering legal and business services.
Principal
Kathi Lutton leads and tries high-profile, high-stakes, high-tech patent litigation in a myriad of technologies, including semiconductor technology, telecommunications, circuits and systems, computer technology, software, and Internet applications. She advises clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to start-ups on their portfolios, patent protection, patent enforcement, patent defensive efforts, patent prosecution, and other intellectual property matters. She protects innovative companies who are wrongfully accused of patent infringement. Where the other side is reasonable and honest about their case, Ms. Lutton can often reach an agreement short of trial and often very early in the case. Inside and outside of the courtroom, Ms. Lutton is often called upon as an expert on case strategy and hot topics in the law.
 
Managing Counsel
EVP, General Counsel and Secretary
Brian M. Martin is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of KLA-Tencor Corporation. Prior to joining KLA-Tencor, Mr. Martin served in senior legal positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc. for 10 years. Prior to his career at Sun, Mr. Martin was in private practice where he had extensive experience in antitrust and intellectual property litigation. He is an adjunct professor of law at Buffalo Law School where he teaches a class he developed on the ethical issues faced by in-house counsel. Mr. Martin also authors an ethics column for InsideCounsel Magazine. He was recently listed in Ethisphere's 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics and on its "Attorneys Who Matter" list. He has also been named one of the top 10 innovative general counsels by the LA Daily Journal. The KLA-Tencor legal group was awarded the prestigious Governance Team of the Year by Corporate Secretary Magazine.
Partner
Julia Anne Matheson focuses her practice on trademark, unfair competition, and Internet-related issues including strategic international portfolio management, counseling and clearance, opposition and cancellation proceedings, licensing, due diligence, domain name disputes, and litigation and enforcement matters. Ms. Matheson has practiced in this area for more than 20 years. Ms. Matheson publishes regularly on trademark-related topics. She is also a frequent speaker on trademark, Internet, and general intellectual property law issues to a wide variety of audiences, including the International Trademark Association (INTA), MARQUES, American Bar Association (ABA), European-American Chamber of Commerce, Practicing Law Institute, and Licensing Executive Society.
Partner
Bruce McNamara is a partner in the Capital Markets and Securities Practice Group in the Silicon Valley office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. Mr. McNamara regularly represents public and private companies in mergers and acquisitions, capital raising, recapitalizations, venture financings, joint ventures and other strategic transactions as well as general corporate matters. Mr. McNamara has undertaken company-side and banker-side representations to complete numerous public and Rule 144A offerings involving companies in a wide variety of industries including semiconductor, semiconductor equipment, software, biotechnology, communications, computer and Internet. Mr. McNamara's extensive experience in advising public companies includes providing advice on best corporate governance practices and '34 Act reporting and disclosure issues such as Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K; Regulation FD; Regulation G; Section 16; as well as the myriad disclosure and compliance issues in corporate governance under Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank.
Partner
Glenn Nash is a corporate partner in Sidley’s Palo Alto office and Global Co-Head of Sidley’s Technology & IP Transactions practice. He has deep experience in the Internet, media, software, hardware and information technology industries. Mr. Nash’s practice focuses on intellectual property matters and providing strategic counseling to companies establishing and expanding their business and operations domestically and internationally. As well, Mr. Nash handles complex business transactions including technology, content and intellectual property transactions, joint ventures and other strategic collaborations and commercial transactions domestically and internationally for both established and emerging growth companies. Mr. Nash advises clients on intellectual property ownership, use, acquisition, sale, license and protection, and structures and negotiates US and cross-border transactions such as strategic alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, intellectual property acquisitions and spin-outs, as well as the full array of commercial relationships.
Partner
Beatrice Nguyen is a partner in Crowell & Moring's San Francisco office, and is a member of the firm's Antitrust Group. She focuses her practice on complex litigation involving antitrust and unfair competition law. Ms. Nguyen has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation.
Partner
Lydia Parnes is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where her practice focuses on privacy, data security, online advertising, and general advertising and marketing practices. She currently serves as a member of the firm's Policy Committee. The former director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection (BCP) at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Ms. Parnes is a highly regarded privacy expert. As director of the BCP, one of the FTC's two law-enforcement bureaus and the nation's only federal consumer-protection agency, she oversaw data security enforcement efforts and the development of the FTC's approach to online advertising. She testified on numerous occasions on the benefits of a nationwide data breach law, the risks of legislating in the technology area, and the need to assist consumers who become victims of identity theft. In addition, Ms. Parnes has extensive experience with the application of consumer-protection principles within the technology market. In 2006, she served as the deputy executive director of the President's Task Force on Identity Theft, coordinating the efforts of 17 federal agencies in developing a national strategic plan to combat identity theft in both the private and public sectors. Ms. Parnes currently advises companies on how to maintain the highest standards for the collection, protection, and use of consumer data while pursuing their business interests.
Partner
Michael Pavento focuses his practice on intellectual property law. He advises established companies and start-up ventures in a wide range of intellectual property matters, including the procurement and exploitation of intellectual property rights and the management of intellectual assets. Mr. Pavento regularly evaluates patent rights and renders opinions with respect to invalidity, infringement and freedom-to-operate issues and design-around options. He has developed offensive and defensive litigation strategies with respect to patent infringement, patent invalidity and related issues. Mr. Pavento also regularly prepares and prosecutes domestic and international patent applications and manages domestic and international patent portfolios. He also handles patent reexamination and reissue proceedings. Mr. Pavento's areas of core technical competence include: telecom, computers and networking systems, software, e-commerce, electronic transaction processing, on-line banking, mechanical devices, bioinformatics and business methods.
Shareholder
Dan Pyne chairs Hopkins & Carley’s Employment Law Department and has served as the firm’s Deputy Managing Shareholder since 2009. Dan advises and represents employers in a wide variety of matters, including: wrongful discharge, discrimination, harassment, wage and hour matters, unfair competition and employee mobility (covenants not to compete and not to solicit), development and implementation of employment policies and practices, and avoidance of litigation. Mr. Pyne has served as lead counsel for his clients in both state and federal courts at both the trial and appellate levels. His clients include businesses, non-profit organizations and executives. Many of his clients operate in the technology industry, but others are engaged in manufacturing, professional services and agriculture.
VP Licensing & Assoc. General Counsel
Mr. Ramirez oversees Adobe's $2.5 billion global desktop and enterprise licensing programs. Prior to Adobe Systems, he served as the General Counsel for Brio Software (now Oracle), Network Computing Devices, and Kubota Graphics.
Of Counsel
Karen Reinhold is an experienced employment and trial lawyer with a unique perspective. She joined Hopkins & Carley in 2009 after serving as associate general counsel to Loral Space & Communications, a global leader in satellite technology. She represents both public and private companies on complex employment matters as well as in employment-related cases. Ms. Reinhold regularly advises employers on employee mobility, trade secrets, wage and hour disputes, compliance with laws prohibiting discrimination, wrongful termination and compliance with the FMLA, ADA, FLSA and other state and federal laws. She litigates and tries claims involving these same employment-related issues in state and federal courts throughout California.
Partner
Matthew Rossiter represents start-up companies, established public companies and venture capital investors, with particular focus on the digital media, cleantech and life science industries. He advises clients on a variety of corporate and intellectual property transactions, including the formation of start-up ventures, equity and debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, and complex commercial and intellectual property transactions. Mr. Rossiter seeks to provide clients with practical, thoughtful advice to help solve their business and legal issues, and assists clients in structuring, negotiating and closing business transactions quickly and effectively. His practice also includes providing day-to-day counseling to companies and boards of directors on a wide range of other corporate matters. Mr. Rossiter is the lead researcher and co-author of Fenwick & West’s Life Sciences Financing Survey, a biannual report that analyzes the valuations and terms of venture financings for the U.S. life science companies, as well as trends in life science financing, VC fundraising, M&A and IPO activity.
Partner
Michael Rubin is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where his practice focuses on Internet strategy and litigation. Mr. Rubin's clients include industry leaders and start-ups alike, and a host of others in between. He represents his clients in litigation, domestic and international regulatory matters, and crafts operational strategies to help them navigate the complex challenges that their business models present. His active litigation matters include issues arising under the Federal Wiretap and Computer Fraud and Abuse Acts and the Copyright Act.
 
Chief Patent Counsel
David P. Ruschke is Chief Patent Counsel of Medtronic CardioVascular located in Santa Rosa, CA. He manages a team of 15 attorneys, agents, and paralegals, providing services and counseling on all matters related to intellectual property, including patent litigation, product clearances, patent prosecution, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, licensing, third-party agreements, opinions, copyrights, and trademarks. Prior to his present position, Mr. Rushke worked at Medtronic, Inc. at its world headquarters located in Minneapolis, MN, where he supported Medtronic’s Corporate Science and Technology division. Previously, he was employed by the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, DC, where he engaged in patent litigation and prosecution, counseling, and opinion work in a variety of technical areas.
Partner
Cheryl Sabnis is a partner with King & Spalding’s Tort and Environmental Litigation Group. She focuses her practice on complex defense litigation matters and has extensive experience litigating products liability, commercial, and employment disputes. Ms. Sabnis has defended some of the world’s leading manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Among the medical products she has defended against claims of personal injury or wrongful death are paroxetine, rosiglitazone, oral contraceptives, ibuprofen, vaccines, a hospital proning bed, diethylstilbestrol (DES), and denture cream. Additionally, Ms. Sabnis has represented manufacturers of chemicals, fuels, materials, industrial equipment, and other products in products liability actions filed nationwide. She has a proven track record of being able to obtain successful outcomes for her clients in these matters.
Partner
Matt Schulz is a member of Dentons' Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice with a focus on business immigration and employment law. Matt has experience helping employers plan and implement global transfers. In addition to obtaining visas for the United States and other countries, he provides pre- and post-transfer counseling to help ensure the proper drafting and execution of employment contracts, employee benefits and tax planning. Mr. Schulz also advises employers on staffing strategies, personnel policies, corporate compliance and best practices. He trains human resources and legal staff, conducts audits of compliance records and defends employers in government enforcement actions, as well as advising investors and entrepreneurs on immigration strategies.
Special Counsel
Chuck Schwab is Special Counsel in the Technology Transactions practice group and a member of Cooley's Business department, resident in the Colorado office. Mr. Schwab's practice focuses on technology and intellectual property related transactions, including software licensing, distribution arrangements, product development, technology transfer agreements, electronic commerce, outsourcing, and strategic relationships. He regularly counsels clients on structuring and negotiating deals involving business process and information technology outsourcing, Software as a Service, clean technology, OEM, VAR and other distribution arrangements, development and exploitation of intellectual property assets, and other technology related matters. He has extensive experience in privacy and internet law counseling, covering a variety of issues posed by electronic commerce, social networking, "web 2.0," and digital content distribution. Mr. Schwab has taught Cyberspace law as an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University School of Law.
Senior Director, Litigation
Partner
Michael Shuster provides strategic intellectual property legal services to biotechnology and chemical/pharmaceutical companies. His practice includes patent prosecution, portfolio analysis, due diligence, litigation and opinion work. His clients include start-up and established biotechnology companies, venture capital firms and research universities and hospitals. Dr. Shuster has legal and technical experience in protein and nucleic acid chemistry, clean tech, high resolution protein structures, proteomics, genomics, combinatorial peptide libraries, vaccine development for viral and autoimmune disorders, transdermal drug delivery systems, liposomal drug formulations and microfluidics devices. Before becoming an attorney, Dr. Shuster’s career experience included graduate research in the laboratory of Professor Eric Kandel at Columbia University as part of a team focused on discovery of mechanisms by which short-term memories are stored, research for which Professor Kandel was awarded the 2000 Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Sr. Vice President & General Counsel
Margo Smith is responsible for Marketo's worldwide legal affairs and compliance. She has extensive experience representing public and private technology companies in M & A, commercial, compliance, litigation, IP, policy, privacy and international law matters. Most recently, Ms. Smith served as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at QuinStreet, a digital marketing and media company, and previous to that was Executive Vice President and General Counsel at Verigy, now a part of Advantest Corporation. She began her legal career at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where she worked with public and private companies through all stages of their development.
 
Assistant General Counsel
John Steele’s practice emphasizes legal ethics, the law of lawyering, and risk management. He offers counseling, opinion letters, and expert witness engagements. Mr. Steele taught approximately 25 semesters as adjunct lecturer in legal ethics at UC-Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), Stanford Law School, and Santa Clara University School of Law. He was a Visiting Professor at Indiana University (Maurer School of Law) in the Spring of 2010. He is a former member, COPRAC (2005-08) (State Bar of California’s Standing Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct).
Partner
Mark Stember concentrates his practice on counseling clients on the tax and related aspects of health and welfare benefits, flexible compensation, fringe benefits, executive compensation, and qualified retirement plans. Mr. Stember has counseled both private and public clients regarding health and welfare plans, cafeteria plans, fringe benefit plans, such as adoption assistance and tuition reimbursement, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, executive split dollar life insurance plans and section 401(k) and pension plans. Mr. Stember is the leader of the Health and Welfare and Employee Benefits Legal Alert teams. He is a frequent writer and presenter on employee benefits matters. He is also a member of the Employer’s Council for Flexible Compensation Technical Advisory Council, and the Contributing Editor for the Employer’s Guide to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Partner
David Tellekson focuses his practice on litigating patent cases for clients in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, polymer chemistry and medical devices. In addition to his trial work, he also consults on patent strategy, opinions and due diligence. Mr. Tellekson is a frequent writer and lecturer in areas of patent law and patent litigation. Prior to joining Fenwick & West, he was the managing principal at Darby & Darby P.C. in Seattle.
Partner
Jeane A. Thomas is co-chair of the firm's E-Discovery & Information Management Group and a partner in Crowell & Moring's Antitrust Group. In her role with the E-Discovery practice, Ms. Thomas has managed many types of E-Discovery matters in both government investigations and civil litigation. She regularly counsels clients on Information Governance, including the development and application of effective information management policies, legal hold practices, and E-Discovery response plans. Ms. Thomas is a participating member of The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 on Electronic Document Retention and Production and Working Group 6 on International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure. She is also a member of the Advisory Board and Faculty of the Georgetown University Law Center Advanced Institute for E-Discovery. She regularly speaks and writes on U.S. and transnational E-Discovery issues, and is a certified Information Privacy Professional, with a focus on European regulation (CIPP/E).
Partner
Mr. Travers is a corporate partner in Davis Polk’s Menlo Park office. He advises companies and their underwriters and investors on mergers and acquisitions, securities offerings and other corporate transactions, as well as corporate governance and SEC compliance matters. He focuses on matters involving technology and life sciences companies but has extensive experience in other industries as well. Mr. Travers joined Davis Polk in 2003 from Credit Suisse, where he advised software companies on a broad range of corporate finance and strategic transactions.
Partner
Warren Wayne is a leading international employment lawyer, known for his handling of complex and sensitive disputes and his commercial guidance. Mr. Wayne is a partner in Bird & Bird's Employment Group in London and is known for his work in in the technology and financial services sectors. He also jointly leads the firm's International Trade Secrets Group. Specializing in a range of employment issues, Mr. Wayne has particular experience in dealing with complex and high value disputes, drafting and litigating confidentiality issues and employment restrictions, software theft and ownership disputes, international restructures and acquisitions, executive severances, discrimination disputes, data protection issues and complex Employment Tribunal claims. He regularly speaks on employment law and trade secret topics and appears on BBC Radio and Television news programs.
Executive Vice President
Mallun Yen is Executive Vice President of RPX Corporation and head of Corporate Development, M&A and Structured Acquisitions. Ms. Yen joined RPX following an eight-year career at Cisco where, as Vice President of Worldwide Intellectual Property and Deputy General Counsel, she was responsible for developing and implementing the Fortune 100 company's strategy to protect, enhance, defend, and capture the value of its intellectual property. She was the technology giant's second intellectual property attorney and built a group of over two dozen senior industry professionals with responsibility for all patent, copyright and trademark strategy, development, prosecution, disputes, licensing, acquisitions, marketplace, and policy, as well as patent pools and standards-related matters. Ms. Yen chairs the advisory board of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology at UC Berkeley Law School and currently serves on the advisory board for Stanford Law School's Center for Law, Science and Technology, as well as on the Executive Committee of the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel. She is a founding board member of ChIPs, an organization dedicated to the advancement, mentoring and retention of women in the IP field.
 
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