2014 Faculty
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Keynote Speaker
Thomas M. McCoy
EVP, General Counsel and Secretary
CH2M Hill
Tom McCoy has been a leader in the business, policy, and public service communities on both coasts of the United States, drawing on nearly four decades of experience in private practice and as chief legal officer of multinational technology companies. After practicing for 17 years with O’Melveny & Myers in Antitrust, Securities and Intellectual Property, he left his firm’s partnership in 1995 to join Advanced Micro Devices as SVP and General Counsel, where he served for 16 years as a top five executive, led the audacious AMD v. Intel strategy, and was intimately involved in the transformation of AMD through mergers, acquisitions, spinouts, joint ventures and strategic investments. In 2010 Mr. McCoy left AMD as its EVP, Legal, Corporate and Public Affairs, to rejoin O’Melveny & Myers and chair the firm’s Integrated Legal Services Practice Group. In 2014, he returned to in-house practice as EVP, General Counsel and Secretary of CH2M Hill, a Fortune 500 global infrastructure engineering company. Mr. McCoy is a board member of the Computer and Communications Industry Association and of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University; he is a former board member of the Western Center for Law and Poverty. After majoring in History at Stanford University, Mr. McCoy received his J.D. from the University Southern California Law School, where he later taught Civil Trial Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor. Mr. McCoy clerked for the Honorable Walter Ely, US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
Presenters
Partner
Mr. Amdursky is Head of O’Melveny’s Silicon Valley office and a member of the Labor and Employment Practice. He regularly represents clients in federal and state court cases involving individual and classwide claims of employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, wage and hour violations, and breach of fiduciary duty. Mr. Amdursky also focuses his practice on defending and prosecuting claims regarding non-competition agreements, “corporate raiding,” unfair competition, and trade secret misappropriation. He has litigated several cases regarding employment issues arising from mergers and acquisitions, as well as disputes among venture capital partners.
Partner
Erika Arner chairs Finnegan's patent office practice. She focuses on patent office trials, patent prosecution management, client counseling, and litigation, with an emphasis on electronic technology, computer software, and the Internet. Ms. Arner helps clients of all sizes to establish and grow patent portfolios, align intellectual property strategy with business objectives, and adapt to the evolving legal landscape, including the America Invents Act. She is a well-known authority in the area of business method patents and patent-eligibility jurisprudence. Ms. Arner represented the petitioners before the U.S. Supreme Court in Bilski v. Kappos, and has advised clients on issues related to patentable subject matter before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S. district courts, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She has also served as lead counsel before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTAB) in more than 20 post-grant review and inter partes review proceedings.
Partner
Christopher J. Banks is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice, and a trial lawyer specializing in complex commercial matters. Mr. Banks has over a decade of trial experience, with particular focus on jury trials and on representing clients in the information technology and biopharmaceutical industries with disputes related to unfair business practices, intellectual property, antitrust, breach of contract, employee raiding, and non-competition issues. Mr. Banks has played a key role on numerous Morgan Lewis trial teams, including securing a $577 million jury verdict for client Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp. in a three-month trial and the successful prosecution of claims for a pharmaceutical company in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration in 2009 that culminated in an award of $91 million. In 2008, he helped successfully defend a financial institution on damages retrial, convincing a jury to award no damages against a defendant that had already been found to have willfully and maliciously misappropriated trade secrets.
Partner
Paul Barker has a diverse practice, including interferences, post-grant proceedings, patent prosecution, arbitration, opinions, due diligence, and strategic counseling. He focuses in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and diagnostics. In his patent prosecution practice, he prepares patent applications and responses to office actions, represents clients in reexamination and reissue proceedings, and prepares briefs to the appeal board. He has also prepared numerous validity and infringement opinions and represented clients in due diligence investigations in various areas of the biotechnology and pharmaceutical fields. Earlier in his career, Mr. Barker was involved in patent infringement litigation involving recombinantly made protein and nucleic acid diagnostics. He has broad technical experience, including antibodies, nucleic acid amplification and detection techniques, protein chemistry, gene therapy, pharmaceutical formulations and treatments, and transgenic plants.
Partner
David Barron is a partner in Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.'s London office. He manages patent issues across Europe, especially complex, multi-jurisdictional technology patent litigation. He has particular experience in managing patent litigation across Europe for US corporations and/or coordinating global strategy with US counsel. Mr. Barron has led the firm's team in the two largest patent cases ever heard in the UK. He has handled patent litigation in the following technical areas, among others: Mobile telecoms (2G, 3G, LTE and other standards); fixed line telecoms (including billing software, DSL, DSM, VDSL and VVDSL); video compression (MPEG2); flat screen displays; software issues (protocol stacks, financial services (e.g. FX trading)); consumer electronics; consumer goods (vacuum cleaners, fans, numerous other devices); wound dressings; stents; offshore oil & gas exploration and production (downhole tools, pipe-laying technologies).
Partner
Jonathan Blavin is a partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Mr. Blavin has substantial experience in high-technology intellectual property disputes, including claims brought under the Copyright and Digital Millennium Copyright Acts, the Lanham Act and state trademark statutes and trade secret laws. Mr. Blavin also has significant experience in Internet and privacy-related litigation involving the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Additionally, he has litigated federal antitrust actions, consumer class actions in the wireless and telecommunications areas and constitutional matters. Prior to joining the firm in 2004, Mr. Blavin served as a law clerk to Judge Richard R. Clifton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Partner
Sara Brody is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office and is global co-chair of the firm’s Securities Litigation practice group. She has extensive experience in securities litigation, defending issuers, officers, directors, underwriters and venture capital firms in shareholder class actions and derivative actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States. Ms. Brody regularly represents companies and individuals in matters involving the Securities and Exchange Commission and various self-regulatory organizations. She also has extensive experience in conducting internal investigations and counseling clients on disclosure issues. Recent SEC investigations include representation of a professional services firm in a multinational insider trading inquiry and representation of an investment management company in a failed leverage bond fund.
 
Senior IP 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.
Associate
Aaron Capron has a wide range of experience involving post-grant proceedings, patent litigation, and patent portfolio management. Mr. Capron has been co-lead counsel for several post-grant proceedings, including one of the first cases instituted under the America Invents Act (AIA). Using his experience before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and in all aspects of pre-trial litigation, Mr. Capron assists clients with making strategic decisions under these new proceedings. With more than a dozen years of patent law experience, Mr. Capron counsels clients of all sizes on prosecution, post-grant, portfolio management, and pre-litigation strategies. He also provides opinions regarding infringement, validity, and product clearances.
Partner
Rollin B. Chippey, III is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. Mr. Chippey led Morgan Lewis's trial team in its representation of Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp., where he and his partners obtained a $577 million verdict for Asahi after a three-month jury trial in California state court in the spring of 2011. The verdict was the second largest jury verdict in the United States for 2011. Mr. Chippey's practice includes broad civil litigation representations in state and federal courts, including complex commercial matters, trade secrets, and employment disputes, as well as a full range of real estate matters. Mr. Chippey’s trial experience includes bench and jury trials in both state and federal courts involving such matters as misappropriation of trade secrets, breach of an option agreement to purchase real property, and breach of contract claims in connection with large military procurement contracts and breach of lease issues.
Partner
A. Marisa Chun is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the firm’s Silicon Valley office. She focuses her practice on complex civil litigation, intellectual property litigation, white collar criminal defense, and data privacy matters. Ms. Chun represents clients in complex commercial cases and internal investigations across a broad range of industries – including those in the technology, life sciences and pharmaceutical, manufacturing, construction and engineering, and energy sectors. A former Deputy Associate Attorney General, senior trial attorney, and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney at the U.S. Justice Department, Ms. Chun has substantial experience conducting civil and criminal trials and appeals in state and federal courts.
Partner
Douglas Cogen concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, strategic and commercial transactions, corporate counseling and financings. His practice also includes advising publicly traded and privately held companies with respect to corporate, securities, commercial and intellectual property licensing matters generally. Mr. Cogen has served as a member of the firm's Executive Committee. His transactional experience includes over $75 billion of completed mergers, acquisitions and divestitures including cross-border transactions in the networking, software, life sciences, medical devices, telecommunications, semiconductor, internet, computer hardware and consumer products industries; public company tender offers; and private placements of equity and debt securities. Mr. Cogen also counsels companies on corporate governance matters, takeover defenses and strategic partnering arrangements.
Senior Counsel
Karen Cottle is a senior counsel in Sidley’s Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation group and located in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Prior to joining Sidley, she was senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Adobe Systems Incorporated (NASDAQ: ADBE), for 10 years. Ms. Cottle will bring her years of on the ground experience to the legal issues that are of most concern to management and in-house lawyers at global technology and other growth companies. As a member of Adobe’s senior management team, she was involved in all aspects of the company’s business, and managed the global legal function with responsibility for all matters including corporate governance, securities, M&A, compliance, intellectual property, licensing, product support, litigation, public policy, privacy and anti-piracy enforcement.
Partner
Ellen Darling is a partner in the Orange County office of K&L Gates. Her practice is concentrated in product liability and commercial litigation. She represents manufacturers in product liability litigation involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices, motor vehicles, motorcycles, and machinery. In addition, Ms. Darling represents health care providers and lab companies in medical malpractice cases, and counsels companies regarding Consumer Product Safety Commission reporting requirements.
Partner
Tamara Devitt, a partner in Haynes and Boone's Orange County office, is experienced in counseling and representing employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. She regularly defends employers against claims of discrimination, unlawful harassment, wrongful termination, unfair business practices and wage and hour claims, including class actions and complex litigation. Ms. Devitt advocates for employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including jury and bench trials, arbitration and pre-litigation negotiations, and in administrative tribunals, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, Department of Labor and California Labor Commissioner. Ms. Devitt also advises and counsels employers on compliance, including hiring, discipline and termination practices, wage and hour issues, misconduct investigations, leaves of absence, reasonable accommodation of employees with disabilities, policies and procedures and employment agreements.
Partner
Thomas DiBiagio is a seasoned civil and criminal trial lawyer and litigator with over twenty-eight years of experience before federal and state courts, covering a wide range of areas including commercial litigation, environmental litigation and corporate criminal defense. His Washington practice focuses on complex civil litigation and internal investigations and compliance. In 2001, Mr. DiBiagio was appointed United States Attorney for the District of Maryland by President George W. Bush, where he spearheaded efforts against violent drug gangs, public corruption and corporate fraud. Under his leadership, the United States Attorneys Office successfully prosecuted significant public corruption, corporate fraud and major violent crime and drug trafficking cases. From 1991 to 1999, Mr. DiBiagio served as an Assistant United States Attorney and tried numerous cases in the area of financial frauds, money laundering, drug trafficking and violent crime.
Partner
Kimberly Dunne is a partner in the Litigation group in the Los Angeles office and a co-chair of the firm’s White Collar: Government Litigation & Investigations group. Ms. Dunne has extensive experience in corporate internal investigations and white collar criminal defense generally. She has defended a number of government investigations and False Claims Act cases related to alleged health care fraud, FDA violations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, false claims, kickbacks, bribery, government contract fraud and accounting improprieties. Ms. Dunne’s practice also focuses on complex civil litigation. She has extensive jury trial experience as well as appellate experience in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Dunne was Chief of the Public Corruption and Government Fraud Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California
Partner
Vera M. Elson is a partner and trial lawyer based in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Palo Alto office. Her practice is focused on intellectual property trials and strategic counseling for high technology clients. She primarily handles patent cases in federal district courts across the country and proceedings before the International Trade Commission. She has extensive trial experience in high-stakes cases, including both jury trials and bench trials. Ms. Elson has also successfully litigated cases related to trade secret misappropriation, common law, and copyright claims. She has argued and won before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and is qualified as a lead in contested proceedings.
Partner
Sharon Flanagan is based in Sidley's San Francisco office and serves as its managing partner. She has experience handling acquisitions, divestitures and strategic alliances for a broad range of companies, with a particular focus on life sciences and technology companies. In addition, Ms. Flanagan regularly represents companies in their cross-border M&A transactions. She also has extensive experience representing issuers and underwriters in a variety of securities offerings, including initial public offerings, follow-on offerings, and registered and 144A debt offerings. Ms. Flanagan advises a number of public companies on corporate governance, disclosure and other SEC compliance matters, as well as ISS/proxy advisory firm matters, stockholder proposals and corporate governance best practices.
Partner
Holly Gregory is a partner in Sidley’s New York office, and is co-global coordinator of the firm’s Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation group. Ms. Gregory counsels clients on the full range of governance issues, including fiduciary duties, risk oversight, conflicts of interest, board and committee structure, board leadership structures, special committee investigations, board audits and self-evaluation processes, shareholder initiatives, proxy contests, relationships with shareholders and proxy advisory firms, compliance with legislative, regulatory and listing rule requirements, and governance “best practice.” Ms. Gregory played a key role in drafting the OECD Principles of Corporate Governance and has advised the Internal Market Directorate of the European Commission on corporate governance regulation, and the joint OECD/World Bank Global Corporate Governance Forum on governance policy for developing and emerging markets. She also drafted the NACD Key Agreed Principles of Corporate Governance.
Partner
Gabe Gross is a partner in Latham's Silicon Valley office. He focuses on intellectual property cases with an emphasis on patent litigation. Mr. Gross has represented plaintiffs and defendants in federal and state courts in California, New York, Texas, Delaware, Virginia, Washington, Ohio, Illinois, Connecticut, and Wisconsin, and in arbitration domestically and abroad. He has tried cases before juries involving patent infringement, copyright infringement and stock purchase disputes. He primarily represents clients in the information technology, internet & digital media and life sciences. He holds an M.S. in Biotechnology.
Partner
Eric W. Hagen is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP and is based in the firm's Los Angeles office; he also is the leader of the firm's trade secrets practice. Mr. Hagen counsels and represents Fortune 500 clients and emerging growth companies in complex commercial cases involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition claims and related matters. He has successfully represented a diverse range of clients in the life sciences, smartphone, disk drive, semiconductor, advertising, financial services, apparel, sports and entertainment industries. Mr. Hagen also manages the IP portfolios of several start-up companies, and he serves on the Board of Advisors for JibJab Media Inc. In the courtroom, he has served as the first and second chair attorney in jury trials and bench trials, as well as in arbitration and at the Markman stage of patent litigation. Mr. Hagen also has successfully guided cases through appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Federal Circuit, the Ninth Circuit and the California Court of Appeal.
Associate
Andrew Hall is a computer software legal specialist with a practice focused on developing and implementing software commercialization strategies including both commercial and free and open-source software (FOSS) components. Mr. Hall regularly counsels clients on business-to-business and business-to-consumer licensing and strategic relationships involving software distribution, the delivery of software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), as well as content and data-licensing business models, agreements, transactions, and strategic partnerships. He also regularly counsels clients on developing business models that include, depend upon, or are exclusively based in free and open-source software and counsels clients across a spectrum of circumstances on free and open-source software governance, audits, use, and compliance.
Partner
Stephen Harris is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. and New York offices and concentrates his practice in antitrust/competition law, including litigation, cartel defense, merger control filings, and administrative proceedings before U.S. and international courts and agencies. He has particular experience working with clients in China, Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Mr. Harris writes and speaks extensively on antitrust issues, including those at the intersection of intellectual property law and antitrust law. He has particular expertise in antitrust issues under the China Anti-Monopoly Law.
Partner
Judith A. Hasko is a partner in the Corporate Department of Latham & Watkins' Silicon Valley office and the global Chair of the Life Sciences Licensing Group. Ms. Hasko's practice focuses on representing companies developing biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostic products, and investors in such companies, in a wide range of technology-based commercial transactions. She has advised such clients in connection with their matters regarding corporate partnering, joint ventures, asset purchases, spin-outs, licensing transactions, distribution agreements, manufacturing agreements, profit-sharing arrangements, royalty stream purchases and sales and co-promotion deals. Ms. Hasko is admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She is a member of the Licensing Executives Society and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).
Senior Litigation Counsel
Renny Hwang is Senior Litigation Counsel for Google. He focuses on intellectual property matters, including patent, copyright and open source issues. Mr. Hwang manages a team responsible for a wide number and variety of cases, both in the U.S. and internationally, related to various Google technologies. Prior to joining Google, Mr. Hwang practiced in the Intellectual Property group in the Los Angeles office of Latham & Watkins LLP. He also has experience in product management and software development, leading product and engineering teams in building Internet software technologies. Mr. Hwang received his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a B.S. in Computer Science and M.S. in Engineering Management from Stanford University.
General Counsel
Matt Jacobs is General Counsel at Black Duck Software, a consulting and software company providing end-to-end solutions for open source adoption, management, governance, and compliance. Mr. Jacobs oversees the worldwide legal affairs of Black Duck including managing licensing and contract negotiation, managing the company’s intellectual property portfolio and advising senior management on day-to-day legal affairs. Prior to joining Black Duck in 2009, Mr. Jacobs was with Bernstein Shur where he counseled companies on a variety of intellectual property matters, including open source compliance. Before that, he held in-house positions with Cabletron Systems and Standex International.
Partner
Matthew Johnson is a partner in Sidley’s Chicago office, and is co-chair of the firm’s global Employee Benefits practice area. Mr. Johnson represents and advises clients in all types of employee benefits and executive compensation matters, including: the design and administration of qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans; negotiating executive employment and separation agreements; designing and administering supplemental pension, deferred compensation and other benefit plans for executives; the employee benefit and executive compensation aspects of corporate transactions (mergers, stock and asset purchase transactions, spin-offs); the employee benefit and executive compensation aspects of bankruptcy and other restructuring transactions; and tax and other regulatory issues relating to employee benefits and executive compensation.
 
Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Employment Law
Ron Johnstone is Yahoo!'s Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Employment Law. Prior to joining Yahoo! in 2011, he spent seven years with Advanced Micro Devices, most recently as AMD's Director of Employment Law and Corporate Ethics. Mr. Johnstone began his legal career with Cooley LLP in San Francisco.
Patent Counsel
Molly Kocialski is Patent Counsel for Oracle America, Inc. At Oracle, Ms. Kocialski is responsible for managing an active patent prosecution docket and is also responsible for patent investigations for Oracle and its subsidiaries. In addition to those responsibilities, Ms. Kocialski is involved in IP support for mergers and acquisitions, joint development agreements, patent licensing agreements, and providing advice on patent and other intellectual property matters to her colleagues and business clients at Oracle. Prior to joining Oracle, Ms. Kocialski was patent counsel to Qwest Corporation and to First Data Corporation. Prior to joining the ranks of in-house counsel, Ms. Kocialski was in private practice both in New York and in Colorado and focused her practice on intellectual property litigation for multiple high-tech companies while maintaining an active prosecution docket.
Partner
John Koski, a partner in Denton's Chicago office, is the General Counsel for Dentons US LLP. Mr. Koski also leads the firm's Lawyers Professional Liability practice, which counsels law firms, corporate law departments, and lawyers on a wide variety of legal and ethical issues. He has substantial experience in risk management, ethics compliance, partnership and fiduciary duty law, employment matters and insurance issues. Mr. Koski's practice is otherwise devoted to complex litigation. He has substantial experience in franchising and distribution, class actions, intellectual property and media/libel.
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 paten
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. Inside and outside of the courtroom, Ms. Lutton is often called upon as an expert on case strategy and hot topics in the law. She served for four years in firm management (2007-2011), leading the firm's litigation group (60% of the firm) and separately serving on the firm’s Management Committee. Ms. Lutton started her career as an electrical engineer. She worked for five years as a systems and software design engineer with General Electric.
Partner
Chris Markus is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of King & Spalding and serves as Deputy Chair of the FDA & Life Sciences Group. Her practice focuses on the regulation of drugs, biologics, and other products by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and related state agencies (e.g., boards of pharmacy). Ms. Markus represents companies in a range of regulatory compliance, enforcement, and business transactions (e.g., due diligence assessments) involving product development and approval, safety, labeling, marketing and advertising, and supply chain. he recently completed an appointment by the Institute of Medicine (IOM)/National Academy of Sciences as the legal member of the IOM Committee on Pediatric Studies Conducted Under the Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA) and the Pediatric Research Equity Act (PREA).
Partner
Daniel McCoy is co-chair of Fenwick's Employment Practices Group. Mr. McCoy's practice emphasizes employment litigation and counseling for employers. In his litigation practice, Mr. McCoy defends employers against wage and hour class actions, trade secret disputes, employee mobility disputes, claims for sexual harassment, discrimination, breach of contract, union disputes, and many other causes of action in both state and federal courts. In his counseling practice, Mr. McCoy advises employers on a daily basis about employee terminations, wage and hour issues, reductions in force, employee misconduct, leaves of absence, unfair competition disputes and many other personnel issues. He has been quoted on developments in employment law in numerous print and online publications, including BusinessWeek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch.
Partner
Jon Neiditz leads the Big Data, Privacy and Information Security Practice at leading information law firm Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP and co-chairs the Data Protection Committee of the International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw). One of the first lawyers to focus on big data, Mr. Neiditz has led such practices at other major law and consulting firms, served as a senior advisor in government, chaired a number of nonprofit organizations, and managed in-house compliance initiatives. Examples of his work include: Regular management of responses to data security breaches -- including the largest governmental data breach on record -- that turn these incidents not into crises but into trust-building customer service encounters; global privacy and information security counsel to private and public sector organizations; and assistance in “privacy by design” initiatives in the development of hardware and software and their user interfaces.
Partner
Benjamin Pensak is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Business and Finance Group, located in its San Francisco office. Mr. Pensak specializes in technology transactions and related corporate matters, with a particular focus on the life sciences industry (e.g., biotech, pharma, medical device, diagnostic and medical informatics companies). His clients include public and private companies and institutions based in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Pensak advises his clients regarding the negotiation and structuring of acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, corporate partnering, licensing, and other complex collaborations as well as the drafting and negotiating of more day-to-day technical contractual arrangements relating to discovery, development, manufacture and supply, marketing, and outsourcing among life sciences companies, other innovative and developed technology companies, and research organizations and institutions.
Partner
Based in the firm's Los Angeles and Palo Alto offices, Edward G. Poplawski is head of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's patent litigation practice. He currently serves as a member of the firm's Policy Committee. Nationally recognized as one of the nation's leading trial lawyers, Mr. Poplawski focuses his practice primarily on patent litigation, including jury trials and proceedings before the International Trade Commission. He also has litigated and tried high-profile cases involving trademark and copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and antitrust violations. As lead counsel for companies both large and small as well as nonprofit institutions, Mr. Poplawski successfully has litigated patents across a broad range of technologies. He has been involved in arbitration proceedings before the Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce and the American Arbitration Association, in addition to special patent litigation proceedings under the U.S. Atomic Energy Act.
Partner
Carol Pratt is a partner in K&L Gates’ Portland office where her practice focuses on regulatory issues associated with research, development and FDA requirements that apply to bio-medical and health products. Dr. Pratt holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience and has an extensive background in medical research. She provides practical, strategic advice to early stage and established life sciences clients on regulatory issues across the product lifecycle, from pre-clinical and clinical research, FDA pre-market requirements, labeling, promotion and advertising, post-market surveillance and enforcement. A distinctive aspect of her legal practice is her emphasis on coordinating regulatory and IP strategies to determine the most appropriate regulatory pathway and to optimize cost-effective product development. Dr. Pratt advises industry clients on a diverse spectrum of medical and health products, including medical devices, drugs, biologics, dietary supplements and cosmetics.
Head IP Counsel
Principal
W. Karl Renner is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. office of Fish & Richardson P.C. Mr. Renner co-chairs the firm’s Post Grant Practice Group, and he serves on the firm's Management Committee. His practice emphasizes client counseling, strategic patent prosecution, contentious inter and ex parte post grant and reissue work, due diligence and freedom-to-operate investigations, and patent-related opinion work. In this practice, Mr. Renner has provided the strategic direction for well over 100 post grant matters, challenging and defending patents, most commonly in coordination with litigation counsel amidst co-pending disputes. He manages the patent portfolios of clients ranging from emerging companies to Fortune 50 corporations. Mr. Renner also regularly advises on effective commercialization/enforcement of company IP, and on defensive tactics to address competitor IP.
Partner
Rosemarie Ring is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. Ms. Ring’s practice focuses on class actions involving privacy and data security, unfair competition, and false advertising claims. She has represented technology companies in litigation and government investigations involving a wide variety of products and services, including online social networking, mobile devices and apps, digital content, mobile and cloud platforms, laptop computers, gaming consoles, software, and various telecommunications services. Ms. Ring also counsels clients on compliance with federal and state privacy and data security laws and is a frequent speaker on these topics. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a law clerk to Judge Richard A. Paez on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Partner
Mark Roeder is the global Co-chair of the Life Sciences Industry Group and previously Co-chair of the Corporate Department for the Silicon Valley office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Roeder has represented both public and private companies, venture capital firms and investment banks. His transactional experience includes securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and venture capital financings. Mr. Roeder's general company representation includes advising management and boards of directors regarding corporate governance matters, securities law compliance, formation, financing, assistance with business plans, employment matters, equity incentives, negotiation of credit facilities and information technology license agreements. His venture capital practice consists of representing investors in all stages of venture capital financings.
Partner
Rico Rosales is the head of the Employment & Trade Secrets Litigation practice at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati. He has practiced in the Silicon Valley for over 25 years, and has seen virtually every type of employment issue faced by technology and growth companies. Mr. Rosales' practice encompasses all aspects of employment law, including counseling and representing clients in litigation matters. He is an expert in matters relating to trade secrets and what is generally referred to as “employee mobility.” He has represented numerous companies (including Broadcom, Google, NetApp, Polycom, salesforce.com and SolarCity) in litigation involving these matters, and has counseled hundreds of clients on these matters outside of the litigation context. Mr. Rosales is a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and was a judicial clerk with the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.
Partner
ndrew Serwin is an internationally recognized thought leader in the fields of privacy, cybersecurity, information governance, and information sharing. He provides global advice to a number of emerging and Fortune 500 companies, and handles some of the highest-profile data security incidents and privacy enforcement and litigation matters. He has a unique understanding of cybersecurity through his role in several organizations. Mr. Serwin serves on the Board of Directors of the private sector of federally funded National Cyber Forensic Training Alliance (NCFTA), an entity that functions as a conduit between private industry and law enforcement, with a core mission to identify, mitigate and neutralize cybercrime. In addition, he serves an advisor to the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Asymmetric Warfare, and is the CEO and Executive Director of the Lares Institute, a think-tank focused on privacy, information superiority, and national security issues.
Lead Commercial/Product Counsel
Vineet Shahani serves as Lead Commercial/Product Counsel at Nest Labs/Google, providing primary legal counsel for engineering/supply chain transactions, product issues, marketing/press strategy, sales transactions, international expansion, mergers/acquisitions, regulatory affairs, and a wide range of strategic and operational matters. He previously served as Sr. Legal Counsel (WW Operations/Products) at Apple Inc., and before that was Assistant General Counsel for Enova International, an e-commerce subsidiary of Cash America International, Inc., a $1 billion NYSE publicly-traded company (CSH). Before moving in-house, Mr. Shahani practiced as an associate in the Corporate department of Latham & Watkins.
Partner
Stephanie Sharron is a partner in Morrison's Palo Alto office and a member of the firm’s Technology Transactions Group. Clients turn to Ms. Sharron for advice on the issues that apply to their business models in light of the rapid changes in business, technology and law. She counsels companies in connection with technology and intellectual property transactions and related privacy, data security, and Internet safety issues. Ms. Sharron has represented companies across industries and technologies, including online businesses, cloud services, big data, e-commerce, mobile, life sciences, financial and health IT, digital media, retail, automotive, cleantech and semiconductors, among others. Ms. Sharron also advises on the commercial technology and intellectual property aspects of mergers, acquisitions, asset spin-off transactions and private equity investments.
Special Assistant
Jeffrey A. Silk joined Baker Botts in April 2014 as a Special Assistant. He is a talented security professional with experience in comprehensive investigative due diligence and global risk assessments. Mr. Silk will focus on supporting investigative strategies, logistics, training and security related matters. Mr. Silk retired from the United States Government after serving a 29-year domestic and international career. He has extensive operational experience in foreign environments, including Hong Kong, People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Thailand, the western Pacific and a variety of other locations. While assigned to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, Mr. Silk conducted briefings for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, four-star flag officers, Ambassadors, U.S. Senators and Congressmen.
Partner
Benjamin P. Smith is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. He is a trial lawyer with a particular focus on high-stakes disputes in the biotechnology, medical device, and internet industries. Mr. Smith represents and defends clients in business tort, misappropriation, breach of contract, and fraud actions.In the biotechnology and medical device industries, Mr. Smith represents both start-ups and leading manufacturers from the United States and Japan in the resolution of licensing and royalty disputes, as well as the defense of claims alleging trade secret misappropriation, violation of California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL”), negligence and strict liability. In the technology and internet industries, Mr. Smith has successfully resolved claims against hardware manufacturers, gaming application developers from the United States and Asia, and online service providers.
Partner
Wayne Stacy is a partner in Cooley's Litigation department and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation practice group. He is also an adjunct professor at both the University of Colorado School of Law and the University of Denver School of Law where he has taught patent law and patent litigation classes for over a decade. Recently, Mr. Stacy co-developed a first-of-its-kind class for the University of Denver focused on Patent Office Litigation and the new inter partes review process. Although he has experience with all types of patent cases, he specializes in competitor-against-competitor cases where injunctions and large damages are at issue. Leveraging his computer engineering background, Mr. Stacy focuses on litigating electronics and software cases. He has recently handled cases involving security software, telecommunications systems, LCDs, semiconductor and high-power lasers, microprocessors, thin films, optical communication components, and cloud software.
Partner
Jim Steinberg focuses his practice on complex commercial transactions and general corporate matters for telecommunications, financial institutions, healthcare providers, technology and other companies. He frequently assists clients in structuring and negotiating outsourcing transactions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, IT procurement projects, and the commercialization and utilization of technology. Mr. Steinberg regularly represents Internet-related and other high-growth clients in all phases of their development, from formation, venture capital investment through public offering. He counsels clients in the process of identifying, developing and commercializing their intellectual property. Mr. Steinberg also handles a variety of sophisticated commercial transactions for Internet and other technology companies, including addressing the regulatory issues involved in their operation via the Internet.
Partner
Mark Stevens represents companies, ranging from newly formed startup teams to mature public companies, venture capitalists and investment banks involved in the digital media and software industries, with particular focus on complex transactions. As a lawyer and a business principal, Mr. Stevens has led teams handling merger, acquisition, and divestiture transactions with total announced value well in excess of $30 billion. He has directed dozens of initial public offerings and hundreds of strategic alliance transactions, ranging from technology and distribution partnerships to multinational joint venture transactions. Mr. Steven's varied background includes work from the legal, business and venture capital sides of the table. In addition to over 25 years of legal practice at Fenwick & West, he was Executive Vice President of Business and Corporate Development at Excite@Home, Vice President of Legal, Mergers and Acquisitions at Electronic Arts and a venture partner at GGV Capital.
Partner
Elaine Tseng is a partner with King & Spalding’s FDA & Life Sciences Practice Group. After prior practice with the group as an associate and partner-elect, Ms. Tseng rejoined the group following service as Regulatory Counsel at the Food and Drug Administration, where she received the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service and other FDA honors. In her practice, Ms. Tseng advises medical device, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology companies on a variety of FDA approval, compliance, and enforcement matters. Ms. Tseng’s experience includes: advising medical device, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies on strategies for obtaining and expediting product approval; providing expertise on FDA laws, regulations, and policies in connection with litigation concerning regulated products and internal corporate investigations; and petitioning FDA, including on device reclassification and combination product designation.
Mr. Veverka focuses his practice in the area of intellectual property disputes, including patent, trademark and copyright enforcement and defense through the United State and abroad. He has practiced as an IP litigator since 1995. In addition to managing domestic intellectual property disputes, he has extensive experience developing and coordinating global IP enforcement strategies for his clients throughout Europe and Asia. Mr. Veverka is a seasoned trial lawyer, having represented clients in a wide range of industries. He has litigated cases related to a variety of technologies, including disputes over fitness and recreation equipment, electrical and electromechanical systems, computer software and hardware, biodegradable polymers, and medical and dental devices. He has also handled a variety of different types of infringement litigation cases involving U.S. and European patents and U.S. trademarks, copyrights and trade dress.
EVP, General Counsel & Secretary
Seth Weissman is responsible for all aspects of SolarCity's legal affairs including transactional, governance, intellectual property, real estate and employment matters. Seth brings 20 years of experience representing Silicon Valley companies of all sizes and types during their maturation. Prior to joining SolarCity Mr. Weissman was Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Privacy officer at Coremetrics, the leading digital marketing company. Prior to joining Coremetrics, he was an attorney practicing in both the employment and corporate departments at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati in Palo Alto, CA, the leading law firm representing technology companies at all stages of their growth, and the investment banks and venture capital firms that finance them. Prior to joining WSGR, Mr. Weissman was an attorney with Stoneman, Chandler and Miller and Hutchins, Wheeler and Dittmar (acquired by Nixon Peabody) both in Boston, Massachusetts.
Partner
Eliot Williams has over a decade of experience as a creative and aggressive advocate for his clients in disputed intellectual property matters, and as a client counselor. He has briefed and argued numerous Markman (claim construction), preliminary injunction and summary judgment hearings in patent cases around the country; has jury trial experience, including examining and cross-examining technical and expert witnesses; and has briefed and argued appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has exclusive jurisdiction over appeals from all patent trials around the country. In addition to his extensive IP litigation and trial experience, Mr. Williams also regularly assists clients seeking to protect their R&D investments by working with those clients to secure patent protection for their inventions, and advises clients regarding third party patent assertions, IP portfolio licensing, IP aspects of transactions (including mergers & acquisitions) and open source software issues.
Partner
With more than 20 trials and another 20 completed appeals over the course of her career, Kelly Woodruff has developed a reputation as a go-to litigator for large, complex commercial litigation. Ms. Woodruff practices with the belief that she adds value by understanding the clients’ culture, risk tolerance and goals so she can best advise them with strategic, creative and efficient approaches to resolve conflicts, whether at the negotiating table or in the courtroom. Ms. Woodruff’s clients consist of both plaintiffs and defendants in complex civil, bankruptcy and class action litigation, but she has particular depth in disputes involving allegations of corporate wrongdoing, such as trade secret misappropriation, unfair business competition, securities fraud, trademark and copyright infringement, breach of fiduciary duty and professional negligence.
David Wright's practice focuses on complex and intellectual property litigation, including false advertising, unfair competition, theft of trade secret, and copyright, patent, and trademark infringement cases. He offers experience in transactional matters such as licensing and contracts, as well as providing strategic counseling on the implementation of corporate IP policies and procedures. He has successfully represented clients at the appellate and trial court stages (logging victories in several jury and bench trials) in federal and state courts throughout the United States, including before the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Wright has also represented clients before the International Trade Commission, as well as coordinated enforcement efforts of intellectual property rights throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia. He currently teaches Patent Litigation and Counseling as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clarke Law School of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Partner
Gail Zirkelbach is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Government Contracts Group and resident in the Los Angeles office. Her practice focuses on internal investigations, defense of fraud actions, and counseling aerospace and technology companies in all government contracts and compliance areas. A leading government contracts attorney for more than 20 years,Ms. Zirkelbach concentrates her work on the defense of qui tam actions under the False Claims Act, conducting internal investigations, in the United States and abroad, and assisting clients with the development and implementation of compliance programs. She litigates at both the federal and state levels and at the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ms. Zirkelbach also assists clients with defective pricing and termination cases and bid protests, and counsels clients on intellectual property, cost accounting, cybersecurity, export, and compliance issues.
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