2015 Faculty
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Keynote Speaker
David Anderman
Chief Business Officer
Jaunt Inc.
David Anderman is a seasoned executive with a passion for business strategy and deal making at the intersection of the technology, media/entertainment, and consumer product sectors. He enjoys advising technology companies and executives on growing their businesses. Mr. Anderman currently serves as CBO at Jaunt, Inc., a cinematic virtual reality platform, and is responsible for business and revenue development and dealmaking. Prior to joining Jaunt, Mr. Andermsan was the COO and General Counsel of Lucasfilm Ltd., where he was responsible for the day-to-day business of Lucasfilm and all of its subsidiaries, including Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, and Lucasfilm Animation Singapore. In 2012, he negotiated the $4 billion acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company, earning him the Variety Dealmaker of the Year Award. He also negotiated production, distribution, merchandising and licensing deals for Star Wars and Indiana Jones, technology transactions, online ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and real estate development deals for Lucasfilm. Mr. Anderman began his career as an intellectual property litigator in Silicon Valley. He is an advisor to a host of entertainment startups, including StartX, Metrodigi, Haystack TV, ToyTalk, MovieLaLa, Fractograph, Trio, Asensei, Telepathic, Inc., and Occipital. Mr. Anderman holds law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania,
Presenters
Partner
Atif Azher is a partner at Simpson Thacher's Palo Alto office and a member of its Corporate Department. Mr. Azher concentrates in mergers and acquisitions, corporate and securities laws, corporate governance and stockholder activism. He regularly represents public and private companies and private equity firms in M&A transactions, dispositions, leveraged buyouts, joint ventures and other direct investments. Mr. Azher also has extensive experience advising public companies in unsolicited transactions and investment banks in connection with their financial advisory representations.
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Suzanne Bell is a partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati and the leader of its technology transactions-IT practice. Ms. Bell handles technology and intellectual property transactions—with an emphasis on complex strategic alliances and outsourcing transactions—for a wide range of software, electronics, telecommunications, cloud computing, digital media, Internet, and clean technology companies. Her practice also includes strategic intellectual property asset purchases and sales; technology mergers, acquisitions, and spin-offs; and intellectual property litigation settlement agreements. Ms. Bell's practice includes both growth and mature companies, and she has advised many of Silicon Valley's most prominent companies from start-up to maturity. She also participates in the management of the firm in various capacities.
Partner
Valérie Blandeau is co-managing partner for Wragge's Paris office and head of the firm's employment team in Paris. She has advised French and international clients on various aspects of employment law in different business sectors for nearly 15 years. Ms. Blandeau has worked for many years with British and American companies in France, and she specializes in all contentious and non-contentious aspects of employment law. She provides practical and pragmatic advice to her clients, helping them to understand the complexities of French employment law. Ms. Blandeau has extensive experience of the legislation surrounding working time and restructuring. Above all she helps clients optimize costs and predict budgets where there are issues like variable remuneration, social security charges, mass redundancies or negotiated departures.
Partner
Carl Blumenstein specializes in complex business litigation, primarily insurance coverage, antitrust, and employment law disputes. For more than 20 years, he has provided counsel and representation to clients in trial and appellate courts and in myriad disputes. On behalf of policyholders, he has obtained millions of dollars of insurance recoveries for environmental, employment, and intellectual property matters. Presently, he is representing one of the world's leading manufacturers of TFT-LCD panels in a nationally high-profile criminal and civil antitrust proceeding. His employment law experience includes representing private and public entities and individual employees in disputes involving wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment, disability, drug testing, trade secret misappropriation, and violations of constitutional law. Over the past decade, Mr. Blumenstein, a user-friendly neutral, has mediated more than 50 civil disputes.
Partner
Matthew D. Brown is a partner in Cooley’s San Francisco office and Vice Chair of the firm’s Privacy and Data Protection practice group. A litigator with a broad-based practice, he has extensive experience defending companies in cases presenting novel issues arising from emerging technologies and business models. Mr. Brown has represented and continues to represent industry-leading companies in numerous privacy and data-breach class actions raising a variety of legal theories and claims. He also provides pre-litigation advice to companies that have experienced data-breach or other cybersecurity incidents. In addition, Mr. Brown counsels clients on assessing and managing a range of potential liability risks, on privacy and security issues associated with their products and services, and on appropriate responses to subpoenas and other requests for disclosure of user information and content.
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Thomas Brown is a partner in the Antitrust and Competition and the Global Banking and Payment Systems practices of Paul Hastings. He is based in the firm’s San Francisco office. Mr. Brown’s practice focuses on competition law and legal issues affecting the financial services industry. In addition to strategically advising payment systems and financial services clients across a broad spectrum of regulatory issues, he has litigated notable antitrust cases, including class actions, in the financial services industry for more than fifteen years. Mr. Brown was Vice President, Senior Counsel at Visa U.S.A. Inc. There he was responsible for managing the aftermath of the settlement in In re Visa Check/MasterMoney Antitrust Litigation, including the dozens of consumer class actions that were filed following the settlement.
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Greg Call is a partner in Crowell & Moring's San Francisco office and serves as head of that office. He is chair of the firm's Commercial Litigation Group and has an active trial practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial cases. Mr. Call has represented defendants in class actions, government investigations, unfair competition actions, environmental actions and breach of contract actions. He has represented plaintiffs (varying from large corporations to small municipalities) in business torts and breach of contract actions, helping them recover over $1 billion. Mr. Call has successfully represented numerous retail clients as plaintiffs, recovering hundreds of millions of dollars for them. He has an active trial practice, regularly trying cases to verdict and practicing in courts in more than 20 states.
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Steve Carlson, the managing partner of Kasowitz, Benson's Silicon Valley office, is an intellectual property litigator with a focus on patent and trade secret disputes. He litigates cases through trial in fields across the technology spectrum, representing high-tech, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies before district courts, appellate courts and the International Trade Commission. Mr. Carlson also offers strategic advice for companies to strengthen their IP portfolios. He is serving as an adjunct lecturer at UC Berkeley School of Law teaching a patent litigation class focused on Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) proceedings. Mr. Carlson is a co-author of the book Patents in Germany and Europe: Procurement, Enforcement, and Defense; and a co-author of the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide, which is published by the Federal Judicial Center and provided to all federal judges as a best practices guide for handling patent cases.
Partner
Maria Chedid is a partner in Baker & McKenzie's San Francisco office. Ms. Chedid has been an international arbitration practitioner for more than 20 years. She has acted as lead counsel and counsel in arbitrations before a variety of arbitral institutions, including the ICC, LCIA, ICDR, AAA, JAMS, ICSID, IUSCT, and UNCC. Ms. Chedid’s experience has included representation of clients in international disputes involving licensing, IP, energy, political risk insurance, construction, breach of government contracts, joint ventures, and taxation. Ms. Chedid has advised clients in disputes in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. She has also represented clients in US courts in cases involving a variety of multijurisdictional and cross-border litigation issues, such as Alien Tort Statute matters, enforcement of foreign judgments, and forum non conveniens matters.
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Michael Cohen is a partner in Paul Hastings' litigation department. He represents a select group of multinational companies in connection with their international trade policies and competitive strategies. Mr. Cohen helped form the firm’s Antitrust and International Competition Practice, which he subsequently chaired through its inception and growth. For the past 22 years, Mr. Cohen has focused on antitrust, trade regulation, and competition law (excepting his service in the early 1990s as an assistant special prosecutor pursuing criminal convictions in connection with financial institution failures). He has represented parties to merger investigations in a wide variety of industries, including companies in the digital media, high technology and software sectors. In merger clearance work he has defended acquisitions through trial, including FTC challenges and attempts to enjoin acquisitions. His civil non-merger work includes high profile agency investigations and private civil litigation defense for clients. Mr. Cohen continues to handle antitrust criminal defense work and criminal fraud investigations across industries as well, and works throughout the firm’s international offices in Asia, Europe, and North America. He is a Professor at Monterey College of Law.
Principal
Gus Coldebella is a Principal in Fish & Richardson's Commercial Litigation Group in the Boston and Washington, D.C. offices. His practice involves helping companies deal with all aspects of cyber security planning and crisis response, government and internal investigations, and complex civil litigation. Mr. Coldebella was the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s acting General Counsel from February 2007 to January 2009, and its Deputy General Counsel from October 2005 to February 2007, focusing on all major homeland security issues confronting the Department and the nation. In private practice, he helps clients investigate and manage all aspects of cyber security incidents. He advises companies and their boards of directors on steps that can be taken to mitigate the risk of attack, as well as post-event regulatory enforcement and litigation. His experience as a securities litigator perfectly positions him to advise public companies on SEC and other regulatory requirements regarding cyber security disclosures and board of directors’ fiduciary duties regarding the same.
Partner
Alexis Coll-Very is a litigation partner in Simpson Thacher's Palo Alto office, focusing on government and internal investigations, shareholder litigation and complex commercial disputes. Ms. Coll-Very regularly advises both publicly and privately held companies who are confronted with allegations of wrongdoing. She regularly conducts internal investigations for management and boards of directors (including audit and other board committees), and represents these clients in any associated proceedings before federal, state and industry regulators. She also defends companies in shareholder litigation, including federal and state securities claims and derivative claims. In recent years, her practice has increasingly focused on Asia and Ms. Coll-Very spends a significant amount of time in the firm's Hong Kong and Beijing offices.
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Torrey Cope is a partner in Sidley Austin's Food, Drug and Medical Device Regulatory group. With a background in molecular biology and industry experience in quality control, he provides clients in the life sciences industry with regulatory advice in matters that have a complex scientific component, such as those involving clinical trials, substantiation of promotional claims, and pharmacovigilance. He also has extensive on-the-ground experience with good manufacturing practice (GMP) requirements. In addition to day-to-day compliance counseling, Mr. Cope applies his regulatory and scientific experience in a variety of civil and criminal proceedings and government investigations involving FDA issues. He has developed FDCA-based defenses to several healthcare enforcement investigations arising under the False Claims Act (FCA), including marketing investigations. He has also served as FDA counsel in disputes with the agency, product liability cases, civil litigation, and FDA enforcement proceedings.
Partner
Paul Cowie is a partner in Sheppard Mullin's Labor and Employment Practice Group and is the office managing partner for the Palo Alto office. Mr. Cowie focuses on defense work for technology and emerging growth companies related to a wide range of employment disputes, including BYOD, social media, executive agreements, discrimination, independent contractors, workplace violence, harassment, wrongful termination and whistleblower complaints. He is also a leader in Gamification to engage employees in the workplace. Mr. Cowie also works extensively in the area of single plaintiff and class actions, wage & hour compliance, founder disputes, and workplace investigations. He counsels clients on all aspects of employment, including assignment of intellectual property, privacy, cyber-security and protection of trade secrets.
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Meena Datta is a partner in Sidley's Chicago office. Ms. Datta focuses on strategic and regulatory counseling on all aspects of healthcare law that impact pharmaceutical, medical device, clinical diagnostic laboratories, and healthcare and digital health companies, including healthcare reform; fraud and abuse, particularly the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute; pharmaceutical government price reporting obligations; federal healthcare program coverage and reimbursement issues; healthcare compliance programs, including drafting policies and procedures, counseling on implementation issues, and conducting audits and internal reviews; managed care contracting; HIPAA and HITECH implementation and compliance; and federal and state transparency and reporting laws, including the Sunshine Act and similar state laws.
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John Davidson-Kelly is a Partner in Osborne Clarke's commercial team with particular expertise in the digital media and technology sector. He specializes in commercial law and in providing regulatory advice on intellectual property rights, consumer facing law and broadcasting regulation. Mr. Davidson-Kelly has particular expertise within the digital media sector and specializes in the legal and commercial issues applying to the digital media industry, particularly relating to technology, consumer devices, and the exploitation of rights and, increasingly, data. Prior to joining Osborne Clarke in October 2012, he spent 2 years as an in house lawyer at YouView as Head of Legal, which he joined as an unincorporated start-up and saw through to the launch of its hybrid DTT/IPTV platform.
Partner
Geoff DeBoskey is the head of Sidley Austin’s Los Angeles Employment and Labor practice group. With a focus on complex wage/hour class action litigation, Mr. DeBoskey has defended many high profile cases for a number of Fortune 500 companies. His practice includes class action litigation, disparate impact analysis and remediation, wrongful termination and harassment cases and employment counseling. In addition to global companies, he has significant experience providing employment advice and transactional services to companies of all sizes engaging in mergers, acquisitions, hirings and terminations, and has served as the day-to-day employment counsel for many emerging growth companies. Mr. DeBoskey has specific experience with the Fair Labor Standards Act, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII, California’s disability access laws, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act and the California and federal WARN acts.
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Sean DeBruine, a partner in Kilpatrick's Silicon Valley office, focuses his practice on patent, copyright and trade secret disputes. His experience includes jury and bench trials in courts across the country and hearings before the U. S. International Trade Commission and Court of International Trade. Mr. DeBruine’s clients include both domestic and international companies with technologies ranging from chemicals to semiconductors to networking equipment and internet business methods. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. DeBruine was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of an international law firm where he handled several patent cases. He also handled a number of trademark, general commercial and contract disputes.
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Béatrice Delmas-Linel is the Managing Partner of Osborne Clarke's Paris office. She has over twenty years' experience at the cutting edge of IT legal advice in both private practice and as in-house associate general counsel of Microsoft Corporation. Ms. Delmas-Linel acts as counsel and litigator for French and international clients on subjects as varied as video game development and online/retail distribution, Internet media and entertainment, e-commerce, IP/IT, Open Source Software, IT contracts and personal data protection. In 2012 she was recognised as one of the leading IT lawyers in France by her peers and distinguished as Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite, notably for her contribution to the digital economy.
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Lothar Determann is a member of Baker & McKenzie's International/Commercial Group in the San Francisco/Palo Alto offices and member of the Global Privacy & Information Management Working Group. Dr. Determann is versed in computer law, privacy law, Internet law and other subjects relating to technology and international law. Dr. Determann has taught law at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) since 2004 and at Free University in Berlin since 1994. He has published four books and more than 100 articles and treatise contributions on international and technology law subjects. Dr. Determann's practice is focused on assisting and counseling multinational companies and start-ups regarding software licensing, electronic commerce, data protection and international commercial law related to technology transactions, product sourcing/distribution and services.
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Dr. Alexander Duisberg is a partner of Bird & Bird in Munich, handling commercial, digital transformation and data protection issues. He is a member of the firm's International Tech & Comms Sector Steering Group and leads its Software & Services Industry initiative. Dr. Duisberg is considered a leading expert on a wide range of contentious and non-contentious matters of technology law, including agile development, Big Data, cloud migration, data protection and security, digital transformation projects, Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, open source, outsourcing, software and services, and complex technology projects. His client base comprises suppliers and customers in a range of industries, in particular within the automotive, mechanical engineering, energy and insurance sectors. Dr. Duisberg is an appointed panelist to the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre.
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Konni Ewald is a Partner and Head of Digital Business at Osborne Clarke, Germany. He advises leaders in the digital media and software industry throughout Europe and the US on all matters of digital media and IT law as well as IP/technology-related transactions. Mr. Ewald's practice focuses on advising on technology related matters with a particular emphasis on SaaS and PaaS cloud deployment models, complex software implementation and licensing projects, distribution agreements and white labelling strategies that safeguard IP. He is a specialist in E- and M-commerce law, as well as data protection issues. A large part of his practice is working with clients in the digital media/video game/mobile sector. Mr. Ewald regularly acts for major computer and mobile games developers and publishers as well as other rights owners who are licensing rights for use in interactive software products.
Partner
Cheryl A. Falvey is a Washington, D.C.-based partner and co-chair of Crowell & Moring's Advertising & Product Risk Management Group. An experienced trial lawyer, she provides litigation and counseling services, with a focus on brand and consumer protection matters, including product safety, privacy, anti-counterfeiting, sweepstakes, promotions, and advertising. Ms. Falvey defends consumer class actions, unfair competition, product liability and other mass tort claims arising out of consumer, occupational, and environmental exposures, as well as trade secret, intellectual property, and other technology litigation, representing clients in the food and beverage, consumer product, technology, energy, and chemical industry sectors. Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Ms. Falvey served as the general counsel of the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Partner
Darren Gardner is the Chair of the Seyfarth's International Employment Law practice. He is recognized globally as a pioneer in the international employment law practice area and he is the trusted advisor to many of the world's largest companies in respect of matters ranging from day-to-day complex cross-border employment matters on a single country basis, to large and complex multi-jurisdictional employment law projects. Mr. Gardner has undertaken more than 300 multi-jurisdictional strategic, compliance and transactional employment related projects, covering more than 160 different countries, including projects covering more than 150 countries at one time. Mr. Gardner assists multinational corporate clients with the full range of employment law matters.
Partner
Jennifer Golinveaux is resident in Winston & Strawn's San Francisco office. She is an intellectual property litigator who has been instrumental in obtaining some of the most influential decisions affecting Internet and technology law. As a member of the firm’s highly regarded intellectual property department, Ms. Golinveaux has represented a number of leading Internet service providers and technology companies in cutting edge copyright and trademark cases, including eBay, Google, Microsoft, TiVo, Cisco and Veoh among others. Her representation of Veoh in several cases involving application of the safe harbor provision of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) helped to define the contours of DMCA safe harbor.
Shareholder
Phil Gordon is based in Littler's Denver office and is Co-Chair of the firm's Privacy and Background Checks practice group. He has years of experience litigating privacy-based claims and counseling clients on all aspects of workplace privacy and information security. Mr. Gordon also has substantial experience representing employers in disputes involving misappropriation of trade secrets, claims of unfair competition and charges of wrongful termination. In addition, he regularly counsels businesses on compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act's Accessibility Guidelines and frequently defends businesses against claims of public accommodation discrimination. Mr. Gordon writes extensively on workplace privacy issues and has given dozens of presentations on the topic. He is the principal author of Littler’s workplace privacy-related publications.
Principal
Lisa Greenwald-Swire is a Trademark and Copyright Principal in the Silicon Valley office of Fish & Richardson. Her practice focuses on global trademark counseling and prosecution including brand strategy, strategic portfolio development, licensing, and trademark rights on the Internet. Ms. Greenwald-Swire also has extensive experience handling global enforcement programs and opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). She has managed numerous trademark and copyright infringement matters in federal district court and has successfully resolved domain name disputes under the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP). In addition, Ms. Greenwald-Swire advises clients on issues related to advertising claim substantiation, false advertising, social media strategy, and licensing agreements.
Partner
Deepak Gupta is a partner in Farella Braun + Martel's Intellectual Property Litigation practice with significant experience in patent and copyright litigation. He is a founder of the firm's Internet Law Group. In his copyright litigation practice, Mr. Gupta represents Internet companies as well as content owners and has significant experience litigating claims under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Mr. Gupta’s patent litigation practice includes a complete defense judgment on behalf of a well known Internet company in a case involving technology for the search and playback of music over a network, one of the first opinions that invalidated patent claims for obviousness after the United States Supreme Court’s watershed KSR v. Teleflex decision.
Partner
Paul Haughey, a partner in Kilpatrick's Silicon Valley office, counsels clients in all facets of intellectual property strategy, primarily in the patent area, with an emphasis on product clearances (right-to-use studies), inter partes review under the America Invents Act, early phase litigation infringement and validity analysis for settlement evaluation, and acquisition due diligence. He also handles reexaminations, reissues and basic patent prosecution. He has guided clients in product design activities to avoid infringement problems. With more than 30 years of patent experience, Mr. Haughey is familiar with a wide range of technologies, including Internet systems, software, financial systems, mobile phones, microprocessors, computer peripherals, analog and digital circuit design, optics and medical instrumentation.
Partner
RJ Hendricks represents employers and managers in the travel, hospitality, food service, entertainment, and retail industries in cases brought under California and US federal law involving matters such as wage and hour issues, antidiscrimination laws, and the US Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). As a lead counsel, he has significant experience in state, federal and administrative trials. Mr. Hendricks also has extensive class action experience and has defeated class certification in numerous cases. In addition to litigation involving FMLA, he handles cases under the California Business and Professions Code Section 17200 et seq., the California Consumer Legal Remedies Act (CLRA), the California Uniform Trade Secrets Act, California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including Title III.
Partner
Lynne Hermle, an employment partner at Orrick's Menlo Park office, has a long track record of defeating class certification, obtaining summary judgment and winning high-profile jury trials on behalf of industry-leading clients. She has significant experience working on complex discrimination and wage-and-hour class actions for global leaders in the retail and technology sectors including Apple, The Gap, Genentech, Microsoft, Sears, Burlington Coat Factory, Gymboree, Spencer’s Gifts, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Williams Sonoma and Pottery Barn Kids, among others. Most recently, Ms. Hermle led the trial team that obtained a complete defense verdict for Kleiner Perkins in Pao v. Kleiner Perkins, the high-stakes gender discrimination and retaliation case that garnered intense international media scrutiny.
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William H. Hinman is a partner in Simpson Thacher's Palo Alto office and he is a member of the firm’s Corporate Department. His areas of concentration include corporate finance, advising both issuers and underwriters in capital-raising transactions, and corporate acquisitions, advising public companies and their boards, including special committees. Mr. Hinman has been involved with offerings and acquisitions of high-technology, e-commerce, healthcare and biopharmaceutical companies as well as a variety of offerings and general corporate work for a wide range of issuers and underwriters. In addition, he has significant experience regarding derivatives, novel securities, and private placements. Mr. Hinman also has represented boards of directors and their audit committees on a number of governance matters.
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Dominic Hodson is a partner in the San Francisco Office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. He specializes in the firm's International Employment Law practice and has devoted his career to the development of this niche practice. Mr. Hodson works regularly and closely with some of the world’s best known brands to assist them with all of their labor and employment needs outside of the US and guide them to compliant and commercially-practical resolutions to those needs. His practice covers each region of the globe and encompasses not only the day-to-day issues which global employers face in managing their workforce in specific countries, but also the complex and detailed issues arising from the implementation and management of multi-jurisdictional HR projects. Mr. Hodson has a particular focus on the labor and employment aspects of international business transactions.
Partner
A founding member of Simpson Thacher's Palo Alto office, Kirsten Jensen has specialized in mergers and acquisitions over her 20+ years of practice. Ms. Jensen regularly advises her corporate and private equity clients on public and private M&A, joint ventures, minority investments, corporate defense and general corporate matters. She works with clients in a broad range of industries in addition to tech and biotech, including pharmaceutical, healthcare, renewable energy, finance, consumer products, media, real estate, aerospace and light industrial. Ms. Jensen authored the chapter on “Due Diligence in M&A and Securities Offerings” in the PLI publication, Advising High-Technology Companies.
Partner
Hanno Kaiser, a partner in Latham's San Francisco office, is a US and EU antitrust lawyer with a special focus on high-technology industries and the overlap of antitrust and intellectual property. Mr. Kaiser has represented clients in merger and conduct matters before the Federal Trade Commission, the US Department of Justice, the European Commission, the German Federal Cartel office and other agencies, as well as in civil antitrust and IP litigation. He has particular expertise in antitrust matters involving complex intellectual property issues, including standard setting and patent pools. He also advises technology firms in privacy and cybersecurity matters. Mr. Kaiser is an adjunct professor for antitrust at UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. His most recent class is "Silicon Valley Antitrust v.4" (Fall 2014).
Founder and CTO
Isik C. Kizilyalli received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. (1982, 1984, and 1988) degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana. His doctoral thesis was in the area of computational semiconductor device physics. His career since spans fundamental research in semiconductors to technology development, and commercialization of innovation. Currently, he is the founder and Chief Technical Officer of Avogy Inc., a venture backed start-up concerned with GaN power electronics, energy efficiency, and power systems. Previously he was with Bell Laboratories, followed by Nitronex Corporation, and solar PV startup Alta Devices where his group holds the world record for single junction solar cell conversion efficiency. Dr. Kizilyalli was elected a Fellow of the IEEE in 2007 for his contributions to Integrated Circuit Technology, received the Bell Laboratories’ Distinguished Member of Technical Staff award, and received the Best Paper Award at ISPSD (International Symposium on Power Semiconductors and ICs) - 2013. He has published more than 100 papers and holds 89 U.S. patents.
Partner
Jim Kreissman is a senior litigation partner in Simpson Thacher's Palo Alto office. His practice focuses on government and internal investigations, M&A litigation, securities litigation, and antitrust litigation. He is the firm’s senior West Coast litigator concentrating in these areas. Mr. Kreissman currently represents or has recently represented clients in numerous investigatory matters and securities litigation for corporations, financial institutions and their officers and directors. In 2011, Mr. Kreissman created the Asia Litigation Practice, which coordinates the efforts of the firm’s litigators to serve the litigation needs of Asia-based clients, particularly with respect to antitrust, government and internal investigations, securities, intellectual property and international arbitration matters. Jim has headed this group since its inception and devotes a substantial part of his practice to the representation of Asia-based clients and Asia-based offices of international corporations and firms.
Partner
Dr. Craig Largent is the Managing Partner of Kilpatrick's Silicon Valley office. His practice focuses on patent prosecution, patent infringement and validity studies, technology licensing, and client counseling primarily in the areas of opto-electronics, semiconductors, semiconductor processing, mobile communications, micro-electromechanical systems, microfluidic analysis systems and electronics. Prior to attending law school, Dr. Largent was a practicing scientist who obtained multiple patents and authored 15 technical articles. In 1999, Dr. Largent was a Visiting Scholar in the laboratories of Professor Richard N. Zare at Stanford University. From 1996 to 2001, Dr. Largent was an Assistant Professor of Engineering Physics at the Ohio-based Air Force Institute of Technology. From 1989 to 1993, Dr. Largent worked in the Semiconductor Laser Applications Branch, Phillips Laboratory, at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico.
Partner
Wendy Lazerson is a partner in Sidley’s Palo Alto office and practices in the Labor and Employment group. She advises corporate clients on all aspects of employment law and also litigates, arbitrates and mediates their employment disputes. She has defended and initiated cases in state and federal courts in Northern and Southern California as well as in states around the country and in the arbitration forum. Ms. Lazerson handles both single plaintiff cases and class actions in a wide range of areas ranging from trade secrets (both plaintiff and defense) to harassment and discrimination, to wage and hour, among others. Ms. Lazerson also has an experience in class actions litigation. Since before wage and hour class actions became the norm, she has been actively involved in the wage and hour arena with great results. In addition to litigating and advising, Ms. Lazerson is also very involved in assisting clients with the employment aspects of mergers and acquisitions
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Luis Li is a trial lawyer in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. His practice focuses on corporate crisis management, internal corporate investigations, complex business litigation, art law, international enforcement matters and white collar criminal defense. As an assistant U.S. attorney in Los Angeles, Mr. Li tried nearly 20 federal cases to verdict. Before rejoining the firm as a partner in 2005, Mr. Li served three years as chief of the criminal branch of the Los Angeles city attorney's office, where he directed one of the largest prosecutorial agencies in California. Mr. Li’s white collar practice includes federal criminal jury trials, numerous internal corporate investigations, SEC proceedings, civil and administrative investigations, state attorney general matters and international criminal and civil matters.
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Carolyn Hoecker Luedtke is a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. Ms. Luedtke’s practice focuses on complex business litigation, with a particular emphasis on intellectual property matters. Ms. Luedtke has significant experience in trade secret matters, both in situations involving employee mobility, where individuals move from one competitor to another, and in cases involving allegations of trade secret theft in connection with business relationships, non-disclosure agreements, due diligence, and partnerships. Ms. Luedtke also has an active practice counseling clients on trade secret protection plans, as well as conducting investigations into the potential theft of trade secret information. She is a frequent speaker at law schools, industry conferences and continuing legal education seminars.
Partner
John Martin is the Partner-in-Charge of the Palo Alto office of Baker Botts and the firmwide Technology Sector Chair. Mr. Martin's 30 years of experience with the firm have concentrated on mergers & acquisitions, capital markets, corporate governance, joint ventures, outsourcing transactions and general corporate matters. He has extensive experience in representing both purchasers and sellers in complex M&A transactions involving both public and private companies. Mr. Martin also helps clients structure and negotiate joint ventures, strategic alliances and other corporate partnering arrangements. In the capital markets area, he has represented issuers and underwriters in registered public offerings, including IPOs and offerings by seasoned issuers. Mr. Martin has substantial experience with private equity and venture capital transactions. He also is a recognized leader in representing parties in complex sourcing and technology transactions, including BPO and ITO transactions.
Partner
Stafford Matthews is the managing partner of Dentons' Silicon Valley office. He represents technology and industrial companies in the strategic development and exploitation of intellectual properties and products, complex contract negotiations and dispute resolution. His practice focuses on the licensing and transfer of IP rights and technologies in domestic and international markets; providing forensic advice on contentious contractual issues; establishing and enforcing distribution systems for products and services; antitrust and unfair competition matters in the US and the European Union; and the negotiation of cross-border alliances and other business structures. Mr. Matthews is dual qualified as an English solicitor and a US lawyer and has extensive experience in both European and Asian markets. He is a board-certified specialist in franchise and distribution law.
Partner
Rob McCauley, managing partner of Finnegan's Palo Alto, California office, practices patent, trademark and trade secret litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. An experienced intellectual property litigator and former deputy district attorney for Santa Clara County, Mr. McCauley has litigated before U.S. district courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the Superior Court of California. He works with clients on cases involving complex legal issues and a wide range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals (Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act); medical devices; semiconductor devices (including flash memory); optical networking; software; off-road and racing vehicle shock absorbers; and liquid cooling for data centers.
Director, WW IP Strategy
Kevin McLintock is the Director of WW IP Strategy for Logitech, based in Newark, CA. He is an accomplished intellectual property leader with in-house and firm experience, and specific expertise in protecting consumer electronics products and services for global, industry-leading companies. Mr. McLintock began his IP career in 1999 at the technology transfer and licensing office for the University of Calgary. He then relocated to the Bay Area in 2001 to specialize in patent drafting and prosecution. Over his career he has progressed through positions with a broad spectrum of companies ranging from boutique patent firms, emerging startups like Pure Digital (maker of the “Flip Camcorder”), and fortune 100 companies like Cisco. With a focus on developing disruptive and encompassing IP strategies, Mr. McLintock has proven to be successful in curating effective IP portfolios that protect core innovations, emerging growth areas, and new (often yet to be discovered) opportunities.
Partner
Stuart Meyer is a partner in Fenwick & West's Mountain View office. He counsels clients on intellectual property matters, including technology-based litigation, performing strategic intellectual property planning and intellectual property audits for high technology companies, and securing patent, copyright, and other intellectual property rights. Mr. Meyer has extensive experience in patent reexaminations and other post-grant disputes, has written widely on the new America Invents Act as well as the PTO’s final rules implementing the AIA, and serves on the PTO’s pro bono steering committee for California. Stuart’s client portfolio includes a wide variety of high technology companies, from small start-ups to multinational public companies. Mr. Meyer has been a guest lecturer on copyright law at the University of California’s Boalt Hall School of Law.
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Hae-Won Min Liao is a partner in Sidley Austin's San Francisco office, focusing primarily on healthcare issues. Ms. Min Liao represents a variety of clients, including pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, biotech companies, durable medical equipment suppliers, hospitals, and other healthcare entities. She has advised banks and investors on corporate transactions involving device and pharmaceutical companies, long-term care facilities, and hospitals regarding coverage/reimbursement and various potential fraud and abuse issues. Ms. Min Liao’s practice includes compliance counseling related to price reporting under the Medicare and Medicaid programs, the Federal Anti-Kickback Statute, and the Sunshine Act. She has experience in drafting and negotiating managed care contracts, analyzing exclusion and personal liability risks, preparing compliance policies, and reviewing distribution systems.
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Melinda Riechert has experience litigating and arbitrating both class actions and single-plaintiff cases. Leader of the Morgan Lewis' labor and employment practice in the San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, Ms. Riechert defends clients in wage and hour, whistleblower, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, trade secret, and all other types of employment disputes. Ms. Riechert has won numerous summary judgments, arbitration awards and court and jury trials. In addition to her litigation and arbitration practice, she counsels clients on litigation avoidance strategies and on California’s complex employment laws. She is a fellow of The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Ms. Riechert currently serves as Managing Partner of the firm’s Silicon Valley office.
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Kevin Sadler is a partner in Baker Botts' Palo Alto office. He focuses his practice on civil litigation and has represented major energy, technology and service firms in the defense of tort, contract, statutory and intellectual property claims. Mr. Sadler also serves as lead trial counsel for a multi-billion dollar federal court receivership involving thousands of claims and lawsuits. He also represents clients in employment matters, including wrongful termination claims, non-competition agreements and trade secret disputes. Mr. Sadler routinely assists clients who are called upon to respond to civil investigations by state and federal agencies.
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Ron Sarian serves as VP and General Counsel at eHarmony, based in Santa Monica. His 28 years of experience as a business litigator brings a dynamic legal perspective to the company. He has excelled in consumer, privacy, Lanham Act, Sherman Act, False Claims Act, class action, employment, insurance, commercial real estate, and complex contractual and bankruptcy matters. Mr. Sarian has four published opinions in the California Court of Appeals, the United States District Court, and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. These opinions include pertinent privacy, regulatory and Federal consumer class action issues. Prior to joining the company, he practiced as litigator with two Los Angeles law firms.
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Bob Sloss is a partner in Procopio's Silicon Valley office. He has spent over 30 years litigating intellectual property and commercial disputes. With his experience as both a law firm partner serving as a first-chair litigator and a senior in-house counsel at a major US technology company managing patent litigation, Mr. Sloss calls upon a broad and unique set of skills to resolve clients’ legal disputes. He not only has the expertise of a top-flight litigator, but also an in-house perspective to better understand a client’s dispute-resolution goals and to maneuver a case in such a way as to achieve those goals. He has litigated patent infringement cases involving a wide variety of technologies, including software, computer peripherals, mechanical devices and biotechnology. His experience also extends to copyright, trademark and trade secret disputes.
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James Snell is a partner in Perkins Coie's Palo Alto office. He counsels and litigates for clients on a wide range of complex commercial matters, including privacy and security, Internet, marketing and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Snell's experience includes privacy policies and terms of use, behavioral advertising, data collection and use, commercial email, spyware and adware, data breach investigations and responses, data security, social media, and computer crime statutes, including the following acts and regulations:
  • Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA)
  • Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • California Invasion of Privacy Act
  • Communications Decency Act
  • CAN-SPAM Act
  • Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
  • HIPAA
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Rob Torresen focuses his practice in the areas of export controls (both commercial and military), economic sanctions, and customs laws. He has extensive experience counseling U.S. and foreign companies in all matters that affect the movement of goods across national borders. His experience extends across the broad range of trade issues implicated by U.S., foreign and multilateral laws, measures and regulations. Mr. Torresen assists clients in understanding and navigating the complex web of U.S. laws and regulations governing the exportation of goods, technology and services. With respect to dual-use goods, software and technology controlled under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) administered by the U.S. Commerce Department, as well as defense articles, technical data and defense services controlled under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) administered by the U.S. State Department, he provides assistance with export jurisdiction and classification issues, licensing determinations, export clearance issues, the design and implementation of export compliance programs, and enforcement actions.
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Anthony Tridico is the managing partner of Finnegan's European office in London. Dr. Tridico has more than 15 years of experience in the field of intellectual property law and his practice involves diverse technical areas from biotechnology, chemical and pharmaceutical sciences to medical devices, diagnostic tools and instrumentation. A significant portion of his current practice is devoted to post-grant proceedings, appeals and oral hearings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTAB), as well as European Patent Office (EPO) opposition and appeal procedures. Dr. Tridico also focuses on international patent prosecution and portfolio management as well as strategic counseling including pre-litigation analysis, due diligence investigations, and the specialized areas of patent term extensions and Orange Book listings.
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Jed Wakefield is a partner in Fenwick's San Francisco office. He is the chair of the firm's Trademark Litigation practice. He focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on trademark, copyright, trade secret and right of publicity matters, as well as licensing, technology transfers, and other complex commercial disputes. Mr. Wakefield also represents technology companies in advertising, privacy, unfair competition and other consumer related issues, and he has successfully defended his clients in state and federal class action lawsuits. Mr. Wakefield has litigated cases across the country. He has served as trial counsel in state and federal courts, and has extensive experience in mediation and arbitration.
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Jon Waldrop, a partner in Kasowitz, Benson's Silicon Valley office, represents industry leading companies in patent and trademark litigation involving interactive web technologies, video-on-demand telecommunications, cable technology, computer-assisted sales processes, medical devices, cooking ovens, gaming systems and complex financial transactions. He is also experienced in handling commercial and antitrust litigation matters. Mr. Waldrop's clients include Google, YouTube and Adobe, world-leading global technology companies, and Cox Communications, the third largest cable television provider in the United States. He has acted as lead trial counsel in many cases for his clients and has a history of achieving favorable jury verdicts. Mr. Waldrop earned the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's "Master Advocate" designation in 2015. He is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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Steve Wilson is a corporate partner and head of Osborne Clarke's Silicon Valley office. As an English-qualified lawyer with extensive experience of advising American-headquartered clients, he counsels US companies on all aspects of their international legal needs. Advising North American clients on English legal matters and supporting their global legal projects, Mr. Wilson works closely with Osborne Clarke's European offices and network of law firms around the world. He is a corporate transactional lawyer but assists clients with all kinds of cross-border work, focusing particularly on companies active in the Digital Business space. His recent work includes representing numerous emerging businesses establish overseas operations, advising clients on UK acquisitions, representing US VCs on European investments and managing multi-jurisdictional projects across Europe, Asia, Australia and South America.
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