2015 Faculty
(speaker names linked to full professional biography on firm/company web site)
Presenters
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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 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.
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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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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, Michael 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. He works throughout the firm’s international offices in Asia, Europe, and North America.
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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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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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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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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. s a member of the firm’s highly regarded intellectual property department, Ms. Golinveaux has represented a number of the 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.
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William H. Hinman is a partner in Simpson Thacher's Palo Alto 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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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.
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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.
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Dr. Craig Largent is the Managing Partner of the 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Robe McCauley, managing partner of Finnegan's Palo Alto, California office, practices patent, trade secret, and trademark litigation. He 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. His cases have included 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; and software. As a former deputy district attorney for Santa Clara County, Calif., Mr. McCauley first chaired 30 jury trials and more than 50 bench trials. He has examined and cross-examined hundreds of witnesses in open court, and he regularly draws from those experiences when preparing clients for depositions and trial.
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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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Jedediah 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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