2016 Faculty
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Keynote Speaker
Stasia Kelly
Partner
DLA Piper
Stasia Kelly has extensive experience as both outside counsel and as a general counsel and brings these perspectives to her practice, working closely with boards of directors, general counsel and in-house legal teams, helping clients design and implement effective governance and compliance programs. Ms. Kelly also advises boards and executives on crisis management. She is the Co-Managing Partner (Americas) of DLA Piper and co-chairs the Global Governance and Compliance practice. She is also a member of the firm’s Global Board and Executive Committee. Ms. Kelly sits on the board of directors of two public companies. At Owens-Illinois, the world's largest manufacturer of glass packaging, she chairs the Risk Committee and is a member of the Governance and Nominating Committee. At Huntington-Ingalls Industries, which designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the US Navy and Coast Guard, Ms. Kelly chairs the Governance and Policy Committee. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and events around the world and previously co-taught ''The Role of the Modern General Counsel'' course at Stanford Law School.
Presenters
Partner
Brian Anderson is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Group in Sheppard Mullin's San Francisco and Palo Alto offices. He is Co-Team Leader of the firm's Technology Transactions Team and Privacy & Data Security Team. Mr. Anderson advises on intellectual property, technology, advertising, and privacy law, including corporate transactions, licensing arrangements, outsourcing projects, distribution deals, and strategic agreements. He has particular expertise in cross-border matters (mostly in Europe). Mr. Anderson represents clients in a range of industries, including computer software, technology services, retail, fashion, robotics, internet, mobile, food and beverage, media and entertainment, gaming, real estate, and financial services. He also represents global brands, retailers, and ad agencies on privacy and data protection; e-commerce; advertising, social media, cause marketing, e-mail marketing, mobile marketing, sweepstakes and contests; gift card, prepaid access, and loyalty programs; virtual goods and currency; mobile payments; and all forms of IT and commercial contracts.
Head of Litigation, Nokia Americas
Ron Antush is currently the Head of Litigation for Nokia in the Americas, and previously served as the Global Head of Litigation and the Global Head of IP Litigation for Nokia. He specializes in strategizing and executing in all phases of IP litigation in various jurisdictions in the U.S., including the ITC, as well as around the globe. He has also been actively involved in the legislative and policy issues with respect to U.S. patent reform proposals currently under consideration. Prior to joining Nokia, Mr. Antush practiced with the international law firm Jones Day, in Dallas. In addition, he served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at SMU School of Law, teaching courses on litigating intellectual property disputes.
Shareholder
Ian Ballon is an intellectual property and Internet litigator who is the Co-Chair of Greenberg Traurig's Global Intellectual Property & Technology Practice Group. He represents clients in copyright, DMCA, trademark, trade secret, right of publicity, privacy, security, software, database and Internet- and mobile-related disputes and in the defense of data privacy, security breach, behavioral advertising, TCPA and other Internet-related class action suits. A recent case list may be accessed here. Mr. Ballon, who splits his time between the firm's Silicon Valley and LA offices, is the author of the four-volume legal treatise, E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise With Forms 2d Edition (Thomson Reuters West 2008 & 2016 Cum. Supp., www.ianballon.net) and the earlier first edition, which has been cited in state and federal court opinions. He is also the author of The Complete CAN-SPAM Act Handbook (West 2008) and The Complete State Security Breach Notification Compliance Handbook (West 2009).
Partner
Ed Batts is Global Co-Head of Orrick’s M&A and Private Equity group. Mr. Batts, resident in the firm’s Silicon Valley office, regularly counsels publicly traded technology companies in complex mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and cyber-security, including the following: fiduciary duty counseling of public boards, cross border transactions, tender offers and going private transactions; board matters and public reporting obligations, including activist investor situations, stockholder proposals and accounting related issues; and crisis management of significant cyber-security incidents as well as advice on regulators, plaintiffs and law enforcement. Prior to joining Orrick, Mr. Batts was partner and co-chair of DLA Piper’s Northern California Corporate and Finance Practice.
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, Section 230 of the Communications Decency 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.
Managing Director
Elaine Carey is based in Los Angeles as Managing Director at FTI Consulting, where she is a member of the Global Risk and Investigations Practice. Ms. Carey manages complex investigative, business intelligence and risk mitigation consulting assignments; she has advised senior executives of Fortune 100 and multinational corporations and law firms for more than 20 years, overseeing clients’ most complex and sensitive problems around the globe involving integrity, political, security and reputational risks. Previously, she served as National Director of Investigations for Control Risks; as a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers Investigations; and as a Managing Director for Kroll Associates. Early in her career, Ms. Carey was an investigative journalist, reporting from more than 30 countries on political, economic, business and social developments.
Partner
Michelle Chan is a partner in Bird & Bird's Commercial Group, based in its Hong Kong office. She is a leading telecoms and media lawyer, providing strategic, commercial advice to a number of major players in the region. Ms. Chan has more than 15 years of experience in working on corporate, commercial and regulatory matters concerning the technology, media and telecom sectors in the Asian region. She also has considerable experience in advising clients on data protection issues and non-contentious IP projects. Her clients include leading regional and international telecom operators, media companies, technology companies and institutional investors. Ms. Chan is dual qualified as a Solicitor in England & Wales and Hong Kong, with complete fluency in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.
Partner
Sherman Chu focuses his practice on China and US-based (including cross-border) technology transactions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, complex intellectual property and commercial agreements, and open source. He advises Chinese and US companies on effective structuring and operationalizing of transactions to gain approval on regulatory requirements such as CFIUS, export control, and anti-corruption. Mr. Chu joined DLA Piper from Cisco, where he oversaw major legal functions of the company with teams of 20 or more attorneys. He served as General Counsel for the Greater China region for six years, during which he was also responsible for all the major emerging economics (BRIC). Prior to that, he was head of Cisco’s worldwide transactions practice for ten years
Partner
Clare Cornell is a European trademark and patent attorney. Her practice comprises trademark prosecution; maintenance; enforcement and opposition; clearance searching; portfolio management; IP due diligence; and IP licensing and assignment. Ms. Cornell provides a broad range of advice in high-level IP due diligence programs, advising on all aspects of IP as well as the preparation of agreements for the transfer of IP portfolios. She has assisted in multi-million dollar IP due diligence projects during both the acquisition and divestiture of businesses, as well as coordinated multi-jurisdictional post-acquisition IP assignment programs, and provided IP auditing services to clients who have acquired large IP portfolios, including portfolios having in excess of 1,000 rights. Ms. Cornell has particular experience working with attorneys in China on the opposition and cancellation of bad faith trademark applications and registrations.
Partner
Paul Cowie is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group and is the Office Managing Partner for the Silicon Valley office of Sheppard, Mullin. Mr. Cowie focuses on defense work for a variety of industries, including retail, technology, manufacturing, and transportation related to a wide range of employment disputes, including discrimination and harassment, independent contractors and the sharing economy, wrongful termination and whistleblower complaints, as well as trade secret litigation. He is also a leader in Gamification to engage employees in the workplace. Mr. Cowie also has a special interest in cyber-security, data privacy, social media and BYOD and is a member of the firm’s multi-practice group industry teams. He counsels clients on all aspects of employment, including compliance, workplace investigations, workplace violence, protecting intellectual property, and founder disputes.
Partner
Brendan Cullen is a partner in S&C’s Litigation Group and serves as co-coordinator of the Firm’s Appellate Practice. Mr. Cullen has litigated a broad range of matters, including complex securities, commercial, intellectual property and antitrust litigation, frequently with a substantial technological element. He has advised and represented clients in arbitrations, in cases in state and federal trial courts and on appeals before state and federal appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He also has conducted numerous confidential internal investigations, including investigations related to issues of corporate governance, securities matters and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance. Over the last several years, he has been navigating his clients through legal issues arising from some of the most complex economic developments of the past generation, including the collapse of Enron, the California energy crisis and the financial crisis.
Partner
Jodi Daniel is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm's Health Care Group, where she provides strategic advice to clients navigating the legal and regulatory environments related to technology in the health care sector. Ms. Daniel is the former director of the Office of Policy in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). She served for a decade as the director at the ONC and 15 years at HHS, where she helped spearhead important changes in health information privacy and health information technology to improve health care for consumers nationwide. As former director at the ONC, she addressed privacy and security issues to ensure that there was clear guidance on how the initial Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) rules applied to health IT.
Partner
Sandra Edwards, the chair of Farella’s Environmental and Product Law Departments, has extensive trial experience in federal and state court in her litigation practice and as a former Assistant District Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. Ms. Edwards has strategically and effectively litigated on behalf of her corporate clients in high-stakes environmental lawsuits involving toxic torts, groundwater and contaminated sites, CERCLA, FIFRA and Proposition 65, as well as private attorney general actions and citizen suits. She also has significant experience in product-related litigation representing manufacturers and distributors in both individual and class action lawsuits that involve a wide range of products, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, electronic equipment, agricultural chemicals and construction materials.
Partner
Beth Ferrill focuses her practice on all aspects of design patents, including prosecution, counseling, and litigation. She also has extensive experience in utility patent litigation in the areas of software- and hardware-related technologies. She has appeared before U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Ms. Ferrill counsels clients who hold design patents as well as those accused of infringement. She has experience with consumer and industrial products, medical devices, transportation and construction vehicles, and graphical user interfaces and icons. She has prosecuted families of design patents before the USPTO, directed prosecution in foreign countries, and argued appeals before the PTAB.
Partner
Manuela Finger is an Intellectual Property partner specialising in soft IP, information technology and commercial matters. Her practice includes both contentious and non-contentious work for national and international clients from various industries, such as information and communication technologies, entertainment, fashion and retail. She has a special focus on the digital media and online area, including interactive entertainment, video games, online platforms, data protection law, protection of minors, regulatory matters, E-commerce and broadcasting. She has advised numerous clients on the multi-jurisdictional rollout of new products in the online and entertainment area. Ms. Finger has also been acting for various clients in the field of compliance and protection of personal data and data security, including data protection audits, advising on security incidents and structuring of processing of data in multinational groups of companies.
Partner
Buzz Frahn is a Partner in the Litigation Department of Simpson Thacher. His areas of practice are intellectual property and antitrust. Mr. Frahn has first-chaired multiple jury trials and has tried numerous complex, high technology cases, including trial wins for Cisco and other clients in patent cases tried to verdict. He regularly represents Cisco, Intel, Qualcomm, SAP, Xilinx, Daiichi Pharmaceutical, Elpida and Human Genome Sciences in patent and other litigation. His antitrust experience includes a number of cases for technology clients, including achieving favorable results for Elpida in criminal and multi district civil litigation relating to the alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) industry. Mr. Frahn also represents leading investment banks and private equity funds.
Shareholder
Françoise Gilbert focuses her practice on U.S. and global data privacy and security in a wide variety of markets, including, among others, cloud computing, big data, connected devices, robots and other emerging technologies. Her clients include public or multinational entities, cloud service providers, big data analytics companies, connected device developers, B2C and B2B businesses, publishers, Internet stores, insurance companies, manufacturers, service providers, trade associations, non-profit organizations, software developers, and others. With more than 30 years of experience addressing cutting edge domestic and international computer, Internet and data protection issues, she brings a unique combination of practical business acumen, sharp legal skills, deep regulatory knowledge, and extensive experience of the information technology markets.
Partner
Stephen Gillespie provides strategic and legal advice to software, new media and technology companies. He helps his clients build and protect their value through careful management of the legal and intellectual property aspects of their key transactions. He structures, drafts, and negotiates mission critical agreements, including national and international development and distribution agreements, licenses, strategic alliances, and business process outsourcing transactions. Mr. Gillespie also manages the intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions, including as lead outside IP counsel on acquisitions for Cisco, Symantec, Electronic Arts and other acquirers. In addition, he has significant experience in cloud/SaaS and open source business models and export control regulations. He has been a frequent speaker and writer on intellectual property issues in mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing, cloud computing, and open source business models:
Partner
Melissa Goodman is known for litigating and agilely managing sophisticated employment issues during mission critical scenarios. With over 20 years of experience, Ms. Banks has litigated in multiple states, including having argued en banc in a case that created new noncompete law. She has also represented parties in employment arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and other arbitration forums. She serves as Co-Chair of Haynes and Boone's Trade Secrets Practice Group, and the former Chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group. Ms. Goodman focuses on litigation and advising top level corporate leadership - boards of directors, in-house counsel and chief executives - on unique, complex and often crisis-level employment affairs.
Partner
Veronica M. Gray is a prominent trial attorney in Orange County, California with over three decades of experience litigating and negotiating employment issues for her clients. She chairs Nossaman's Employment Practice Group and represents employers throughout California, as well as meeting their out-of-state needs. Ms. Gray provides counseling, advice, and litigation services to private and public companies and public entities in a broad array of employment and labor related matters, including sole plaintiff and class actions related to wage and hour, wrongful terminations, discrimination, harassment, unfair competition and trade secrets, data breach, executive employment agreements and benefits, severance and separation agreements, leave laws, reductions in force/WARN Act, record retention, e-discovery, audits, labor relations and social media.
United States District Judge (retired)
The Honorable Faith Hochberg is a former United States District Court Judge who retired from the bench in 2015. She now serves as an independent mediator and arbitrator. Judge Hochberg has been a Patent Pilot judge and was vice chair of the Local Patent Rules Committee in the District of New Jersey. Prior to ascending the bench, Judge Hochberg served as the United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey. She previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, where her responsibilities included supervision of the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Bank Secrecy Act enforcement, and leading the Treasury's international anti-money laundering initiatives. Earlier in her career, Judge Hochberg served as Senior Deputy Chief Counsel of the Office of Thrift Supervision, where she created and led enforcement of compliance and financial risk reforms in the banking industry, and as Legal Assistant to the Chairman of the SEC.
Partner
Dr. Lila W. Hope is a partner in Cooley's Life Sciences practice group and a member of its business department, resident in the firm's Palo Alto office. Her practice focuses on the representation of life sciences companies discovering, developing and marketing pharmaceutical, vaccine, medical device, diagnostic and digital health products. She counsels clients ranging from privately-held companies to Fortune 500 companies. Dr. Hope specializes in transactions involving complex intellectual property, business, operational and legal issues, including strategic partnerships, discovery and option deals, and complex asset purchases. In addition, she counsels clients' management, operational and legal teams on matters involving licensing, supply, distribution, clinical trials, research collaborations and vendor services. Dr. Hope is also regularly involved in the evaluation of a company's product rights and operational risks in connection with financing, public offering and M&A transactions.
Partner
Richard Hung leads complex technology matters for clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts, including both high-stakes patent litigation and litigation against non-practicing patent holders. The technologies at issue in these matters have spanned areas such as Internet search and advertising, cryptography, programmable logic devices, graphical user interfaces, smartphones, electronic books, and anticancer therapeutics. In addition to his IP litigation and counseling practice, Mr. Hung is the co-chair of Morrison & Foerster's IP Litigation Group, the cross-disciplinary Intellectual Property Group, and the Inter Partes Review and Post Grant Practice. A registered patent attorney, Mr. Hung represents clients in adversarial proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Mr. Hung also regularly advises clients on strategic offensive and defensive patent licensing and patent acquisition issues.
Partner
A former federal prosecutor in the Northern District of California with more than 20 years of experience, Matt Jacobs is well recognized for his experience in internal investigations, government investigations, and white collar matters of all kinds, as well as complex commercial litigation. Mr. Jacobs frequently advises Boards of Directors, Audit Committees, and General Counsels on critical issues. He is Co-Chair of the firm’s Government Investigations & White Collar Criminal Defense practice, and is the Managing Partner of the San Francisco office of V&E. Mr. Jacobs has a national and international practice representing U.S. and foreign-located companies and executives in high stakes matters involving FCPA, antitrust, trade secrets, health care, and commercial disputes including IP litigation and consumer class actions.
Partner
Emily Jones advises on a range of data privacy issues and related contractual arrangements, including in the context of healthtech, telematics, smart meters, mobile payments, big data analytics, IoT and data monetisation projects. She works with clients to deliver a full range of data compliance strategies to ensure good data handling practices and procedures, global data transfers, security breach management and training, and is helping clients to prepare for the impact of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. Additionally, Ms. Jones advises clients on technology transactions, including complex high-value IT procurements, IT outsourcing arrangements, cloud services agreements and in particular the related data privacy issues, such data transfers, cyber security and managing data processors effectively; she also advises on dual-use export control regulations.
Partner
Jeffrey L. Kessler is a partner in Winston & Strawn LLP’s New York office who serves as the firm's co-chairman, is the chair of the global Antitrust/Competition Practice, and co-chairs the Sports Law Practice. Additionally, Mr. Kessler serves on the firm's Executive Committee. He focuses his practice on all aspects of antitrust/competition, sports law, intellectual property (IP), complex litigation, and government criminal and civil investigations. He has been lead counsel in some of the most complex antitrust, sports law and intellectual property law cases in the country, including major jury trials, and has represented a number of U.S. and international companies in criminal and civil investigations in the antitrust, trade, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) areas. Mr. Kessler is also one of the most prominent lawyers in the country regularly engaged in high-profile sports litigation.
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. He 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 E.D. Texas. He has represented clients in patent litigations involving a wide range of products and industries and is one of the firm's most experienced patent litigators.
Principal
Dr. Lavoie is a Principal in the Silicon Valley and Twin Cities offices of Fish & Richardson. She represents a range of clients, from industry to academia, with an emphasis on early to mid-stage companies. Her practice focuses on client counseling and strategic portfolio development, patent opinions, due diligence and freedom-to-operate studies, and patent prosecution in the chemical arts. She has extensive experience in the areas of pharmaceuticals (including life cycle management), drug formulation and drug delivery technologies, biopharmaceuticals, small molecules, diagnostics, nanotechnologies, plant biotechnology and genomics, and green/environmental chemistries. Dr. Lavoie also has significant transactional experience in licensing, feasibility, and development and supply agreements.
Partner
Andrew Livingston, a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office, is the Deputy Practice Group Leader of the firm's Global Employment Law Group. He represents clients in a wide variety of industries, but specifically focuses on financial services, retail, technology, and advertising. Mr. Livingston has an extensive class- and collective-action practice. He routinely defends employers in such cases in state and federal courts, particularly in cases alleging violations of the wage-and-hour laws. He also defends employers in numerous other types of cases, such as those related to restrictive covenants and trade secrets, wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Mr. Livingson regularly appears in state and federal courts, both at the trial and appellate levels, and he has substantial jury trial experience.
Partner
Doug Lumish is Vice Chair of Latham's Litigation & Trial Department and former global Co-chair of its IP Litigation Practice. Mr. Lumish has litigated cases across a diverse technology spectrum including internet and web technologies, database, file system and operating system software, video game technology, touch screen and smartphone technologies, stents, aneurysm treatment and other medical devices, camcorders and PC connectivity, data networking equipment and networking protocols, semiconductor equipment and processes, capillary electrophoresis equipment and processes, PCR equipment and processes, disk drives, cellular technology, biotechnology equipment and processes, and analog and digital circuit design. Mr. Lumish co-taught a patent litigation course at Stanford Law School in 2010 and 2012. He is also a frequent speaker and writer on patent litigation matters.
Principal
Terry Mahn is Managing Principal of Fish & Richardson's Washington, DC, office, and the Regulatory and Government Affairs Practice Group Leader. His practice is primarily before the FCC and FDA with emphasis on complex product authorizations. His FDA practice involves pharmaceutical and medical device approvals with special emphasis on drug exclusivities and patent protection under Hatch-Waxman; "safe harbor" counseling and patent term extension applications; biosimilar approvals, brand exclusivities and patent litigation procedures under the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act. He also has extensive experience in the regulation of digital health, telemedicine, and wireless medical device technologies. Mr. Mahn’s FCC practice includes all facets of spectrum allocation, wireless technology and licensing, and equipment approvals. He actively participates in domestic and international product standards development, harmonization, and compliance in the areas of radio communications, EMC, electrical, medical, and RF safety.
Senior Director, Global Core Payments and Competition at PayPal
Rob Mahnke heads a team at PayPal responsible for competition law, employment, compensation and benefits, the stock plan, and real estate. Previously he was Global Competition Counsel at eBay Inc. where he managed all antitrust matters – including product and commercial counseling, regulatory affairs, litigation, M&A, and training and compliance – for eBay’s Marketplaces, Enterprise and PayPal business units. Mr. Mahnke also served as Trial Attorney with the Networks and Technology Enforcement Section of the DOJ’s Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C.. He was involved in the Division’s investigations of the combinations of CME and CBOT, Thomson and Reuters, and Oracle and Sun. Mr. Mahnke has also taught as an adjunct professor at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.
Partner
Katharine (Katie) Martin is a partner in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati's Palo Alto office, where she practices corporate and securities law. She currently serves as a member of the firm's board of directors, its governing body, and previously served as a member of the Policy Committee and as the leader of the firm's business law department. Ms. Martin has extensive experience in representing public companies. Her practice includes all aspects of company representation, including corporate governance, SEC compliance, 1934 Act issues, public offerings, private placements, and mergers and acquisitions. Ms. Martin also has represented underwriters in public offerings and issuers and investors in private equity financings. She is a frequent speaker on corporate and securities law, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisition topics.
Partner
Pamela Martinson represents major institutional and other lenders, lessors, borrowers and equity sponsors. She possesses extensive experience in complex financings of all kinds, including syndicated lending transactions (secured and unsecured), equipment leasing, asset-based lending, unitranche loans, subscription finance and structured finance. Ms. Martinson regularly handles the debt aspects of sponsor-led acquisition transactions. Her practice in large part centers on cross-border loans and security, intercreditor relationships and lending to technology and growth companies. She has been instrumental in developing loan and lease documentation for commercial lenders and equipment lessors and has experience in lease and loan financing of early-stage companies that include the issuance of warrants. She advises clients with respect to credit, workout and Uniform Commercial Code issues.
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
For more than twenty years, Nate McKitterick, has been an effective advocate as well as a trusted advisor, resolving insurance, indemnification, and management liability issues for corporations and individual executives. His experience spans a number of risk areas. In addition to deep knowledge of indemnification issues ranging from patent-related and other contractual indemnities, to management indemnification, Mr. McKitterick has experience in most forms of insurance coverage: directors and officers liability, cyberliability and privacy, commercial general liability, employment practices liability, technology errors and omissions, specialty transactional/M&A products and other types of property and liability insurance. He has advised corporations, as well as individual directors and officers, in almost every sector of the business world.
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Jessica Mussallem is a partner in Vinson & Elkin's San Francisco office. Her principal areas of practice include complex commercial litigation, government investigations and white collar criminal defense, including the representation of corporations, Audit Committees, and individuals in criminal and internal investigations involving the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and other government agencies. Ms. Mussallem has grown a national and international practice representing companies and executives in high stakes matters involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, antitrust offenses, trade secrets, securities violations, and representing companies in commercial disputes including IP litigation and securities matters.
Partner
Kristina Nordlander has a thriving EU competition, regulatory and litigation practice, representing major companies in a variety of sectors, including pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, financial services and payments, chemicals, mining, medical devices and technology. She has extensive experience advising clients on the full range of EU competition issues, including joint ventures and cooperation agreements, merger control proceedings, state aid, cartel investigations and antitrust compliance. Ms. Nordlander has represented a number of major pharmaceutical companies on issues related to the sector inquiry undertaken by the European Commission, and frequently advises pharma, biotech and medical device companies on antitrust risk relating to patent enforcement and settlement, life-cycle management, marketing, pricing practices and procurement.
Partner
Jeffrey Ostrow heads the Palo Alto office of Simpson Thacher. He is Chair of the Intellectual Property Practice and a member of the Executive Committee. For more than 20 years, Mr. Ostrow has litigated and tried IP cases for both large and small technology companies, including Intel, Cisco, HP, CSR, Seagate and Avistar Communications. He is also responsible for the corporate side of his firm's IP practice and is regularly called upon to counsel clients on complicated IP issues in a variety of deal structures. He is a frequent lecturer on IP issues and has taught at Stanford Law School and is currently teaching IP Strategy at Berkeley Law School.
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Laura Oswell is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell's Litigation Group and a practice group leader for the firm's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act practice. Ms. Oswell represents companies and individuals in a wide variety of matters, including transaction-related, securities class, derivative, commercial, contract, antitrust and employment disputes. She also represents companies and individuals in matters before the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice. Within the past three years, Ms. Oswell has tried three cases to verdict, achieving wins for both clients.
Partner
Jim Paine focuses his practice primarily on strategic outsourcing, information technology outsourcing, business process outsourcing, ERP licensing, implementation and support, IaaS, SaaS and PaaS transactions, larger commercial transactions and e-commerce arrangements. Mr. Paine has advised clients on a broad range of strategic outsourcing arrangements including IT infrastructure support; managed network services; application development and maintenance services; finance and accounting services; benefits and human resources administration; customer relationship management; call center operations; back office support; IT help desk support; and data warehouse development and hosting. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Paine was the primary counsel for information technology and data security matters at The Home Depot.
Partner
Jeff Poston is a partner in Crowell's Washington, D.C. office and is in the firm's Commercial Litigation Group. He is a trial attorney focused on complex commercial cases involving data protection, financial services, business tort, antitrust, and healthcare disputes. Mr. Poston has litigated and tried dozens of cases on behalf of corporate clients in a wide variety of industries. He has extensive experience in defending corporate clients against class actions and federal and state investigations alleging data security breaches. He has represented healthcare companies involved in some of the largest alleged data breach cases brought under the federal HITECH Act and various state privacy, data security, and unfair competition laws. Mr. Poston has negotiated favorable settlements of these claims with state regulators and attorneys general.
Partner
Benjamin Powell is widely recognized as one of the country’s top authorities on handling cybersecurity, data breach and related investigation matters. He is a leading attorney in handling complex regulatory matters relating to international investment and mergers, including matters involving the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and the Defense Security Service (DSS). He also is regularly asked to be lead counsel on major investigations and strategic counseling across a variety of sensitive regulatory matters for the world’s most prominent companies. He is also frequently retained to perform due diligence on major domestic corporate transactions requiring expertise in government regulatory issues, including government contracting, security clearance issues with the Defense Security Service (DSS), export control and related issues. His background includes serving as General Counsel to the first three Directors of National Intelligence, Special Assistant to the President and Associate White House Counsel.
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Nancy Pritikin is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in Sheppard, Mullin's Silicon Valley office. She has extensive courtroom experience and specializes in employment discrimination, wrongful termination, investigations of employee conduct, and sexual harassment matters. Regarded for her experience as a trial attorney, Ms. Pritikin is well-versed in high-profile employment class action matters. In addition to representing a police chief in a highly-publicized sexual harassment case and representing the Supreme Court of California in litigation alleging disability discrimination, she has successfully served as lead trial counsel for multiple class action cases, including wage and hour and discrimination claims. Ms. Pritikin appears regularly in state and federal courts, mediation, and arbitration forums and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
Partner
Bita Rahebi is a partner in Morrison & Foerster's Los Angeles office, where she focuses on intellectual property litigation, particularly patent litigation. She has litigated a wide variety of high-technology matters since joining the firm in 2000 and manages technology cases for global clients in U.S. District Courts and before the International Trade Commission. Ms. Rahebi’s patent matters have concerned graphical user interfaces, interactive media design, liquid crystal displays, product design tools, chip fuse technology, public key encryption, non-surgical medical devices, digital televisions, automated call processing, and virtual camera control technology. She has also been involved in trade secrets litigation involving programmable logic devices in California state court. Ms. Rahebi is President of the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association.
Vice President, Intellectual Property and Litigation
Dana Rao is Vice-President of Intellectual Property and Litigation at Adobe. He oversees all aspects of Adobe’s intellectual property and litigation matters, including procuring, licensing, and defending Adobe’s patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and managing all aspects of Adobe’s litigation practice. Previous to Adobe, Mr. Rao was Associate General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation for eleven years, focusing on patent related matters. He began his legal career at the law firm of Fenwick & West, where he practiced patent prosecution, licensing and litigation.
Partner
Alan Raul is the founder and leader of Sidley’s Privacy, Data Security and Information Law practice. He represents companies on federal, state and international privacy issues, including global data protection and compliance programs, data breaches, cybersecurity, consumer protection issues and Internet law. Mr. Raul’s practice involves litigation and counseling regarding consumer class actions, FTC, State Attorney General, Department of Justice and other government investigations, enforcement actions and regulation. He provides clients with perspective gained from extensive government service, as well. Mr. Raul previously served as Vice Chairman of the White House Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, General Counsel of the Office of Management and Budget, and of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Associate Counsel to the President. He serves as a member of the Privacy, Intellectual Property, Technology, and Antitrust Litigation Advisory Committee of the National Chamber Litigation Center (affiliated with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce).
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Jason Sanders' practice focuses on patent and trademark prosecution and counseling. He has advised companies across the spectrum from startups and universities, to Fortune 500 companies. In addition to practicing before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, he has experience in obtaining patents in Europe, China, Japan, Canada, Australia, Korea, Israel, and other jurisdictions. Recently, Mr. Sanders successfully prosecuted patents to allowance in less than one year through the USPTO Track One program. Prior to law school, Mr. Sanders was a temperature metrologist for Hart Scientific, where he studied and performed low uncertainty calibrations on various high precision thermometers. He also developed software that increased measurement precision. Mr. Sanders also worked as an electrical engineer at Enterasys Corporation. In addition, he was an adjunct professor at Utah Valley State College, where he taught undergraduate physics and astronomy courses.
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Sally Shorthose, a partner in Bird & Bird's London office, provides a full range of intellectual property commercial advice and support to her clients, including licensing, partnering and exploitation agreements, research, development and marketing collaborations. She also frequently advises clients on regulatory and ‘freedom to operate’ matters, and manages significant due diligence matters. As a transactional intellectual property lawyer, she provides advice in relation to the protection and exploitation of a full range of IP rights, both in stand alone transactions and as part of an acquisition, divestment or investment activity. Before joining Bird & Bird in 2006, Sally was head of IP and Life Sciences at Eversheds, and prior to that she spent 11 years working in-house, first as senior legal advisor at ICI/Zeneca and later as Legal Director of Novartis UK.
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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.
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Aravind Swaminathan is a global co-chair of Orrick's Cybersecurity & Data Privacy team. He is an accomplished trial lawyer, litigator, and former federal prosecutor, with extensive experience in cybersecurity and data breaches, government and internal investigations, and privacy-related matters. Mr. Swaminathan advises clients in proactive assessment and management of internal and external cybersecurity risks, breach incident response planning, and corporate governance responsibilities related to cybersecurity. He has directed dozens of internal data breach investigations and cybersecurity incident response efforts, including incidents with national security implications. He also represents companies and organizations facing cybersecurity and privacy-oriented class action litigation that can often follow a breach. Until 2013, Mr. Swaminathan was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of Washington, where he served as one of the district's Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property Section attorneys.
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David Teitelbaum is a partner in the Banking and Financial Services group of Sidley Austin LLP. He has a broad regulatory practice for all types of entities involved in our payments and financial systems, including insured depository institutions and their holding companies, payment processors and systems, money transmitters, prepaid program managers, mobile network operators, technology providers, virtual currency companies and retailers. Mr. Teitelbaum assists these companies in the wide range of regulatory issues that impact their business by providing a combination of thoughtful regulatory guidance, solution-oriented transactional assistance and strategic legislative planning. He routinely helps companies structure payment products to minimize regulatory burden, negotiate commercial agreements for the support and distribution of those products, and create customer interfaces and disclosures that balance regulatory requirements and business needs.
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Travis Thomas a partner in Baker Botts Palo Alto office, has extensive experience in the development, management and monetization of patent portfolios for both large, established public companies and small start-up ventures. He also has extensive experience in pre-litigation disputes involving patents; patent and trade-secret litigation; the evaluation of patent portfolios owned by potential acquisition targets; and the negotiation of technology licenses and other agreements involving a wide variety of intellectual property rights. Mr. Thomas has worked on patent and trade secret disputes and drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications covering switching and routing systems, optical communication systems, wireless and mobile communication systems, speech encoding, passive RF communications systems, packet and circuit switched networks, IP telephony, analog and digital circuit design and fabrication, circuit verification, and SRAM design.
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Julie Totten is the partner in charge of Orrick’s Sacramento Office and that office's Employment Law and Litigation group. She has more than 20 years' experience representing companies in high stakes litigation. Ms. Totten represents employers in complex cases, including wage-and-hour class and collective actions, EEO claims and claims involving breach of contract and wrongful termination. She has also successfully represented clients involved in investigations and audits by the Department of Labor and the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and she assists clients in developing compensation policies and compliance measures designed to reduce potential exposure. Ms. Totten also counsels and trains clients on a wide variety of employment law matters, including social media and employee privacy.
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Eric Wang is Co-Chair of DLA Piper's Northern California Corporate and Finance practice. He has broad experience in general corporate and securities representation and business counseling of publicly traded companies, emerging growth and other privately held companies and venture capital firms. Mr. Wang also has significant mergers and acquisitions experience, having represented numerous public and private companies in various industries both within the United States and in cross-border transactions.
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