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Nominations per firm
Bingham 1
Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman 1
Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass 1
Cooley 1
Davis Wright Tremaine 3
Dickstein Shapiro 1
DLA Piper 1
Dorsey & Whitney 1
Durie Tangri 1
Faegre Baker Daniels 2
Fenwick & West 1
Fish & Richardson 3
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher 1
Greenberg Traurig 3
Holland & Hart 1
Irell & Manella 1
K&L Gates 4
Kaye Scholer 2
Keker & Van Nest 1
Kenyon & Kenyon 1
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton 1
Kirkland & Ellis 1
Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear 1
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel 1
Ladas & Parry 1
Latham & Watkins 1
Loeb & Loeb 1
Manatt Phelps & Phillips 1
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp 1
Morrison & Foerster 4
Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg 2
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe 2
Perkins Coie 7
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan 2
Sheridan Ross 1
Sidley Austin 1
Stoel Rives 1
Stolowitz Ford Cowger 1
Susan Gorman IP 1
Tonkon Torp 1
Weil Gotshal & Manges 1
White & Case 1
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati 2
Susan Gorman, sole practitioner at Gorman IP Law in San Diego, focuses on patent prosecution in the biotechnology, biochemistry, and pharmaceuticals sectors, and holds a PhD during which time she studied genetics of pine trees. She also has experience with trademark clearance opinions and trademark applications. Judith Szepesi at Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zafman focuses on patents and patent prosecution. Many of her clients are in the telecoms and computing sectors on both the software, and hardware sides. Karen Frank, a former president of the Copyright Society of the USA, practices IP and business law at Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass in San Francisco. Her clients include the advertising, food and beverage, and entertainment industries, including a major music company in its ongoing litigation in northern California. Heidi Keefe at Cooley in Palo Alto litigates patent trials in the technical field. Her clients include Facebook, LinkedIn, Microsoft, eBay, and HTC.

Jill Cohen, the chairperson of the entertainment transactions practice at Davis Wright Tremaine in LosAngeles is experienced in entertainment transactions for motion picture studios and cable networks. She analyzes rights issues and drafts agreements. Kelli Sager, also at Davis Wright Tremaine, focuses on media and entertainment law including securing access for media to records on high-profile criminal cases such as for Phil Spector, Winona Ryder, and O.J. Simpson. She represented Universal Pictures in Diaz v. NBC Universal, successfully obtaining dismissal of libel class action which was based on the film "American Gangster." Deborah Fishman at Dickstein Shapiro in Palo Alto concentrates on patent litigation in the biopharmaceuticals and medical devices fields. She represented Amgen in the patent infringement dispute Pieczenik v. Amgen. The case was dismissed at the hearings stage. Lisa Haile at DLA Piper's San Diego office handles patent protection matters for clients primarily in the pharmaceutical sector, including work involving virology, molecular biology, and drug delivery systems. Daralyn Durie, one of the co-founders of San Francisco firm Durie Tangri, has tried several patent cases for several household-name clients, including social media clients such as Twitter and LinkedIn, and life sciences clients such as Genentech. She successfully represented California State University against a group of CSU students in a dispute involving fee increases. Sally Abel of Fenwick & West specializes in trademark-related matters, including portfolios and trademark rights online. She was recognized in Euromoney Legal Media Group's Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law as one of the top trademark lawyers in the US in both 2010 and 2012. Debra Wong Yang at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher specializes in corporate crime and compliance. She formerly served as the US Attorney for the Central District of California.

IP-focused firm Fish & Richardson has three members of California's IP Top 250 contingent. Juanita Brooks focuses on IP, product liability, and qui tam litigation. In July she knocked out a $149 million suit brought by Baxter against her client Fresenius USA. Lisa Greenwald-Swire focuses on trademark, copyright, domain name, and licensing issues. She focuses on the new media and entertainment sector. Lisa Martens concentrates her practice on trademarks for industries including food service, healthcare, and apparel. She also focuses on domain name and licensing issues.

Greenberg Traurig has three lawyers among California's IP Top 250. Heather Meeker focuses on licensing and mergers and acquisitions for several industries including educational clients, communications, and medical devices. She was recognized in Euromoney's "Guide to the World's Leading Women in Business Law" in 2012. Susan Heller specializes in trademarks for clients including Fortune 500 companies and entertainment figures. She was shortlisted for Euromoney's "Best in trademark" award at the 2013 Americas Women in Business Law Awards. Valerie Ho at Greenberg Traurig focuses on patents, trademark, copyright, and anti-counterfeiting litigation.

Jane Shay Wald is partner emeritus at Irell & Manella in Los Angeles. She concentrates on trademark, unfair competition, false advertising, and copyright. She was the counsel for the briefs on behalf of Dastar in the Lanham Act dispute Dastar v. Twentieth Century Fox Film before the US Supreme Court. Susan Hollander of K&L Gates has experience in many IP sub-fields, including trademark, copyright, unfair competition, and false advertising disputes. She has represented HTC, T-Mobile, 24-Hour Fitness, and Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

Rhonda Trotter, based in Los Angeles, is the head of Kaye Scholer's trademark, copyright, and false advertising group. She recently represented Central South Distribution as lead counsel in Burtscher v. Moore in a breach of contract and copyright infringement suit with regards to recordings of American Idol contestant and musician Adam Lambert. Sheri Jeffrey, also at Kaye Scholer, represents clients in the entertainment industry. She focuses on licensing and distribution agreements. Christa Anderson of Keker & Van Nest litigates for several household names such as Intel, Google, American Honda, Broadcom, and Sutter Health. She represented Google in Oracle America v. Google, a patent and copyright dispute. All claims of infringement were rejected and there were no damages. Megan Whyman Olesek at Kenyon & Kenyon in Palo Alto focuses on technology-related patent litigation. She successfully represented Sony in the trade secrets case MedioStream v. Microsoft. The court dismissed MedioStream's complaint.

Jennifer Arkowitz at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton in San Francisco concentrates on trademark and copyright law. She has represented wireless headset manufacturer AliphCom in multiple trademark-related matters, as well as nutritional company Clif Bar in a trademark infringement suit. Diana Torres at Kirkland & Ellis focuses her practice on IP matters such as trade secrets and unfair competition for the entertainment and media industry. She represented Twentieth Century Fox Film in David Hayter v. Twentieth Century Fox and Newmarket Press, which involved credit disputes and rights with regards to false advertising and antitrust laws. Lisa Kobialka at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel focuses on patents, trade secrets, and unfair competition matters primarily for clients in the life sciences, computer sciences, and electronic media sectors. Elizabeth Linford at Ladas & Parry in Los Angeles specializes in trademark prosecution, digital brands protection, and copyrights. The head of the firm's digital brands practice, she also has experience in domain name disputes and portfolio management. Roxanne Christ at Latham & Watkins's Los Angeles office focuses her practice on IP-related media and technology transactions, portfolios, patents, and trademarks. She has represented The Walt Disney Company, Sony Online Entertainment, and Takeda Pharmaceutical. Laura Wytsma at Loeb & Loeb focuses on patents, false advertising, defamation, and Lanham Act violations. A recent high-profile representation of hers was on behalf of Marilyn Monroe LLC regarding the classic film star's post-mortem publicity rights. Shari Wollman at Manatt Phelps & Phillips focuses on patents, copyright, and trade secret litigation. She specializes in the entertainment and media industries. Karin Pagnanelli at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp concentrates on copyright, piracy, trademark, defamation, and unfair competition. In a recent trademark infringement dispute, she represented Take2 Interactive and Rockstar Games against a Los Angeles business regarding the "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas" game and Sony Music in another trademark infringement lawsuit relating to the UK boy band One Direction, filed by a US-based group sharing the same name.

Catherine Polizzi at Morrison & Foerster in Palo Alto focuses on patents, due diligence, and portfolio management in the life sciences sector. She was recognized as a "Life science star" by Euromoney LMG's Life Sciences in 2012 and 2013, and she won Euromoney's "Best in life sciences" award at the 2013 Americas Women in Business Law Awards. Gladys Monroy, also at Morrison & Foerster, specializes in patent portfolio management, interferences, re-examinations, reissues, and due diligence. The patents she wrote for her client Chiron led to the creation of blood-screening technology to detect for Hepatitis C. Morrison & Foerster's Kate Murashige specializes in patent prosecution work. She represented the University of California regarding a bovine growth hormone patent. She secured licensing revenue for the university valued around $250 million. She was recognized as a "Life sciences star" by Euromoney LMG's Life Sciences in 2013. Rachel Krevans is nationally known for her representation of Apple in the ongoing litigation in connection with Apple v. Samsung. Krevans joins her colleague Polizzi in winning at the 2013 Euromoney Women in Business Law Awards; in her case, taking home the "Best in patent" award.

Katherine "Katy" Basile at Novak Druce Connolly Bove & Quigg specializes in trademarks and licensing issues. She is experienced in litigation before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Also a member of the Novak Druce team is Pam Fulmer, whose experience is in patent, copyright, and trademark infringement litigation. She represented WPI in Whittemore Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Disease v. Judy Mikovits, a trade secrets and breach of contract dispute in which she obtained a preliminary injunction. She is currently handling patent litigation matters involving streaming video technology. Annette Hurst at Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco successfully defended DISH network against Fox's motion for a preliminary injunction attempting to shut down Hopper DVR and its PrimeTime Anytime and AutoHop features. She was named "Female Litigator of the Year – West" by Benchmark Litigation in 2013. She was also recognized in Benchmark Litigation's "Top 250 Women in Litigation" in 2012. Her Orrick colleague Stephanie Sharron focuses on IP transactions in the life sciences and technologies sector. She specializes in privacy, data security, and Internet safety issues.

Bobbie Wilson at Perkins Coie in San Francisco specializes in patents, trade secrets, Internet privacy, and Section 230 litigation under the Communications Decency Act. She is representing Craigslist against scrappers trying to profit from content on the website. Viola Kung, also at Perkins Coie, concentrates on patents in the life sciences sector. Her practice matters include neurological diseases, gene expression, and chemical formulations. Jennifer Kash at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan focuses on patents, trade secrets, and antitrust disputes. She successfully represented Yahoo! when it filed a multi-patent lawsuit against Facebook in the Northern District of California. Victoria Maroulis, also at Quinn Emanuel, focuses on patent litigation. She represented Cisco, Belkin, NETGEAR, and D-Link in a patent infringement case involving wireless routers and won summary judgment of non-infringement and invalidity.

Sasha Rao at Bingham McCutchen in Palo Alto focuses on patent infringement, Hatch-Waxman cases, copyrights, and trade secrets. She successfully represented Transmeta in the patent infringement case Transmeta v. Intel regarding microprocessor technology. The case settled for $250 million.

Patty Thayer at Sidley Austin concentrates on patent litigation in the life sciences sector. Her experience includes biopharmaceuticals, drug delivery systems, and medical devices. She won the "Best in life sciences award" at the 2012 Euromoney LMG's Americas Women in Business Law Awards. Karen Ballack at Weil Gotshal & Manges represents technology companies in IP transactions. She represented Symantec in its $115 million acquisition of LiveOffice Holdings from Summit Partners and LiveOffice management. Based in the Palo Alto office of White & Case, Jeannine Sano focuses on patent litigation involving technologies such as microprocessors, chipsets, memory, image sensors, and software. She represented Autodesk in the patent litigation dispute American Imaging Services v. Autodesk regarding CAD software. Stefani Shanberg at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati specializes in technological patent litigation with a focus on ITC investigations. Her clients include Google, Spotify, and Symantec. Suzanne Bell, also at Wilson Sonsini, focuses on technology and IP transactions. She has experience in cloud computing, electronics, and digital media.


Based in Denver, Natalie Hanlon-Leh focuses on patent, copyright, and trademark at Faegre Baker Daniels. She represented USA Hockey and obtained a seizure order for counterfeit merchandise at the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City. She was named 2013 Colorado "Outstanding IP Litigator of the Year" by Managing IP. Her Faegre colleague Nina Wang focuses on IP litigation. She successfully represented LabCorp and obtained summary judgment in post-Supreme Court proceedings regarding a patent license in LabCorp v. Metabolite. Andrea Anderson at Holland & Hart in Boulder focuses on trademarks. She also has experience in matters pertaining to gray-market goods, counterfeit goods, and domain names. Sabrina Stavish at Sheridan Ross is based in Denver and focuses on trademarks, copyrights, and Internet domain names. She also has experience with software development, licensing, and marketing agreements. Lisa Osman at Dorsey & Whitney specializes in trademark protection, brand development, and Internet and domain name matters. The industries she represents include consumer products, software, and financial services.


Anne Glazer at Stoel Rives specializes in trademark, copyright, and trade secret issues. She also has experience in advertising compliance, franchising, software, and patents. Graciela Cowger at Stolowitz Ford Cowger focuses on patent prosecution in the electronics, software, and communications industries. She also has experience in infringement analysis and portfolio evaluation. Vicki Ballou at Tonkon Torp focuses on patent, trademark, and copyright licenses. Her clients include technology and manufacturing companies.


Margaret Niver McGann at Parsons Behle & Latimer focuses on trademark law. She has experience in brand name clearance, registration, use, and protection. Juliette White, also at Parsons Behle, focuses on IP and antitrust matters. She also concentrates on Internet infringement matters such as domain disputes and social media such as Tumblr and Pinterest.


Cindy Caditz at Davis Wright Tremaine focuses on trademarks. She is representing Sunbeam in Sunbeam Products v. Osram in a dispute over trademark registration. At Knobbe Martens, Maria Anderson has experience in patent prosecution in the computer science and e-commerce fields. She also focuses on trademark portfolios and assets.

K&L Gates has three members of IP Top 250's rankings in Washington state. C. Rachal Winger focuses on patents in the life sciences sector. Her experience includes pain management, therapeutics for cancers, mental disorders, and regenerative stem cell technologies. Martha Dawson specializes in electronic discovery and records management. She advises clients on litigation readiness and collection issues. Pallavi Mehta Wahi is the co-chairperson of the firm's India practice. She focuses on commercial and corporate IP litigation. She has experience in discovery, motion practice, and trial practice.

Five women represent Perkins Coie, based out of the international firm's Seattle headquarters. Grace Han Stanton focuses on trademark and brand clearance, copyright protection, advertising compliance review and liquor licensing, and regulatory matters. She represents Fortune 500 companies, wineries and breweries, and software companies. Heidi Sachs specializes in trademark, copyright, domain name, and trade secret issues. She handles Boeing's trademark portfolio. Lynne Graybeal focuses on trademark, copyright, Internet and social media issues, and entertainment law. She also concentrates on software license agreements, web-based content license agreements, and literary rights agreements. Amanda Beane is a commercial litigator who focuses on class actions involving consumer protection and privacy. She successfully represented Washington Families Standing Together in Doe v. Reed, in which the Supreme Court ruled that release of referendum petitions does not facially violate the First Amendment. Lynn Hvalsoe focuses on technology transactions, specializing in joint development agreements, patent licensing, and IP monetization counseling. She also has experience in due diligence, trademark, copyright, and software development issues. From 1988-96 Hvalsoe served as general counsel for Nintendo of America, and was responsible for the legal management of the electronics company's IP portfolio.

Lisa Kobialka

Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
990 Marsh Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Tel: 650.752.1711
Fax: 650.752.1811

Lisa Kobialka, a partner in the firm's intellectual property department in the Silicon Valley office, focuses on both litigation and counseling clients in the area of complex intellectual property and general litigation matters. She has handled trials and evidentiary hearings in numerous jurisdictions across the United States involving claims for patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition and trademark infringement, as well as breach of contract and tort claims. She has represented clients as both plaintiff and defendant in over 85 litigations throughout the country. Most recently, she tried several multi-patent cases in the District of Delaware, involving antivirus software and computer products and social networking architecture. She represents clients in a variety of technology-related industries, with a particular emphasis on the life sciences, computer sciences, and the electrical arts.

Ms Kobialka is active in the intellectual property legal community and has been a long term member of several intellectual property organizations, including the American IP Association. She is presently a lifetime member of the Japanese American Bar Association, and has memberships with the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, and the Women's Intellectual Property Law Association.

Ms Kobialka received her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law, her MM from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and her BA from the University of California, Davis.

Viola Kung

Perkins Coie LLP
3150 Porter Drive
Palo Alto, California
Tel: 650.838.4457
Fax: 650.838.4657

Viola Kung is a partner in Perkins Coie's patent procurement practice focusing on patent prosecution and patent counseling in the chemical, pharmaceutical, diagnostics, biotechnology, and small molecule arenas, including methods for treating inflammatory diseases, ophthalmic diseases, neurological diseases, neuropsychiatric diseases, pulmonary diseases, autoimmune diseases, and pain; pharmaceutical formulations, chemical formulations, new chemical entity, chemical processes, medical devices, nucleotide derivatives, monoclonal antibodies, in vitro diagnostics, immunoassays, gene expression, antisense, RNA transformation vectors, recombinant viral nucleic acids, DNA sequencing, tumor suppressor genes, fusion proteins, interferons, electrophoretic displays, silica filter media, sol gels, and carbon nanotubes.

She is experienced in reexamination, appeal, and interference proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office. Her other client counseling activities include opinion work, freedom-to-operate and due diligence evaluation.

Dr Kung received her BS in chemistry from National Taiwan University, PhD in chemistry/biochemistry from University of California at Berkeley, and JD from Santa Clara University. She had worked for Liposome Technology, Inc., Molecular Devices Corp., and Metra Bosystems, Inc. as a research scientist and development director before she switched her career to patent law. Prior to joining Perkins Coie, Dr. Kung was a partner in the patent prosecution group at Howrey LLP and a patent agent at Rae-Venter Law Group.
Through her extensive research and industrial training, she has broad R&D experience in formulation, assay development, in vitro diagnostics, protein and DNA interaction, lipid bilayer membrane, conjugation chemistry and molecular biology.

She is an inventor of a total of 21 US patents in the areas of immunoassay methods and kits; kinetic microtiter plate readers, heptane derivatized membrane, DNA detection methods; DNA-protein separation methods; liposome formulations, protein conjugation, bone resorption, and biotin reagents. She also has numerous publications in scientific journals.

Sasha G. Rao

Bingham McCutchen
1117 S. California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1106
Tel: +1.650.849.4885
Fax: +1.650.849.4651

Sasha Rao, a partner in Bingham's Intellectual Property group, is a seasoned trial lawyer with an established record of success in patent litigation for many of the world's leading technology companies. With nearly 17 years' experience and a degree in physics, Sasha's strong technical background and extensive experience in high-tech matters allows her to quickly master a wide range of technologies and simplify the presentation of complex technical arguments, helping ensure her clients are provided with courtroom winning results. Sasha's experience includes jury and bench trials, Markman hearings and International Trade Commission investigations. Sasha also advises clients on strategic matters involving patent infringement, Hatch-Waxman cases, copyrights, trade secrets and other intellectual property issues.

Sasha was recognized as a "Top 75 IP Litigator in California" by the Daily Journal (2013); an "IP Star" by Managing IP magazine (2013); a "Top 250 Women in IP" by IP Stars (2013); a "Women Leader in Tech Law" by The Recorder (2013); a "Woman of Influence" by the Silicon Valley Business Journal (2013) and as a "Rainmaker" by the MCCA's Diversity & The Bar magazine (2012).

Representative matters

  • Confidential client – Represented confidential technology client in securing a summary judgment ruling of non-infringement in a Central District of California case involving four patents. Following a favorable claim construction ruling for our client that led directly into summary judgment motions, the Court granted our client's summary judgment motion of non-infringement of all asserted claims.
  • Confidential clients – Represented two technology clients as defendants in securing victory in a case brought by Eolas Technologies Inc. on two patents that it contended cover all websites containing interactive content. After a four-day invalidity trial involving multiple defendants, an Eastern District of Texas jury returned a verdict that all asserted claims of both patents are invalid.
  • Transmeta Corp. v. Intel Corp. – Represented Transmeta in a patent infringement lawsuit involving microprocessor technology. Case settled favorably for $250 million, which was one of the top patent damage settlements in 2007.
  • Compaq Computer Corp. v. eMachines – Represented Compaq in patent infringement action asserting computer systems patents. Obtained summary judgment of infringement of nine patents relating to personal computer subsystems. Obtained permanent injunction before trial against further infringement of two patents. Damages claim was in excess of $200 million before trebling. Case settled favorably through mediation two weeks before trial.
  • Lucent v. Periphonics – Represented Lucent in patent infringement action asserting patents regarding interactive voice technology. Case settled favorably through mediation after the Markman hearing.
  • Purdue Pharma Products L.P. v. Par Pharmaceuticals – Represented Purdue Pharma and associated companies in a Hatch-Waxman patent infringement lawsuit involving controlled-release tramadol.


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