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Victoria Cundiff

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Trade Secrets; Intellectual Property Practice Group


Victoria A. Cundiff is a leader in the litigation department’s global trade secrets practice group at Paul Hastings. Ms. Cundiff has tried or successfully resolved intellectual property and commercial disputes, including trade secrets, non-competition, “inevitable disclosure,” intellectual property ownership, and other complex disputes in state and federal courts throughout the United States and before a variety of arbitration and mediation tribunals. She also advises on such disputes internationally and coordinates multi-jurisdictional litigation.


Ms. Cundiff's clients include some of the world's leading software developers, computer networking companies, executive recruiters, insurance brokerage firms, chemical and manufacturing organizations, and sales and distribution companies. In addition to litigating intellectual property and trade secrets disputes, Ms. Cundiff is also noted for designing confidential investigation procedures and verification protocols for resolving intellectual property use and ownership disputes outside of court. She also assists clients in licensing intellectual property rights and establishing internal controls to protect trade secrets and to conduct lawful competitive intelligence. She has participated in drafting amicus briefs to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the Intellectual Property Owners Association concerning various copyright and intellectual property licensing issues. She is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Yale Law School, where she teaches intellectual property law. She has been a partner at Paul Hastings LLP since 1992.


Ms. Cundiff has served as the Chair of the New York State Bar Association's 2000+-member Intellectual Property Law Section. She is a member of the Intellectual Property Organization's Trade Secrets Committee. She serves on the Advisory Committee of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law. She is a frequent invited speaker at programs sponsored by the AIPLA, ABA, Practising Law Institute and New York State Bar Association, among other groups, on trade secrets, intellectual property and litigation issues. She also writes frequently on intellectual property law issues in a variety of legal publications.


Yale Law School, J.D. 1980. University of Denver, summa cum laude, B.A., History and Philosophy 1977


Ms. Cundiff is a founding member of the Print Club of the City of New York and the President of the Yale Law School Association's Executive Committee.

United States: Intellectual property

Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

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Victoria Cundiff  - Paul Hastings LLP

Within: Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Paul Hastings LLP has a prominent trade secrets team, handling both litigation and advisory matters, with a  strong emphasis on the financial services and technology sectors. The employee mobility and trade secrets practice is headed by Palo Alto's Bradford Newman, who recently represented Opus Bank in a trade secrets case against five former employees who left to found their own healthcare lending practice. Based is the firm's Los Angeles office, a team including Elena Baca and Jennifer Baldocchi acted for Fiber Systems International in a matter against a former executive, wherein the team obtained a permanent injunction in Texas against the former executive following his breach of strategic and budgetary trade secrets; the team went on to successfully litigate a claim in the California courts, which sought to invalidate numerous non-compete agreements. The trade secrets group also benefits from a strong specialty litigation team including Jeff Pade in Washington DC, Mark Pollack in Chicago. Victoria Cundiff chairs the global trade secrets practice from the New York office.

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