Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) in United States

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

The multidisciplinary Kirkland & Ellis LLP practice stands out for its broad coverage of trade secrets litigation. The firm has particular expertise in technology-related matters, as well as large competitor cases. The strong trial practice also has significant cross-border experience and can draw from the firm’s international presence. The deep bench of IP, trademark, tech and litigation specialists includes Michael De Vries in Los Angeles and San Francisco-based Adam Alper, who are recognised for patent and IP litigation; Dale Cendali in New York, who leads the copyright, trademark, internet and advertising group; and Gianni Cutri in Chicago, who focuses on high-tech IP and commercial litigation, as well as post-grant review proceedings, data protection issues and privacy matters. Also active in the area is New York-based Joshua Simmons.

Other key lawyers:

Dale Cendali; Claudia Ray; Diana Torres; Gregg LoCascio; Adam Alper; Michael De Vries; Craig Primis; Gianni Cutri; Joshua Simmons


‘The team are true trial lawyers and strategize with this in mind.’

‘Mike De Vries personally ensures that my questions are answered and I feel comfortable with the case strategy. He has always already considered aspects I might bring up with his team and has a logical answer ready.’

Key clients

Inventus Power

Medidata Solutions

Motorola Solutions, Inc.


Cognizant Technology Solutions

Comet Technologies


Matrixx Initiatives, Inc.

Honeywell International Inc.


MGI Holding Company, L.P.

Zoox, Inc.

Dollar Shave Club

MercuryGate International, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Achieved a significant victory for Inventus Power and its Chinese subsidiary ICC, a global leader in advanced battery systems, in a matter related to the discovery that some of its former executives and senior engineers downloaded and brought with them confidential information to its competitor AcePower in Shenzhen, China.
  • Defended Medidata Solutions in a lawsuit filed by competitor Veeva Systems, Inc. in California State Court against Medidata and several other unrelated entities, each of which previously sued Veeva for claims relating to alleged theft of trade secrets.
  • Won a $765m verdict on behalf of Motorola Solutions in a trade secret case and copyright infringement case against Chinese-based competitor, Hytera.

Latham & Watkins LLP

Latham & Watkins LLP is experienced in developing programs for protecting trade secrets and managing risks. As well as counselling clients to avoid claims, the firm also handles the enforcement and defence of trade secrets. Areas of specialism range from switching software, engineered proteins, dynamic payment cards and banking platforms, to remote cardiac monitoring systems and game-theory software used in auctions. Key names in the practice include Bay Area-based IP expert Douglas Lumish, who acts in trials and summary judgments for plaintiffs and defendants; Jeffrey Homrig, also in the Bay Area, who has particular expertise in technology cases and represents clients in IP and commercial matters nationwide; and Matthew Walch in Chicago, who ‘epitomizes the definition of an expert in his profession’. The global chairs of the firm’s IP litigation practice are David Callahan (Chicago), Michael Morin (Washington DC) and Jennifer Barry (San Diego).

Practice head(s):

David Callahan; Michael Morin; Jennifer Barry

Other key lawyers:

Matthew Walch; Jessica Saba; Douglas Lumish; Jeffrey Homrig


‘Latham & Watkins, and in particular Matthew Walch exemplifies being an expert in his field of practice. His experience from previous litigation and working with various clients, along with his knowledge of case law was invaluable throughout our process. In fact, because of Latham & Watkins and Matt Walch’s expertise, our counsel ran circles around opposing counsel.’

‘Given that a good portion of our litigation was during the pandemic, much of our interaction, communication and planning was done virtually. We had tremendous engagement, and timely and consistent communication.’

‘Matthew Walch epitomizes the definition of an expert in his profession, and  is a strategic thinker and planner throughout the entire litigation process. He is always extremely well prepared and works tirelessly for the benefit of his client. He genuinely cared about us (the client) and winning the case, just as much as we did.’

‘With Jessica Saba no detail was ever missed or overlooked. All work products produced were of the highest quality, well thought out and extremely well articulated. She is super responsive and knowledgeable.’

‘Matt Walch, a practice lead, is incredibly devoted to advancing the interests of his clients. His complete investment in the clients goals and objectives sets him apart from other lawyers and law firms.’

Key clients

LG Chem

Senior Technology



AmbioPharm, Inc.

BBB Industries, LLC

Curation Foods, Inc., Landec Corporation


Dalton Education LLC

Beyond Meat

The Auto Club Group d/b/a AAA Michigan

International Markets Live

Work highlights

  • Secured a precedent-setting victory in the ITC on behalf of LG Chem against Korean competitor SK Innovation regarding misappropriated trade secrets relating to a broad array of LG Chem’s technological innovation related to lithium ion battery packs for electric automobiles.
  • Representing US automotive company Rivian in a trade secrets misappropriation claim brought by rival car manufacturer Tesla.
  • Favorably settled a dispute for AmbioPharm in a trade secret misappropriation matter brought by competitor and PolyPeptide Laboratories in federal district court in the Central District of California.

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP

Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP has experience in a range of trade secrets matters, including work relating to autonomous vehicles, beauty products and chemicals issues. Notable in the team are Silicon Valley-based Margaret Caruso, who is co-chair of the trademark and copyright group; Claude Stern, who leads the national intellectual property litigation practice; and Rachel Herrick Kassabian, who is head of the firm’s internet litigation practice. Also active in the area is Robert Raskopf in New York, who is a trial and appellate lawyer handling intellectual property, media, sports, entertainment and privacy cases.

Practice head(s):

Margaret Caruso; Claude Stern; Rachel Herrick Kassabian

Other key lawyers:

Robert Raskopf

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

The dedicated trade secrets group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP has a 'unique ability to appreciate the legal and business risks of complex litigation'. The firm’s broad experience covers a range of industries, with particular expertise in medical devices, computers and networking issues. The practice also provides thought leadership, with an award-winning blog and webinar series, innovative eLearning and document automation services, and a 50 state survey on trade secret and non-compete issues. The co-chairs of the national trade secrets, computer fraud and non-compete practice group are Michael Wexler, who works from Chicago and is an experienced trade secrets trial lawyer; Los Angeles-based Robert Milligan, who is active in litigation and transactional work; and Katherine Perrelli in Boston, whose experience includes issues relating to the theft of trade secrets, breach of restrictive covenant agreements, employee raiding, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair competition matters. Associate Joshua Salinas in Los Angeles is also a key name for trade secrets work, employee mobility issues and the related agreements.

Practice head(s):

Michael Wexler; Robert Milligan; Katherine Perrelli

Other key lawyers:

Erik Weibust; Dawn Mertineit; Joshua Salinas


‘The group has been my company’s outside counsel for a number of years and has proven to be extremely responsive, strategic, and effective in every matter.’

‘What makes it unique is the practice’s creative approach to issues – thinking outside the box and finding original ways to deal with various situations. The practice offers a number of resources outside their legal expertise. Some examples are IT services and private investigators. Other firms that I have worked with do not have such services/contacts readily available. Having these resources expedites matters and makes them more efficient and successful.’

‘Erik Weibust is one of the sharpest, most knowledgeable, creative, and effective lawyers I know. He is well-versed in different areas of law and has been my go-to attorney for a variety of issues over the years. He is very responsive, always available, and is a pleasure to work with in terms of his personality. His litigations skills are unparalleled, and his creative approach to issues is what makes him stand out from other attorneys.’

‘Seyfarth’s attention to detail, experience in relevant areas, and responsiveness exceeds any experience I have had.’

‘The level of collaboration is far beyond what I have seen at other firms. They are engaging, listen, and customize an approach right for each unique situation.’

Key clients



Panda Restaurant Group

JWE Inc.

US Foods

Pitney Bowes

Illinois Tool Works (ITW)


Specialty Coatings Services Provider

Montrose Environmental Group, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Advising Stryker Corporation, one of the largest surgical and medical device companies in the world, on trade secret and non-compete matters to protect its intellectual capital and work force throughout the US in matters valued in the millions of dollars.
  • Representing Capstone Logistics in a contentious trade secret and non-compete dispute in federal court involving several former executives who started a competing company and allegedly misappropriated valuable logistics software.
  • Representing Montrose Environmental Group in several significant litigation matters involving trade secret and restrictive covenant issues throughout the nation. It has obtained injunctions for the company as well as successfully defended against injunction requests.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

The multijuristictional practice at Greenberg Traurig LLP has expertise in investigating and litigating a range of trade secret cases at the state and federal level. Utilizing its partnerships with forensic experts, the firm has a particular focus on preventing misappropriation and corporate espionage. Other areas of work include conducting trade secret audits and acting in technology, new business model and employee trade secret cases. The team is co-led by Kurt A. Kappes, who works from the Sacramento and San Francisco offices and has lead trial experience in trade secret litigation; and Atlanta-based Natasha Wilson, who focuses on labor and employment mandates. The team was bolstered in 2020 by the addition of experienced trade secrets practitioners Galit Kierkut and Martin Fojas, who joined the New Jersey office from Sills Cummis & Gross P.C.

Practice head(s):

Kurt A. Kappes; Natasha Wilson

Other key lawyers:

Shira Yoshor; Richard McCrea; Galit Kierkut; Martin Fojas; Justin Victor

Key clients

Miner, Ltd

Biodesix, Inc.

Material Handling Services

Jabil, Inc.

Caesars Entertainment Corporation

Jaflo, Inc.

Kretek International

Verizon Media

Coldwell Solar, Inc.

Dermaceutical Laboratories

Work highlights

  • Represented Zhong Zhi Xing Technology Co. Ltd. and AllRide.AI, Inc. as defendants in a lawsuit for alleged trade secret misappropriation filed by WeRide Corp. and WeRide Inc. in the Northern District of California.
  • Pursued injunctive relief on behalf of Jaflo Inc. concerning allegations that a former Jaflo employee stole confidential information before going to work for a competitor, Valiant.
  • Acting for Material Handling Services in Miner, Ltd. v. Paul Anguiano and Paseo Del Norte Dock Products, Inc. an action in the Western District of Texas, El Paso Division against a former high-level account executive, president, and managing member for violations of the non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality provisions of his restrictive covenants, as well as misappropriation of trade secrets, tortious interference, and violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Jenner & Block LLP

The broad and interdisciplinary Jenner & Block LLP practice draws from strengths in employment work, IP matters and investigations. The firm handles the full spectrum of litigation and counselling in the area, with experience representing clients in federal and state courts in trade secret and restrictive covenant matters. Chicago-based experts in business, commercial and trade secrets litigation Debbie Berman and Andrew Vail co-chair the trade secrets and restrictive covenants practice with the recently promoted Nick Saros in Los Angeles, who focuses on patent infringement and trade secret litigation.

Practice head(s):

Debbie Berman; Nick Saros; Andrew Vail

Other key lawyers:

Brent Caslin; Julie Shepard; Chris Lindsay; Amit Patel; Rick Richmond


‘Excellent counsel and strategic thinkers.’

‘Debbie Berman stands out as excellent counsel. She is very clever, really goes into the details of the case and has a good understanding of how to align parallel litigation in several jurisdictions.’

Key clients

Epic Systems

National Association of Realtors

Methode Electronics / Hetronic Int’l

Two Sigma Investments

News Corp

Acuity Brands Lighting

Wolters Kluwer

Schneider Electric

Jupiter Telecommunications


Work highlights

  • Obtained a $114m federal jury verdict for Hetronic involving claims for breach of contract, Lanham Act violations, unfair competition, and other torts, and then obtained a worldwide injunction prohibiting future infringement and requiring the return of the client’s confidential information.
  • Obtained a $940m jury verdict for Epic Systems Corporation in a substantial trade secret/corporate espionage case against Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a large foreign conglomerate.
  • Represented Medline Industries in avoiding a temporary restraining order (TRO) brought by an independent sales representative and reaching a mutually agreeable settlement to resolve the parties’ disputes.

Jones Day

Specialising in complex technology cases, Jones Day represents plaintiffs and defendants in trade secret matters and multijuristictional disputes across the US, Taiwan, China, Korea, Japan, the UK and Germany. The practice is experienced in compliance issues, trade secret protection programs, audits, criminal matters and the licensing of trade secrets, with a focus on the boundaries of IP protections and public policy issues. The firm also fields a trade secrets task force, combining expertise across practices and jurisdictions to give comprehensive cross-border assistance to clients, which includes producing videos and webinars, as well as handling trade secret audits and pre-filing investigative services. The team is co-led by Randall Kay in San Diego, Los Angeles-based Andrea Jeffries, Steven Zadravecz and Cary Sullivan in Irvine, San Francisco-based Nathaniel Garrett, James Kitchen in Pittsburgh and Richard Johnson in Dallas.

Practice head(s):

Randall Kay; Andrea Jeffries; Steven Zadravecz; Cary Sullivan; Nathaniel Garrett; James Kitchen; Richard Johnson

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Clark; Anthony Fares


‘Randy Kay has exceptional experience and perspective in trade secrets matters. He is a cerebral lawyer who appreciates legal nuance, but brings a pragmatism to his practice that allows him to provide relatable, clear advice to clients and easily understood and persuasive arguments to courts. In my experience, although Randy has for many years been rightfully regarded as a leading trade secrets lawyer, he has always maintained an intellectual curiosity within this space. As a result, Randy possesses an unrivaled subject matter mastery that allows him to be a highly effective advocate.’

‘Highly integrated and collegial team, with excellent internal communication skills and leadership.’

‘Randy Kay is the standout leader in this practice, for his comprehensive knowledge of trade secret law and strategy, and his team leadership skills.’

‘National scope, top experienced trade secret litigators like Randy Kay.’

Key clients

Qualcomm Incorporated

Micron Technology, Inc.

Dexcom, Inc.

Experian Information Solutions, Inc.

Wellbeing Genomics Pty Ltd.

Jennmar Corporation of Utah, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Won a jurisdictional battle for Micron Technology, Inc. against Taiwan’s United Microelectronics and China’s Fujian Jinhua and achieved a landmark decision of first impression on personal jurisdiction over foreign defendants under the Defend Trade Secrets Act.
  • Prevailed for a global healthcare company in a Defend Trade Secrets Act case in California against foreign defendants acting from the United Arab Emirates.
  • Overcame statute of limitations defense and dismissal motions on behalf of global pharmaceuticals client.

O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Noted for its experience across a broad range of industries, O'Melveny & Myers LLP has particular skill in the hardware, software, film, e-commerce, digital technology and luxury hotels sectors. The multidisciplinary team brings expertise in employment, IP, white-collar and criminal law to its trade secrets litigation, as well as strengths in patent, trademark and copyright matters. The firm also stands out for its use of innovative tools, an example being OMMLit, a proprietary tool that divides the litigation process into 400 of the most commonly performed tasks and pairs tasks with the recommended staff. Los Angeles-based Ryan Yagura leads the team, which includes Darin Snyder in San Francisco, who acts in litigation involving IP and technology-intensive business sectors. Other key names includes labor and employment specialist Eric Amdursky in Silicon Valley and San Francisco-based David Eberhart, who focuses on advising technology companies in IP litigation arising from trade secret, copyright and trademark issues.

Practice head(s):

Ryan Yagura

Other key lawyers:

Darin Snyder; Eric Amdursky; David Eberhart; Brett Williamson; David Almeling

Key clients

24/7 Customer, Inc.

Agilent Technologies

Artifex Software, Inc.

Elasticsearch Inc.

Endo International, plc

Fox Group

Global Rights Music LLC

JHL Biotech, Inc.

The Walt Disney Company

Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Obtained a $22.5m settlement for Agilent Technologies in scorched-earth trade secrets litigation against Twist Bioscience.
  • Successfully defended JHL Biotech, Inc. in trade secrets litigation, preserving JHL’s ability to continue to develop and manufacture biosimilar pharmaceuticals.
  • Working to protect the “crown jewel” of Par Pharmaceutical’s portfolio, the first and only FDA-approved intravenous vasopressin product, Vasostrict, in contentious ongoing trade secrets litigation against Quva Pharma, Inc.

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

The multidisciplinary Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP trade secrets practice provides experience in non-competes, restrictive covenants and white-collar crime, as well as advising in the areas of technology, biotech and software. Key names in the team are Michael Weil and Catherine Lui, who work from the firm’s San Francisco office, and New York-based James McQuade.

Other key lawyers:

James McQuade; Catherine Lui; Michael Weil

Paul Hastings LLP

The 'client-focusedPaul Hastings LLP practice ‘delivers high-quality and good-value work'. The team specializes in issues arising when employees leave under circumstances suggesting or establishing misappropriation and when business organizations separate. The full-service firm has expertise in employment, patent, white collar and cybersecurity mandates and litigation, as well as experience in confidential verification alternatives to litigation. Technology cases, in the US and abroad, are a particular forte for the group. New York-based Victoria Cundiff is chair of the global trade secrets practice and is ‘one of the leading trade secret lawyers in the country’. She co-leads the team with Jennifer Baldocchi in Los Angeles, who is chair of the firm’s international employee mobility and trade secrets practice.

Practice head(s):

Victoria Cundiff; Jennifer Baldocchi

Other key lawyers:

Jeff Pade; Mark Pollack; Allan Soobert; Carson Sullivan; Robert Unikel


‘The lawyers have a strong background in different areas of law.’

‘They are client-focused and deliver high-quality and good-value work.’

‘The team has a depth of experience and knowledge, combined with practicality, that is extremely difficult to find.’

‘Vicki Cundiff is one of the leading trade secret lawyers in the country. There is none better or more knowledgeable or more passionate.’

‘Paul Hastings has one of the deepest benches in the country when it comes to trade secret work.’

‘In the field of trade secrets, there are few practitioners who you can label as true specialists, in the sense that they spend almost all of their time working on those matters. At Paul Hastings there are several, but Victoria Cundiff and Jeff Pade stand out as real scholars as well as brilliant strategists.’

‘We dealt primarily with Jeff Pade. Jeff manages his team effectively and handles the complex issues responsibly. He is very pragmatic and practical. He is really excellent in his field, he has a strong focus on intellectual property disputes, has a good experience in trade secrets investigations, patent, and other IP–related matters.’

Key clients



Daiichi Sankyo

Robert Bosch LLC

W. R. Berkley Corporation

DW Healthcare Partners

ATI Physical Therapy

BioFire Diagnostics LLC

Trend Micro

Work highlights

  • Defending Samsung in an intellectual property dispute, involving claims under the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the Illinois Trade Secrets Act, as well as other breach of contract and patent infringement claims alleging that Samsung misappropriated and incorporated into its products NuCurrent’s trade secrets on wireless charging technologies.
  • Representing biotech company CareDx and its executive in a lawsuit seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction for alleged breach of noncompete and trade secret misappropriation.
  • Representing Daiichi Sankyo in a multibillion-dollar international know-how and trade secrets arbitration arising from a soured collaboration involving next-generation chemotherapy drugs.

Proskauer Rose LLP

Proskauer Rose LLP advises across the spectrum of trade secrets work, from day-to-day counseling on the hiring and firing of employees possessing confidential information, to drafting confidentiality, non-compete and equity-based compensation agreements. As well as representing clients in high-stakes litigation arising from claims of employee raiding and theft of trade secrets, the firm also assists with compensation arrangements, non-compete issues and other post-termination restrictions. The non-compete and trade secrets group is co-led by Michael Album, who has particular experience in compensation arrangements, and non-compete and post-termination restrictions; and Guy Brenner in Washington DC, who acts in single-plaintiff and class action cases, as well as arbitration proceedings. All named lawyers are based in New York unless stated otherwise. John Barry and Steven Kayman have left the firm.

Practice head(s):

Michael Album; Guy Brenner

Other key lawyers:

Scott Faust; Kate Gold; Joseph O’Keefe; Anthony Oncidi; Steven Pearlman


‘As you would expect, the team at Proskauer has superior command of the law in this area. What’s truly impressive, however, is how they use that knowledge to offer and fashion pragmatic legal solutions.’

Key clients

Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Sailpoint Technology, Inc.

Ascential PLC

Stryker Corporation

Comtech Telecommunications

McKinsey & Company

GTY Technologies

dMY Technologies

Work highlights

  • Representing Creative Artists Agency (CAA), one of the world’s foremost entertainment and sports agencies, in claims brought against CAA Sports in ongoing arbitration proceedings against Ben Dogra (a former high-profile NFL agent) related to Dogra’s termination.
  • Representing SailPoint and one of its employees in connection with an action brought by its competitor Stealthbits Technologies, seeking to enforce restrictive covenants.
  • Representing Stryker Corporation, a leading medical technology company, in non-compete matters across the country, including matters where Stryker (i) seeks to obtain temporary restraining orders against former employees who have accepted employment with direct competitors, and (ii) opposes TROs sought against current hires from competitors.

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

Covering the full litigation life-cycle, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP acts for plaintiffs and defendants in a range of trade secret and restricted covenant matters. The firm has a deep bench of expertise across relevant disciplines, including employment, technology, IP and patent work, which it combines with its broad geographic coverage, across the US and abroad. First-chair trial lawyer Gary Friedman in New York is an expert in labor and employment law issues in the area; he co-leads the practice with Dallas-based Paul Genender, who specializes in commercial litigation. Also notable is experienced litigator Bambo Obaro, who is based in Silicon Valley and frequently represents clients in complex technology cases.

Practice head(s):

Gary Friedman; Paul Genender

Other key lawyers:

Jeffrey Klein; Bambo Obaro


‘The distinguishing attributes of the Weil, Gotshal & Manges team includes: superior intellectual skills matched by equally impressive command of the law, an uncompromising commitment to the “win”, interest in developing younger lawyers capable of operating at the Weil performance expectation level, and perhaps most importantly, guided by an acutely calibrated moral compass – doing the “right thing” in the “right way”.’

‘Paul Genender’s knowledge of the law and its practice are unimpeachable. I have observed his preparation and his work including a number of highly contentious depositions, court hearings, and difficult negotiations with opposing counsel. All were handled in superlative fashion and all contributed to acquiring the win.’

Key clients

Marsh & McLennan Companies and its Guy Carpenter subsidiary

L3 Technologies (n/k/a L3Harris Technologies)


Creative Artists Agency

S&P Global Platts

Internetwork Expert

Sena Lifestyle Studio

FleetPride, Inc.

Varian Medical Systems

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended Marsh & McLennan in extremely high-profile and well-publicized litigation against three former senior executives of Marsh’s subsidiary, Guy Carpenter, who were aggressively recruited by global competitor Lockton.
  • Representing global restructuring consultancy AlixPartners in two separate cross-border trade secrets disputes (including proceedings in Delaware Chancery Court and the courts of France), with former managing directors in Paris and Italy who are alleged to have stolen proprietary AlixPartners information.
  • Representing Internetwork Expert (INE), a premier provider of technical training in the IT industry, in litigation pending in the District of Delaware involving a seller’s alleged breach of a non-compete provision after agreeing to sell his IT training business to INE in a multi-million dollar transaction.

Beck Reed Riden LLP

Boutique firm Beck Reed Riden LLP boasts a breadth of expertise in trade secrets and restrictive covenants, with particular specialisms in trade secret protection, business litigation and employment matters. The firm is also known for counseling on company-wide trade secrets protection and employee movements. The team has helped to shape federal and state legislation in the area, advising federal legislators, state legislators and administrations at the federal and state levels. Russell Beck leads the practice from the firm’s Boston office and provides contentious and non-contentious trade secrets advice across the US.

Practice head(s):

Russell Beck

Other key lawyers:

Stephen Riden; Nicole Corvini Daly; Hannah Joseph


‘The team is very user friendly and up to date on the latest legal developments. They bring an informed and practical approach to problem solving.’

‘Russell Beck – a standout in developing and arriving at knowledgeable solutions to non-compete and trade secret issues. Exercises good judgment and very user friendly.’

‘Nicole Daly – a pleasure to deal with on wrongful termination issues and contract drafting.’

‘Steve Ridden – brings experience and the ability to give practical guidance.’

‘Hannah Joseph- a talented lawyer to watch and a tenacious litigator.’

Key clients

Staples, Inc.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation

Intellia Therapeutics, Inc.

Blue-Grace Logistics LLC

Syneos Health

Ideal Image, Inc.


Bottomline Technologies, Inc.

Bay Equity LLC

Alegeus Technologies, LLC

Work highlights

  • Counselling Staples on questions concerning the protection of company trade secrets and related issues in connection with, among other things, employee hires and departures.
  • Providing day-to-day counselling to Novartis on questions concerning the protection of company trade secrets and related issues in connection with, among other things, employee hires and departures.
  • Represented Syneos Health in three separate lawsuits (in three different jurisdictions) stemming from a mass defection of employees and the theft of company clients, trade secrets, and other confidential information.

Choate, Hall & Stewart

The Boston-based Choate, Hall & Stewart practice brings expertise in IP, government enforcement, corporate, labor and employment law to its trade secrets work. The group has particular strength in the biotech, pharmaceuticals and life sciences sectors, where it represents clients in IP litigation, non-compete work and patent cases. The firm is also experienced in risk assessments of corporate transactions, developing non-compete and employment policies to prevent trade secret theft, and establishing and structuring trade secret protection programs. Michael Bunis, Eric Marandett and Paul Popeo co-lead the team, which was bolstered in 2020 by the arrival of trial attorney Adam Bookbinder from Holland & Knight LLP. Anita Spieth is also active in the field and represents life sciences and technology companies in patent infringement, trade secrets and IP litigation.

Practice head(s):

Michael Bunis; Eric Marandett; Paul Popeo

Other key lawyers:

Anita Spieth; Adam Bookbinder; Mark Edgarton

Key clients



Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Work highlights

  • Represented Adimab, LLC as IP counsel in a lawsuit against a former Adimab’s employee and the company she founded related to highly-engineered yeast strains, and technologies for cultivating and utilizing those strains, to express and screen antibodies that bind to target antigens.
  • Representing ResMan, LLC in a lawsuit against ResMan’s former customer Karya Property Management, LLC and Karya’s software developer Scarlet InfoTech, Inc. d/b/a Expedien, Inc. related to Karya’s and Expedien’s misuse and misappropriation of ResMan’s property management software platform to develop a competing software platform.

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath's trade secrets team ‘stands out among its peers for its ability to provide a cross-functional team, with supporting expertise in patent and contract litigation'. Following the February 2020 merger of Faegre Baker Daniels and Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, the combined firm now fields attorneys and consultants in 22 locations across the US, China and the UK, as well as a multidisciplinary trade secrets practice with experience litigating corporate espionage, employee defection, government disclosure, breaches of confidentiality and restrictive covenants claims. The group is co-led by James Steffen and Deborah Ellingboe in Minneapolis and Dan Collins in Chicago. Notable in the team is trial attorney Lora Brzezynski in Washington DC, who handles trade secrets matters before federal courts, state courts and arbitration panels.

Practice head(s):

James Steffen; Deborah Ellingboe; Dan Collins

Other key lawyers:

Kerry Bundy; Randall Kahnke; David Woolf; Lora Brzezynski


‘The Faegre Drinker trade secrets team stands out among its peers for its ability to provide a cross-functional team, with supporting expertise in patent and contract litigation.’

‘They are efficient and lean, and every lawyer on the case adds value.’

‘They have the ability to practice in any court in the country without issue, and their written and oral advocacy is superb.’

‘Faegre Drinker is a leader in putting together innovative fee structures where the firm shares some of the risk and reward inherent in litigation. By taking on risk, they communicate confidence in their assessment of the relative strengths and weaknesses of strategies in play.’

‘The Faegre Drinker lawyers are extraordinarily collaborative, and their responsiveness to client needs is without peer.’

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Full-service IP firm Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP assists client with patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright law, notably counselling, prosecution, licensing and litigation matters. Key names among the deep the bench of IP experts that make up the practice are Anand Sharma, Mark Sweet and John Williamson (all based in Washington DC) and Robert McCauley III in Palo Alto.

Other key lawyers:

Anand Sharma; Mark Sweet; John Williamson; Robert McCauley III

Work highlights

  • Advising Grand Rounds on strategies for protecting its trade secrets, including proprietary and sophisticated algorithms and software for providing advanced healthcare.
  • Acting as PNC’s IP litigation counsel before the federal district court courts and administrative tribunals, in trademark, patent, and trade secrets cases.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP

Representing clients in the media, technology, software, pharmaceuticals and chemical industries, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's team acts as lead trial counsel in a range of trade secrets matters. The IP specialists in the team bring their broad knowledge of patent and trademark law to bear in trade secrets and misappropriation cases. In December 2019 the firm also launched a new practice group focused on artificial intelligence and automated systems. Wayne Barsky in California, Josh Krevitt in New York and Texas-based Mark Reiter are co-chairs of the IP group.

Practice head(s):

Wayne Barsky; Josh Krevitt; Mark Reiter

Key clients

EMD Serono and Pfizer


Smith + Nephew/ArthroCare










Work highlights

  • Representing plaintiff Kimberly-Clark in a patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and breach of contract lawsuit related to Kimberly-Clark’s material used in its baby wipes and other personal and professional care products.
  • Represented Stonecastle in a five-patent case that also involved claims for trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract; the plaintiff sought $172m in damages and alleged theft of trade secrets.
  • Represented Allergan (now part of AbbVie) in an International Trade Commission (ITC) investigation that it filed jointly with its licensing partner, Korean botulinum toxin (BTX) maker Medytox.

McDermott Will & Emery LLP

The Silicon Valley-based McDermott Will & Emery LLP IP practice acts for clients across a range of industries including the technology, life sciences, manufacturing, financial services and entertainment sectors. The firm has experience in trade secret protection work, unfair competition issues, confidentiality agreements, non-compete agreements, preventing misuse or improper disclosure of former employers’ trade secrets, regulatory compliance work and defending against economic espionage. Judy Mohr, Nicole Jantzi and counsel Daniel Alberti are active in the area.

Other key lawyers:

Judy Mohr; Nicole Jantzi; Daniel Alberti

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP

The ‘responsive, strategic and practicalMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP practice has ‘robust trial experience in trade secret disputes’ which makes it ‘keenly adept at litigating and resolving matters’. The firm represents clients in matters in state and federal court and before the US International Trade Commission, including handling injunctions to prevent actual or threatened misuse of trade secrets and other confidential information, as well as issues relating to criminal theft of trade secrets, foreign economic espionage and violations of computer data access. The team is co-led by Louis Beardell Jr. in Philadelphia and Dion Bregman in the Silicon Valley office. The group can also call on the expertise of Century City-based Debra Fischer, who handles employment, unfair competition and trade secret cases.

Practice head(s):

Louis Beardell Jr.; Dion Bregman

Other key lawyers:

Debra Fischer; Joshua Dalton; Tim Stephens, Seth Gerber; Adam Wagemeister; Mike Jones


‘We found their industry knowledge to be stronger than comparable firms.’

‘The Morgan Lewis team is responsive, strategic, and practical. Their robust trial experience with trade secret disputes makes them keenly adept at litigating and resolving these matters.’

‘This team’s written work product and oral advocacy skills are top notch.’

‘The Morgan Lewis team collaborates well with business teams and other legal partners.’

‘Morgan Lewis actively strives to provide efficient, effective service, and partners with its clients to determine how to best provide value.’

‘Deb Fischer, Tim Stephens, Seth Gerber, Adam Wagemeister, Mike Jones are all superstars. Each one of them is passionate about their clients and, without fail, delivers best-in-class service.’

‘They are strategic, practical, and solution-minded. They are skilled negotiators, writers, and advocates. They are adept at communicating complicated legal concepts in plain language to our business teams. They are trusted and respected.’

Key clients

Alliant Insurance Services

Zimmer Biomet

Veterinary Data Services, Inc. (VetData)

Kopin Corporation

Guardian Pharmacy, LLC

Wordlink Specialty, LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Alliant in a complaint filed by The Partners Group (“TPG”) asserting claims for breach of contract, breach of duty of good faith and fair dealing, intentional interference, and unfair competition.
  • Represented Kopin as the defendant in a breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets case in which plaintiff BlueRadios, Inc. is also seeking correction of inventorship for certain patents at issue.
  • Represented Zimmer Biomet in two high-stakes trade secret disputes at the ITC against Heraeus Medical LLC and Heraeus Medical GmbH (together, “Heraeus”).

Nixon Peabody LLP

With expertise in IP issues, labor and employment work, business litigation and government investigations, Nixon Peabody LLP is well placed to advise on a range of trade secrets matters. The firm has a track record in claims under the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, the Economic Espionage Act, and other state and federal statutes. In addition, the practice provides pre-litigation preventative trade secret protection services, as well as handling reviews and revisions of existing company policies. Boston-based Matthew McLaughlin acts in trade secrets disputes in state and federal courts and co-leads the team with Lisa Sullivan in Chicago, who focuses on commercial disputes, including trade secret, patent infringement and antitrust claims.

Practice head(s):

Matthew McLaughlin; Lisa Sullivan

Other key lawyers:

Robert Weikert; Shawn Hansen; Vernon Johnson; John Ruskusky; Scott O’Connell

Key clients

250ok, Inc.

Lifetouch National School Studios

ClimaCell Inc

Work highlights

  • Representing Lifetouch National School Studios, a yearbook publishing company, in a lawsuit against its former employees and its competitor Walsworth Publishing pending in Connecticut federal court alleging a conspiracy to misappropriate Lifetouch’s trade secrets and confidential information.
  • Representing 250ok, Inc., an email management software company, in a lawsuit against a former reseller and competitor alleging misappropriation of trade secrets under the Delaware Uniform Trade Secrets Act, breach of contract, and unjust enrichment, in connection with its development of a competing product.
  • Represented Refresco Beverages U.S. Inc., the world’s largest independent bottler of beverages for retailers, in a suit filed in two districts alleging breach of non-compete agreements and misappropriation of trade secrets and confidential information.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP

The ‘professional and trustworthySteptoe & Johnson LLP practice has expertise in trade secrets and copyright cases involving allegations of misappropriation and source code copying. The firm frequently acts in matters at the intersection between copyright law and technology, as well as leveraging a strong Section 337 practice and experience in trademark cases before the International Trade Commission. Washington DC-based Michael Allan represents clients before the US Patent and Trademark Office, the International Trade Commission and in federal district and appellate courts across the US. He co-leads the team with Boyd Cloern (also in Washington DC), who focuses on antitrust and IP matters, and expert litigator Jay Nuttall in Chicago.

Practice head(s):

Michael Allan; Jay Nuttall; Boyd Cloern

Other key lawyers:

Jessica Rothschild; Kassandra Officer


‘The Steptoe team (Boyd Cloern, Michael Allan, Jessica Rothschild, Kassandra Officer) that worked for us make the practice unique.’

‘We have worked with other teams from other top firms or medium firms, but Steptoe’s team is the best.’

‘They understood what we needed and provided the solutions. They never tried to conceal the issues, instead, they revealed the issues and figured out the way we should move.’

‘I appreciate working with Steptoe’s team, they are professional and trustworthy. Our trial lasted for about 3 months, we could not count how many people from Steptoe worked for us during that period, but we knew that they provided every support we needed and fixed all the problems we met. Actually they are so good that I believed they had magic.’

‘Boyd Cloern is the partner I worked with most closely. He is very professional, he is always available and prepared well anytime we need to have a discussion with him.’

Key clients

Hytera Communications Corporation Ltd.

CODA Development, s.r.o.

Work highlights

  • Acted for Hytera in a complex trade secret and copyright infringement case.
  • Representing CODA Development in a trade secret case relating to self-inflating tire technology.
  • Represented Shougang Steel in a complex trade secret and false designation of origin investigation brought by US Steel.

ArentFox Schiff

ArentFox Schiff brings together specialists in IP work, labor law and litigation to advise on the protection of information, particularly at the intersection of trade secrets, privacy and data security. The firm’s forte lies is trade secrets disputes; it is also active in advisory and counseling work. Chicago-based Matthew Prewitt leads the team and handles disputes arising from the theft and misuse of information, breaches of restrictive covenants in commercial and employment relationships, and the related breaches of trust.

Practice head(s):

Matthew Prewitt

Other key lawyers:

Michael Molzberger


‘To me, Schiff Hardin’s biggest strength is its focus on overall strategy. Large-scale litigation can be all-consuming and it is easy to be solely focused on the immediate challenges of a dispute. But Schiff Hardin truly looks at the big picture, and plans litigation strategy based on its global impact on the client. The value of this approach is reflected in their stellar results for their clients.’

‘I have worked extensively with partners Matt Prewitt and Michael Molzberger. First and foremost, they are extremely hardworking lawyers. Their ability to handle the multiple, sometimes conflicting demands of large-scale litigation was simply impressive. Mr. Prewitt was lead counsel on our jury trial and what struck me most about him was his ability to think ten steps ahead, and really see how any given step of the process was going to impact the end result.’

‘Schiff Hardin encourages lead counsel to become trusted advisors to their clients. My lead counsel, Matthew Prewitt, did a fantastic job of leveraging internal resources and peers to align the firm’s capabilities with the needs and best interests of our litigation.’

‘Compared to other firms we have utilized in litigation, Schiff always put our interests before the interests of the firm and focussed on the efficient use of other team members to minimize billable hours and legal fees. As a result, my company was able to get more value for the legal fees spent with Schiff than other law firms or legal experts.’

‘Matthew Prewitt: Matthew is an incredibly capable and strategic litigator. Matt’s individual commitment and the commitment of the team he utilizes to drive successful outcomes, is nothing short of extraordinary. On many occasions, Matthew assembled a smaller and more dedicated team than our adversaries and out-performed opposing counsel on every occasion. Matthew had a complete mastery of the breadth and depth of our file, which made him incredibly effective as an advocate and his ability to seamlessly pivot his courtroom tactics to accomplish the best possible outcomes is exceptional.’

‘Michael Molzberger: Michael is an incredible attorney. Michael’s hard work, diligence and deep knowledge of our file, made him an indispensable member on our litigation team. Simply put, Mike is someone you would want on your side in any battle. His can-do attitude, intelligence and personal commitment to his client’s success made him an invaluable member on our team.’

‘Matthew Prewitt is one of the best lawyers in the country and gets results for his clients through smart value-oriented lawyers. Schiff Hardin LLP is one of the best firms in the country.’

‘Again, Matthew Prewitt is a five-tool attorney, with skill sets in multiple areas. He is comfortable in front of clients, opposing counsel, and judges alike when the stakes are at their highest.’

‘The firm is a true Midwest firm — coast quality services and expertise, but realistic rates. Matt and the rest of the IP team at Schiff treats its clients each with utmost importance and jumps into cases and gets up to speed quicker than I’ve ever experienced with other firms. Truly superb service.’

‘Schiff’s partners are very well trained and are able to see the big picture as opposed to working task-by-task. For trade secrets and commercial litigation, Matt Prewitt has consistently called the other side’s bluffs and fought effectively for me as a client (aggressive as needed).’

Key clients

Bunnett & Company, Inc. and Energy Feeds International, LLC

HCL Technologies Limited and HCL America Inc.

Bell Flavors and Fragrances, Inc.

Altaris Capital Partners, LLC

Insight Global, LLC

Logoplaste Group

Plibrico Company LLC

National Grid plc

Justrite Manufacturing Company, LLC

Work highlights

  • Engaged by National Grid to provide scientific and technical consulting services for the Gowanus Canal Superfund Site in Brooklyn, New York. The client alleges that the defendant secretly switched sides and began working with National Grid’s adversaries in the context of ongoing disputes over clean-up of one of the most prominent Superfund sites in the US.
  • Representing Accuform Manufacturing in a trade secret and non-compete case in the United States District Court for Middle District of Florida.
  • Successfully defended Action Gypsum Supply against claims for misappropriation of confidential business information and breach of fiduciary duty.

Baker & Hostetler LLP

The multidisciplinary Baker & Hostetler LLP practice draws from the firm's strengths in labor and employment, litigation, IP, digital asset and data management work. The firm has particular experience acting in non-compete and trade secrets cases related to employee movement and business transactions, as well as matters involving the Defend Trade Secrets Act, the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, state common law and related business torts. The team is co-led by Orlando-based Joyce Ackerbaum Cox and John Siegal in New York.

Practice head(s):

Joyce Ackerbaum Cox; John Siegal

Other key lawyers:

Patrick Muldowney; Mark Temple; Scott McIntyre

Baker Botts L.L.P.

The multidisciplinary Baker Botts L.L.P. practice provides an 'exceptional combination of technical IP lawyers and litigators to handle trade secret litigation matters'. The firm’s expertise covers software, semiconductor, telecommunications and optics issues, as well as acting for life sciences, manufacturing and defense contractor clients. New York-based Robert Scheinfeld and Christa Brown-Sanford in Dallas co-lead the team with David Wille, also in Dallas, who focuses on IP litigation and appellate work. Another key name is patent litigation expert Katharine Burke, who is based in Washington, DC.

Practice head(s):

Robert Scheinfeld; Christa Brown-Sanford; David Wille

Other key lawyers:

Katharine Burke; Jonathan Patchen


‘Exceptional combination of technical IP lawyers and litigators to handle trade secret litigation matters.’

Key clients

Ribbon Communications Inc.

Mastercard International Incorporated

PepsiCo Inc.

Manitowoc Cranes

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Utex Industries

BrightEdge Technologies, Inc.

DXC Technology Company

Dril-Quip, inc.

GTS Technology Solutions, INC.

Ernst & Young

Martin DeBono

HouseCanary, Inc.

Lior Ron

Acorn Bay

Work highlights

  • Representing Utex Industries in a suit in the Southern District of Texas – Utex asserts that Gardner Denver targeted Utex’s employees and product line, and in that effort misappropriated trade secrets, breached a contract, interfered with contractual rights, and engaged in illegal unfair competition.
  • Representing DXC Technology Company, the world’s leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, in trade secrets litigation against its competitor Tata Consultancy Services Limited in the Northern District of Texas.
  • Representing Dril-Quip, Inc. in a lawsuit filed by FMC Technologies, Inc. alleging misappropriation of trade secrets and seeking money damages and injunctive relief in the 127th District Court of Harris County.

Baker McKenzie LLP

Bringing together experts in IP issues, white-collar law, employment work and litigation, Baker McKenzie LLP’s dedicated trade secrets practice litigates and advises on a range of issues. The firm has particular strength in the areas of AI and data protection, two fields in which Palo Alto-based team leader Bradford Newman specializes. Newman arrived in April 2020 from Paul Hastings LLP to chair the firm’s North America trade secrets practice and serves as lead trial counsel in cases at the state and federal court level.

Practice head(s):

Bradford Newman

Other key lawyers:

William Dugan; Anne Kelts Assayag

Key clients

Acorns, Inc.


Maxor National Pharmacy Services, LLC

Sundae, Inc.

Vade Secure

Virtue Financial, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Defending Sundae in a trade secret case filed by LendingHome in San Francisco Superior Court.
  • Defending high-profile fintech company Acorns Advisors LLC in a case filed by a third party who claims he provided Acorns with confidential “ideas.”
  • Representing Virtu Financial Inc. (f/k/a KCG Holdings) in a case preventing a former employee, a quantitative strategist, from using Virtu’s trade secrets to compete in financial markets around the globe.

Cooley LLP

The life sciences and technology experts at Cooley LLP assist clients with developing, defining, protecting and defending trade secrets. The firm’s fortes include assessing risks, counseling clients and acting in trade secret misappropriation and breaches of fiduciary duty claims. Other specialisms in the area are IP audits, advising on employee movements and preparing confidentiality, nondisclosure, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. Notable on the the deep bench are Ian Shapiro in New York, who is head of the East Coast business litigation practice, and Michelle Rhyu based in Palo Alto, who represents life sciences companies in patent, contract and trade secrets disputes.

Other key lawyers:

Ian Shapiro; Michelle Rhyu; Joseph Drayton; Michael Attanasio; Michael Sheetz; Adam Gershenson; Steve Smith; Matt Brigham

Key clients


Harpoon Therapeutics



ChromaDex, Inc.

Conventus Orthopedics Corporation

Mott Corporation

Frontline Technologies Group, LLC


Sotera Wireless

Work highlights

  • Won a complete summary judgment victory for Directed, a manufacturer of aftermarket vehicle electronics, in a high-stakes, cross-border case brought by its primary competitor, Automotive Data Solutions, which sought tens of millions of dollars in damages for alleged trade secret misappropriation, copyright infringement and patent infringement.
  • Acted for Harpoon in a breach of contract and misappropriation of trade secrets case, filed by Maverick in January 2019. Millennium, which partnered with Maverick, intervened with claims for fraudulent inducement months later.
  • Defending Bloomberg, one of the largest private companies in New York, against patent infringement and theft of trade secret claims in the Southern District of New York.

DLA Piper LLP (US)

The patent and IP litigation specialists at DLA Piper LLP (US) have experience in a range of trade secrets matters, nationally and internationally. Key names in the area are Chicago-based Paul Steadman and Rajiv Dharnidharka in Silicon Valley.

Other key lawyers:

Paul Steadman; Rajiv Dharnidharka


The technology-focused trade secret and employee mobility practice of Goodwin has expertise in IP, employment, cybersecurity, criminal conduct and commercial litigation. The firm prosecutes and defends trade secrets and misappropriation claims, as well as advising on non-contentious matters including drafting confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements and developing processes to mitigate risks of trade secret litigation. San Francisco-based Koray Bulut specializes in trade secrets work and employee mobility issues. He co-leads the team with experienced litigator Mark Tully in Boston.

Practice head(s):

Koray Bulut; Mark Tully

Other key lawyers:

Neel Chatterjee; Darryl Woo; Brett Schuman


‘The lead attorney is well-connected with experts and he pulls in the experts. Big ego people don’t pull in experts like Neel Chatterjee did. Neel is super smart and has a humble ego–which in my opinion makes him stronger. Neel also pulled in more junior attorneys who were doing a lot of the background work and gave them an opportunity to present.’

Key clients

Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Nines, Inc.

Seed Beauty, LLC (and subsidiaries Beta Beauty, LLC and MM Cosmetics, LLC) d/b/a eko

HOPCo Intermediate Holdings, Inc. and HOPCo Group Holdings, L.P.

Proficient City Ltd. (aka Game Hollywood)

Shimmur, Inc. d/b/a Community

UDP Labs

Symphony Communication Services, LLC

MarketDial, Inc.

Purple Innovation, Inc.


Work highlights

  • Successfully obtained full dismissal of employee mobility trade secrets TRO and a preliminary injunction on behalf of Nines, Inc.
  • Successfully represented IITKGP in the United States District Court of the Northern District of California, which definitively rejected M.A. Mobile’s claims that the client breached an oral joint venture agreement, breached a nondisclosure agreement, and misappropriated M.A. Mobile’s trade secrets.
  • Acting for eko in a high-profile patent infringement, trade secret, and breach of implied contract dispute.

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP handles matters involving the alleged theft of technology and individual employee mobility issues, with experience encompassing advice, injunctions and trials. A key name for the firm in the area is Rachael Meny, who focuses on trade secret and employee mobility disputes, civil litigation and white-collar crime matters.

Other key lawyers:

Rachael Meny

Mayer Brown

Mayer Brown has experience in a range of trade secrets litigation, as well as counseling clients to avoid litigation. Key names in the team include expert litigator Dale Giali in Los Angeles and New York-based John Mancini, who has particular expertise in the digital media space and has represented digital distribution companies in disputes with content owners, particularly in the music industry.

Other key lawyers:

Dale Giali; John Mancini

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP covers a broad spectrum of trade secrets work, from audit and compliance issues to litigation and government investigations. The firm has strengths in enforcing and defending claims of trade secret misappropriation, as well as advising on employment policies and procedures. Patent litigation specialist David Finkelson in Richmond chairs the firm's IP litigation and transactions department. Also active in Richmond are Brian Riopelle, who is an experienced IP litigator, and Rodney Satterwhite, who focuses on IP, employee mobility and employment litigation. Managing partner of the Houston office Yasser Madriz is a veteran trial lawyer at the federal and state court level.

Practice head(s):

David Finkelson

Other key lawyers:

Brian Riopelle; Rodney Satterwhite; Yasser Madriz; Peter Farley; David Greenspan; Eric Schlichter

Key clients

Argos USA Corp

Performance Food Group

The Nielsen Company

Work highlights

  • Representing a banking client in an investigation of cross-border theft of trade secrets by a former employee, the trade secrets in question are valued in the multi-millions of dollars.
  • Representing a client in litigation in the Northern District of Illinois, against a claim made by a competitor that the client stole trade secrets related to the international financing of high-value products.
  • Representing a multi-national conglomerate in an investigation of a former employee, related to the stealing of trade secrets and the disclosure of same to a foreign competitor.

Morrison Foerster

Morrison Foerster advises on protecting clients against the theft of IP from external and internal threats, as well as employee agreements and proprietary information agreements with restrictive covenants. Notable in the team are Palo Alto-based Kenneth Kuwayti and Michael Jacobs in San Francisco.

Other key lawyers:

Kenneth Kuwayti; Michael Jacobs 

Ropes & Gray LLP

Experienced in Defend Trade Secrets Act cases, Ropes & Gray LLP is active in trade secrets litigation in state and federal courts across the US, in matters related to corporate espionage and misappropriation. The department draws on the firm's strengths in IP work, government enforcement issues, commercial litigation and labor and employment law to provide a full-service approach to clients in the area. Silicon Valley-based Andrew Thomases focuses on trade secret misappropriation, patent infringement and copyright infringement cases. He co-leads the team with Peter Brody in Washington DC, who is head of the firm’s trade secret, trademark, copyright and false advertising practice.

Practice head(s):

Andrew Thomases; Peter Brody

Other key lawyers:

Douglas Brayley; Megan Baca; Samuel Brenner

Key clients

IQE plc


Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals

Orthofix Medical

Beam Therapeutics

Work highlights

  • Achieved a significant win on behalf of IQE plc in a trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract matter against Solar Junction Corporation, when the LCIA Tribunal found that IQE did not misappropriate any trade secrets or breach the supply agreement.
  • Achieved success for SAP in two secret disputes filed by AdHead and Adheat’s owner, Daniel Muthle when the court granted SAP’s request for an anti-suit injunction and ordered that Mr. Muthle obtain prior approval from the Court before filing any further complaints against SAP.
  • Achieved a favorable settlement on behalf of Orthofix Medical in a dispute brought by Biosystems of New England to enforce non-competition, confidentiality, and non-solicitation covenants in a employment agreement with Biosystems.

Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP

The Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP trade secrets team combines an active jury trial practice with business and technology expertise. Laura Goldbard George in New York is co-chair of the firm’s IP and technology group.

Other key lawyers:

Laura Goldbard George

White & Case LLP

Specialising in IP and technology matters, White & Case LLP handles trade secrets litigation and advice across the US and abroad. A key name in the practice is Michael Songer in Washington DC, who focuses on complex technology disputes, particularly trade secrets, patents and complex commercial cases.

Other key lawyers:

Michael Songer

Williams & Connolly LLP

Specializing in unfair competition lawsuits and related claims, Williams & Connolly LLP's diverse experience includes handling allegations of misappropriation, breaches of non-competition, non-solicitation and restrictive covenants, and the misuse and infringement of IP. The firm represents clients before state and federal courts, as well as arbitration panels, notably the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the American Arbitration Association, the International Centre for Dispute Resolution and JAMS (Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services). Key names are Daniel Shanahan, who focuses on complex civil and criminal litigation, and C. Bryan Wilson, who handles commercial matters across the US for plaintiffs and defendants; they jointly lead the firm’s unfair competition, trade secrets, and restrictive covenants practice group from Washington DC.

Practice head(s):

Daniel Shanahan; C. Bryan Wilson

Other key lawyers:

David Riskin; Tom Hentoff


‘Superb strategic thinking and writing skills, dogged and persistent pursuit of claims, creative thinkers. Very much in the top litigators nationwide.’

‘Tom Hentoff. He exemplifies all of the attributes noted — strategic thinker, excellent writer, great communicator, persistent litigator.’

Key clients

Mars, Incorporated

Precision Castparts Corp.

Appian Corporation

Genscape, Inc.

CoStar Group

Work highlights

  • Brought a suit on behalf of Mars, Inc. in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, alleging that a former executive downloaded Mars’s confidential and trade secret information about multiple business sectors before departing and then shared that information with his new colleagues in the US.
  • Representing plaintiff Precision Castparts Corp., an aerospace fastener manufacturer, in seeking to stop the misappropriation of its trade secrets for specialized fasteners called tapered sleeve bolts.
  • Representing Appian Corporation in bringing a suit against Pegasystems Inc. that misappropriated Appian’s trade secrets by conspiring with an individual who had previously worked on Appian’s development platform and possessed a copy of Appian’s software, to disclose what they knew about the workings of the software.

Winston & Strawn LLP

The multidisciplinary trade secrets practice at Winston & Strawn LLP combines technical, IP, technology and computer forensics expertise, with a deep bench of seasoned litigators. The firm stands out for its experience in matters arising from the theft of company-critical data, and handles a range of trade secrets, non-compete, unfair competition, restrictive covenants and non-solicitation matters. Jointly leading the team are David Enzminger in Los Angeles, Chicago-based Steven Grimes and John Keville, who works from the Houston office.

Practice head(s):

David Enzminger; Steven Grimes; John Keville

Key clients

Alixa Rx

Metaswitch Networks Ltd.

Schlumberger Limited


AMN Healthcare, Inc./Merritt Hawkins

Accresa Health

Natera, Inc.

Work highlights

  • Instructed by AMN Healthcare, Inc./Merritt Hawkins after the departure of one of its senior officers, who joined a competitor, Pacific Companies and had departed with highly sensitive and trade secret information.
  • Representing Walmart in trade secret litigation pending in the Eastern District of Arkansas. The plaintiff claims Walmart misappropriated trade secret information related to food freshness technology.
  • Representing Accresa Health in a trade secret misappropriation, breach of contract, and fraud case against defendant Hint Health related to proprietary systems for the management of direct primary care networks.