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Brett Schuman is the chair of the firm’s San Francisco office and the former head of the Litigation Department for Goodwin’s California offices. He is a partner in the firm’s IP Litigation group, focusing his practice on patent and other IP litigation in federal and state courts around the country.

Mr. Schuman’s patent litigation practice comprises patent cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants across various industries. He serves as lead partner and lead trial counsel in patent infringement litigation matters involving mobile phone technology, broadband communications technology, semiconductor fabrication and circuitry, wearables and pharmaceuticals. He also has handled approximately 30 IPR and CBM proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.

Mr. Schuman’s practice also comprises copyright and trade secret litigation, including trade secret litigation relating to employee mobility and trade secret litigation between competitors. For example, Mr. Schuman was co-lead counsel for Otto Trucking, LLC in the Waymo LLC v. Uber Technologies, et al., where Goodwin achieved a summary judgment victory for our Otto Trucking in late 2017. Mr. Schuman also served as co-lead counsel during the related Google v. Anthony Levandowski et al. arbitration proceedings.

Mr. Schuman also is co-chair of the firm’s Cannabis practice.


J.D., 1996 Harvard Law School (cum laude) B.A., 1993 University of Michigan

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United States > Industry focus > Cannabis

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Recommended for ‘great service, knowledgeable staff‘, Goodwin‘s experienced team is co-led by Boston-based David Apfel, Bill Growney in Silicon Valley, Brett Schuman and Jennifer Fisher, who are both in San Francisco. The core pillars of the firm’s cannabis practice are litigation, transactions and regulatory advice to industry players. Intellectual property is another stand out discipline for the team, with one client praising the firm’s ‘unique perspective as they have executed some of the only multi-state IP licensing deals for infused product manufacturers’. Another name to note in the space is San Francisco-based associate Nicholas Costanza, who works across the area on litigation, regulatory and IP matters.

United States > Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)

Goodwin’s trade secret, employee mobility, and non-competes group represents a broad cross-section of employers and employees in high-stakes litigious actions. In addition to its wide-ranging tech sector practice, the team is also capable in proceedings related to education, health, financial services, and consumer goods. In San Francisco, Koray Bulut is an experienced litigator at both the state and federal courts representing both startups and established companies, while trial counsel Brett Schuman ’s recent engagements include bet-the-company cases for major software developers. In Silicon Valley, Neel Chatterjee is reputed for his focus on entrepreneurs and disruptive tech companies, handling litigations in a number of court settings, while Andrew Ong’s broad experience in tech matters encompasses network devices and semiconductors.