Mr Brett Schuman > Goodwin > San Francisco, United States > Lawyer Profile
THREE EMBARCADERO CENTER
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94111
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Mr Brett Schuman
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
Lawyer Rankings(Leading lawyers)
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.
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.
- Cannabis - United States > Industry focus
- Leading lawyers - United States > Industry focus > Cannabis
- Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters) - United States > Intellectual property
Top Tier Firm Rankings
- Industry focus > Cannabis
- Dispute resolution > General commercial disputes
- Dispute resolution > E-discovery
- Intellectual property > Patents: licensing
- Real estate > Real estate investment trusts (REITs)
- Media, technology and telecoms > Technology transactions
- M&A/corporate and commercial > Venture capital and emerging companies
- Finance > Capital markets: equity offerings
- Media, technology and telecoms > Cyber law (including data privacy and data protection)
- Industry focus > Education
- Labor and employment > ERISA litigation
- Media, technology and telecoms > Fintech
- Industry focus > Healthcare: life sciences
- Dispute resolution > M&A litigation: defense
- M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market ($500m-999m)
- Investment fund formation and management > Mutual/registered/exchange-traded funds
- Dispute resolution > Securities litigation: defense
- Finance > Capital markets: debt offerings
- M&A/corporate and commercial > Corporate governance
- Dispute resolution > E-discovery
- Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional
- Dispute resolution > Financial services litigation
- Antitrust > Merger control
- Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)
- Investment fund formation and management > Private equity funds (including venture capital)
- Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: consumer products (including tobacco)
- Dispute resolution > Product liability, mass tort and class action - defense: pharmaceuticals and medical devices
- Real estate > Real estate
- M&A/corporate and commercial > Shareholder activism
- Intellectual property > Trade secrets (litigation and non-contentious matters)
- Tax > US taxes: non-contentious
- Labor and employment > Workplace and employment counseling
- Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design
- M&A/corporate and commercial > Private equity buyouts
- Industry focus > Healthcare: service providers
- Dispute resolution > Leading trial lawyers
- Finance > Restructuring (including bankruptcy): corporate
- Dispute resolution > Appellate: courts of appeals / Appellate: supreme courts (states and federal)
- Finance > Commercial lending
- Dispute resolution > Corporate investigations and white-collar criminal defense