Ms Sarah Piepmeier > Kirkland & Ellis LLP > San Francisco, United States > Lawyer Profile

Kirkland & Ellis LLP
555 CALIFORNIA STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94104
United States

Position

Sarah Piepmeier is a partner in the San Francisco office and a leader of Kirkland & Ellis’ Bay Area intellectual property litigation practice. Sarah’s practice focuses primarily on patent litigation, but she also has significant experience in trade secret, copyright, trademark, false advertising, anti-trust, technology-related commercial litigation, and constitutional law. Sarah’s cases have involved a variety of technologies and industries, such as semiconductors, wireless standards, relational databases and data aggregation, online video games, social networking, electronic books, anti-virus and encryption software, hard drives, high-voltage switchgears, and various home appliances. Sarah has also achieved successful results for major clients on cutting-edge legal issues relating to standard essential patents and FRAND, and she has significant experience working with German counsel on patent matters before courts in Germany.

Education

New York University School of Law, J.D., 2003; Wellesley College, B.A., cum laude, 1996.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (full coverage)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP is praised by clients for its ‘exceptional combination of legal, business and technical understanding‘. ‘Indisputably one of the nation’s largest and most qualified teams‘, the ‘very well-coordinated‘ group ‘tends to dig deeper than most firms‘; it has a broad sectorial spread and proven expertise in all the major US patent litigation venues, including the PTAB. Marcus Sernel in Chicago and New-York based practice head Gregory Arovas successfully defended Apex Tool Group against a patent infringement suit brought by LoggerHead Tools regarding a patent covering a wrench. New York’s Jeanne Heffernan defeated Sycamore IP Holdings in infringement litigation it had brought forward against AT&T Services over a coding scheme patent, sparing the client $200m in damages. In Chicago, Kenneth Adamo is ‘one of the nation’s top legal minds‘ and Russell Levine is ‘an exceptional litigator‘. San Francisco’s Sarah Piepmeier is ‘a great lead counsel‘. Adam Alper, also in San Francisco, and Los Angeles colleague Michael De Vries ‘are thorough and focused on ensuring decisions are made that support the long-term view of a case‘. IP practice head Gregg LoCascio in Washington DC, Amanda Hollis in Chicago and Leora Ben-Ami in New York are also recommended. Abbott Laboratories, Cisco and Samsung Electronics also feature on the client roster.

United States > Intellectual property > Patents: litigation (International Trade Commission)

Kirkland & Ellis LLP has one of the most successful ITC practices in the market. Joint practice heads Gregory Arovas in New York and Paul Brinkman in Washington DC are regularly involved in the biggest ITC investigations, which recently included two separate ITC investigations instituted against Arista after the firm’s client, Cisco Systems, had filed two complaints regarding several of its patents, requesting to exclude every Arista product from entering into the US. Heineken International instructed the team to defend it against a complaint filed by Anheuser-Busch alleging the infringement of four patents related to bag-in-bottles or bottle-in-bottles technology. Michael De Vries in Los Angeles, San Francisco’s Adam Alper and Sarah Piepmeier, and Joseph Loy are other main contacts. Clients also include BASF, IBM and Nike.