National Association of Women Judges 2018 Midyear Meeting

Speaking Engagement | April.12.2018 - April.14.2018

New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge

Orrick Intellectual Property partners, Annette Hurst and Karen Johnson-McKewan, are both speakers at the National Association of Women Judges 2018 Midyear Meeting held at the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge on April 12-14, 2018. Annette will be speaking on the Artificial Intelligence panel and Karen will be speaking on the Cyber Security/ Internet of Things panel.

CLE Credits Available: Y



  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

Annette Hurst Partner Intellectual Property, Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising

San Francisco

Annette L. Hurst, a member of Orrick’s Board of Directors and a partner in the San Francisco office, practices in the Intellectual Property Group.

Annette is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark and business tort claims. She was named “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer for her work as co-lead counsel on the Mattel/MGA case. Chambers USA ranks her Band 1 for Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets in California, with clients reporting that she is “smart, creative and terrific at oral argument.” Chambers Global reports: “Peers consider Annette Hurst a ‘remarkably intuitive’ lawyer who ‘brings unique perspectives to soft IP cases.” Every year since 2010, Annette has been named one of the top 75 IP litigators in California by The Daily Journal. In January 2013, she was named “Female Litigator of the Year West” by Benchmark Litigation.

Annette’s community and professional activities include her service as the President of the Lafayette Elementary School PTA, past membership on the Board of Directors of the Volunteer Legal Services Program and Board of Directors of the Bar Association of San Francisco for which she was chair of the Finance and Investments Committee. She also is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco and the Board of Governors of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter, as well as a past president of the Barristers Club.



  • Patents

Karen G. Johnson-McKewan Partner Patents

San Francisco

Our tech company clients survive and thrive by rapid invention and evolution, often faster than the law can keep up. Litigating for these companies therefore demands as much art as science. An industry that pulses with creativity and constant pressure to change needs an attorney who is part litigator and part visionary.

Karen specializes in litigation that crosses the boundaries between traditional legal practices, and therefore requires inventive and strategic approaches. These solutions, tucked in the creases between law and industry, are why leading technology and Fortune 500 companies hire Karen to resolve their most complex litigation.

Over the past 32 years, Karen has first-chaired state and federal trials, and arbitrated more than a dozen disputes. She manages intellectual property and commercial matters for companies such as Oracle, NVIDIA, Netflix, VMWare and Levi Strauss & Co.

In addition to her legal background, Karen’s relationship management skills give her clients a significant advantage. She knows how to pull together and lead the best team, from multiple disciplines within Orrick, and often involving multiple law firms. Able to unite what were, and will be, competing firms into a single powerful unit takes a special type of leadership, one which Karen has demonstrated time and again.