Karen Johnson-McKewan, an Intellectual Property partner in the San Francisco office, concentrates her practice on complex intellectual property and commercial litigation for technology companies.
Karen has first-chaired several trials, and she has significant experience litigating and arbitrating cases in which simplifying complex technology issues is essential. Her engagements have involved matters in technology, Internet, financial, e-commerce, retail, real estate software and gaming industries.
Over the past 30 years, Karen has represented clients in a broad range of matters in state and federal courts and before multiple arbitral bodies. Karen has defended clients in federal bankruptcy court adversary proceedings as well as litigated and arbitrated cases involving such diverse subject matters as complex software implementation disputes, patent and copyright, insurance coverage cases, securities fraud, M&A, and commercial matters. In addition, Karen has handled a number of consumer class actions and cases arising under California's Business & Professions Code section 17200, represented lawyers in professional malpractice and malicious prosecution cases and represented a variety of clients in privacy and defamation matters.
Karen has arbitrated more than a dozen disputes over the years, including a post-acquisition earn-out fight, a dispute arising from a failed healthcare technology software/hardware development project, multiple securities broker-dealer disputes, termination of an option to acquire a commercial data center, and a dispute over ownership of high-value downtown commercial real estate.
Karen's clients include leading technology and Fortune 500 companies, and she has represented, among others, Oracle Corporation, NVIDIA Corporation, Levi Strauss & Co., Harman International, Google, Mervyn's LLC, Equinix, Inc.,, PayPal, Citrix Systems, Inc., the Shell Oil Company, Wells Fargo Bank, Comerica Bank, Bank of the West, the Trustees of the Testamentary Trust of Larry Hillblom and the Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco. For three years (2005-2008), Karen served as Orrick's San Francisco Office Leader.
Before joining Orrick, Karen was a partner at Clifford Chance and at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, where she served as managing partner.