Nathan Shaffer


San Francisco

Nathan Shaffer represents technology clients in high-stakes litigation.

Nathan represents leading technology companies and achieves results in cases where their most valuable assets are on the line. Nathan’s practice includes federal and state court litigation with an equal split between plaintiff and defense-side representations. He has obtained multiple preliminary injunctions for his clients, won dispositive motions, and represented his clients on appeal.

Nathan focuses on issues at the intersection of high technology and intellectual property law. He is a member of the case team in Oracle v. Google, a copyright suit known as the “World Series of Copyright Suits.” He regularly represents and counsels clients in disputes involving software licensing, emerging aspects of trademark and copyright law, and open-source licensing.

As a trade secret litigator, Nathan has protected his clients’ intellectual property in fast-paced scenarios involving emergency forensic investigations followed closely by obtaining temporary restraining orders and injunctions.

Nathan maintains an active pro bono practice that includes police brutality, tenants rights, litigation for nonprofits, and constitutional litigation.

Prior to joining Orrick, Nathan served as a law clerk to Judge Dorothy W. Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge John A. Mendez of the Eastern District of California.

  • ExamWorks v. Baldini, et al. (E.D. Cal.). Currently prosecuting a trade secrets case against departing ExamWorks employees. The court granted a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in ExamWorks’ favor.

    Blizzard Entertainment v. Joyfun (C.D. Cal.). Represented Joyfun in a video game copyright infringement litigation.

    Couchbase v. Redis Labs, et al. (Santa Clara, CA). Represented Couchbase in a trade secrets case involving multiple departing employees and a direct competitor. Successfully defeated a defendants’ summary judgment motion.

    DISH Network & Sling TV v. Asia TV, et al. (S.D.N.Y.). Represented DISH and Sling TV with respect to copyright issues raised in this commercial litigation involving a suite of television channels.

    Humu v. Hulu (N.D. Cal.). Represented Humu in seeking a declaration that it does not infringe Hulu’s trademark.

    HVMN v. Human to the Power of N Company (N.D. Cal.). Represented H.V.M.N. in seeking a declaration that it does not infringe HumanN’s trademark.

    Trademark Counterfeiting Litigation (N.D. Cal.). Represented a leading electronics manufacturer in litigation that dismantled a nationwide counterfeiting ring.

    Hill-Rom, Inc. v. Tellisense et al. (S.D. Ind.). Nathan represented the Helvetia Defendants in this suit alleging trade secret misappropriation and related business torts arising from technology developed for the healthcare market.

    Carillo v. Autobuses de Oriente (D. Col.). Defended ADO’s UDRP win over the domain name in district court litigation.

    Oracle v. Google (N.D. Cal.).  Represented Oracle in its copyright case against Google.

    Quest Software, Inc. v. Nike, Inc. (D. Or.). Counsel for Quest in this software copyright infringement case alleging that one of the nation’s largest retail companies engaged in widespread unauthorized installation and use of Quest’s software in running its business.

    AARC v. DENSO Int’l Am., Inc. et al. (D.D.C.). Represented audio system supplier DENSO in this Audio Home Recording Act challenge to in-dash devices brought by the music industry. The team obtained summary judgment in DENSO’s favor and obtained affirmance on appeal to the D.C. Circuit.