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Nathan Shaffer represents technology clients in high-stakes litigation.
Nathan Shaffer is a member of the firm's Intellectual Property group with a focus on Trademark and Copyright litigation. Nathan's practice focuses on representation of technology firms in federal court, and his experience includes preliminary injunctions, dispositive motion practice, and damages determinations. Nathan has also represented clients in the Federal Circuit on emergency appeal and as amicus curiae.
Nathan was a member of the trial team in Oracle v. Google, a copyright suit known as the "World Series of Copyright Suits." Google copied code from Oracle's Java Platform, and used it in the Android smartphone operating system. During the case, Nathan argued a dispositive motion on Google's copyright fair use defense.
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
Nathan currently represents pro bono a civil rights plaintiff in federal court. His past pro bono experience includes obtaining a favorable resolution in the representation of a Bay Area green jobs nonprofit in a state court lawsuit, constitutional litigation in state court, and obtaining a significant monetary settlement on behalf of tenants in an eviction case.
Li is a litigator focusing on patent litigation in U.S. district courts and the International Trade Commission, as well as patent office proceedings and Federal Circuit appeals. Her practice encompasses a wide range of technology, including biosciences, medical devices, wearable technology, computer and cell phone technologies, and pharmaceutics.
Li has experience working on various aspects of litigation in federal courts and before the International Trade Commission and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Her experience includes motion practice, invalidity and infringement analyses, complex discovery management, depositions, working with expert and fact witnesses, as well as pre-trial and trial preparation. She has litigated patent cases in the domains of biotechnology, medical devices, pharmaceutics, communications, e-commerce, computers, and wearable technology, among others. She has also litigated trade secret, FRAND licensing, and unfair competition cases, and provided counseling on patent matters. Li has a bachelor degree in chemistry and is always enthusiastic about learning and understanding new technologies. Prior to joining Orrick, Li practiced in the patent litigation group at a global law firm in Los Angeles.
Li also devotes her time to various pro bono matters. She is admitted in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and is passionate about protecting veterans' rights to obtain necessary medical treatment for service-related injuries.
Li is a native speaker of Chinese and is able to translate.
Joshua Shirley is an Associate in the New York office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group. His practice focuses on trademark and trade dress, copyright, false advertising and trade secret litigation in federal district courts and before the ITC.
Joshua's litigation experience includes witness preparation, drafting briefs, drafting motions and oppositions, managing discovery and complex multi-district commercial litigation. Prior to joining Orrick, Joshua worked as an associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP focusing on trademark litigation, prosecution and enforcement, and cybersecurity and data privacy.
Robert Shwarts is a first chair trial lawyer and Chair of Orrick's Global Trade Secrets Practice Group who has tried or arbitrated more than 35 cases in the areas of commercial litigation, employment and intellectual property.
He represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex trade secret misappropriation cases and has conducted numerous TRO and preliminary injunction hearings in aid of these cases. His practice also includes counseling relating to trade secrets misappropriation and non-compete/non-solicitation agreements.
Rob has broad experience in commercial litigation, having litigated claims of securities fraud, lender liability, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, breach of warranties, claims arising from securitization transactions and other business fraud.
Rob's experience in employment-related litigation includes defending claims of discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation, sexual harassment and breach of contract. His practice also includes counseling relating to trade secret misappropriation and non-compete/non-solicitation agreements.
U.S. and international clients with significant California presence turn to Rob to represent them in complex matters, including numerous financial services companies. He handles both jury and bench trials, as well as AAA, JAMS and FINRA (formerly NASD and NYSE) arbitration hearings.
Rob serves as the chair of the Firm’s Practice Management Committee, and is a member of the firm’s Risk Management Committee. Rob previously served as head of the San Francisco office. Rob contributes pro bono hours to the Humane Society and Point Blue Conservation Science each year.
Rob is a contributing author to the Orrick trade secrets blog, Trade Secrets Watch.
Chris brings a focused perspective to the daily challenges that companies face and a keen understanding of how intellectual property can shape their business operations.
Having been seconded with a large Japanese consumer electronics company for nearly two years, Chris has firsthand experience working across company divisions, analyzing legal and business risks, and devising strategies that fit in to a company’s larger goals. In particular, Chris advised business managers on negotiating technology and license agreements and provided guidance on a diverse set of legal issues, such as indemnification, ownership rights arising from joint development efforts, non-assertion provisions, and open source software.
Chris’ practice at Orrick builds on his experience as an engineer and member of the patent bar. He focuses on patent litigation and pre-suit patent licensing negotiations spanning a wide range of technology areas, including LCD driver control, panel backlighting, semiconductor chip fabrication, DRAM circuitry, wireless technologies, and optical sensors. Chris’ litigation experience includes assisting with trial and witness preparation, drafting motions, taking depositions, conducting infringement and validity analysis, and managing discovery. He also has experience with inter partes review (IPR) and reexamination proceedings, and the prosecution of patent applications at various stages, before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.
Prior to joining Orrick, Chris worked at an international law firm specializing in intellectual property. While in law school, Chris worked at two Korean law firms in Seoul, South Korea and studied at Keio University Law School in Tokyo, Japan.
Prior to law school, Chris worked as an engineering intern for Kimberly-Clark Corporation in its Beech Island, South Carolina, manufacturing plant.
Companies face risks and problems that often don't fit neatly into a single area of the law. Clients engage Caroline to defend them in high-stakes, complex investigations and litigation because of her commitment to her clients and her ability to draw from her experience in IP, criminal, and commercial disputes to craft creative and aggressive strategies consistent with her clients' business objectives and appetite for risk.
Caroline specializes in intellectual property litigation, with a particular emphasis on disputes involving trade secret misappropriation and trademark infringement claims. She has handled multiple trials before judges and juries, in state and federal court, and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). In this space, she has represented and defended companies across the life sciences, pharmaceutical, materials, manufacturing, tech, and financial sectors.
Caroline also has significant expertise defending clients facing investigations or charges by state and federal prosecutors, as well as civil enforcement proceedings from regulatory agencies. She recently obtained a swift acquittal for a client charged with Hobbs Act extortion after a federal criminal trial, and has successfully defended clients against allegations of public corruption and fraud, resulting in decisions not to prosecute. Caroline has helped clients navigate investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), trade secret theft, and insider trading; she has also helped companies develop policies to manage risks in those areas.
Caroline maintains an active pro bono practice. She has drafted amicus briefs in cases pending before the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals, worked on prisoner’s rights, domestic violence, and housing cases, and currently represents children and refugees in asylum proceedings in conjunction with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) and the Political Asylum / Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project . In 2013-14, Caroline was selected to serve in the Boston Bar Association’s Public Interest Leadership Program. In 2017, she was named an Up & Coming Lawyer by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, and has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2016 - 2019. Caroline is an ambassador in the Move the Needle initiative, a trailblazing collaboration between Orrick, Diversity Lab, leading GCs, and four other law firms to advance diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through ambitious goals and bold experimentation.
As an experienced intellectual property and products liability litigator, Lisa Simpson’s practice centers around consumers and their interaction with products and creative works, whether those products sit on a consumer shelf, reside on a computer as code, float through the airwaves as digital files or builds brands by developing consumer goodwill.
With expertise in the areas of trademark, copyright, false advertising and products liability, she focuses on companies within the technology, consumer goods and pharmaceutical industries.
Lisa has been recognized as one of the "Top 250 Women in IP" by Managing Intellectual Property and has received accolades from American Lawyer, Benchmark Litigation, The Legal 500 USA and New York Times Magazine with World Trademark Review 1000 noting that Lisa “marries a rich comprehension of IP law with a gift for connecting with people, making full use of each advantage in the courtroom.”
Lisa handles a variety of high-profile trademark and copyright matters. Lisa’s copyright experience includes some of the leading copyright cases of the past decade: she represents Oracle in its litigation with Google over the Java APIs, represented DISH Networks, LCC in its copyright litigation with the broadcast networks over various features offered by DISH’s Hopper DVR, including AutoHop and Sling and served as counsel to Supap Kirtsaeng before the U.S. Supreme Court on the issue of the copyright first sale doctrine’s applicability to goods manufactured abroad.
Lisa’s trademark litigation has spanned a variety of courts and industries: she successfully defended trademark infringement claims in the Northern District of California on behalf of Sony over its popular “Gran Turismo” racing video game and scored two separate wins in the Southern District of New York and then in the Second Circuit on behalf of client Sanei in trademark litigation brought by fashion designer Jill Stuart. Lisa also successful established secondary meaning and secured a preliminary injunction for the New York City Triathlon in S.D.N.Y.
Products Liability and Consumer Class Action
Lisa serves as national and trial counsel to Johnson & Johnson in cases asserting claims arising from the use of its talcum powder products, including claims of mesothelioma and ovarian cancer. She also represented Wyeth and Dow Agrosciences in a variety of complex products liability and consumer class action litigations. Lisa served as national counsel in hundreds of product liability matters concerning injuries allegedly associated with childhood vaccines, handled litigations involving the labeling and advertising of Advil, and obtained the dismissal, prior to class certification, of a consumer class action in a matter concerning the calcium supplement Caltrate.
Current Pro Bono Representation
Lisa serves as trial counsel for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky, securing an important trial win invalidating as unconstitutional a statewide law that jeopardized access to safe and legal abortion services in Kentucky.
Lisa also has served in a variety of firm management roles, including on the Firm’s Management Committee, as Hiring Partner for the New York office as well as Partner-in-Charge of Firmwide Campus Recruiting and as a member of the Professional Development Committee.
Ashlie Smith is an Associate in the Boston office and a member of the Intellectual Property group. Her practice focuses on all aspects of trademark, copyright, false advertising, and trade secret law.
Ashlie has IP litigation experience in federal district court and the ITC. Her experience includes assisting with witness preparation, drafting motions and oppositions, and managing discovery. Prior to joining Orrick, Ashlie worked as an associate at Fish & Richardson P.C., focusing on trademark, false advertising, and trade secret law, and she worked as a legal intern at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, focusing on trademark prosecution and enforcement.
Alex Sobolev is an associate in the Technology Companies Group in London. He advises technology led companies, from start-ups to multinationals, on the intellectual property and commercial aspects of technology transactions, as well as general IP and data privacy strategy and compliance.
Alex's work centres on e-commerce and software, and covers both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has advised companies at all stages of the corporate lifecycle, from software development and product launch, through technology licensing, sale and purchase, to mergers and acquisitions of IP and tech-heavy businesses. He has assisted organisations with the implementation of their brand strategy, advising on infringement claims and risk management, as well as product compliance, liability and recalls.
Alex is also engaged in assisting clients with the design, development and implementation of global data protection and compliance policies, as well the management of risk and security associated with data retention, processing and transfer.
Maria Sokova is an Intellectual Property Litigation associate in Orrick's Silicon Valley Office.
Maria's practice focuses on copyright, patent, trademark, and complex litigation. In addition to her IP practice, Maria also handles pro bono matters including those involving intellectual property rights.
Maria graduated Order of the Coif from Santa Clara University School of Law, where she also served as Co-President of the Women & Law Association, and of the Biotechnology Law Group. While in Law School, Maria also participated in a clinic with the Northern California Innocence Project on litigation matters in Wrongful Conviction Cases.
Davin M. Stockwell, an attorney in Orrick's Orange County office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group.Davin has experience in litigating and prosecuting patents in a wide variety of technology fields, including in-flight entertainment systems, semiconductors, semiconductor fabrication, design verification, computer software and hardware, power systems, financial services, e-business, business methods, medical and dental devices, and biotechnology.
Davin's experience includes preparing petitions for inter partes review and requests for inter partes and ex parte reexamination, and he is lead counsel in several inter partes review proceedings. Davin also counsels clients with regard to intellectual property strategies and has experience with prosecution of trademark applications, registration of copyrights, and protection of trade secrets. He further provides counseling and opinion services with regard to a diverse range of intellectual property matters.
Prior to joining Orrick, Davin was an associate at Lyon & Lyon LLP. Before and during law school, he was employed as an electrical engineer, developing peripheral devices for portable computer applications. Davin further has over a decade of electrical and mechanical design experience with commercial and military systems.
Tammy Su is an associate in the Silicon Valley office and a member of Orrick’s Intellectual Property Group. Tammy’s practice services all aspects of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, trade secret litigation, complex business litigation, and counseling.
Tammy graduated with honors from UC Hastings College of the Law. During law school, she served as extern to two district court judges in the Northern District of California and won multiple Best Brief awards for written advocacy as a member of the school’s nationally-ranked Moot Court program. She has a B.S. in Biochemistry from University of California, San Diego.