USC Gould School of Law 2020 Intellectual Property Institute

Sponsored Event | March.16.2020 - March.17.2020 | 12pm - 6pm (Pacific Daylight Time)

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows | Santa Monica, California

Orrick is a proud sponsor of the USC Gould School of Law’s Intellectual Property Institute on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in Santa Monica, CA. The event gathers 600 IP professionals and discusses emerging issues and best practices in copyright, patent, trademark, trade secret and related fields. 

Prior to the IP Institute on March 16, Orrick Chairman and CEO Mitch Zuklie and Partner Annette Hurst, will speak at the Women in IP Leadership Workshop, a half day event presented by USC Gould Intellectual Property Institute and the Los Angeles Chapter of Chiefs in IP (ChIPs).  Mitch will join members from Diversity Lab to discuss “Defining Progress: Metrics on Women and Diversity in Law Leadership.” The panel will focus on the initiatives firms and companies are using to promote women and people of color into leadership positions. Annette will moderate “Redefining the Rules of the Game: Voices of Organizational Change Makers,” which will discuss the June 2019 letter lawmakers sent to Big Tech and the open letter to law firm partners from 170+ GCs pushing for greater diversity, as well as legislative efforts such as California’s law mandating that publicly held companies headquartered in California have at least one female on its board of directors.

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CLE Credits Available: Y



  • Technology Companies Group
  • M&A and Private Equity

Mitchell Zuklie Orrick Chairman Technology Companies Group, M&A and Private Equity


Mitch Zuklie serves as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orrick. Under Mitch’s leadership, the firm has pursued a strategy to be a leading advisor to the global Technology & Innovation, Energy & Infrastructure and Finance sectors. Financial Times has chosen Orrick as the Most Innovative Law Firm in North America in 2016, 2017 and 2018. And Fortune has selected the firm among the 100 Best Companies to Work For three years in a row.

Named by Chambers USA as an “eminent practitioner,” Mitch is an experienced business and legal advisor who has completed hundreds of venture capital financings and numerous public offerings, mergers, acquisitions and licensing transactions. He counsels technology companies at all stages of their life cycles, as well as their founders, advisors and investors.

Mitch has led the firm’s portfolio approach to innovation, including the transformation of its West Virginia operation into a center for analytics and innovation, the launch of Orrick Labs to develop customized technologies, and the creation of partnerships with leading innovation initiatives in the industry. He has also led the firm’s entry into new markets, including Boston, Santa Monica, Houston, Austin, and Geneva.

He serves on the Boards of the Leadership Council for Legal Diversity and the Berkeley Center for Law and Business and the Advisory Boards of the Stanford Law School Center on the Legal Profession and the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession. He is also a member of the Board of the Wild Salmon Center.

He and his wife, Holly, have been married for more than 25 years. They have two children, Hannah (20) and Angus (17). Mitch posts regularly on social media about Orrick, venture capital, innovation and other interests. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.



  • Intellectual Property
  • Copyright, Trademark & False Advertising
  • Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning

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


Annette L. Hurst, Lead Director on Orrick’s Board of Directors and a partner in the San Francisco office, practices in the Intellectual Property Group and leads the firm’s Artificial Intelligence Practice.

Annette is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried patent, copyright, trade secret, trademark and business tort claims. As an experienced IP risk analyst with deep expertise in the software industry, Annette has been a go-to counselor and speaker regarding the legal issues surrounding access and use of datasets in the development of machine learning algorithms. She was named “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer for her work as co-lead counsel on the Mattel/MGA case. Chambers Global ranks her in Band 1 for Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets, with clients reporting that she is “smart, creative and terrific at oral argument” and "a very well-known authority in copyright law, a great advocate and a great trial lawyer." Chambers reports: “Peers consider Annette Hurst a ‘remarkably intuitive’ lawyer who ‘brings unique perspectives to soft IP cases.” Since 2018, The Legal 500 has recognized Annette as a "Leading Lawyer" in copyright law, and she was named “Female Litigator of the Year West” by Benchmark Litigation in 2013. Annette has been repeatedly named one of the top 75 IP litigators in California by The Daily Journal. 

Annette’s community and professional activities include past 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.