About Us


Trade Secrets Watch is a blog on all things trade secrets. It’s run by trade secret attorneys at the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

Orrick’s trade secret lawyers are based in thirteen offices across the United States, Asia, and Europe, and practice in six different practice groups.

Our blog offers the latest trade secret news and analysis from the United States and across the globe. We cover recent cases and proposed legislation, verdicts and settlements, practice tips, upcoming events, and other interesting trade secret tidbits.

Trade Secrets Watch has established itself as one of the leading trade secret blogs since it launched in May 2013, with over 75,000 views of its blog posts in its first six months of operation. It has received attention from the media and many others in the industry, including:

Thank you to all our readers for making Trade Secrets Watch a success!

EDITORS-IN-CHIEF:

Michael D. Weil
Partner
Employment Law
San Francisco

Mike Weil is a partner in Orrick’s Employment Group, and is based in the San Francisco office. He represents companies on a variety of matters, including trade secrets misappropriation, restrictive covenants, employee mobility issues, business torts, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) whistleblower claims, wage-and-hour class actions, wrongful termination and discrimination.

Mike is a contributing author and editor of the ABA’s treatise on Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey.

He graduated from UCLA School of Law, where he was an editor of the UCLA Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree at UCLA in Physiological Science.

Read more about Mike’s background here

James H. McQuade
Partner
Employment Law
New York

Jim McQuade is a partner in Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation Group, and is based in the New York office. He represents employers on a broad range of employment matters and has extensive experience handling matters involving misappropriation of trade secrets and the enforcement of non-competition/non-solicitation agreements.

Jim is a contributing author and editor of the ABA’s treatise on Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets in Employment Law: An International Survey.

He graduated from New York Law School, where he served as Articles Editor for the New York Law School Law Review. He earned his undergraduate degree at Hobart College in Economics.

Read more about Jim’s background here

EDITORS:

Daniel J. Corbett
Career Associate
Employment Law
Wheeling (GOC)

Dan Corbett is an associate in Orrick’s Employment Group, and is based in the firm’s Wheeling, West Virginia office.

Before joining Orrick, Dan worked at Elliott & Davis in Pittsburgh, where founded and ran the successful Pittsburgh Trademark Lawyer blog. He has been quoted in local and national media, and has frequently been invited to speak in podcasts and at seminars on IP topics.

Dan graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was the Managing Editor of the Pittsburgh Journal of Technology Law & Policy. He earned an undergraduate degree in journalism from Ohio University.

Read more about Dan’s background here

Christina Von der Ahe
Partner
Intellectual Property
Orange County

Christy Von der Ahe is a partner in Orrick’s intellectual property group. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in patent, copyright and trade secret litigation in various high-tech industries. Christy has also represented clients in contract disputes, shareholder suits and employment matters.

Christy graduated from Harvard Law School where she served as an editor for both the International Law Journal and the Journal of Law and Technology. As an undergraduate, she earned a dual degree in Mechanical Engineering and Political Science from Stanford University. After law school, Christy clerked for the Honorable Andrew Guilford of the Federal District Court for the Central District of California.

Read more about Christy’s background here

Stephanie Lee
Managing Associate
Employment Law
Los Angeles

Stephanie Lee is a managing associate in Orrick’s Employment Law group. She represents and counsels employers on all aspects of labor and employment law, including on issues raised by employee mobility such as trade secrets and restrictive covenants. She also regularly counsels employers through terminations and advises on severance agreements. She is an author of the Trade Secrets chapter of the PLI Employment Law Yearbook, and is a regular contributor to Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation Blog. She received her J.D. from Loyola Law School and her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Read more about Stephanie’s background here

Catherine Y. Lui
Partner
Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution
San Francisco

Cathy Lui is a partner in Orrick’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group, based in the San Francisco office. Cathy has significant experience in litigating complex commercial and trade secrets matters. She has particular expertise in obtaining and defending against temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions under exigent circumstances in fast-paced trade secret actions. Cathy’s practice is across multiple jurisdictions in both federal and state court, and involves a variety of different types of trade secrets including technical secrets, financial information, and products and sales information. Articles Cathy has authored regarding trade secret issues have been published in Law360 and IP Litigator. Cathy received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University.

Read more about Cathy’s background here

CONTRIBUTING AUTHORS

Mona Amer Of Counsel White Collar & Corporate Investigations Los Angeles
Olga Anisimova Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Moscow
Joy Araman Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Paris
Melinda Blake Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Los Angeles
Ellen Shulock Caro Managing Associate Litigation San Francisco
David Case Partner Intellectual Property Tokyo
Roland Chang Managing Associate White Collar & Corporate Investigations San Francisco
Michael Chow Senior Associate Intellectual Property Orange County
Glenn Dassoff Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Orange County
Kayla Delgado Associate Employment San Francisco
Michael Disotell Career Associate Employment Wheeling (GOC)
Diana Szego Fassbender Senior Associate Intellectual Property Washington, D.C.
Ric Fukushima Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Orange County
Elena Garcia Associate Intellectual Property Orange County
Kayvan Ghaffari Law Clerk Intellectual Property New York
Justin Giovannettone Managing Associate White Collar & Corporate Investigations Sacramento
Jake Heath Senior Associate Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
Mimiao Hu Senior Associate Intellectual Property Beijing
Matthew Ingles Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Los Angeles
Johanna Jacob Managing Associate Intellectual Property San Francisco
Frederic Lalance Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Paris
Marine Lallemand Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Paris
Diane Lamarche Of Counsel Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Paris
Stephanie Lee Managing Associate Employment Los Angeles
Yufeng (Ethan) Ma Partner Intellectual Property Shanghai
Mark Mermelstein Partner White Collar & Corporate Investigations Los Angeles
Denise Mingrone Partner Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
William Molinski Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Los Angeles
Harry Moren Managing Associate Intellectual Property San Francisco
Geoff Moss Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Los Angeles
Warrington Parker Partner Intellectual Property San Francisco
Vann Pearce Partner Intellectual Property Washington, D.C.
Melanie Phillips Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Los Angeles
Gabe Ramsey Partner Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
Christian Schröder Partner* Technology Companies Group Düsseldorf
Shaila Rahman Diwan Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution New York
Lauren Seaton Managing Associate White Collar & Corporate Investigations Orange County
Rob Shwarts Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution San Francisco
Robert Uriarte Senior Associate Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
Michelle Van Oppen Managing Associate Litigation Los Angeles
Xiang Wang Partner Intellectual Property Beijing
Mark Wine Partner Intellectual Property Orange County
Jason Yu Senior Associate Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
Shelley Zhang Partner Intellectual Property Beijing
* Not a member of the LLP