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:

Kayla Delgado
Managing Associate
Employment Law
San Francisco

Kayla Delgado is a lawyer in Orrick’s San Francisco office where she is a member of the Employment Group. She has experience litigating a variety of employment claims in both state and federal court, including trade secrets, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination claims.

Kayla graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she participated in Berkeley Law’s Death Penalty Clinic, a clinic designed to enable law students to provide high-level, supervised representation to clients facing capital punishment. Through her work in the clinic, she received hands on experience in appellate litigation and investigations.

Read more about Kayla’s background here

Shaila Rahman Diwan
Partner
Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution
New York

Shaila Rahman Diwan is a senior associate in the firm’s Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group and focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation for clients in the technology and financial services industries.

Shaila has represented a wide range of industry-leading clients and emerging companies at all stages of complex commercial litigation, with a focus on software and technology companies. She represents clients in matters including trade secret, licensing, intellectual property, insurance and contract disputes. Shaila is an editor and contributing author of Orrick’s trade secrets blog, Trade Secrets Watch, and regularly writes about trade secrets litigation. She is also a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and works with clients on cybersecurity and data privacy issues. She counsels clients on managing risk and avoiding litigation, with extensive experience in conducting internal investigations and developing compliance programs related to a variety of issues.

Shaila also maintains an active pro bono practice litigating civil rights cases with a focus on defending the rights of women. She is currently serving as lead counsel for a religious hate crime victim in a civil suit against her attacker.

Alex Fields
Associate
Intellectual Property
San Francisco

Alex Fields is an associate in the Intellectual Property group of Orrick’s San Francisco office.

Alex represents individuals and corporate clients in various civil matters involving patent and copyright infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, breach of contract, and wage disputes.

Read more about Alex’s background here

Johanna Jacob
Senior Associate
Intellectual Property
San Francisco

Johanna Jacob, an attorney in Orrick’s San Francisco office, is a member of the Intellectual Property Group. Her practice focuses on patent infringement litigation in federal district courts and the United States International Trade Commission, trade secrets, copyright, and complex commercial disputes.

Johanna has represented a broad range of technology companies in Federal and State Court, with a primary focus on bio-technology, high-tech laboratory equipment, and the healthcare industry. In addition, Johanna is a member of the firm’s life sciences working group.

Johanna is also a registered patent attorney.

Read more about Johanna’s background here

Stephanie Lee
Senior 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
Krystal Anderson Associate General Litigation Orange County
Roland Chang Senior 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 Managing Associate Employment San Francisco
Mike Delikat Partner Employment New York
Aoife M. Duffy Associate General Litigation San Francisco
Diana Szego Fassbender Senior Associate Intellectual Property Washington, D.C.
Ric Fukushima Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Orange County
Elena Garcia Managing Associate Intellectual Property Orange County
Kayvan Ghaffari Managing Associate Intellectual Property San Francisco
Rosie Gorn Associate General Litigation San Francisco
Jake Heath Partner Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
Mimiao Hu Senior Associate Intellectual Property Beijing
Johanna Jacob Senior Associate Intellectual Property San Francisco
Lauren Kessler Associate General Litigation San Francisco
Frederic Lalance Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Paris
Marine Lallemand Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Paris
Toni Lambert Associate Employment San Francisco
Jennifer C. Lee Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution San Francisco
Stephanie Lee Senior Associate Employment Los Angeles
Catherine Lui Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution San Francisco
Yufeng (Ethan) Ma Partner Intellectual Property Shanghai
James McQuade Partner Employment New York
Mark Mermelstein Partner White Collar & Corporate Investigations Los Angeles
Denise Mingrone Partner Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
Harry Moren Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution San Francisco
Warrington Parker Partner White Collar & Corporate Investigations San Francisco
Vann Pearce Partner Intellectual Property Washington, D.C.
Melanie Phillips Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Los Angeles
Tierra Delores Piens Associate Employment San Francisco
Shaila Rahman Diwan Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution New York
Yekaterina (Katie) Reyzis Associate Employment San Francisco
Lauren Seaton Managing Associate White Collar & Corporate Investigations Orange County
Rob Shwarts Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution San Francisco
Adrienne Tierney Associate General Litigation San Francisco
Howard M. Ullman Of Counsel Antitrust San Francisco
Amy K. Van Zant Partner Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
Xiang Wang Partner Intellectual Property Beijing
Michael Weil Partner Employment San Francisco
Jason Yu Senior Associate Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
Shelley Zhang Partner Intellectual Property Beijing
* Not a member of the LLP