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:

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:

Shawn N. Butte
Managing Associate
Employment Law
New York

Shawn Butte is a managing associate in the New York office. His practice focuses on representing clients in high-stakes employment litigation, including restrictive covenant and trade secret matters, and conducting internal investigations.

Shawn’s practice involves crafting creative, practical solutions to complex legal challenges faced by corporations and emerging companies in a range of industries, including media, software, insurance, financial services, retail and pharmaceuticals.

Read more about Shawn’s background here

Kayla Delgado
Senior 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

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

Charles Adams Partner International Arbitration Geneva
Mona Amer Of Counsel White Collar & Corporate Investigations Los Angeles
Krystal Anderson Managing Associate General Litigation Orange County
Shawn N. Butte Managing Associate Employment New York
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 Senior Associate Employment San Francisco
Mike Delikat Partner Employment New York
Diana Szego Fassbender Of Counsel Intellectual Property Washington, D.C.
Ric Fukushima Senior Associate Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Orange County
Jake Heath Partner Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
Mimiao Hu Of Counsel Intellectual Property Beijing
Lauren Kessler Managing Associate General Litigation San Francisco
Frederic Lalance Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution Paris
Jennifer C. Lee Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution San Francisco
Julie Lee Associate General Litigation Orange County
Catherine Lui Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution San Francisco
Yufeng (Ethan) Ma Partner Intellectual Property Shanghai
Andrea Mazingo Senior Associate White Collar, Investigations, Securities Litigation & Compliance Los Angeles
Kristina McKenna Managing Associate Intellectual Property Boston
James McQuade Partner Employment New York
Denise Mingrone Partner Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
Michelle Molner Associate General Litigation San Francisco
Vann Pearce Partner Intellectual Property Washington, D.C.
Melanie Phillips Senior Associate Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation Los Angeles
Tierra Delores Piens Managing Associate Employment San Francisco
Lauren Seaton Senior Associate White Collar & Corporate Investigations Orange County
Rob Shwarts Partner Complex Litigation & Dispute Resolution San Francisco
Caroline Simons Partner Intellectual Property Boston
Tammy Su Associate Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
Howard M. Ullman Of Counsel Antitrust San Francisco
Rob Uriarte Partner Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
Amy K. Van Zant Partner Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
Xiang Wang Partner Intellectual Property Beijing
Jason Yu Partner Intellectual Property Silicon Valley
Shelley Zhang Partner Intellectual Property Beijing
* Not a member of the LLP