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:
- A profile on Page 1 of California’s leading legal daily The Recorder;
- Reprints and discussion of our blog posts in media such as Bloomberg, Corporate Counsel, Law360, and The IP Litigator;
- Journalists contacting our blog authors for quotes on trade secret issues, including in publications such as Bloomberg, Law360, and The Recorder.
Thank you to all our readers for making Trade Secrets Watch a success!
Michael D. Weil
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.
James H. McQuade
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.
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.
Shaila Rahman Diwan
Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Shaila Rahman Diwan is a partner 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 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.
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.
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.
Catherine Y. Lui
Complex Litigation and Dispute Resolution
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.
|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|