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California                                                                   Entertainment Television and the Los Angeles Times. Tammy Webb,
                                                                             the managing partner of Shook Hardy & Bacon’s San Francisco
                                                                             office, does product liability work and handles class-action cases for
                                                                             a variety of clients including auto manufacturers, tobacco
                                                                             companies, cell phone companies and consumer goods
                                                                             manufacturers. The co-leader of the firm’s class action and complex
                                                                             litigation practice group, Webb was on the litigation team that
California’s budgetary constraints routinely make national                   eventually defeated more than 50 statewide class actions against the
headlines. For legal practices in the state, this means that cases are       tobacco industry. Ellen Reisman at Arnold & Porter’s Los Angeles
that much less likely to make it to trial in state courts, leading to        office regularly defends major pharmaceutical, biotech and medical
increased use of alternative resolution methods. Nonetheless,                device companies in product liability matters, as well as serving as
California remains indisputably the West Coast’s business and                the lead negotiator in national class-action cases, including for
financial hub, as well as a major gateway between the US and the             Wyeth in its national diet drug class-action settlement, where she
economies of the Pacific Rim. The very names Hollywood and                   successfully found a resolution for more than 60,000 opt-out cases.
Silicon Valley are synonymous with the constant creative generation          Her 25-year-plus career also includes a notable in-house position, as
in the region—and the subsequent legal knowledge of associated               associate general counsel of American Home Products Corporation
intellectual property and antitrust issues. All the while, legal issues      from 1999-2001.
for less region-specific issues such as class-action suits, product             California’s tech development also can lead to the need for
liability and employment matters continue to play a role in the              antitrust counsel. Anita Stork at the San Francisco office of
state’s litigation.                                                          Covington & Burling, as the vice-chairperson of the firm’s antitrust
   Among the state’s many top female IP litigators is Juanita Brooks         and consumer law practice group, works on antitrust litigation for
at the Southern California office of Fish & Richardson. Brooks was           federal and state matters, is experienced in internal and government
among the contributors for the Southern District’s of California             investigations, and advises clients on matters pertaining to
local patent rules. She handles an average of 20 active patent cases         competition and Hart-Scott-Rodino Act compliance. She recently
a year and has tried more than 80 cases throughout her career.               represented Dillard’s in a class-action case alleging price fixing
Katharine Kelly Lutton at Fish & Richardson’s Silicon Valley office          between cosmetics manufacturers and department store chains.
comes to her IP litigation practice with an electrical engineering           Holly House at the San Francisco office of Paul Hastings also
background. She regularly provides counsel to start-ups and Fortune          focuses on antitrust matters. Her recent casework includes
100 companies on patent-related matters such as defense,                     representing IKON Office Solutions in a case alleging competition
infringement and enforcement. From 2007 to 2011, Lutton was the              issues concerning the company’s leasing practices, and assisting in
head of Fish & Richardson’s litigation group, which includes some            the defense of Intel Corporation in purported class actions
270 lawyers across 11 offices. Annette Hurst at the San Francisco            concerning the hiring practices of the technology company, as well
office of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe handles IP matters such as           as those of other Silicon Valley companies.
trade secret, copyright, patent and trademark cases. Notable recent             As is much of the rest of the country, as California recovers from
trial wins include representation of MGA in its lengthy case against         the recession, there is a need for specialized business litigation—on
Mattel over the Bratz dolls line, including a successful appeal at the       both sides of the “V” as well as in terms of finance-related practice
Ninth Circuit garnering an affirmative $309 million judgment from            areas. Nancy Thomas is the co-chairperson of Morrison &
Mattel and obtaining a new trial on the original claims, including           Foerster’s financial services litigation practice group. Much of her
establishing MGA’s uncontested right of ownership of Bratz,                  casework consists of defending credit card and mortgage class
winning MGA an $88.4 million jury verdict and showing Mattel’s               actions and defending cases filed under federal banking laws. Linda
misuse of trade secrets. Alison Tucher at the San Francisco office of        Dakin-Grimm, who works out of the New York and Los Angeles
Morrison & Foerster attends to general commercial work with an               offices of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, is known nationwide
emphasis on intellectual property. One of her recent major trial wins        as a specialist in bankruptcy litigation. In 2010 for a secured lenders’
was a plaintiff’s patent case on behalf of Nikon concerning optical          group she defeated the debtors’ and creditors’ committees to re-
microlithography. That case garnered a $146 million settlement for           establish Young Broadcasting’s secured debt. Representing
her client. An international star in the burgeoning field of life            individual and corporate insurance policyholders is Linda Kornfeld
sciences intellectual property litigation is Patricia Thayer at the San      at Jenner & Block’s Los Angeles office. She has helped recoup
Francisco office of Sidley Austin. Her case matters include patent,          insurance recoveries on behalf of utilities, movie studios, nonprofits,
trade secret and trademark disputes over medical devices,                    telecoms and real estate developers. Also doing policyholder-side
pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and drug delivery systems. In May,              work is Nancy Sher Cohen, the co-head of the insurance recovery
Thayer won the “Best in Life Sciences Award” at Euromoney’s                  and counseling group at Proskauer Rose. Based out of Los Angeles,
Americas Women in Business Law Awards, having been mentioned                 she has been head counsel in several lawsuits concerning coverage of
by peers as “a clear winner in this category.”                               environmental and product liabilities and life insurance claims,
   Handling life science matters at Sidley on the product liability side     including prosecution of Holocaust survivors’ claims against carriers
is Debra Pole, who works out of the firm’s Los Angeles office. Pole          that did not pay out benefits. She also represented the World Trade
has taken a leading role in a number of high-profile product liability       Center lender in insurance claims on the towers. Another top
matters, including as national coordinating counsel for defendants           California litigator who has done notable work on the behalf of
in the multi-district litigation and state-coordinated proceedings for       Holocaust survivors is Elizabeth Cabraser, who was on the team
silicone breast implant litigation, as well as trials for diet drugs, drug   that secured $1.25 billion from banks and private entities deemed to
infusion and pharmaceutical and medical device litigation. Pole is           be hiding assets dating back to World War II. One of the country’s
the head of Sidley’s Los Angeles product liability and mass torts            most esteemed plaintiff’s litigators and among the Top 250’s Top 10
practice group and is among the firm’s product liability Global              Women in Litigation, Cabraser is one of the name partners at top-
Leaders. Taking a media and First Amendment tack to IP matters is            ranked plaintiff’s firm Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein. In her
Kelli Sager at the Los Angeles office of Davis Wright Tremaine.              more than three decades of trial law, she had led cases that have
During her 25-plus-year litigation career, she has represented               resulted in precedent-setting rulings and headline-making
numerous print, online and broadcast media companies as well as              settlements. Some of her notable cases include on the diet drug Fen-
book authors and movie producers and distributors at the state and           Phen, a $4.85 billion settlement against Merck for heart
appellate level. Her recent clients include NBC Universal, E!                complications found to be associated with its arthritis drug Vioxx;

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  and a $1.5 billion settlement won in 2006 in relation to damages           the design firm owned by architect Frank Gehry and the dismissal of
  incurred by the 1989 ExxonValdez oil spill. Prosecuting white-collar       a $4 million class-action suit against teen singer and entertainer
  matters with nationally recognized acumen is Cristina Arguedas,            Miley Cyrus and her holding company. Julia Strickland at Stroock
  one of the name partners at Arguedas Cassman & Headley. She                Stroock & Lavan is heralded around Los Angeles for her defense of
  recently has defended officials at several corporations including BP,      class actions, such as arguing at the California Supreme Court in
  Enron and Tosco. In 1995, she was summoned to the O.J. Simpson             cases concerning financial institutions. Some of these cases have set
  double-murder trial defense “Dream Team.”                                  precedent in how future class-action cases are handled, as well as
    California certainly has its share of heavy-hitting female general       showing California’s Consumers Legal Remedies Act does not
  commercial litigators, as well. Known among Hollywood circles for          pertain to credit transactions. She has argued other cases at the
  her counsel to celebrities’ job transitions such as Conan O’Brien’s        federal district court level in the Second, Fifth, Eighth, Ninth and
  departure from NBC and Keith Olbermann’s transition from                   Eleventh Circuits. Emily Johnson Henn at the Redwood Shores
  MSNBC to CurrentTV, Patricia Glaser, the head of litigation and            office of Covington & Burling also handles class actions, including
  name partner at Glaser Weil Jacobs Howard Avchen & Shapiro                 defending Wells Fargo under California’s Unfair Competition Law,
  handles a variety of contractual disputes. Other recent case matters       as well as serving in the firm’s appellate practice.
  of hers include the dismissal of a breach of contract suit filed against


DEBRA E. POLE                                                                    M. PATRICIA THAYER
                     SIDLEY AUSTIN                                                                    SIDLEY AUSTIN
                     555 West Fifth Street                                                            555 California Street
                     Los Angeles, California 90013                                                    San Francisco, California 94104
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DEBRA E. POLE is a partner in Sidley’s Los Angeles Litigation Group and          M. PATRICIA THAYER, a partner in Sidley’s San Francisco office, is group
a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. She is the Practice Group            head for the Northern California IP Litigation Group. Ms. Thayer
leader for the Product Liability and Mass Torts Practice in Los Angeles. Ms.     concentrates on complex patent litigation for life sciences companies,
Pole is one of the Firm’s Global Leaders in the product liability area and a     including biopharmaceuticals, diagnostics, drug delivery systems and
member of the Firm’s West Coast Accounting and Finance Committee.                medical devices. She has also represented a wide range of life science and
She is a seasoned trial lawyer with experience in multi-district litigation      retail companies in litigation and arbitration involving trademark and trade
(MDL), class actions, and product liability litigation. Ms. Pole has extensive   secret disputes. Ms. Thayer is recognized as a leader in the field of
jury trial experience in both federal and state courts involving mass tort       Intellectual Property Law in Chambers USA 2012: America’s Leading
litigation, class actions, complex litigation, and Daubert proceedings.          Lawyers for Business and in Best Lawyers in America 2012. The Daily
                                                                                 Journal named Ms. Thayer to the “2012 Top Intellectual Property Litigators
Ms. Pole acted as National Coordinating Counsel for defendants in the            in California.” Euromoney Legal Media Group named Ms. Thayer “Best in
high-profile silicone breast implant litigation (in MDL and state coordinated    Life Sciences” in its inaugural Americas Women in Business Law Awards
proceedings) and the diet drug litigation. She also has acted as lead trial      (2012) and Managing IP (2012) named Ms. Thayer a top 10 life sciences
counsel in HRT litigation, drug infusion litigation, and other pharmaceutical    litigator. She was also named as a leading patent litigator in IAM Patent
and medical device litigation. Additionally, Ms. Pole is trial counsel in mask   1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners (2012). Ms. Thayer is
and respirator litigation (asbestos and silica) and has experience in dietary    also featured as a “Life Sciences Star” in the inaugural edition of LMG Life
supplement litigation.                                                           Sciences 2012 for her outstanding Intellectual Property work.

Ms. Pole has received numerous awards and honors: Fellow, American               Ms. Thayer graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1979. She
College of Trial Lawyers where she is a member of the College’s National         received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University where she
Trial Competition Committee and a member of the College’s State                  graduated magna cum laude in 1976. Her admissions include the US
Committee; a former member of the International Association of Defense           Supreme Court and California.
Counsel (IADC) and past faculty member (2004) and Trial Director (2010)
of the IADC’s prestigious Trial Academy; California Legal Eagle, 1996;           Representative Engagements
National Law Journal’s List of Top 50 Women Litigators, 2001; National           • Conceptus v. Hologic (N.D. Cal.) Prevailed on all claims asserted by
Law Journal’s List of Top Ten Trial Attorneys, 1994; 2001; Los Angeles             Conceptus regarding alleged infringement of patents related to medical
Daily Journal Settlements and Verdicts’ List of 30 Top Women Lawyers,              devices for hysteroscopic sterilization. After a two-week trial in October
2002 (featured on the cover), 2003, 2004, and 2008. She is also featured           2011, the jury returned a verdict that the Court characterized as “a
as a “Life Sciences Star” in the inaugural edition of LMG Life Sciences            clean sweep for Plaintiff” and awarded Conceptus the full relief
2012 for her outstanding Product Liability work.                                   requested of $18.8 million.
                                                                                 • Genentech v. University of Pennsylvania (N.D. Cal.) A Sidley team, led
Ms Pole was selected to DirectWomen Board Institute, class of 2009. She            by Ms. Thayer, handled this biotechnology patent infringement case
is a member of the Defense Research Institute, a member of the American            involving potentially more than $1 billion in royalties from the filing of the
Bar Association, advisory member of the executive board of the National            declaratory judgment complaint by Genentech to settlement on the eve
Bar Association’s health law section, and a member of the Board of                 of trial. The favorable settlement obviated both a three-week jury trial
Directors of the RAND Institute for Civil Justice, Southern California 50          and a one-day bench trial on inequitable conduct.
Leadership Council.                                                              • General Electric v. SonoSite, Inc. (W.D. WI.) Successful defense and
                                                                                   counterclaims regarding patents on features of ultrasound instruments.
Ms Pole received her JD (Law Review, outstanding Law Student, Federal              The first case was appealed to the Federal Circuit after Sonosite
Practice Book Award) from the University of Florida, Holland Law Center,           obtained summary judgment of non-infringement, and the second was
and her BA from Dickinson College. Admissions include: US Supreme                  tried to the district court in June 2009. Both cases settled with a $21
Court; California; Florida; various US Court of Appeals and US District            million payment, plus running royalties, to SonoSite.
Courts.                                                                          • Integra Life Sciences v. Merck KGaA, The Scripps Research Institute
                                                                                   (S.D. Cal.) Successful defense of patent infringement litigation related
                                                                                   to small peptides and angiogenesis research, including appeal to US
                                                                                   Supreme Court.

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