Alexander Brainerd Joins Sonnenschein’s Patent Litigation Practice In Bay Area

Melissa Anderson

Sonnenschein Press Release

November 6, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO — Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP announced today that veteran patent litigator Alexander L. Brainerd has joined the law firm as a partner. Brainerd, who will split his time between Sonnenschein’s San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, was previously a partner at Heller Ehrman.

“Lex’s credentials firmly establish him as one of California’s leading statesmen in the area of patent litigation,” said James Klenk, chair of Sonnenschein’s Patent Litigation Practice. “He adds tremendous value as a litigator and as a mentor to our growing practice, and we are thrilled that he has decided to join our team.”

Brainerd’s practice emphasizes trial representation in patent litigation and other types of intellectual property litigation. His extensive trial experience includes serving as lead counsel in patent infringement lawsuits, trade secret cases, and a wide range of commercial disputes including breach of contract, fraud, professional liability and securities matters. In addition to his jury trial and advocacy skills, Brainerd has considerable experience in litigating pharmaceutical patents.

“Sonnenschein has earned a reputation as a go-to shop for patent litigation, attracting some of the nation’s top young talent,” Brainerd said. “It’s a perfect fit for both me and my clients, who will benefit from the exceptional trial and technical skills of this entire team.”

Brainerd is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has taught numerous courses on jury trial practice. Prior to joining Heller Ehrman in 1999, he spent 28 years at Bronson Bronson & McKinnon, where he was a member of the firm’s management committee, and three years as a senior partner at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart Oliver & Hedges. Brainerd earned a J.D. degree from University of California, Boalt Hall School of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College.

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