Valerie is a partner in the Los Angeles office and has been with the firm since 2008. Her practice focuses on complex business litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property disputes. She has significant experience with patent, trade secret and trademark litigation. Valerie has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts throughout the country and has spent hundreds of days in trial trying some of the largest intellectual property cases of the last decade.
Valerie holds an undergraduate degree in finance and has substantial experience developing damages strategies, particularly in patent infringement cases. In the smartphone wars, she played an integral role in devising Samsung’s damages strategy, which resulted in a jury award of less than 5.5% of Apple’s requested $2.2 billion damages. In a 2016 trade secret theft trial where she represented a large pharmaceutical company, Valerie was a critical member of the trial team that held the non-profit plaintiff to less than 1% of its requested damages. Valerie was trial counsel for Qualcomm in a 2019 patent infringement case against Apple that resulted in a complete victory for Qualcomm, with a Southern California jury finding all asserted patents valid and infringed and awarding Qualcomm the full amount of damages sought. Valerie was the architect of Qualcomm’s successful damages strategy in that matter, as well as its successful attack on Apple’s damages theories and the admissibility of Apple’s damages expert’s main opinions.