Heidi Keefe: One of Twenty Influential Women in IP Law

Palo Alto – October 20, 2014 – Palo Alto-based litigation partner Heidi Keefe was one of only twenty lawyers in the United States named by Law360 to its list of "Influential Women in IP Law." The list, derived from Law360's review of approximately 150 nominations, "honors women who lead the charge in waging high-stake patent battles, managing billion-dollar portfolios and closing mega IP deals."

In the Law360 profile, Keefe is described by Sam O'Rourke, Facebook's vice president and deputy general counsel for intellectual property, as "a ‘triple threat,' with three qualities it is rare to find in one attorney: a deep understanding of technology, the organizational abilities to prepare a case from beginning to end, and top-notch communications skills."

Keefe has won defense verdicts in both of the patent cases that she has tried on behalf of Facebook. She also played a leading role in achieving a successful resolution of Facebook's high-profile patent dispute with Yahoo, Inc. Since 2008, Cooley has handled on the order of 70 patent cases for Facebook.

"I trust her, and I trust the team, and they've done nothing but get good results for us," O'Rourke told Law360 in an interview.

Noted as a "world-class stand-up litigator" with a "knack for understanding the technology and breaking it down in a way that's understandable to a lay jury or a judge," Keefe combines her background in astrophysics and her knowledge of the law to consistently secure victories for high-stake clients.

Keefe tells Law360 that being one of a relatively small number of female patent attorneys has never been an issue in her career.

"I try to be the best lawyer I can be, who happens to be a woman, not the best woman lawyer," she said.

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Heidi Keefe Partner, Palo Alto