Press Release

Cooley Enhances Intellectual Property Litigation Capabilities With Strategic West Coast Hire

October 25, 2022

San Francisco – October 25, 2022 – Cooley has expanded its market-leading intellectual property litigation practice with the addition of Christa Anderson as a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. Anderson joins the firm’s global litigation team from Keker, Van Nest & Peters, bringing extensive trial experience representing companies in intellectual property disputes across a wide range of industries and technologies.

“Christa has successfully handled complex intellectual property and business litigation for top US companies, and her impressive trial and litigation skill sets further strengthen our IP litigation capabilities,” said Stephen Smith, chair of Cooley’s intellectual property litigation practice group. “Christa is the perfect addition to our deep bench of first-chair trial lawyers. She will be a vital asset to our clients, particularly technology companies facing high-stakes patent and copyright disputes.”

“We are committed to the continued strategic growth of Cooley’s elite, diverse team of courtroom advocates to meet the needs of our top technology clients in Silicon Valley and globally,” added Mike Attanasio, chair of Cooley’s global litigation department. “Christa’s trial experience and her list of significant wins in high-profile matters make her a fantastic addition to our IP litigation practice group.”

Anderson is an accomplished litigator with broad experience in patent, copyright and trademark matters. She has served as lead counsel for industry-leading technology and life sciences companies and their brands, having litigated, mediated and tried intellectual property cases in federal courts across the US. Anderson has been named among the Top Women Lawyers and Top Intellectual Property Lawyers in California by the Daily Journal, among The Recorder’s Women Leaders in Tech Law and as one of the Most Influential Women in IP Law by Law360.

“I have long been impressed with Cooley’s ability to provide clients with the support they need at critical moments for their business, and I am thrilled to join the firm’s expansive intellectual property litigation practice group,” said Anderson. “Cooley’s well-known platform provides an enormous opportunity for my practice, and I look forward to being part of Cooley’s collaborative culture and working with such a talented group of litigators to help support the firm’s notable client base.”

Offering a team of 65+ lawyers with unprecedented experience representing clients in technology and life sciences matters, Cooley’s IP litigation practice is renowned for its ability to win bet-the-company competitor cases in which multibillion-dollar products, technologies and brands are at stake. Cooley boasts one of the most active patent litigation practices in the US, having handled 525+ patent cases and 70+ US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit patent appeals – the vast majority as the appellee – in the past five years.

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