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Professional Summary

Mindy’s practice focuses on internet and intellectual property litigation. She litigates cutting-edge cases at the intersection of technology and free speech issues. She defends internet companies against defamation, copyright, trademark and related claims on First Amendment, Communications Decency Act Section 230, DMCA and US SPEECH Act grounds. She also helps clients resolve disputes involving trade secret, patent, trademark, copyright, computer fraud and complex commercial litigation.

Mindy works closely with clients to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently when litigation is not in their strategic interests. When early resolution is not possible, she is a zealous and professional advocate with jury trial experience. Mindy is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeal, Ninth and Federal Circuits, and the United States District Court, Northern, Central, Eastern and Southern Districts of California and Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained judgment and costs defending a leading online publishing platform in a case involving Communications Decency Act, US SPEECH Act, and First Amendment issues. The case was one of the first cases involving the US SPEECH Act.
  • Negotiated an early dismissal in a case involving alleged trademark infringement for third-level domain names.
  • Served as first chair in a $10M jury trial in Santa Clara County Superior Court (DVS v. Sun, et al.), in which she obtained a nonsuit verdict. Mindy briefed and argued the successful appeal.
  • Represented a group of investors in a $60M breach of contract case involving novel issues of Chinese and New York law, obtaining two motions to dismiss, a $60M writ of attachment and transfer order and a contempt order.
  • Successfully moved to dismiss declaratory relief complaint in case involving patent for embryo imaging.
  • Represented medical device company in patent case involving first sale doctrine.
  • Represented plaintiff in patent dispute involving mobile banking technology.
  • Obtained a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, and contempt citation for violation of temporary restraining order against a former employee who started a competing company using client’s technology; case settled favorably on the eve of trial.
  • Represented Napster in its dispute with the recording industry.
  • Defended a group of multinational companies at the district court level for patent infringement involving Intel chipsets. Quanta v. LG Electronics, 553 U.S. 617 (2008).


  • 2019 Diversity Award Winner, Santa Clara County Bar Association
  • 2019 Top Rated Litigator, ALM
  • 2019 West Coast Top Rated Lawyers, ALM
  • Northern California Super Lawyer, 2015 - 2019
  • AmLaw Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law, 2018
  • Fellow - American Bar Foundation
  • 2016 Women of Influence Honoree - Silicon Valley Business Journal
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent Rating


  • The Club - Board of Directors - Vice President - Operations
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association –2012 President
  • Open Courts Coalition
  • Schola Cantorum – Co-Chair of 50th Anniversary Committee, Past Chair of the Board of Directors
  • UC Berkeley Class of 1994 Reunion Committee – Co-Chair
  • Yale Law School Association – Executive Committee, Regional Representative


  • JD, Yale Law School, 1997 (Editor – Yale Law Journal)
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, Highest Distinction in General Scholarship, Highest Honors in Political Science, Phi Beta Kappa, 1994

News Coverage

  • Posses, Shayna. “Emerson Can't Review Facebook Deal In Trade Secrets Row,” Law 360, November 26, 2018.
  • “On the Move,” The Recorder, June 14, 2013


  • Co-presenter. “Avoiding Litigation While Resolving Disputes: Commercial Contract Challenges During COVID-19,” May 5, 2020.
  • Speaker. “Tips and Trends in Trade Secrets Law: DTS Act,” SCCBA Federal Courts Committee – MCLE Seminar, San Jose, June 27, 2019.
  • Panelist. "Become Cyber-Trained In-House Counsel, Part Three," Procopio seminar with ACC San Diego, May 21, 2019
  • Moderator. “Work Life Balance at Different Stages of Your Career,” IP Counsel Café, Palo Alto, CA, May 8, 2019.
  • Panelist. "Become Cyber-Trained In-House Counsel, Part Two," Procopio seminar with ACC San Diego, April 16, 2019.
  • Presenter. “Defend Trade Secrets Act,” Intellectual Property Owners Association, February 20, 2019.
  • Mindy is a frequent speaker on electronic discovery, document management, and litigation strategy. She has authored articles on electronic discovery and document management.
  • Presenter. "The Defend Trade Secrets Act," Intellectual Property Owners, Software-Related Inventions Committee, February 20, 2019.
  • Co-presenter. “Exploring the Stages of a Trade Secrets Case Through Hypotheticals,” Association of Corporate Counsel, September 12, 2018.
  • Co-presenter. “Trade Secrets - An Emerging Force in Intellectual Property,” West LegalEd Center, September 11, 2018.
  • Co-presenter. “Ethical Considerations in Intellectual Property Litigation: An Interactive Dialogue and Case Study,” Menlo Park, CA, May 7, 2014.