2024 Trade Secret Summit

March 14 to 15, 2024


Applied Materials, Inc.
3050 Bowers Avenue - Building One

Santa Clara, California, United States


Meghan Donohoe


Fee: See rates to the right

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Don't miss out and Register Today! Please join the AIPLA Trade Secret Committee for the 2024 Trade Secret Summit, which is being held March 14-15, 2024 in Santa Clara, CA.

The AIPLA Trade Secret Summit is the leading trade secret conference in the nation, with speakers from across the spectrum of private practitioners, in-house counsel, government, and academia, as well as fantastic networking opportunities. CLE credits will be available.

Registration Rates

AIPLA Student/Academic/Judicial Member Rate: $55
AIPLA In-House (special form required)/Junior/Government/IP Paralegal-Tech Advisor Member Rate: $199
AIPLA Solo/Small Firm Member Rate: $395

AIPLA Regular and other Member Rate: $495

Non-Member Rate: $895
Non-Member In-House Rate: $399 (
In-House Registration Form).


Agenda - subject to change

Thursday, March 14


8:30-8:35 a.m. – Introduction 

Benjamin Fink, Berman Fink Van Horn

8:35 – 10:05 a.m. -- The Impact of State and Federal Legislative and Regulatory Developments on Protection of Trade Secrets

Michael Weil, Morgan Lewis
Cathy Lui, Orrick
Russell Beck, Beck Reed Riden
Erik Weibust, Epstein Becker
Scott Humphrey, Benesch
10:05 – 10:15 a.m. – Morning Break
10:15 – 11:15 a.m. -- Protecting Trade Secrets in a World with No Noncompetes – Non-Disclosure, Return of Information and IP Assignment Provisions 

John Marsh, Bailey Cavalieri
Neal Weinrich, Berman Fink Van Horn

Barry Brown, Applied Materials
Leigh Ann Buziak, Blank Rome

11:15 – 12:15 p.m. -- Roundtable Discussion of Potential Changes/Improvements to the DTSA

James Pooley
John Marsh, Bailey Cavalieri
Russell Beck, Beck Reed Riden
12:15 – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch
1:15 – 2:15 p.m. -- Funding of Trade Secret Litigation

Stephanie Southwick, Law Finance
Jen Kash, Warren Kash Warren
Megan Easley, CAC Insurance
Ben Herbert, Miller Barondess
Ashish Chordia
2:15 – 2:30 p.m. – Afternoon Break
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. -- What to Plead and Who to Sue: Individual Liability and Adjacent Common Law Claims to Trade Secret Misappropriation

Mark Klapow, Crowell & Moring
Mark Whitaker, Morrison Foerster
Barbara Barath, Debevoise
Bambo Obaro, Weil Gotshal
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. – Fireside Chat with Jim Pooley – The Reasonable Measures Expert

Mark Klapow, Crowell & Moring

James Pooley


All attendees are invited to Bowlero for food, drinks, and fun on Thursday evening. Thank you to our sponsors for making this event free to all attendees!

Friday, March 15

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. -- Artificial Intelligence and Trade Secrets

Dean Pelletier, Pelletier Law
Amy Candido, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Matthew D’Amore, Cornell Tech & Cornell Law School
Amelia L. B. Sargent, Willenken LLP
Stephanie Southwick, Law Finance Group

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. -- Equitable Remedies in Trade Secret Litigation:  Injunctions, Disgorgement and Royalties

John Marsh
Mindy Morton, Procopio
David Almeling, O’Melveny & Myers
10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Morning Break
10:40 – 11:40 a.m. -- Independent Economic Value and Apportionment: Key Issues in Pleading and Proving Trade Secret Claims

Benjamin Fink, Berman Fink Van Horn
Neel Chatterjee, Goodwin Proctor
John Barry, Weil Gotshal
Patricia Prezioso, Sills Cummis
Brent Bersin, FTI Consulting
11:40 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Trade Secret Protection and Litigation from the In-house Perspective

Benjamin Fink, Moderator
Elizabeth McBride, Applied Materials
Nikki K. Vo, Meta
Nicole Bartow, Rivian
Sue Melnick, Bay Equity

VENUE and HOTEL Information

The event will take place at

Applied Materials, Inc.
3050 Bowers Avenue - Building 1
Santa Clara, CA


AC Marriott Hotel
2970 Lakeside Drive
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Reservation Link: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1702079686875&key=GRP&app=resvlink

Rate: $279 per night plus applicable fees and taxes.  Cancellation deadline is 72 hours in advance of arrival. 

Reservation Cutoff: February 21, 2024

Thank you to all our sponsors for this event!

Interested in sponsoring this event? Email Benjamin Fink at BFink@bfvlaw.com to learn more.


  • Barry-John-square200 Barry, John P.

    Proskauer | Partner

    John P. Barry is Head of Weil’s Employment Litigation Practice Group. He is a well-regarded trial lawyer and corporate counselor who has more than 25 years of experience advising companies and their executives, directors, and HR leaders on sensitive and significant employment law issues in the courtroom, boardroom, enforcement, and transactional contexts.
  • Beck, Russell square200 Beck, Russell

    Beck Reed Riden LLP | Founder

    Russell Beck is a business, trade secrets, and employee mobility litigator, nationally recognized for his trade secrets and noncompete experience. He was invited to the Obama White House to develop guidelines for the proper use of noncompetes, and has been cited as an expert on trade secrets and noncompetes by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the White House, the Treasury Department, National Public Radio, the BBC World News Service, PBS Newshour, Le Monde, and many others.
  • Brent K. Bersin Photo200x200 Bersin, Brent

    FTI Consulting | Senior Managing Director

    Brent Bersin is a Senior Managing Director in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment of FTI Consulting.
  • Candido, Amy 200x200 Candido, Amy

    Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati | Partner

    Amy Candido is a trial lawyer who focuses on high-stakes, complex intellectual property matters. She has extensive experience litigating patents, trade secrets, copyrights, and other IP in “bet the company” cases nationwide on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. Amy has tried numerous jury and bench trials, securing courtroom victories in a variety of difficult cases. Her trial victories include The National Law Journal’s Top Verdict of 2014 and three complete defense verdicts in the Eastern District of Texas.
  • Chatterjee, Neel

    Goodwin Proctor | Partner

    Neel Chatterjee is a partner in Goodwin’s Intellectual Property practice. An internationally recognized technology litigator and trial lawyer, Neel has a proven track record of wins in hard-to-win technology cases. Neel has a passion for representing entrepreneurs and disruptive technology companies, even at their earliest stages. His cases often break new ground in undefined areas of the law. Neel has substantial expertise handling disputes related to patents, trade secrets, copyrights, internet law, and complex commercial technology issues. Neel also has a fascination with legal issues in pop culture, science fiction and fantasy.
  • Fink, Benjamin

    Berman Fink Van Horn, P.C. | Shareholder

    Benjamin Fink is a shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia. His practice focuses on business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on competition-related disputes, including noncompetes and trade secrets. A published author on restrictive covenants, he blogs regularly on noncompete and trade secret topics (www.bfvlaw.com/blogs) and serves as a co-host of the Fairly Competing podcast. In recognition of his thought leadership in the trade secrets arena, he was invited to attend The Inaugural Sedona Conference on Developing Best Practices for Trade Secrets Issues that was held in December 2017. He served on the Sedona Conference drafting team for Principles/Best Practices Commentary on Protecting Trade Secrets in Litigation as part of Working Group 12 on Trade Secrets. He currently serves as Chair of the Trade Secrets Committee of the AIPLA.
  • Humphrey, Scott

    Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP | Partner

    Scott Humphrey is the Chair of Benesch’s Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and Unfair Competition Practice Group. He has extensive litigation, arbitration, and counseling experience involving a wide range of complex commercial contract disputes and business torts, including matters arising from trade secret appropriation, breach of restrictive covenants, contract disputes, manufacturing and distribution issues, fraud, and insurance disputes.
  • klapow200 Klapow, Mark

    Crowell & Moring LLP | Partner

    Mark A. Klapow is a partner in the firm's Litigation Group. He litigates complex commercial and intellectual property disputes, including trade secrets cases. Mark has represented Fortune 500 companies including Alcoa, AT&T, Caterpillar, Dow, Ericsson, ExxonMobil, Intel, Lenovo, Molson Coors, and Western Union in federal and state courts across the country.
  • Marsh. John 200 Marsh, John

    Bailey Cavalieri LLC | Member

    John’s commercial litigation practice concentrates on trade secrets litigation and the enforcement of non-competes throughout the United States. John is listed in the 2016, 2017 and 2018 editions of The Best Lawyers of America for Litigation – Intellectual Property and in the 2009-18 editions of Ohio Super Lawyers, and he is AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, its highest available rating for legal ability and professional ethics. He has been quoted on trade secret law and restrictive covenant issues by The Wall Street Journal, Inside Counsel, Law360, The National Law Journal, Managing IP and Wired; and his blog, “The Trade Secret Litigator” (www.tradesecretlitigator.com), has been cited by publications including The Wall Street Journal.
  • MelnickDCP200 Melnick, Sue

    Bay Equity | Chief Compliance& Operating Officer

    Sue has worked at Bay Equity LLC since 2008 initially as outside counsel and then in 2012 and since in various roles with increasing responsibility. She is responsible for all mortgage operations for the company which operates in 42 states as an independent mortgage bank, as well as managing the legal department in her role as CCO and COO.
  • Morton, Mindy 200x200 Morton, Mindy

    Procopio | Partner

    Mindy’s practice focuses on internet and intellectual property litigation. She litigates cutting-edge cases at the intersection of technology and free speech issues.
  • Obaro_Bambo_200 Obaro, Bambo

    Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP | Partner

    Bambo Obaro is a Partner in Weil’s Complex Commercial Litigation practice and a member of Weil’s Trade Secrets Taskforce. Bambo has over a decade of experience litigating complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts around the country.
  • Pelletier, Dean Pelletier, Dean A.

    Pelletier Law | Founder

    Dean has been practicing IP law for 25 years and focuses on leveraging patents and trade secrets. Dean’s litigation, trial and appellate experience includes experience in federal and state courts and at the ITC.
  • Pooley, James 200x200 Pooley, James

    James Pooley PLC | Founder

    James Pooley is one of the world’s foremost experts in trade secret law and management. His legal treatise, “Trade Secrets,” updated semi-annually, is the leading lawyer’s desk reference on the subject. His latest business book is “Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage” (Verus Press, 2015).
  • Prezioso, Patricia

    Sills Cummis & Gross P.C. | Member of the firm

    Patricia Prezioso, Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross Employment and Labor Practice Group, is an active litigator and counselor, who is based in New Jersey. Her practice focuses on assisting businesses with reducing risk, addressing employee claims and disputes against their employers in federal and state courts, as well as administrative agencies, assessing and protecting trade secrets and confidential information, and defending or prosecuting claims relating to employee misappropriation and restrictive covenant violations. Her extensive management-side employment litigation and counseling experience includes litigating disputes concerning trade secrets, restrictive covenants, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, employee classification, and wage and hour issues. She counsels on reducing risk, trade secret protection strategy, protocols and policies, and provides human resource support for employment actions.
  • Southwick, Stephanie 200x200 Southwick, Stephanie

    Bentham IMF | Investment Manager, Legal Counsel

    Stephanie Southwick is an Investment Manager and Legal Counsel for Bentham IMF.
  • Weibust, Erik

    Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. | Partner

    Erik Weibust is a Partner in the Boston office of Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., where he is Vice Chair of the firm’s Trade Secret & Employee Mobility practice group. Many of the world’s leading pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device, technology, financial services, staffing, and insurance companies look to Erik for thoughtful and practical advice concerning how best to protect their trade secrets and customer relationships from misappropriation by former employees, ex-business partners, competitors, and hostile actors in the United States and abroad, and to avoid liability when hiring from competitors. When necessary, clients rely on Erik for aggressive representation in litigation, where he has won substantial victories in court and at the negotiating table, including broad-reaching injunctive relief and multimillion-dollar payouts, in trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and breach of restrictive covenant cases.
  • Weil_Michael_200 Weil, Michael D.

    Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP | Partner

    Michael Weil represents employers in a wide range of employment disputes, with a focus on class and representative actions asserting multimillion dollars in damages and high stakes noncompete, employee mobility, and trade secrets matters arising from a variety of industries, including life sciences, technology, retail, and financial services, throughout the United States.
  • Whitaker-200 Whitaker, Mark

    Morrison & Foerster | Partner

    Mark Whitaker is the co-chair of Morrison & Foerster’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice group, with more than 30 years of experience crafting legal strategies in high-stakes patent and trade secret litigation.
  • Weinrich, Neal 200 Weinrich, Neal

    Berman Fink Van Horn, PC | Shareholder

    Neal Weinrich knows trade secrets and restrictive covenants inside and out. A shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn, Neal counsels clients in all industries on matters involving trade secrets, noncompetes, and other competition-related issues. Neal represents employers and employees, as both plaintiffs and defendants, in disputes throughout Georgia and in other jurisdictions involving noncompetes, customer nonsolicits, nonrecruits, and nondisclosure covenants. Neal also handles a variety of other business-related matters, including complex commercial litigation, contract disputes, cases involving business torts, partnership or shareholder disagreements, and executive compensation disputes.
  • Bartow, Nicole

    Rivian Automotive, LLC | Chief Litigation Counsel

    Nicole Bartow is Chief Litigation Counsel at Rivian Automotive, LLC. Rivian exists to create products and services that help our planet transition to carbon neutral energy and transportation, and in support of this mission Rivian designs, develops, and manufactures category-defining EVs and sells them directly to customers in the consumer and commercial markets. At Rivian, Nicole leads the team that manages the company’s litigation across a wide range of substantive areas including commercial matters and contracts, intellectual property, regulatory and competition, consumer rights/protection, torts/personal injury, real estate and securities. Rivian’s Product Defense and Legal Operations legal functions also report to Nicole.
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