AIPLA President Barbara A. Fiacco

Event Calendar

We hold a variety of events and webinars to educate IP law practitioners. From the Annual Meeting to our Trade Secret Law Summit and Women in IP Law Global Networking Event, the American Intellectual Property Law Association works year-round to grow and shape the future of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law.

Coming Events


The Orrick Building
405 Howard Street

San Francisco, CA, United States


Malene Ward


535 Minutes of CLE


Fee: $495 Members/$695 Non-Members/discount for corporate in-house

A Message to Our Community of IP Practitioners

In light of the growing concerns around the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we've made the difficult decision to postpone the 2020 Trade Secret Law Summit until August 31 in order to prioritize the health and safety of our attendees, partners, staff and everyone who helps make the Trade Secret Law Summit possible.

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2020 Trade Secret Law Summit - POSTPONED

Strengthen your trade secret skills with our two-day program.

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Get an edge over your competition by signing up for the 2020 AIPLA Trade Secret Law Summit at the Orrick Building in San Francisco's Financial District on March 16-17, 2020. 

Lawyers will enjoy a practical and comprehensive CLE program designed to educate new and seasoned practitioners alike. It's more important than ever to learn the fundamentals of trade secret protection and what you and your clients need to do to protect your confidential information from cyber-attacks and trade secret theft.

Who Should Come

Beginning practitioners and experienced practitioners that want to improve their trade secret law skills. 

Who Will Be Speaking?

Our speakers are thought-leaders in trade secret law. View our full list of speakers at the bottom of this page.


Topics We Cover

  • Legislative and Judicial Trends and Traps in California and Beyond 
  • Use of Litigation Funding in Trade Secret Cases
  • Forensics and Artificial Intelligence in Trade Secret Protection and Litigation
  • Other Federal Claims Related to Trade Secret Claims (RICO, antitrust)
  • Ex Parte Seizures under the DTSA
  • Proving Damages in Trade Secret Litigation
  • Arbitration and Jury Trials in Trades Secrets Disputes
  • International Trade Secret Protection and Litigation
  • Ethics in Trade Secret Investigations and Litigation

Event Schedule

Format is 2 days, starting with a continental breakfast, leading into programming until 4:00 pm with an hour lunch break.  

There will be a reception beginning at 5 pm on March 16, at Crowell & Moring's offices at Three Embarcadero Center, Floor 26.   

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The Orrick Building
405 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2669
United States

The Orrick Building is a Class A+ office property located in San Francisco's South Financial District at the intersection of Howard and First Streets.

Nearby hotels include the W San Francisco (2 blocks), St. Regis San Francisco (3 blocks), InterContinental San Francisco (3 blocks), and the San Francisco Marriott Marquis (10 blocks).


Refunds will be made only if cancellation is received by AIPLA no later than March 2, 2020. Cancellations must be in writing and emailed to Michelle Stuckey at, and are subject to a $50 cancellation fee. No refunds or credit will be issued for cancellations received after March 2, 2020.




  • Beck, Russell

    Beck Reed Riden LLP | Founder

    Russell Beck is a business and intellectual property litigator, nationally recognized for his trade secrets and noncompete experience. He's 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, PBS, the BBC World News Service, and many others, and was invited to the White House to help develop guidelines for the proper use of noncompetes.
  • Bersin, Brent

    FTI Consulting | Senior Managing Director

    Brent Bersin is a Senior Managing Director in the Forensic & Litigation Consulting segment of FTI Consulting.
  • Bohrer, David

    Greenfield LLC | Partner

    Silicon Valley technology trial lawyer who has won trials, obtained significant money damages and injunctive relief, and secured favorable defense verdicts and rulings for his clients.
  • Candido, Amy

    Quinn Emanuel | Partner

    Amy Candido, a partner in the San Francisco Office, is an experienced trial lawyer, focusing on high-stakes, complex patent and intellectual property litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants.
  • Dearing, Lea

    Berman Fink Van Horn PC | Shareholder

    A Shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn, Lea counsels companies regarding disputes that arise in every day operations.
  • Farrell, Jr., William P.

    Longford Capital Management, LP | Managing Director and General Counsel

    Bill is responsible for the overall operations of Longford Capital, with a particular focus on transaction sourcing, investment selection, and portfolio management.
  • Feldman, Jeff

    Trailblazer | Partner and Co-Founder

    Jeff maintains an active trial and appellate practice, focusing on complex civil and criminal matters.
  • Fink, Benjamin

    Berman Fink Van Horn, P.C. | Shareholder

    Benjamin I. Fink, a shareholder in Berman Fink Van Horn P.C., concentrates his practice in business and employment litigation with a particular emphasis on non-compete, trade secret and other competition-related disputes.
  • Galli Photo Galli, Nicole

    Law Offices of N.D. Galli LLC | Founder

    Nicole D. Galli focuses her practice on commercial litigation, including all forms of intellectual property (IP) litigation, and IP counseling, especially regarding trade secret protection.
  • Heath, Jacob M.

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP | Partner

    Jake draws upon his unique blend of experience. He has carried out Internet enforcement actions involving cybercrime, fraud, and deceptive activity; brand violations; intellectual property infringement; trade secrets; and cybersecurity breaches.
  • Horstman, Raija

    Crowell Moring | Counsel

    Raija Horstman is an experienced litigator focused in multiple areas of complex commercial litigation, including trade secrets, false advertising, unfair competition, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and consumer and employment class actions.
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    Seyfarth Shaw LLP | Partner

    Scott Humphrey is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud, & Non-Compete Practice Group. He serves on the group’s National Steering Committee and has successfully prosecuted and defended trade secrets and restrictive covenant cases throughout the United States.
  • Klapow, Mark

    Crowell & Moring LLP | Partner

    Mark litigates complex commercial, intellectual property, and antitrust cases.
  • Koch, LL.M, Dr. Peter

    Pinsent Masons Germany LLP | Legal Director

    Peter's areas of expertise include medical devices, information technology, high-tech and consumer electronics, and consumer goods.
  • McDonald, Scott

    Littler Mendelson | Shareholder

    Among his notable successes, Scott secured injunctions enforcing non-compete agreements in three consecutive cases involving quantitative analysts in the high frequency trading industry.
  • 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.
  • Nitoslawski, Marek

    Fasken | Partner

    Marek Nitoslawski is a seasoned IP litigator whose winning strategies in patent, trademark and copyright matters have earned him the respect of clients, colleagues and the courts.
  • Pampinella, Jim

    Ankura | Senior Managing Director

    James E. Pampinella is a Senior Managing Director at Ankura, based in San Francisco.
  • 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.
  • Schonfeld, Mark

    Burns & Levinson LLP | Partner

    Mark Schonfeld concentrates his practice in complex business and intellectual property litigation, especially protection of corporate intellectual property through effective methods of trademark, copyright and patent litigation.
  • Sheehan, Michael

    McDermott Will & Emery | Partner

    Michael J. Sheehan concentrates his practice on employment litigation with a focus on prosecuting and defending unfair competition litigation involving large scale raiding, inevitable disclosure of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty and non-compete agreements.
  • Southwick, Stephanie

    Bentham IMF | Investment Manager, Legal Counsel

    Stephanie Southwick is an Investment Manager and Legal Counsel for Bentham IMF.
  • Vaughn, Jim

    iDiscovery Solutions | Managing Director

    James D. Vaughn, a Managing Director of iDiscovery Solutions (iDS), is a court-recognized expert who has given testimony in nearly 70 cases involving topics such as evidence preservation, documentation of events, and computer forensic methodologies and procedures. In addition to being an EnCase Certified Examiner (EnCE), Mr. Vaughn is certified by the International Association of Computer Investigative Specialists (IACIS) as a Certified Forensic Computer Examiner (CFCE).
  • Williams, Robert

    Bird & Bird | Partner

    Robert is one of the team's prominent practitioners, with particular experience of complex IP strategy & disputes and advising clients from a range of IP rich industries.
  • Weil, Michael D.

    Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP | Partner

    Michael Weil, an Employment partner in the San Francisco office, represents clients in high-stakes employment, trade secrets and employee mobility litigation throughout the United States.
  • Witz, James

    Littler Mendelson | Shareholder | Co-Chair, Unfair Competition and Trade Secrets Practice Group

    James M. Witz is a trial lawyer who has experience with a wide range of employment issues.
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