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Sonal N. Mehta

Sonal N. Mehta is a trial lawyer representing many of the world’s leading technology and life sciences companies in high-stakes patent and technology disputes across a wide range of industries. Ms. Mehta has nearly 20 years of experience across all aspects of trial and appellate practice, including federal jury trials, state court jury and bench trials, International Trade Commission investigations, international arbitrations, and appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the California appellate courts. 

Outside of the courtroom, Ms. Mehta serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, the Board of Directors for the Northern District of California’s Practice Program, and on the Northern District of California’s Patent Local Rules Attorney Advisory Committee. In 2019, she was selected for a three-year term as a lawyer representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council. Ms. Mehta regularly presents programs on patent litigation at Federal Judicial Center workshops for federal district and magistrate judges, and is a frequent speaker on patent litigation topics.  

Ms. Mehta has a special interest in training and mentoring the next generation of trial lawyers. Since 2011, Ms. Mehta has taught Patent Litigation at her alma mater UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall). She regularly serves as guest faculty for the Stanford Trial Advocacy Clinic and for litigation practice courses at Boalt Hall. 

Prior to joining WilmerHale, Ms. Mehta was a partner at another large international law firm, where she built her practice representing major technology sector companies in high-stakes patent litigation at the trial and appellate levels. She then joined a litigation boutique firm based in San Francisco, where she continued to serve as lead counsel for leading technology and life sciences clients in patent and commercial litigation matters.

Recognition

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    Leading Lawyer for Intellectual Property: Patents

    Chambers USA

    2016–2019

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    IP Star & Among the Top 250 Women in IP

    Managing IP

    2016–2019

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    Top IP Lawyer & Top 40 Under 40

    Daily Journal

    2017, 2016

  • Recognized in the 2016–2019 editions of Chambers USA in the category of intellectual property: patents, with sources saying that “she is an excellent advocate with strong judgment and she really thinks critically about what issues to push”; “she is a superstar—well known in the California area and extremely nimble in oral argument”; “is well regarded for her skill handling a range of IP litigation matters, with notable expertise on patent infringement disputes”; and “has considerable experience representing market-leading technology companies”
  • Named an IP Star and was listed among the Top 250 Women in IP globally by Managing IP in 2016–2019
  • Selected as a 2017 Top IP Lawyer and among the 2016 Top 40 Under 40 by the Daily Journal
  • Recognized by Benchmark Litigation as a 2018 Future Star and included on its Under 40 Hotlist in 2016–2019 
  • Listed among the 2015 and 2016 Women Leaders in Tech Law and a 2012 “Fast Track” Lawyer in California by The Recorder 
  • Recognized by IAM Patent 1000 in 2013–2019 as a “superstar in the making” and “the complete package” with “guiding lights of the patent litigation world calling her ‘exceptional’”
  • Named a Rising Star for intellectual property in 2015 by Law360
  • Recommended in 2015 for patent ligation: full coverage by The Legal 500 United States
  • Named to the 40 Under 40 list in 2012 by San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal

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Credentials

  • Education

    • JD, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, 2002

      Editor-in-Chief, Berkeley Technology Law Journal

      Certificate in Law and Technology

    • BA, Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1998

      With honors
  • Admissions

    • California

    • US District Court for the Northern District of California

    • US District Court for the Southern District of California

    • US District Court for the Central District of California

    • US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas

    • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

    • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

  • Clerkships

    • The Hon. Paul R. Michel, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2003 - 2004

Credentials