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Rebecca J. Edelson

Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Rebecca Edelson is a partner in the Century City office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP and leads the firm’s trade secret practice. Her practice emphasizes intellectual property (including trade secrets, trade dress, trademark, patent, and copyright), unfair competition, and injunctions. She has broad experience in all phases of state and federal litigation, including pre-trial development, discovery and motion practice, trials, writs, and appeals.  She also counsels businesses on protecting their proprietary rights and information outside of the litigation context.

Ms. Edelson has represented clients in connection with diverse industries, including the financial, medical technology, biotech, computer, database, toy, fashion, jewelry, industrial equipment, retail, entertainment, lighting technology, and travel and leisure industries.

Ms. Edelson served as the 2004-2005 Chair of the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California, and is a past chair of its trade secrets and grants subcommittees. She continues to volunteer her time to organize educational programs for the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California. Ms. Edelson was also a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel from 2005 to 2009 and served as Vice Chair of its Intellectual Property Section as well as a member of its Diversity Committee. She also previously served on the Steering Committee of the Century City Chamber of Commerce Women’s Business Council and is a 2004 recipient of the Century City Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Achievement award in the area of law. Ms. Edelson was selected for inclusion in editions of Who’s Who of American Women and Who’s Who in American Law.

Ms. Edelson also is a co-editor and an author of the treatise, Trade Secret Litigation and Protection in California, published by the State Bar of California. She also has published articles on copyright law, trade secret law, and business blackmail. She has lectured on trade secret protection, copyright, and First Amendment law, as well as litigation strategies and techniques.

Ms. Edelson’s pro bono work on behalf of various organizations includes litigation as well as lobbying on behalf of a proposed city ordinance which she helped draft. Ms. Edelson has worked on Steptoe’s “Action for Children of Trafficking” pro bono project and on Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.


  • UCLA School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 1983

Bar & Court Admissions

  • California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Western District of Wisconsin

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