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Vera M. Elson

Vera M. Elson

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Palo Alto, CA, USA

VERA M. ELSON is a partner and trial lawyer in the firm's Silicon Valley office. She focuses her practice on intellectual property trials and strategic counseling for the firm's high-technology clients. Ms. Elson's cases have been predominantly patent cases in Federal District Courts across the country and proceedings before the International Trade Commission (ITC). She has extensive trial experience in high-stakes cases including both successful jury trials and bench trials. She has also successfully litigated cases relating to trade secret misappropriation, common law and copyright claims. She has argued and won before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) on appeal, and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Ms. Elson was an intern for the late Chief Judge Helen W. Nies of the CAFC.

Ms. Elson's background in engineering makes her well suited for technology cases. She has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from UCLA and, prior to entering the practice of law, worked in industry as a high-speed circuit designer for Hughes Aircraft's Advanced Circuit Technology Labs.

Special Recognitions
  • Ms. Elson has been recognized by Chambers USA since 2005 through 2011 as a leading lawyer in Intellectual Property in California based on client interviews and peer reviews;
  • Legal 500 United States named Ms. Elson as a leading intellectual property lawyer;
  • She been recognized as one of the Daily Journal's 2008 and 2009 Top 50 Intellectual Property Litigators;
  • In 2008, Ms. Elson was named among the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal's "Women of Influence" in Silicon Valley;
  • Ms. Elson was also named as one of the Daily Journal's 2008 and 2009 Top Women Litigators in California;
  • She was named by Northern California Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Northern California from 2004 through 2008.

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