As lead counsel for leading technology companies including Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Electronic Arts, and others, Sonal litigates high-stakes patent and technology disputes across a wide-range of industries. Her experience spans all aspects of trial and appellate practice, including federal jury trials, state court jury and bench trials, International Trade Commission investigations, commercial arbitrations, and appeals to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Sonal has been recognized as a leader in both legal and technology circles. She was profiled by The American Lawyer’s AmLaw Litigation Daily for her role as co-lead counsel in a successful ten-day patent infringement jury trial. Sonal has been named to the Daily Journal’s Top IP Lawyers (2017), Chambers USA in Patent Litigation (2016, 2017, 2018), Managing IP’s IP Stars (2016 and 2017), Benchmark Litigation’s Under 40 Hotlist (2016, 2017, 2018) and Future Stars (2018), Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP globally (2016, 2017, 2018), the Daily Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 (2016), The Recorder’s Women Leaders in Tech Law (2015 and 2016), and IAM Patent 1000 (2013-2017), among others. In years past, Sonal was also named a Law360 2015 national “Rising Star” for Intellectual Property, a “Recommended” lawyer for Patent Litigation: Full Coverage by Legal 500 US 2015, a member of the San Francisco Business Times’ 2015 “40 Under 40,” one of the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s “40 under 40,” and one of fifty “Fast Track” lawyers in California by The Recorder.
Outside of the courtroom, Sonal teaches Patent Litigation at her alma mater UC Berkeley School of Law. She has presented programs on patent litigation at Federal Judicial Center workshops for federal district and magistrate judges, and is a frequent speaker on patent litigation topics. She 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.
Prior to joining Durie Tangri in 2015, Sonal was a partner in Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ patent litigation practice and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul R. Michel of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She graduated from the Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and received a Certificate in Law & Technology. She was also a national finalist in the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition in patent litigation. She received a BA with honors from UC Berkeley, after graduating from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science.
In her spare time, Sonal is a pop culture aficionado, avid world traveler, and unskilled but ardent ocean sports enthusiast.