Andrea Nill Sanchez
Tel. (415) 773-6631


Yale Law School, J.D., 2014

Cornell University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2006


Hon. Edgardo Ramos
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 2014-2015

United States Attorney's Office, Northern District of California, 2012

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Andrea Nill Sanchez

Andrea Nill Sanchez joined Keker, Van Nest & Peters in the winter of 2016 following her clerkship for the Honorable Edgardo Ramos in the Southern District of New York. During law school, she worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, first as a law clerk in the Northern District of California and then as an extern in the District of Connecticut. She also served as co-chair of the Latino/a Law Students Association. 

Ms. Nill Sanchez’s career began in the field of communications, where she spent five years as an advocate for Latinos, immigrants, and workers.  During this time, she served as a spokesperson and developed content on behalf of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Immigration Policy Center and Center for American Progress. Ms. Nill Sanchez was cited by outlets such as the New York Times, the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post and the Rachel Maddow Show. She has also appeared on Univision, CNN Español, Telemundo, Televisa, and TV Azteca. 

She is fluent in Spanish, and has an intermediate knowledge of Portuguese.

Cases of Note

Cisco Systems, Inc. v. Arista Networks, Inc.: We defended Arista Networks in this groundbreaking case which raised the important question of whether and to what extent functional computer commands merit copyright protection. Cisco accused Arista, run by a former Cisco vice president, of copyright infringement for the use of more than 500 commands used to configure network switches. Cisco also accused Arista of infringing two patents, one of which it dismissed before trial. After a two-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in our client’s favor on both the copyright and patent claims.


  • Co-author with Sharif Jacob, "Parole Board is Behind on Base-Term Calculations," The Daily Journal, 2016
  • "What the Defend Trade Secrets Act Means for California," The Recorder, 2016
  • "Mexico’s Drug “War”: Drawing a Line Between Rhetoric and Reality," 38 The Yale Journal of International Law 467, 2013
  • "Latinos and SB-1070: Demonization, Dehumanization, and Disenfranchisement," 12 Harvard Latino Law Review 35, 2011


  • Commissioner, San Francisco Human Rights Commission 
  • Co-Chair, Yale Latino Law Students Association
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