Grace Yang
Associate

gyang@keker.com
Tel. (415) 773-6675

Education

UC Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 2012

Dartmouth College, B.A., cum laude, 2006

Prior Experience

Covington & Burling LLP

Clerkships

Hon. William Alsup
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, 2013-2014

Bar Admissions

California

Grace Yang

Grace Yang joined Keker, Van Nest & Peters in the spring of 2015 following her clerkship for the Honorable William Alsup in the Northern District of California. She has experience litigating class-action lawsuits, intellectual property matters, as well as complex commercial cases. Prior to her clerkship, Ms. Yang was a litigation associate at a major litigation law firm. During law school, she won the Best Individual Speaker award in the National Moot Court Competition’s finalist round, and counseled clients on welfare-benefits issues at the East Bay Community Law Center. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Yang worked as a People Programs Specialist for Google Inc. 

Cases of Note

Martinez-Santiago v. Public Storage: We are defending the United States’ largest self-storage operator, Public Storage, in a lawsuit brought in New Jersey District Court under the Truth-in-Consumer Contract, Warranty and Notice Act (TCCWNA). The matter is pending.

NVIDIA Corporation v. Qualcomm Inc.: We represented Qualcomm in an ITC investigation in which Nvidia asserted infringement of seven patents that purportedly cover graphics processing units (GPUs). Nvidia sought to block the importation of Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets that contain Qualcomm’s Adreno technology, as well as those containing chips from ARM Holdings and Imagination Technologies. Nvidia abandoned its claims of infringement as to three of the patents prior to the hearing before the ALJ, and dropped its claims as to a fourth patent during the course of the hearing. Following the hearing, the ALJ determined that no violation of section 337 had been established, because of the patents remaining in the investigation, two had not been infringed, and the third had been infringed but was invalid. In December of 2015, the full International Trade Commission declined to review the ALJ’s initial determination of no violation of section 337, resulting in a complete victory for our client Qualcomm in the ITC. Nvidia filed and then dismissed an appeal to the Federal Circuit, cementing the win for Qualcomm.

Investment Company v. Former Co-Founder: We represent a limited liability partnership for state-court litigation involving breach of fiduciary duty claims and trade secret allegations. The matter is currently pending in Oregon state court.

Immigration Matter: We represent a family of Guatemalan refugees who have suffered and fled severe domestic and family violence. We have successfully secured asylum for two of the family members, and are currently preparing our third client for immigration-court proceedings.

Honors and Awards

  • Finalist and Best Individual Speaker in the National Moot Court Competition
  • Fulton Haight Award from the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Property
  • Prosser Prize in Appellate Advocacy
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