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As a former software entrepreneur and management consultant, Warren Braunig is particularly well suited to advise technology and software companies in solving their most difficult business and legal problems. Although he has tried a dozen cases in state court, federal court and arbitration, Warren also appreciates that sometimes the thorniest problems can be solved outside the courtroom. His approach to litigation is client-focused—starting with each client’s ultimate goals—tenacious and creative.

Warren’s practice is centered on intellectual property, but runs the gamut of complex commercial litigation, from antitrust and employment disputes to contract fights and patent infringement cases. He has particular expertise in issues of trade secret and employee mobility. His clients have included Google, Comcast, Western Digital, Williams-Sonoma, Dialpad, CREXi, and Cherwell Software.

Among other prominent wins, Warren successfully defended real-estate startup CREXi and its Chief Executive Officer in bet-the-company trade secret litigation. He won a complete defense verdict for a multinational law firm against a $60 million malpractice claim arising out of patent litigation in the ITC and Delaware; and he won a summary determination for Comcast before the International Trade Commission. He helped IT software innovator Cherwell navigate through a multiple-front patent attack by a legacy competitor, which settled on very favorable terms. He was trial counsel for the San Diego County Water Authority in its successful battle against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which resulted in the largest plaintiff’s damages award in California that year. And he is currently working with the ACLU on a pro bono effort to end New Mexico’s use of expensive pre-trial conditions to incarcerate non-violent, indigent defendants before trial.   

Warren earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and served as a clerk to Justice Kim McLane Wardlaw on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to his law career, he was the director of product marketing at Emmperative, Inc. and is the co-inventor of two registered software patents. He regularly writes, provides news commentary, and presents on various trade secret law topics. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children.

 

As a former software entrepreneur and management consultant, Warren Braunig is particularly well suited to advise technology and software companies in solving their most difficult business and legal problems. Although he has tried a dozen cases in state court, federal court and arbitration, Warren also appreciates that sometimes the thorniest problems can be solved outside the courtroom. His approach to litigation is client-focused—starting with each client’s ultimate goals—tenacious and creative.

Warren’s practice is centered on intellectual property, but runs the gamut of complex commercial litigation, from antitrust and employment disputes to contract fights and patent infringement cases. He has particular expertise in issues of trade secret and employee mobility. His clients have included Google, Comcast, Western Digital, Williams-Sonoma, Dialpad, CREXi, and Cherwell Software.

Among other prominent wins, Warren successfully defended real-estate startup CREXi and its Chief Executive Officer in bet-the-company trade secret litigation. He won a complete defense verdict for a multinational law firm against a $60 million malpractice claim arising out of patent litigation in the ITC and Delaware; and he won a summary determination for Comcast before the International Trade Commission. He helped IT software innovator Cherwell navigate through a multiple-front patent attack by a legacy competitor, which settled on very favorable terms. He was trial counsel for the San Diego County Water Authority in its successful battle against the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, which resulted in the largest plaintiff’s damages award in California that year. And he is currently working with the ACLU on a pro bono effort to end New Mexico’s use of expensive pre-trial conditions to incarcerate non-violent, indigent defendants before trial.   

Warren earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law and served as a clerk to Justice Kim McLane Wardlaw on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to his law career, he was the director of product marketing at Emmperative, Inc. and is the co-inventor of two registered software patents. He regularly writes, provides news commentary, and presents on various trade secret law topics. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children.

 

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IBM, Microsoft Call Off the Dogs on Diversity

March 07, 2018

IBM and Microsoft have wisely split the baby in a trade secrets dispute that wasn’t making either side look good. Read more

A New Kind of Trade Secret

February 14, 2018

Have big companies’ diversity metrics become so valuable they might now be considered trade secrets? Read more

The Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Securing Your Trade Secrets

01/27/2017

Warren Braunig will address civil and criminal liabilities, challenges, and consequences of the Act. Read more

Victories for Instacart, Qualcomm, and the San Diego County Water Authority Earn Recognition in the Recorder's Litigation Department of the Year Awards

02/26/2016

The awards recognize California litigation practices that delivered exceptional results on their clients' most critical and challenging matters. Read more

Keker, Van Nest & Peters Wins California's Top Plaintiff's Verdict by Dollar

02/16/2016

John Keker and his team brought in nearly $235 million for the San Diego County Water Authority. The big win was a key installment in California's ongoing water wars, made increasingly urgent by four dry years. Read more

$44M Awarded in Water Case - Damages Follow $188M Ruling in Suit Over Rates

10/13/2015

John Keker, Dan Purcell and their team secured another victory for the San Diego County Water Authority. Read more

San Diego Owed $188M Over Alleged Water Row Overcharges

07/17/2015

John Keker and his team win a major victory for the San Diego region. Read more

Judge Sides With SanDisk in Trade Secrets Fight

06/24/2014

Sandisk lead counsel Jeff Chanin and his team won a preliminary injunction requiring South Korea-based SK Hynix Inc. to hand over the alleged secrets. Read more

Historic Win for County Water Authority over MWD Villains

04/27/2014

Keker & Van Nest helped the San Diego County Water Authority triumph in its long-standing battle with the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California over millions in water transportation fees. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Elevates Four Attorneys to Partner

01/07/2013

New partners all served on several significant trial teams, attended elite law schools, and completed prominent clerkships. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Dismissal in Trade Secret Suit

05/04/2012

Jeff Chanin and Matthew Werdegar convinced the plaintiff to voluntarily dismiss his law suit. Read more

Keker & Van Nest Wins Complete Victory for Google in Lafayette, Louisiana

09/23/2011

Led by Ashok Ramani, Keker & Van Nest defeats trademark and unfair competition case. Read more