Jen Huber has extensive experience handling trade secret and employee mobility disputes, complex civil litigation, and white collar criminal matters, especially those involving computer crimes.
Her clients include established businesses, start-ups and executives in a range of industries, including cloud computing, internet technologies, data analytics, transportation, financial services, medical devices, and venture capital.
Trade Secrets & Employee Mobility
Jen helps her clients hire top talent without getting into trouble, and to stop competitors and departing employees from stealing trade secrets.
When trade secret or employee mobility issues arise, they require immediate attention. Jen works with her clients to quickly develop a plan of action that takes into account their objectives and the value of the case. In the event that a dispute can’t be resolved without litigation, Jen has extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts.
Complex Civil Litigation Expertise
In addition to employee mobility and trade secret expertise, Jen has litigated a wide range of complex civil cases in both state and federal courts, including, contract, fraud, securities, data breach, employment, and intellectual property disputes.
White Collar & Computer Crimes
Jen also has expertise representing both individuals and companies in internal and governmental investigations and lawsuits, including those involving the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission. She has handled a range of criminal matters, including antitrust, securities fraud, insider trading, and numerous matters involving computer crimes and hacking under state and federal laws, including the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.
Cases of Note
Fortune 50 Company v. Startup: We defended a start-up, its founder and top executives against a Fortune 50 corporation that accused our clients of trade secret theft and employee and customer raiding; achieved an early resolution on favorable terms; the start-up later achieved a nearly $1 billion IPO.
Google Inc. v. Beneficial Innovations Inc.: On behalf of Google, we successfully sued a patent troll in Marshall, Texas. A federal jury determined that a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Beneficial Innovations Inc. against a number of Google's customer companies violated a licensing agreement it had with the technology giant.
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Executive: The Securities and Exchange Commission launched a securities fraud suit in California federal court against our client, a former vice president of sales. The SEC claimed he grossly inflated his company's revenue in order to raise additional capital from investors. We also defended him in a parallel criminal investigation. We were able to prevent any criminal charges from being filed, and resolved the SEC case for a small penalty.
United States v. Michael Shanahan Jr.: In a criminal options backdating case, we secured a dismissal before trial for Michael Shanahan Jr., who served on Engineered Support Systems Inc.'s board of directors and was a member of the company's compensation committee. We also represented him in a parallel options backdating action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. After eight days of trial testimony, a federal judge in Missouri granted our motion for judgment as a matter of law.
Apple Inc. v. HTC Corp: We served as lead counsel for HTC, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of handheld devices, in its battle with Apple over smartphone technology. Apple first sued HTC in district court and before the International Trade Commission (ITC), claiming our client had infringed 20 patents related to various computer-related technologies, including user interfaces, operating systems, power management, and digital signal processing. The ITC hearing that went to decision resulted in a favorable ruling, and HTC obtained a settlement to become the first Android handset maker licensed by Apple.
Deasy v. State of California: We represented Annika Deasy, a Swedish national convicted of accessory to murder, in her quest for parole. Ms. Deasy was involved in a crime spree in which her boyfriend shot and killed two men. After pleading guilty she was sentenced to prison at the California Institution for Women. While in prison, Ms. Deasy completed a remarkable rehabilitation. She conquered her heroin addiction, established a prison Narcotics Anonymous chapter, religious ministry and a guide dog training program for her fellow inmates. Despite her commitment to reform and admission of guilt, Ms. Deasy was twice denied parole. Once we began representing Ms. Deasy pro bono in her parole-board hearings and related proceedings, we were able to arrange for her transfer to a Swedish prison in 2009 and her eventual release in 2011.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
- Board Member, Friends of the River
- Member, National Association of Criminal Defense lawyers
- Member, Bar Association of San Francisco
- Member, Women in Securities