From high-stakes intellectual property and antitrust challenges to novel sports and entertainment disputes, Adam Lauridsen’s clients turn to him for sage advice and creative, compelling arguments that win cases and achieve results. Mr. Lauridsen has tried numerous civil and criminal cases to juries in state and federal court, including more than a half dozen as lead counsel. He has been named a Power Player by the Sports Business Journal, a Trailblazer by National Law Journal in both the West and Sports categories, a Law360 Rising Star in Sports (twice), among the Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 by the Daily Journal and is a member of the American Law Institute. His clients have included large corporations, executives of Fortune 500 companies and high-profile individuals. Mr. Lauridsen also maintains an active pro bono practice, with a focus on voting rights, immigration and criminal justice issues.
Although Mr. Lauridsen is a generalist, litigating complex commercial disputes, he has carved a unique specialty in sports and gaming-related law. Major League Baseball has turned to Mr. Lauridsen to preserve its century-old exemption from antitrust laws, in three challenges by the City of San Jose, minor league players, and scouts. He also successfully defended MLB and the 30 Clubs in a putative class action concerning the postponement of games during the COVID-19 pandemic and a putative class action seeking extension of netting at ballparks. Mr. Lauridsen also successfully defended Electronic Arts in recent class actions targeting its successful sports games, Madden NFL and FIFA.
A sports fan in and out of the courtroom, Mr. Lauridsen spent a decade blogging about the Golden State Warriors for the San Jose Mercury News. He earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School and served as a law clerk to Hon. David F. Levi of the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of California and for Hon. William W Schwarzer of the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of California.
Litigators at Keker, Van Nest & Peters land runners-up honors in the case they’re handling for the PGA Tour involving antitrust claims brought by suspended golfers who have joined the professional golf tour’s upstart rivals at the LIV Golf Invitational Series. Read more
A federal judge in California ruled Tuesday that three golfers who joined Saudi-backed LIV Golf will not be able to compete in the PGA Tour’s postseason. Read more
Adam Lauridsen has been named to The American Lawyer's West Trailblazers, which the publication describes as "agents of change." Read more
August 29, 2018
Partner Adam Lauridsen has worked on a number of cases involving the controversial issue of how far ballparks have to go to protect their fans from foul balls and broken bats, including helping to defeat a class action against Major League Baseball and its clubs in California, landing him among the four sports attorneys dubbed Law360 Rising Stars. Read more
April 12, 2017
Keker, Van Nest & Peters partner Adam Lauridsen was named among California's top 40 lawyers under age 40 by the Daily Journal. Read more
February 06, 2017
KVP attorneys and the ACLU are suing to block the Trump Administration’s Executive Order banning immigration and revoking visas for people from seven Muslim-majority nations. Read more
Keker & Van Nest defeat a proposed class action accusing Major League Baseball of failing to protect spectators at ballparks with safety netting. Read more
Wyckoff -- a former scout for the Kansas City Royals -- sued Major League Baseball and all 30 clubs in the Southern District of New York. On behalf of a purported class of scouts, Wyckoff alleged that the defendants had conspired to suppress scouts’ wages and mobility. Read more
The ruling keeps alive Pure Storage’s challenge of the unfavorable verdict in which jurors decided EMC, the largest computer storage company in the world, was owed $14 million in royalties by its rival, a Mountain View, Calif.-based outfit that went public last year. Read more
A federal court in Delaware threw out a March 2016 verdict holding that Pure Storage must pay $14 million for violating an EMC software patent. Read more
Mr. Lauridsen blends enthusiasm for sports with sophistication of sports law, tackling landmark cases involving Major League Baseball’s antitrust exemption, franchise relocations and First Amendment disputes, landing him a spot on Law360's list of top attorneys under age 40 Read more
John Keker, Adam Lauridsen and Tom Gorman score a win for Major League Baseball. Read more
John Keker and Adam Lauridsen protect Major League Baseball from a putative class action. Read more
Adam Lauridsen will co-chair this annual event for in-house counsel and patent litigators. Read more
Elliot Peters and David Silbert protect Genentech from a False Claims Act lawsuit in Massachusetts federal court. Read more
On behalf of T-Mobile, Keker & Van Nest defeated High Point SARL's multi-patent infringement case in New Jersey federal court. Read more
In a stunning order, Breyer entered judgment for Electronic Arts in a dispute with video game designer Robin Antonick, who had accused the company of cheating him out of royalties for the wildly popular Madden Football series. Read more
New partners all served on several significant trial teams, attended elite law schools, and completed prominent clerkships. Read more
The New York Attorney General claimed Intel violated federal and state antitrust statutes by maintaining an illegal monopoly in the microprocessor market. Read more
Jamie Slaughter and Adam Lauridsen assert Electronic Arts did not infringe trademark rights by using brand-name helicopters in a military combat video game because its expressive work is protected by the First Amendment and the doctrine of nominative fair use.
Adam Laurisden and Sharif Jacob win $22,500 settlement for pro bono client in Pelican Bay excessive force case. Read more
Jamie Slaughter and Adam Laurisden successfully defended Electronic Arts Inc. in a trademark suit brought by heirs of 1930s American bank robber, John Dillinger. Read more
The class action was brought by retired NFL players who claim the video game maker used their likenesses without permission. Read more
Presenter, “A Year in Review: Amateur and Professional Sports,” Berkeley Law Sports & Entertainment Conference, 2020
Moderator, "Recent Developments Regarding Induced Infringement, Damages and Injunctive Relief," Patent Disputes for Corporate Counsel Forum