Briggs Matheson
Tel. (415) 773-6616


Stanford Law School, J.D., 2012

Stanford University, B.A., with Academic Distinction, 2008


Hon. Marsha Berzon
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2012-2013

Bar Admissions


U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Briggs Matheson

Mr. Matheson handles complex civil, commercial, and intellectual property litigation. Since joining the firm, he has resolved sensitive contract disputes for institutional investors and litigated critical trade secret and patent disputes involving various software technologies and mechanical devices. He has successfully represented plaintiffs and defendants—including both private companies and public social media firms—in state and federal courts. He also maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on civil rights, criminal and habeas corpus matters.

Prior to joining Keker, Van Nest & Peters, Mr. Matheson served as an intern for the U.S. Department of Justice's Organized Crime and Racketeering section, and for the Judicial Council of California's Administrative Office of the Courts.

Cases of Note

TEK Global SRL v. Sealant Systems International Inc.: We secured a $2.8 million jury verdict for TEK Global SRL in a dispute with Sealant Systems Inc. regarding patented tire repair technology. The San Francisco federal court jury found infringement, rejected defendants’ invalidity challenge, and awarded TEK nearly all the damages it had sought. KVP was hired on this case after a prior trial had been lost. The KVP team successfully appealed the case, reviving TEK’s patent and invalidating the defendant’s counterclaim patent.

Lam Research Corporation v. Former Employees: We helped Lam Research Corp. bring and successfully resolve a trade secrets misappropriation and breach of contract claim against two employees who departed for their lead competitor, taking with them Lam’s confidential information relating to its R&D prototyping program. Within three months of filing suit, we obtained the return of all stolen materials and a preliminary injunction preventing future use of Lam’s information and trade secrets.


  • Co-Author, "Trade Secret Law: A Brief Guide for In-House Counsel," InsideCounsel, 2016
  • “Handling the Hot Potato: Dealing with Incriminating Client Documents,” paper presented to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) White Collar Conference, May 2015, co-authored with Steven P. Ragland
  • "The Sixth Amendment Twilight Zone:  First-Tier Review and the Right to Counsel," British Journal of American Legal Studies, Volume 3 - Issue 2, Fall 2014

Honors and Awards

Stanford Law School

  • Articles Committee Editor, Stanford Law Review
  • Co-President, Stanford National Security Law Society
  • Gerald Gunther Prizes for Outstanding Performance in Evidence, Criminal Procedure: Investigations, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law and International Law
  • Hilmer Oehlmann, Jr. Award for Outstanding Performance in Federal Litigation
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