Quyen Ta is an experienced litigator and trial lawyer. Her practice focuses on consumer class action defense, intellectual property, and other high-stakes, complex civil litigation. She has tried numerous cases and has handled a significant number of civil and criminal matters in state courts, federal courts, and before the International Trade Commission.
She serves as lead counsel in numerous class action matters in state and federal courts throughout the country in various industries. She recently litigated a class action lawsuit and successfully had a nearly $1 billion claim dismissed at the summary judgment stage. She also led her team in defeating several high-stakes class action claims worth over $50 million through dispositive motion practice. Her representative clients include Public Storage, CubeSmart, Molina Healthcare, TSMC, NRG Energy, JM Eagle, Oportun, and McDonald's.
She was selected by the Recorder as a "Lawyer on the Fast Track" based on her career achievements and leadership roles within her practice and the larger community. She has also been selected as a "Women Leader in Tech Law" by the Recorder, and was named one of the nation's "Best Lawyers Under 40" by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, a 10,000-plus member bar organization. Ms. Ta has been recognized by various other bar organizations for her professional achievements and community service. Recognized as a leader in the Northern District of California, she was selected by the federal judges to serve a three-year term as a Lawyer Representative. In 2016, she co-chaired the Northern District's Lawyer Representatives Committee.
Ms. Ta is active in bar and community activities, and speaks frequently on diversity and inclusion issues. She lives in Berkeley with her husband and twin sons.
Bowe v. Public Storage
We defended the United States’ largest self-storage operator, Public Storage, from a consumer class action lawsuit. The plaintiff alleged our client deceived customers who bought tenant insurance policies. The plaintiff claimed Public Storage sold tenant insurance to him and other storage consumers without properly disclosing that the company retains a “substantial portion” of the premiums. The suit claimed that the insurance program offered by Public Storage was “a hidden profit center for itself that kicks back unconscionable profits at the expense of consumers.” The suit, filed in Miami federal court, sought restitution for all of the insurance premiums paid to Public Storage by its customers over the past four years. Within three months of being retained, and just seven months before trial, we prevailed on a Summary Judgment Motion which dismissed the class’ RICO claim. The matter settled favorably two days before trial.
Downey v. Public Storage and Perez v. Public Storage
We are defending the United States’ largest self-storage operator, Public Storage, in two class actions filed in California alleging violations of Business & Professions Code Section 17200 and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. Both matters are pending in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Martinez-Santiago v. Public Storage
We defend 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).
Figueroa v. Molina Healthcare
We represent Molina Healthcare in Los Angeles Superior Court against alleged violations of Business & Professions Code Section 17200 and common law claims.
Coleman v. CubeSmart
We are defending one of the country's largest self-storage operators in a class action lawsuit brought under a Florida consumer statute. The case is filed in Miami federal court and is currently pending.
In the Matter of Certain Standard Cell Libraries Products Containing or Made
We represented Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) against Tela Innovations in the ITC and in the District of Delaware. Both cases concerned patents that relate to integrated circuit design. Tela attempted to prevent TSMC, the world’s leading pure play foundry, from working with its hundreds of US customers, including Apple and Qualcomm, to manufacture chips that are the heart of nearly every smartphone and television sold in the US. In the offensive case, TSMC asserted that Tela Innovations partnered with TSMC in order to learn about the company’s technology, which it used to build its own patents. After successfully briefing and arguing to limit the ITC investigation only to TSMC’s importations into the US, as opposed to TSMC’s customers, we negotiated a resolution between the two companies that resulted in TSMC purchasing a portion of Tela Innovations.
Ziptronix v. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company
We won summary judgment of non-infringement for Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, Ltd. and its subsidiary TSMC, North America in a long-running patent lawsuit brought by North Carolina semiconductor company, Ziptronix, Inc. Ziptronix had asserted nine patents and more than 500 patent claims directed to TSMC’s manufacturing of semiconductors for use in backside-illumination image sensors used predominantly in smartphone cameras. On behalf of TSMC, we defeated Ziptronix’s claims by arguing that the territorial limits of U.S. patent law prohibited reaching TSMC’s business transactions and manufacturing operations in Taiwan.
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company v. Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation
We represented TSMC against China's then-leading semiconductor manufacturer, SMIC, in the largest trade secret misuse case tried to date. SMIC owed its very existence to technology stolen from our client. Following a jury verdict on liability in favor of TSMC, SMIC agreed to pay $200 million in cash and approximately $130 million of its company stock. The case serves as precedent for the strong protection afforded by California's trade secret statute, even where the actual theft occurred in Asia.
Eastman Kodak Co. v. HTC Corp.
We defended HTC in a five-patent investigation brought by Kodak before the International Trade Commission. The action accused dozens of mobile devices of infringing digital imaging patents that covered a range of technologies, including image capture, processing, display, compression and transmission. Consistent with ITC practice, our defense took place on a fast schedule, with a hearing date that was set approximately one year from the start of the investigation and fact discovery being completed in approximately six months. Just prior to the scheduled hearing date, the case was resolved when the Kodak patent portfolio was sold.
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Former Chief Financial Officer
We defended the former chief financial officer of a San Francisco-based hedge fund firm against charges of insider trading. The case was part of the government’s push to make insider trading the focus of financial fraud prosecution. The Securities and Exchange Commission named our client and several others in a civil suit, alleging they made more than $8 million trading on stocks based on insider tips. We knocked out half of the case on summary judgment and settled the remainder on very favorable terms.
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officers
We represented the CEO and CFO of a communications technology company in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) investigation, a lawsuit filed with the SEC, related civil lawsuits filed by investors, and a related bankruptcy action. We resolved all of the lawsuits on favorable terms.
United States v. McKesson Corporation
We won a complete defense judgment in favor of McKesson after a month-long trial of a qui tam action alleging violations of the False Claims Act and Anti-Kickback Statue. The trial victory allowed McKesson to avoid paying nearly $1 billion in fines, and to avoid the collateral penalties that government agencies can impose on companies found to have paid illegal kickbacks. The Justice Department’s complaint charged McKesson with paying kickbacks to a nursing home operator in the form of underpriced services, and with submitting “legally false claims” to the government. After we had the whistleblower dismissed, a key victory, we then won dismissal of related claims that the nursing home’s supplier subsidiary failed to comply with Medicare supplier standards. With the case’s scope significantly narrowed, we lead our client through a bench trial which featured 24 witnesses, hundreds of exhibits and post-trial briefing. The judge ruled in our client’s favor, vindicating McKesson and its employees. This victory was listed by the National Law Journal as one of the year's five most significant trial wins.
Plaintiff v. Law Firm
We successfully defended at trial an Am Law 50 law firm and one of its former partners against a $100 million claim. The plaintiff alleged malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty related to estate planning. After an eight-week trial in California state court, we won a complete victory.
Plaintiffs v. Individuals
Plaintiffs filed breach of contract and many other state claims including fraud and unjust enrichment against our clients. We successfully filed a demurrer on more than half of the claims, eventually leading to a successful settlement.
Plaintiff v. Westamerica Bank
We successfully tried this breach of contract lawsuit, filed in Solano County Superior Court. We won a favorable verdict for the plaintiff on the liability phase.
September 08, 2017
This program will explore the recent SCOTUS decisions, key Circuit level opinions, and their impact on the plaintff and defense bar. Read more
March 17, 2017
Keker, Van Nest & Peters partner Quyen Ta was a panelist for the Women Attorneys Advocacy Project speaking about Tackling Unprofessional Conduct Towards Women Attorneys. Read more
Quyen Ta and Elizabeth McCloskey will speak at the Bridgeport Continuing Education's conference. Read more
Quyen Ta will serve as a faculty member for this symposium. Read more
Quyen Ta will speak at the conference's No Bosses Allowed Lunch. Read more
Quyen Ta will present "The Process, Common Objections and Other Issues." Read more
As fewer civil cases are tried, the staples of pretrial practice — pleadings, motions to dismiss, discovery, Daubert motions, summary judgment, and settlement — have replaced trials as the focus of litigation. Quyen Ta and her fellow panelists will review what attorneys need to know at this increasingly important stage of litigation. Read more
Ms. Ta was chosen for her excellence and leadership in both the legal and Asian Pacific American communities. Read more
Ms. Ta litigates high-stakes cases for technology companies such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), HTC and Impax. Read more
Ms. Ta was awarded the prestigious award, named for Joe Morozumi - activist, attorney and mentor to many APA and minority attorneys in the Bay Area. Read more
Jeff Chanin and David Silbert overcame tough odds and high financial stakes to prove their client was innocent of kickback charges. Read more
Ms. Ta is a Keker & Van Nest partner, wife and mother to twins, as well as a diversity champion. Read more
The Recorder selected 50 attorneys whose early accomplishments indicate they will be tomorrow's top lawyers and leaders. Read more
The Fellowship honors alumni and leaders who have made significant contributions to the Asian Pacific American legal community. Read more
Ms. Ta given the BASF Award of Merit. Read more
BASF’s Equality Committee is bringing together thought leaders to discuss the advancement of diversity in the legal profession. Read more
Quyen Ta will speak at the Barristers Club's 2012 Annual Meeting Read more
NAPABA is the national association of Asian Pacific American lawyers, judges, law professors and law students. Read more
Keker & Van Nest Partner Quyen Ta and other prominent women, minority attorneys share their stories with Berkeley Law students. Read more
Chosen for her long-standing commitment to diversity, Ms. Ta has held numerous leadership positions in minority bar organizations and speaks frequently on diversity in the legal profession. Read more
- Faculty, "Class Actions 2017: Litigating, Defending & Managing Class Actions," Bridgeport Continuing Education, 2017
- Panelist, "Women Who Work It: Business Development Best Practices & Lessons Learned," NAPABA Western Regional Conference, 2017
- Panelist, "Class Actions After Spokeo v. Robins: Supreme Court Jurisprudence, Article III Standing and Practical Implications for the Bench and Practitioners," Northern District of California Judicial Conference, 2017
- Panelist, "The State of Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession," Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, 2017
- Panelist, "Let's Keep Talking," Tackling Unprofessional Conduct Towards Women Attorneys, Women Attorneys Advocacy Project, 2017
- Faculty, "How Deposition Testimony Plays Out at Trial," 2017 (Bridgeport Continuing Education)
- Faculty, Federal Bar Association, ND Cal Chapter; Class Action Symposium, 2016
- Panelist, "No Bosses Allowed Luncheon," CMCP Annual Business Conference, 2016
- Faculty, Class Action Litigation Conference speaker, 2016 (Bridgeport Continuing Education)
- Faculty, "The Use of Experts," PLI Pretrial Practice Conference, 2016
- Moderator, "Impacting Diversity from Outside the Firm, BASF's Unmasking Diversity, 2012
- Panelist, "Making Partner at Big Law Firms for Diverse Attorneys," Barristers Annual Meeting, 2012