Maya Karwande
Tel. (415) 676-2287


UC Berkeley School of Law, J.D., 2013

Tufts University, B.A., cum laude, 2009


Hon. Virginia A. Phillips
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, 2013-2014

Hon. Dorothy Nelson
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2014-2015

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Maya Karwande

Maya Karwande joined Keker, Van Nest & Peters in the fall of 2015.  Before joining, Ms. Karwande was a law clerk to the Honorable Dorothy Nelson of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Honorable Virginia A. Phillips of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.  During law school, she participated in the International Human Rights Law Clinic and interned in the Office of the International Co-Prosecutor for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia.  

Cases of Note

Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc.: We represented Google in what Oracle claimed to be a multi-billion dollar patent and copyright war concerning the use of the Java programming language in Google’s Android platform. When Oracle bought Sun Microsystems in January 2010, it acquired Sun’s rights to Java. In August of that year, Oracle sued Google, claiming its Android mobile technology infringed Oracle patents and copyrights. We defended Google against all the patent and copyright claims, and also argued that the damage estimates were wildly inflated. Following repeated rounds of motions and briefing, the judge dismissed the bulk of Oracle’s copyright claims, and at trial the jury rendered a unanimous verdict rejecting all claims of patent infringement. Although the jury decided that Google infringed an Oracle copyright on nine out of millions of lines of source code, the case was a sweeping victory for Google, with zero damages. After an appeal by Oracle, the case returned to district court for a trial on fair use. After a two-week trial, the federal jury unanimously found that Google’s use of Oracle’s Java programming language in the Android operating system was a fair use, thereby rejecting Oracle’s claims of infringement in their entirety.

Honors and Awards

UC Berkeley School of Law

  • Order of the Coif
  • American Jurisprudence Award in Written and Oral Advocacy

Tufts University

  • Highest Honors for thesis entitled “Failure to Engage: Outreach at the Bosnian War Crimes Chamber”
  • National Peace and Justice Studies Association Award for 2009 Best Thesis of the Year


Implementing an Engagement Model: Outreach at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, in TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE, CULTURE AND SOCIETY (Clara Ramirez-Barat ed., 2014).

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