Anna Porto represents clients in all facets of commercial litigation. Prior to joining Keker, Van Nest & Peters, Ms. Porto served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jill A. Pryor of United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Ms. Porto earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Political Science. She served as an extern for the ACLU of Northern California and as a legislative aide to Senator Tom Harkin.
We represented Zscaler in parallel infringement suits brought by Symantec in the District of Delaware asserting 14 patents against Zscaler’s network-security platform. We succeeded in transferring both cases to the Northern District of California, invalidating several patents on motions to dismiss in District Court, and eliminating additional claims in proceedings before the Patent Office. As a result, we settled the remainder of the litigations very favorably before trial.
We successfully defended Google against putative class action claims that YouTube is rife with copyright infringement and encourages the piracy of uploaded videos by removing copyright management information. The plaintiff, Maria Schneider, was an American composer and jazz orchestra leader, and the class challenged YouTube’s right to immunity under the safe harbor of the DMCA. We were hired three months before the case’s June 2023 trial date. After Judge Donato denied class certification, the KVP team prevailed in two very successful pretrial hearings, which dramatically limited the plaintiffs’ case, excluded their liability expert, and preserved strong licensing defenses for YouTube.
"Access to Justice Through Limited Legal Assistance," 16 Northwestern Journal of Human Rights (2018)
"Trump Has the Keys to the Surveillance State, but California has a History of Changing the Locks," ACLU of Northern California Blog (2017)