Vera Elson is an experienced trial lawyer and partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP based in the Silicon Valley office. She is the Silicon Valley IP department head and a senior member of the Intellectual Property, Media & Technology Department and focuses her practice on intellectual property trial and counseling for the Firm's technology clients. Vera has tried numerous intellectual property cases to verdict in federal circuit, district and state courts, and has extensive experience representing clients before the International Trade Commission (ITC).
She is a patent attorney registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as a member of the ITC Trial Lawyers Association.
Vera has been recognized by Chambers USA 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as a leading lawyer in Intellectual Property in California based on client interviews and peer reviews. She was named among the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal's 2008 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley as well as the Daily Journal's 2008 Top 50 Intellectual Property Litigators. Vera served on the faculty of the 2007 Sedona Conference on Patent Litigation.
Vera interned at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. for the late Chief Judge Helen Wilson Nies, and is currently a member of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. Vera holds an M.S.E.E. from U.C.L.A. She worked as a high-speed digital circuit designer for Hughes Aircraft's Advanced Circuit Technology Laboratory before receiving her law degree from the University of Southern California.
Vera's publications include: "The Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege and Use of Non-Liability Opinions After In re Seagate," The Sedona Conference, October 2007; WSGR's Strategic Patenting Manual, Spring 2000; "Reviewing Competitors' Patents: Are There Risks?," Corporate Counsel Magazine, June 1995; "Throw a Party, Lose Your Patent Rights!," Design News, April 10, 1995.
Vera is a member of the bar of the Supreme Court of the State of California, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and the Northern and Central Districts of California.
University of Southern California - Gould School of Law, J.D.
University of California-Los Angeles, M.S.E.E.
University of California-Los Angeles, B.S.