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Fish & Richardson

May 19, 2016 12:05 ET

Daily Journal Names Fish & Richardson Principal Juanita Brooks to Top Women Lawyers List

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - May 19, 2016) -  Juanita Brooks, a trial lawyer and principal at Fish & Richardson's San Diego-based Southern California office, was named to the Daily Journal's list of "Top Women Lawyers" in California for 2016. The special report, published in both the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal, recognizes women attorneys across the state who are making significant impacts on the legal community through their excellent lawyering and leadership skills.

The Daily Journal highlighted Brooks' recent, high-stakes pharmaceutical case in which she represented Gilead Sciences, Inc. in a lawsuit relating to the company's Hepatitis C drugs, Harvoni and Sovaldi.

"I'm certainly working on really large cases with big consequences," Brooks is quoted in the feature saying. "In the Gilead case, we're dealing with a drug that's a cure, which is pretty amazing, and a lot of companies are claiming they want a piece of that. They're very challenging cases."

Brooks' complex litigation experience extends into intellectual property, patent, product liability and qui tam cases. Dubbed a "titan of the patent bar," she was also named a national "Litigator of the Year" by the American Lawyer magazine in 2014 and has served as lead counsel in more than a dozen patent trials over the past two years, handled more than 150 trials throughout her four-decade-long career and has been influential in shaping, and amending, patent regulations for the Southern District of California.

She is a nationally sought after trial lawyer known for her master storytelling and inherent ability to translate complex technical jargon into relatable conversational terms that both judges and juries understand. She is a hard-hitting cross-examiner who represents companies from startups to Fortune 100 companies. 

In the past 16 years at Fish, Brooks has served as first chair in trials for clients such as Fresenius, Allergan, Microsoft, Apple, 3M, and Cephalon, among others. Currently, Brooks is representing Microsoft Corp. in a Delaware patent infringement case where the tech giant is accused of disclosing methods and apparatuses for creating and managing custom websites. Brooks also defended the company in another infringement accusation, this time surrounding its popular Xbox products.

Brooks joined Fish in 2000 after a successful career in private white-collar criminal defense. The first Hispanic female to own a private defense practice in San Diego, Brooks continually works to break down barriers faced by women and minorities through volunteerism and training of next-generation lawyers.

Fish & Richardson is a global patent, intellectual property (IP) litigation, and commercial litigation law firm with more than 400 attorneys and technology specialists across the U.S. and Europe. Fish has been named the #1 patent litigation firm in the U.S. for 12 consecutive years and is one of the busiest post-grant firms, representing more petitioners at the PTAB than any other firm. Fish has been winning cases worth billions in controversy - often by making new law - for the most innovative clients and influential industry leaders since 1878. For more information, visit www.fr.com.

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