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Nora E. Becerra

Associate
+1.312.807.4222
Fax +1.312.827.8000
Nora Becerra is an associate in the Chicago office and a member of the firm’s commercial and intellectual property litigation groups. She has counseled clients across several industries, including the pharmaceutical, biometrics, manufacturing and semiconductor fields and has practiced in state and district courts across the country. Ms. Becerra has also represented clients in international arbitration proceedings and has litigated patent matters before the International Trade Commission.

Ms. Becerra is experienced in all phases of complex commercial and patent litigation, including pre-litigation counseling, fact and expert discovery, dispositive motion practice, claim construction practice, trial preparation, trial, and post-trial motions.

Professional Background

Ms. Becerra was a summer associate in the Chicago office of K&L Gates in 2014. While attending the University of Chicago Law School, she served as a judicial extern for Federal Judge Amy St. Eve at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. During said externship, Ms. Becerra conducted extensive research on class action litigation and emerging trends in FRCP 23 analysis. Ms. Becerra was also a student director in the Corporate Lab transactional law clinic at the University of Chicago, where she handled business matters for several Fortune 500 companies and oversaw other students’ work on client matters.

Achievements

Ms. Becerra serves as an associate board member of the Chicago Committee for Minorities in Large Law Firms, an organization that promotes the retention and advancement of minority attorneys. Ms. Becerra also serves on the firm’s diversity and recruitment committees as well as the firm’s Women in the Profession (WIP) committee.

While in law school, Ms. Becerra served as President of the Latino Law Students Association and instituted new programming such as the LLSA Mentoring Program which connects incoming 1Ls with legal professionals in Chicago. Ms. Becerra also served as a student facilitator for the Kapnick Leadership Initiative and helped develop and present leadership modules to the incoming University of Chicago Law School 1L class. Upon completion of her 3L year, Ms. Becerra received the Dean’s Certificate of Recognition for her work with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, LAF (formerly the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago) and the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago, among other organizations.

Additional Information

Ms. Becerra’s pro bono experience includes:
  • Representing clients in immigration and asylum proceedings
  • Representing clients in Section 1983 litigation
  • Representing clients in cyber civil rights actions
  • Serving as a guardian ad litem as well as representing clients in guardianship matters
  • Counsel for U.S. Bank as indenture trustee for approximately $1 billion in priority guarantee notes in the chapter 11 case of iHeartMedia, Inc., involving the restructuring of a complex $16 billion capital structure and related litigation.
  • Counsel for Rutgers University in breach of license agreement action concerning molecular diagnostic assay technology, resulting in grant of summary judgment on liability in favor of Rutgers.
  • Counsel for complainant before the International Trade Commission in patent infringement action concerning semi-conductor wafer technology.
  • Counsel for large international contractor in simultaneous district court litigation and ICC arbitration proceedings.
  • Trial counsel for a large U.S. general contractor in an insurance coverage case, resulting in a favorable jury verdict.