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Rachel E. Burnim

Rachel Burnim is an associate in the firm’s San Francisco office. She focuses on patent litigation and has a degree in engineering and applied science from Caltech.

Rachel’s litigation experience includes representing semiconductor manufacturers, smartphone and internet backbone hardware companies, computer design and manufacturing companies, computer software companies and other technology companies in various actions in federal courts and before the U.S. International Trade Commission.  Rachel has experience with all stages of patent litigation, including fact discovery, expert discovery, motions practice, trial, and appeal.  She regularly works with expert and fact witnesses to develop case themes and strategies, and has experience taking and defending expert and fact witness depositions, arguing at Markman hearings, arguing trial motions and in trying a patent case to a jury and administrative law judge.

She was also a judicial extern for Judge Carlos T. Bea of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Rachel also has extensive pro bono experience.  She successfully won asylum for a client in a case that was opposed by the Department of Homeland Security.  As part of the Hastings Appellate Project in law school, she argued a pro bono case before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Prior to practicing law, Rachel applied her background in engineering and applied science at Caltech, Stanford, NASA, and the Naval Surface Warfare Center. Her materials science research interests included high temperature ceramics and metallic glasses.

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