Robert B. Milligan
Editor of Trading Secrets and Co-Chair of the Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes Practice Group
Robert Milligan is the editor of the Trading Secrets blog and co-chair of the Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes Practice Group. He is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles offices. His practice encompasses a wide variety of commercial litigation and employment matters, including general business disputes, unfair competition, trade secret misappropriation and other intellectual property theft, real estate litigation, insurance bad faith, invasion of privacy, products liability, wrongful termination, discrimination and harassment claims, wage and hour disputes, ADA and OSHA compliance, whistleblower cases, bankruptcy, and other business torts. Robert has represented clients in state and federal courts in complex commercial litigation and employment litigation. His experience includes trials, binding arbitrations and administrative hearings, mediations, and appellate proceedings.
Co-Editor of Trading Secrets
Dawn Mertineit is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw. Dawn specializes in non-compete and trade secrets litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, from pre-litigation counseling through judgment or settlement, as well as advising her clients on their non-compete agreements and other restrictive covenants. She also has experience litigating a variety of employment actions, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act claims, partnership disputes, banking and finance matters, breach of contract suits, product and premises liability actions, real estate disputes, construction claims, and various tort actions.
Michael D. Wexler
Chair of the Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes Practice Group
Michael Wexler is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office, and he is chair of the national Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes practice group and chair of the Chicago Litigation department. His practice focuses on trial work and counseling in the areas of trade secrets and restrictive covenants, corporate espionage, unfair competition, complex commercial disputes, intellectual property infringement, and white collar criminal defense in both federal and state courts. A former state prosecutor, Michael’s extensive investigatory experience and considerable jury trial practice enables him to advise clients with regard to potential disputes and represent clients, including a determination of their rights at trial.
Katherine E. Perrelli
Co-Chair of the Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes Practice Group
Katherine Perrelli is a partner in the firm’s Boston office and co-chair of the Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes practice group. She is a trial lawyer with over 25 years of experience representing regional, national, and international corporations in the financial services, transportation, manufacturing, technology, pharmaceutical, and staffing industries. Her commercial practice focuses on trial work and counseling in the areas of trade secrets and restrictive covenants, contract disputes, and unfair competition and complex commercial disputes, including dealer/franchise disputes.
Amy A. Abeloff
Amy Abeloff is an associate in the Litigation department of Seyfarth’s Los Angeles office. Amy works on various aspects of intellectual property law including trademark and copyright prosecution, enforcement, and litigation, as well as trade secrets litigation.
Kristine R. Argentine
Kristine Argentine is a partner in the Litigation department in Seyfarth’s Chicago office. Kristine’s practices focuses on complex commercial litigation, including cases involving restrictive covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets and intellectual property, unfair competition, contract disputes, consumer class action defense, and business torts. She has represented and counseled clients through all phases and forms of litigation, including alternative dispute resolution, emergency injunctions, jury and bench trials, and appeals in a variety of jurisdictions in the United States. In addition, Kristine is experienced in pre-litigation counseling in the areas of trade secrets, restrictive covenants, and contract interpretation.
Eric Barton is a partner in the Litigation department of Seyfarth Shaw. For more than a decade, Eric has represented, advocated for, and advised clients in all forms of dispute resolution, including serving as lead trial counsel in numerous jury trials and arbitration proceedings throughout the Southeast. Recognizing that a trial is typically not the ultimate goal for a client, Eric devotes a significant portion of his practice to advising and counseling clients on issues related to pre-trial resolution and avoidance of business disputes.
Justin K. Beyer
Justin Beyer is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw and a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation practice group. Justine focuses his practice in the areas of product liability, complex commercial litigation, and trade secrets, including seeking and defending against injunctive relief based on claims of misappropriation of trade secrets and breaches of non-competition agreements. Justin has represented plaintiffs and defendants in the agricultural, banking, construction, food processing equipment manufacturing, general manufacturing, healthcare, pharmaceutical, real estate development, and transportation industries.
James R. Billings-Kang
James Billings-Kang is an associate in the Commercial Litigation department of Seyfarth’s Washington, DC office. He concentrates his practice on litigation matters, with a particular focus in complex civil litigation at both the state and federal levels. He has significant experience in all facets of a lawsuit, with extensive deposition and courtroom familiarity.
Ashley K. Cano
Ashley Cano is a partner in the Chicago office and a member of the firm’s Labor & Employment department. Ashley’s practice focuses on labor relations law, as well as defending employers against age, race, national origin, sex, and disability discrimination claims. She represents clients in many industries, including hospitality, publishing, broadcast, media, manufacturing, retail, and transportation.
Sierra J. Chinn-Liu
Sierra Chinn-Liu is an associate in the Litigation department of Seyfarth’s Los Angeles office. Businesses facing disputes regarding their trade secrets and restrictive covenants turn to Sierra to protect their valuable assets. She assists clients in complex commercial disputes regarding contract, business tort, unfair competition, and consumer financial litigation matters, in both state and federal court.
Matthew C. Christoff
Matthew Christoff is an associate in the Commercial Litigation practice group of Seyfarth Shaw. He focuses his practice on issues involving eDiscovery, including electronic document preservation, production, review, and spoliation. Matthew has a technical background that has included computer support, network administration, and programming.
Jeremy A. Cohen
Jeremy Cohen is a partner in the Commercial Litigation practice group of Seyfarth Shaw. He provides his clients with real-world guidance and a focus on achievable business results, consistent with corporate needs rather than just litigation wins and losses. In doing so, he helps clients navigate litigation-avoidance strategies where necessary, while preparing to wield all of the tools of offensive or defensive litigation, as circumstances require.
Jesse M. Coleman
Jesse Coleman is a partner in the Houston office of Seyfarth Shaw and a member of the firm’s Litigation department. His practice encompasses various types of civil litigation facing the health care industry, energy industry, and related industries. This includes representing managed care organizations, insurance companies, hospital systems, and physicians in matters involving contract disputes, peer review and credentialing proceedings, Medicaid bid protests, antitrust claims, defamation claims, EMTALA claims, ERISA claims, professional liability claims, and regulatory matters before state and federal agencies. He has also represented and counseled both health care and energy-sector clients in numerous trade secret disputes.
Andrew del Junco
Drew del Junco is an associate in the Commercial Litigation practice group of Seyfarth’s Houston office. His practice focuses on high-stakes commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes, trade secrets and non-competes, business torts, and antitrust issues.
Anne V. Dunne
Anne Dunne is a Litigation associate in Seyfarth’s Boston office and is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Construction, Securities and Financial Litigation, Consumer Financial Services Litigation, and Distribution & Franchise Litigation and Counseling practice groups. Anne is also a member of the White Collar, Internal Investigations, and False Claims team. Her clients include banking institutions, manufacturers, supermarkets, contractors, and various other business ventures.
Robert A. Fisher
Robert Fisher is a partner in the Labor & Employment department of Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office. He represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, with significant experience handling traditional labor matters on behalf of employers in a wide variety of industries, including higher education, hospitality, technology, and construction. He regularly represents employers before the National Labor Relations Board in representation petitions and unfair labor practices proceedings. Mr. Fisher also advises clients on responding to union organizing and corporate campaigns, collective bargaining, and labor issues related to corporate transactions. He has tried dozens of labor arbitrations before the American Arbitration Association and other ADR organizations.
Justine Giuliani is a senior associate in the Melbourne office of Seyfarth Shaw Australia. She is a member of the firm’s International Employment Law practice. She has experience across all aspects of employment and industrial relations law. She advises clients in relation to employment arrangements and industrial instruments, workplace policies, executive employment issues, termination of employment, enterprise bargaining, industrial action, and workforce restructures.
Lauren M. Gregory
Lauren Gregory is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. Lauren’s practice centers around the resolution of complex commercial disputes, including general business and contract disputes, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade secrets and other confidential information, and trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement.
Karla Grossenbacher is a partner in Seyfarth Shaw’s Washington, D.C. office, concentrating in labor and employment law. She is Chair of the Washington, D.C. Labor & Employment Practice Group. She serves on the firm’s national Labor and Employment Steering Committee, as well as the steering committee of the firm’s Global Privacy and Security Team. She also heads the firm’s national Workplace Privacy Team.
Daniel P. Hart
Daniel Hart is a partner in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw. A member of the Labor & Employment Department, he focuses his practice in all aspects of labor and employment litigation—including race, gender, national origin, age, and disability discrimination claims; wage and hour disputes; and common law tort claims—before various state and federal courts and administrative agencies.
Marc R. Jacobs
Marc Jacobs is a senior counsel in the Chicago office in the Labor & Employment Department. He regularly helps employers insulate themselves against liability and claims by counseling them through employment-related problems and situations; analyzing employers’ practices and procedures; negotiating and preparing employment, restrictive covenant, confidential information, and severance agreements; writing employment policies and manuals; and conducting interactive supervisor training programs for clients. Mr. Jacobs represents clients in numerous industries, including aviation, hospitality, parking services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, specialty chemicals, and professional services.
Emily C. Kesler
Emily Kesler is an associate in the Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office. Her practice includes a variety of complex commercial litigation disputes, including those which involve business torts, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, trade secrets, requests for injunctive relief, unfair competition, product liability, and alleged violations of state and federal consumer protection statutes.
Wan Li is a partner in the Shanghai office of Seyfarth Shaw. He has more than 20 years of experience in China-related matters, advising a diverse range of clients in employment, mergers and acquisitions (corporate and cross-border), private equity, and corporate matters, including restructuring. He has a broad practice focused on foreign direct investments into China and representing Chinese companies in relation to multinational transactions, including acquisition of equity and assets of telecommunication, internet, high-tech, energy and resources, medicine, and dairy products companies.
Kevin J. Mahoney
Kevin Mahoney is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw’s Chicago office. His practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including cases involving restrictive covenants, misappropriation of trade secrets and intellectual property, unfair competition, contract disputes, and business torts. He has represented clients at each phase of litigation including alternative dispute resolution, emergency injunctions, jury and bench trials, and appeals in multiple jurisdictions in the United States.
Robyn E. Marsh
Robyn Marsh is an associate in the Litigation Department in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw. Prior to joining Seyfarth Shaw, Robyn worked as a litigation associate at a boutique Chicago law firm specializing in products liability and professional liability defense. In that capacity, she represented and defended Fortune 500 domestic and foreign automobile manufacturers, appearing in both state and federal courts on behalf of her clients.
Meghan McBerry is an associate in the Litigation Department in the Los Angelos office of Seyfarth Shaw. Her experience is with complex commercial litigation, handling disputes regarding trade secrets, restrictive covenants, contracts, property, personal injury, and constitutional law.
Alex Meier is an associate in Seyfarth’s Labor and Employment Group. His practice includes the full array of federal remedial rights, non-compete and trade secret litigation, Fair Credit Reporting Act class actions, and workplace safety and health disputes. He has spearheaded multiple initiatives to promote conscious improvements to case management tools and client-facing resources, including document automation tools, operational summaries, and existing resource identification.
Marcus L. Mintz
Marcus Mintz is a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw. Marcus’s practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including cases involving post-merger disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets and intellectual property, equity rights, and business tort claims. He has represented a wide range of clients, including medical device manufacturers, clinical research organizations, automotive manufacturers, defense contractors, construction companies, insurance companies, and a variety of private business owners. He has represented and counseled clients through all phases and forms of litigation, including pre-litigation resolution, alternative dispute resolution, administrative law proceedings, emergency injunctions, jury trials, and appeals.
Patrick T. Muffo
Patrick Muffo is a partner in the firm’s Chicago office, where he focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and prosecution. He represents clients in a wide range of complex litigation matters, particularly in the patent, trade secret, copyright, DMCA, and trademark areas. He represents clients in all phases of litigation, from pre-suit investigation through trial. His litigation experience involves technology such as 3D printing, Internet-connected speakers, e-commerce and software technology, data encryption techniques, and HVAC motors.
Kristen M. Peters
Kristen Peters is an associate in the Labor & Employment Department in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw. She represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment litigation, including sexual harassment, discrimination, wrongful termination, retaliation, wage and hour, and class action matters. She is also a member of the firm’s Health Care Fraud and Provider Billing Litigation Specialty Team.
Christopher F. Robertson
Christopher Robertson is Co-Chair of the national Whistleblower Team and a member of the Complex Litigation, Capital Markets, and Investment Management practice areas in the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw. His areas of focus include complex commercial and financial litigation, securities litigation, consumer fraud litigation, regulatory compliance, corporate governance, and internal investigations.
Eddy Salcedo is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer and is currently in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw. He has successfully represented a wide range of clients in trade secret, enforcement of non-compete agreements, partnership disputes, and trademark infringement litigation. He has also served as trial counsel for parties in construction and real estate development disputes, contract disputes, and general commercial and civil litigation.
Daniel Joshua Salinas
Joshua Salinas is an associate in the Los Angeles office of Seyfarth Shaw. He represents clients in complex commercial disputes involving trade secrets and restrictive covenants, unfair competition, contract, and intellectual property claims in both state and federal court. His experience includes the prosecution and defense of trade secret misappropriation, unfair competition, and patent infringement claims.
Matthew Simmons is a senior counsel in the Houston office of Seyfarth Shaw. He focuses his practice on high-stakes employment litigation matters, including trade secrets and non-competes, discrimination and harassment, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, retaliation, and wage and hour collective action issues.
Robert C. Stevens
Bob Stevens is a partner in the Labor and Employment Department and the Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud and Non-Competes Practice Group of Seyfarth Shaw. He has more than 15 years of experience representing public and privately-held companies throughout the United States in employment-related litigation. He concentrates his practice on litigation and counseling matters involving employment discrimination, restrictive covenant, trade secret, and wage and hour issues.
Robert T. Szyba
Robert Szyba is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department in the New York office of Seyfarth Shaw. His practice focuses on litigating employment law matters before state and federal courts, both trial and appellate levels, as well as federal and state administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, New Jersey Division on Civil Rights, New Jersey Office of Administrative Law, and New York State Division of Human Rights. He has litigated claims involving restrictive covenants, such as non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements, and misappropriation of trade secrets. In addition to his litigation practice, Robert regularly advises clients about pre-litigation strategy and litigation avoidance, employment contracts, employment policies and procedures, privacy considerations, and minimizing exposure to liability.
Pete Talibart is a partner in the International Labor & Employment Practice of Seyfarth Shaw (UK) and leads the firm’s London office. He is qualified in both Canada and the UK. He is employment counsel to major multinationals and financial institutions on strategic cross-border employment issues. His expertise is in all aspects of UK and cross-border employment law, in particular corporate restructuring, mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance (employment), financial services compliance, and ethical issues.
John P. Tomaszewski
John Tomaszewski is a partner in the International Data Protection Practice Group. He has significant experience counseling companies regarding data protection and information security throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. His clients have included a myriad of technology companies, as well as financial services, pharmaceuticals, and e-commerce companies of all sizes. John has prepared privacy and security documentation for HR departments, cloud service providers, social media companies, and a host of both traditional “brick-and-mortar” and emerging technology clients. He has also developed fair information practice statements, certification practice statements, PKI policies, non-disclosure agreements, and similar information security and confidentiality instruments.
Erik W. Weibust
Erik Weibust is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw and is a member of the Securities & Financial Litigation and Trade Secrets, Computer Fraud & Non-Competes practice groups and an active member of the firm’s national Whistleblower Team. Erik regularly represents clients in disputes involving trade secrets and restrictive covenants, shareholder disputes, consumer class actions, and claims of unfair competition, fraud, and commercial disparagement, among other matters.
Dallin R. Wilson
Dallin Wilson is an associate in Seyfarth Shaw’s Boston office and is a member of the Commercial Litigation, Construction, Consumer Financial Services Litigation, and Securities and Financial Litigation practice groups. He represents clients in all manner of litigation matters in state and federal court. His clients include banking institutions, supermarkets, contractors, and privately held corporations. Dallin also has experience representing healthcare entities in government investigations related to violations of HIPAA, Anti-Kickback Statutes, and other state and federal regulations.
Rebecca Woods is a partner in the Atlanta office of Seyfarth Shaw and Co-Chair of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. She is a seasoned litigator with trial experience. Rebecca also counsels clients on litigation avoidance strategies. As a commercial litigator at heart, her subject matter experience is broad and includes trade secrets, insurance coverage, business torts, construction litigation, and real estate matters.
James S. Yu
James Yu is a senior counsel in the Litigation and Labor & Employment departments. He has defended several class action lawsuits, including wage and hour class and collective actions, and is experienced in handling multi-district litigations. He has regularly handled and tried a diverse range of matters, including complex contract disputes, trade secret misappropriation and business tort cases, products liability and toxic tort defense, and several actions defending servicers of commercial mortgage loans involving multi-level debt structures.