Bolsters Firm's North America Trade Secret and AI litigation capabilities

Global law firm Baker McKenzie has added leading trade secrets litigator Bradford Newman to its North America Litigation and Government Enforcement practice, as the Firm builds a preeminent trade secrets and AI practice in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Bradford joins Baker McKenzie from Paul Hastings, where he founded and served as the chair of that firm's International Employee Mobility and Trade Secret practice for over 12 years.  A seasoned trial attorney with a practice spanning many industries, Bradford routinely serves as lead trial counsel in cases with potential eight and nine-figure liability, and has successfully litigated (both prosecuting and defending) a broad spectrum of trade secret and employee mobility cases.  

He is the author of Protecting Intellectual Property in the Age of Employee Mobility: Forms and Analysis, a comprehensive treatise published by ALM that offers authoritative guidance on legal risks and practical steps companies can take to protect their IP and remedy IP theft.  Bradford is also recognized as one of the top Artificial Intelligence attorneys in California who, in addition to developing AI oversight and corporate governance best practices for many companies, has been instrumental in proposing federal AI workplace legislation that in 2018 was turned into a United States House of Representatives Discussion Draft bill. 

"As digitalization and use of AI accelerates, the protection of trade secrets and advice on the evolving use of AI mean even more to our tech clients, as well as those in other industries,” said Peter Tomczak, chair of Baker McKenzie's North America Litigation & Government Enforcement Practice. ”Bradford is a key hire for us in both building prominent, cutting edge trade secrets and artificial intelligence practices, with our team advising on issues and trying cases that help our clients safeguard the core of their business models and address new issues as they expand their businesses."

Added Colin Murray, Baker McKenzie's North American Chief Executive Officer, "We have added a series of top flight practitioners to our Silicon Valley office in the last year, greatly expanding our offerings for clients in the Bay Area and beyond. Bradford's sophisticated and highly regarded trade secrets practice will be immensely valuable to our technology clients as they seek to protect their digital assets."

Baker McKenzie's litigation practice is one of the most recognized and largest globally, with more than 850 litigators based in major financial centers and emerging markets worldwide. The group is known for its ability to handle multi-jurisdictional litigation and has extensive industry expertise, particularly in the aerospace; consumer goods and retail; energy, mining and infrastructure; financial institutions; healthcare; technology, media and telecoms sectors.

Demonstrating its commitment to expanding its capabilities in Silicon Valley, Baker McKenzie has added a series of highly regarded practitioners to its offices in San Francisco and Palo Alto in recent months. Recent additions include leading M&A lawyers Lisa Fontenot and Derek Liu, as well as Leif King , Lawrence Lee and Tom Asmar.

Among numerous other recognitions, Bradford has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA and the Legal 500. In 2019, The Daily Journal recognized Bradford as one of the Top 20 AI Lawyers in California and separately recognized him as one of the Top 20 Trade Secrets Lawyers in the state.   

“I am thrilled to join Baker McKenzie and to lead the firm’s North America Trade Secrets Practice,” Bradford said. “This is an exciting time for Baker McKenzie’s preeminent global disputes group, and I am energized to work with my new colleagues to assist our multinational clients with one of their most pressing needs -- protection of their valuable data and core intellectual property.”

Bradford received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and his JD from University of California Hastings College of the Law. 

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