Bradford Newman is a litigation partner resident in Baker McKenzie's Palo Alto Office and Chair of the North America Trade Secrets Practice. According to Chambers USA, Brad is a "recognized authority on trade secrets cases" who "is valued for his tenacious, intelligent and thoughtful approach to trade secrets matters." Bradford regularly 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 secrets cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. He routinely advises and represents the world's leading technology, banking, professional service, manufacturing and commerce companies in connection with their most significant data protection and trade secret matters. Bradford 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.
Representative Legal Matters
Represented Sundae, Inc. in a multi-million dollar trade secret dispute brought by a competitor in San Francisco Superior Court.
Represented Acorns Advisors and secured complete dismissal at summary judgment of a multi-million dollar trade secret dispute brought by a third party.
Serve as outside general counsel for DFINITY Foundation Inc., a not-for-profit foundation that developed the technology that supports the next generation Internet Computer blockchain network and ecosystem.
Prior to joining the Firm, Bradford handled the following matters:
Represented the world’s largest ride-sharing company in a high profile trade secrets case filed by a competitor.
Represented the world’s largest electronic game company in an interrelated series of lawsuits relating to the development of the best-selling Call of Duty video game series.
Represented a major Hollywood studio accused of poaching a producer of Academy Award winning motion pictures.
Represented Cypress Semiconductor in a multi-million dollar stock claim brought by a former employee and obtained a complete defense verdict at trial.
Represented Zynga in the largest trade secret case in history of social gaming.
Represented Thermo Fisher Scientific in several trade secret cases.
Represented Agilent Technologies, Inc. in Delfino v. Agilent Technologies, Inc., 145 Cal.App.4th 790 (2006), creating new law under Section 230(c)(1) of the Communications Decency Act.
- Chambers USA (multiple years)
- Legal 500 (multiple years)
- Daily Journal Top 20 AI Attorney, 2019
- Daily Journal Top 20 Trade Secrets Attorney, 2019
Professional Associations and Memberships
- ABA Employment Litigation Subcommittee - Past Chair
- ABA Business Law Section's National Annual Review - Founder and Editor, Employee Mobility, Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets Chapter
- GiveLocally.net - Founder
- U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit~United States (1999)
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit~United States (1997)
- California~United States (1995)
- University of California, Hastings College of the Law (JD) (1995)
- University of Pennsylvania (BA) (1992)
- Instructor: "Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Smart Contracts and Blockchain for Lawyers," Thomason Reuters Institute, December 6, 2021
- Contributor, “The Digital U.S. Dollar Is A Threat To Civil Liberties,” NASDAQ, July 2022
- Author, “CISOs' Transparency and Disclosure Obligations to CEOs and Boards”, ALM | Law.com, June 2022
- Quoted, “AI Weekly: LaMDA’s ‘sentient’ AI debate triggers memories of IBM Watson”, VentureBeat, June 2022
- Quoted, “This AI attorney says companies need a chief AI officer — pronto,” VentureBeat, June 2022
- Podcast Interview, "Understanding the Legal Risk of Using AI in Hiring," The Pulse of AI, May 2022
Firm Committee Memberships
- North America Trade Secrets Practice - Chair