Bradford Newman

Bradford Newman

Baker & McKenzie LLP


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.

Practice Focus

Bradford specializes in matters related to trade secrets, Artificial Intelligence, Decentralized Finance (DeFi), Smart Contracts, Blockchain and Cryptocurrency. He is the Chair of the AI Subcommittee of the ABA. Recognized by the Daily Journal in 2019 as one of the Top 20 AI attorneys in California, Bradford has been instrumental in proposing federal AI workplace and IP legislation that in 2018 was turned into a United States House of Representatives Discussion Draft bill. He has also developed AI oversight and corporate governance best practices designed to ensure algorithmic fairness. Brad also serves as outside general counsel to one of the world's leading DeFi projects.

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.

Professional Honors

  • 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
  • - Founder

Corporate Responsibility

Bradford is Founder of, which raises money for pre-screened families in need and delivers the assistance in-kind.


  • 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)


  • English


Firm Committee Memberships

  • North America Trade Secrets Practice - Chair