Willkie Adds Tech Litigation Partner Jonathan Patchen in San Francisco

March 8, 2021

New York, NY (March 8, 2021) --- Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP today announced that Jonathan A. Patchen has joined the Firm as a partner in the Litigation Department in the San Francisco office. Mr. Patchen is a leading technology and commercial trial lawyer focusing on complex civil litigation, trials and arbitrations. He was previously a partner and Co-Chair of the Tech Litigation Practice Group at Baker Botts LLP.

Mr. Patchen has substantial experience handling disputes involving trade secrets and other intellectual property, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, partnership and corporate governance, professional liability, and other complex business issues. He counsels leading companies across the consumer brands, bioscience, technology and financial services industries on a range of technology disputes, with a particular focus on defending trade secret, employee mobility and fiduciary duty claims. Mr. Patchen has first-chaired numerous bench and jury trials in federal and state court, arbitrated disputes, and briefed and argued cases on appeal.

“As we continue to expand our San Francisco office and the firm’s West Coast litigation platform, which we launched in 2019, we are delighted to welcome Jonathan to our team,” said Simona Agnolucci, co-managing partner of the San Francisco office. Co-managing partner Benedict Hur added, “Jonathan is a highly sought-after litigator with deep experience in complex civil and trade secret litigation and strong focus on technology disputes. His experience complements our growing technology-focused platform in the Bay Area and will promote greater opportunities for our diverse client base.”

“I am excited to join the firm’s growing San Francisco office,” said Mr. Patchen. “Willkie’s deep litigation bench and highly regarded transactional capabilities, especially for technology-focused work, is a great fit for my practice. I’m looking forward to working with my new colleagues to achieve continued success for our clients.”

Mr. Patchen is a frequent conference speaker and article contributor on trade secrets and other litigation topics. He was recognized as a "Local Litigation Star" by Benchmark Litigation in 2019. He received a JD, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and a BS in Economics and a BA in Political Science from the University of Wyoming. Following law school, he served as a judicial clerk for the Hon. Ronald Gould of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.

Willkie’s international network provides comprehensive legal services to clients. The firm represents a number of clients in the technology sector in a variety of matters including M&A and other business combinations, private equity, capital markets, finance, intellectual property and litigation.

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