Andrew Leibnitz

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Andrew Leibnitz litigates intellectual property and complex commercial cases for leading businesses nationwide.  His recent results include:

  • early summary judgment of invalidity regarding a patent asserted against client Visa by a well-known patent assertion entity which had extracted substantial settlements from a dozen well-known corporations;
  • arbitral award of over $43 million in a trade secret misappropriation and breach of contract dispute on behalf of semiconductor manufacturer Atmel Corporation against Swedish telecommunications conglomerate, LM Ericsson;
  • $12 million jury verdict on behalf of a healthcare software company against a subsidiary of UnitedHealth Group for infringement of patent related to physician efficiency software;
  • summary judgment in favor of client Sonic Solutions regarding claim of patent infringement by a former competitor seeking ten-figure damage award due to technology’s incorporation into Microsoft Windows;
  • summary judgment of non-infringement for client Walmart regarding e‑commerce patent, and affirmance of that judgment on appeal;
  • judgment following a bench trial against a utility company in a commercial contract dispute resulting in recovery of both compensatory damages and the client’s legal fees; and
  • summary judgment in favor of client Dolby Laboratories in a patent infringement dispute against Alcatel-Lucent, where Alcatel-Lucent had previously relied on the same patent to sue Microsoft and obtain the largest patent verdict in history ($1.52 billion); Dolby recovered attorneys’ fees from Alcatel-Lucent and affirmed the judgment on appeal.

Mr. Leibnitz has assisted companies in a variety of industries, including retail, banking, energy, manufacturing, leasing, construction, and importing.  In the high technology realm, he has represented businesses in such fields as cloud storage, ophthalmic laser surgery, internet security, and disk drive manufacturing.

Mr. Leibnitz has been recognized among the Northern California “Super Lawyers” each year since the inception of the list in 2004.


  • Former Executive Committee and Board Member, Meritas Law Firms Worldwide
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL)
  • President Emeritus, Williams College Regional Association for Northern California