Biography

Fernando Esponda is a senior paralegal at Farella Braun + Martel with a practice emphasis on intellectual property litigation. He works on all phases of a case, with specific knowledge in patent review, patent file history search and review, claims construction analysis, and all aspects of trial preparation for intellectual and business litigation.

Fernando is the lead paralegal on large complex cases and is an integral member of litigation teams working at all stages of litigation, from discovery through jury or bench verdicts and arbitration hearings. He has experience with many federal and state courts, and his cases have involved a wide range of technologies, including digital audio, motion picture soundtrack, silicon wafer drying and cellular telephone technologies, and biotechnology.

He was an integral member of the Farella team that tried a month-long patent case and worked on a patent infringement dispute where the firm obtained an order granting summary judgment on behalf of Dolby Laboratories against Lucent Technologies. He assisted on a trade secret misappropriation case that obtained an award of over $43 million on behalf of Atmel Corporation against LM Ericsson Telefon AB.

In 2018, Fernando was a member of a successful trial team that secured a multimillion dollar verdict for its client following a six- week trade secrets trial in the Northern District of California related to data center technology.

Fernando assists with internal department training and supervises other paralegals and case clerks. He has spoken on the topics of deposition preparation and summary judgment filings.

Memberships and Affiliations

  • San Francisco Paralegal Association

Firm Highlights

Publication

No Quarter: What Claims Doesn’t Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act Protect Platform Companies Against?

Depending on what you read or who you talk to, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (47 U.S.C. § 230) (CDA) is either a tool of censorship, a shield of Big Tech that...

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The Gorilla in the CERCLA Closet: Natural Resources Damages (Webcast)

Sarah Bell will present "The Gorilla in the CERCLA Closet: Natural Resources Damages" session at the ALI-CLE Environmental Litigation webcast.  She will cover: Creative applications of NRD claims Marshalling the NRD trustee’s case NRD...

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Farella Braun + Martel Pursues Midsize Mansfield Rule Certification

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that it is participating in the second iteration of the Midsize Mansfield Rule certification process, which aims to increase the representation of diverse lawyers in leadership...

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Pushing for Diversity in Philanthropy

Join Farella's Wendy Hernandez and guest speaker, Afshan Paarlberg, assistant visiting professor at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, for the nonprofit industry program "Pushing for Diversity in Philanthropy." A pressing question for many philanthropists...

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Farella Braun + Martel Recognized in 2021 Chambers High Net Worth Guide

Farella Braun + Martel’s Private Client Industry Group earned recognition in the 2021 Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) guide as a leading firm in the Private Wealth Law category for Northern California. A publication...

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Farella Braun + Martel Announces Final Court Approval of $575 Million Settlement With Sutter Health in Landmark Antitrust Class Action

Farella Braun + Martel is proud to announce that San Francisco Superior Court Judge Anne-Christine Massullo has granted final approval of the landmark $575 million antitrust class action settlement with Sutter Health, the largest...

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10 Tips for Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccination Policies

The Biden administration recently announced that it will be mandating Covid-19 vaccine policies for federal contractors and federal employees, as well as for employers with over 100 employees. This announcement, along with surging Delta...

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Legal Trends in the Wine Industry

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How to Guard Against 3 Cannabis Cyber Attack Risks

Cyber attacks are now commonplace. Ransomware attacks, in particular, have skyrocketed in frequency and size. High-profile data breaches have cost businesses in the United States millions of dollars in losses and incalculable reputational harm...

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How Changes to California’s Fire Regulations Could Affect North Coast Housing Projects

Both the Board of Forestry and the State Senate are considering changes to state fire regulations that would affect real estate development in California. The first set of changes can be found in the...

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