Matthew Werdegar - A Partner at the San Francisco, California, Firm Keker & Van Nest LLP, Focuses on Intellectual Property Law
Attorney Matthew Werdegar, a partner at the San Francisco, California, firm Keker & Van Nest LLP, focuses on intellectual property law. Throughout his career, which spans more than a decade, he has represented clients in complicated cases at the state and federal levels, as well as in suits brought before the International Trade Commission.
Werdegar also collaborates with other firm partners on cases, including one of the largest trade-secret suits in California history in which the client, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), was awarded $400 million.
After earning his Juris Doctor from Stanford University Law School in 1998, Mr. Werdegar spent two years as a law clerk, working first with Judge D. Lowell Jensen in the United States District Court Northern District of California and then with Judge Proctor Hug, Jr., in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He joined the team at Keker & Van Nest LLP in 2001.
In addition to the TSMC case, Werdegar has successfully fought for a variety of other Keker & Van Nest clients. He represented a widow whose late husband’s employer sought repayment of $10 million in life insurance benefits. Mr. Werdegar’s efforts resulted in a victory for that client—a decision that was later upheld in appeals.
Mr. Werdegar has received a number of awards and recognitions for his academic and work performance. He is a member of the Order of the Coif, an honor society made up of those who complete a Juris Doctor and graduate in the top 10 percent of their class. He was also named one of the Best Lawyers in America for Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation for 2012.
In his leisure time, Matthew Werdegar participates in outdoor activities such as backpacking and hiking. He also enjoys dining out and is a wine aficionado.