(March 2, 2012, The Recorder)
Sonal Mehta, recently promoted to partner in the Patent Litigation practice in Weil’s Silicon Valley office, is profiled in a cover story on new partners in California in the current issue of The Recorder
. The article, “New Weil, Gotshal Partner Took the Rocketship Track,” details Ms. Mehta’s route from a planned career in physics to the partnership. Edward Reines, a Patent Litigation partner and one of Ms. Mehta’s mentors at Weil who has worked on several cases with her, singled out her trial skills for praise. “‘She handles herself and reads a room very well. She strikes the balance of being sufficiently firm without being unnecessarily prickly or defensive. And she has a strong sense of tactics beyond her years.’”
The article notes that Ms. Mehta has often been younger than her peers: after graduating from UC Berkeley at age 17, she attended Berkeley Law, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal
. She joined Weil after graduating from law school and, a year later, left to clerk for Judge Paul Michel at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, where she was one of the youngest clerks to serve the court and also, according to Judge Michel, one of the best. In the years since Ms. Mehta re-joined Weil after her clerkship, she has worked on and handled patent litigations for major players in the software and IT industry, including Cisco Systems Inc., Amazon Inc., Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp., Electronic Arts Inc., and Adobe Systems Inc.
The article was written by Amy Miller and appears in the March 2, 2012 issue. The Recorder
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