Trade Secrets

In a business environment defined by technological innovation and competition, some of the world’s most sophisticated companies turn to Weil to obtain redress when their trade secrets are stolen or to defend against such claims. We handle all phases of these engagements, from pre-litigation counseling through appeal, regardless of the forum or subject matter.

Notable Representations, Key Contacts

80+ lawyers across practices have counseled regarding trade secrets matters.
  • Holistic, Cross-Disciplinary Approach. Our use of integrated teams across the Complex Commercial Litigation, Employment, Patent Litigation, Intellectual Property and IP Transactions practices allows us to provide seamless trade secrets counseling, handling issues from employment law to high technology. When a trade secrets dispute arises, steps need to be taken in hours and days, not weeks or months, and getting the right team and right strategy in place quickly is often the difference between winning and losing. We have a proven track record from the preliminary injunction stage through trial and appeal.
  • Geographic Footprint. Weil partners with clients on complex trade secrets issues regardless of the nature of the transaction, venue for the litigation, or headquarters of the parties. We offer a presence in the traditional hotbeds where trade secrets and related IP and employment issues are frequently litigated, including California, New York, and Texas. We also offer these capabilities in many of our international offices. This presence allows us to efficiently handle the most complex, multi-jurisdictional disputes and navigate the often conflicting state laws governing trade secrets disputes.
  • Extensive Counseling and Investigations Experience. In addition to handling high stakes trade secrets litigations in the courtroom, we also focus on conducting internal investigations and pre-litigation counseling. Taking the steps to identify and protect our clients' most valuable assets helps avoid the loss of trade secret protection. We provide pre-dispute counseling thoroughly, discretely and expeditiously, and regularly advise and train clients on issues relating to implementation of best practices and to maximize trade secret protection. With our integrated approach, we also help companies navigate the confluence of non-compete and restrictive covenants issues, contract and investment disputes, and patent or other IP issues which overlay many trade secret disputes.
  • Sophisticated Understanding of Complex Technology. Clients rely on Weil’s deep bench of Intellectual Property attorneys, many with advanced science and engineering degrees, to navigate trade secret disputes involving complex, cutting-edge technology. Drawing on patent, transactional and general IP expertise across different technologies, we are able to quickly assess technological issues, understand the tensions involving trade secret protections and patent disclosures, and provide nuanced advice within the broader business context.

Selected Representations

Alliant Insurance Services

Elite Model Management

Hudson’s Bay Company

Intrepid Solutions and Services

Liquidating Trust for Excite@Home


Marsh & McLennan

Specialized Technology Resources

WoodSpring Hotels

Key Contacts

John Barry

John P. Barry


New York

Bambo Obaro

Bambo Obaro


Silicon Valley

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The Weil team…is able to provide insight that only the most experienced practitioners can provide because they have done so many high-stakes cases in this area.”

Legal 500 US 2022

Clients look to Weil to protect their interests in disputes which threaten their most important product lines or growing revenue streams. The firm’s enviable squad of lawyers marry trial skill and technical dexterity in a potent blend which has scored them some notable victories.”

IAM Patent 1000 2015

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