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​Juanita R. Brooks is a nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyer who specializes in complex intellectual property litigation, and was recently named "Litigator of the Year" by American Lawyer. Brooks, called "a titan of the patent bar," has been lead counsel in more than 13 patent trials over the past two years, and has handled more than 150 trials in her career. Ms. Brooks is a master storyteller, and paints pictures with words to explain the complex technologies that she handles to judges and juries in a way that is both understandable and compelling, and will be remembered throughout the trial. With an average yearly caseload of over 20 active patent cases, Ms. Brooks complex litigation experience includes numerous cases involving intellectual property, product liability, and qui tam litigation. While she tries cases nationally, she is also very active in her local community and played a significant role in drafting the original and the subsequent amendments to local patent rules for the Southern District of California. Because of Ms. Brooks well-known litigation success as well as her commitment to her community, she is consistently selected for national and local industry honors. In addition to being named a "Litigator of the Year" by American Lawyer in 2014, Ms. Brooks was recognized by clients and peers as one of Benchmarks 2014 "Top 250 Women in Litigation," named "Star Attorney" in the IP section of the 2014 LMG Life Sciences North America, and named to the 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star list for being "a step ahead of the competition" and providing exceptional client service. In 2012 and 2013, Ms. Brooks was named an "Intellectual Property MVP" by Law360, and was selected as "Attorney of the Year" by The Recorder in 2010. Ms. Brooks was the recipient of YWCA of San Diegos "TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) Award" and San Diego Business Journals "Women Who Mean Business Award". In 2012, she was selected as a "Top Female Trial Attorney" by Law360 and as a "Woman Who Impacts San Diego" by SD Metro, which recognizes outstanding professionals who are making significant contributions to the community, and have name recognition in their professional community because of their success. In 2014, Ms. Brooks was also named one of San Diegos "Best Attorneys" by The San Diego Metro, a "Top Woman Attorney" and one of the "Best of the Bar" by The San Diego Business Journal, and a "VIP Emeritus Top Attorney" by the San Diego Daily Transcript for having received the peer-nominated "Top Attorney" honor for four or more years.


J.D., Yale Law School 1977

B.A., San Diego State University 1974


  • California 1977
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • California Supreme Court

Memberships & Affiliations

​Board Member and pro bono counsel, Western Center on Law & Poverty (2005-2014). Founding member, Wallace Inn of Court (2005-present). Member, Fish & Richardson Management Committee (2005-2008).

Other Distinctions

​Ms. Brooks has received multiple national and local awards and has been profiled for her significantly challenging trials and case matters as well as her commitment to her community:

Named Trial Ace by Law360, 2015.

Named Benchmark Litigation Local Litigation Star for California and National Litigation Star, 2013-2015.

Named to Benchmark’s  “Top 250 Women in Litigation,” 2012-2015.​

Named "Star Attorney" in the IP section of the 2014 LMG Life Sciences North America.

Named to the 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star list for being "a step ahead of the competition" and providing exceptional client service.

Named American Lawyer 2014 Litigator of the Year for being "a titan of the patent bar."

Named one of San Diegos "Best Attorneys" by The San Diego Metro in 2014.

Intellectual Property MVP by Law360 in 2013, and as one of ten and the only woman selected as an intellectual property MVP by Law360 in 2012.

Selected as Attorney of the Year by The Recorder for a month-long patent infringement trial where she secured a defense judgment for Fresenius.

Recipient of YWCA of San Diegos TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) Award and San Diego Business Journals Women Who Mean Business Award.

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association named her one of the Leading Law Firm Rainmakers. MCCA chose just fourteen attorneys for this honor, and Ms. Brooks is one of four women on the list.

Profiled in San Diego Daily Transcript "Up Close" column featuring San Diego leaders, San Diego Daily Transcript "Womens History Month" special feature, and Redbook magazine, "Winning on Appeal: The Hot New Female Lawyers."

Ms. Brooks has been selected consecutively for numerous peer-chosen honors including:

Best Lawyers Super Lawyers, various listsLawdragon 500 Leading AttorneysChambers USA Leading Attorneys Top California Women Litigators, Daily Journal Top 25 California IP Attorneys, Daily JournalTop IP Litigators, San Diego Daily Transcript Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators, San Francisco/Los Angeles Daily Journal Life Science Star, LMG Life SciencesTop 250 Women in Litigation, Benchmark Litigation Top 250 Women in IP – Top 10, Managing Intellectual Property Californias Top 100 Lawyers, Daily Journal Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law, AV Preeminent Marquis Whos Who of American WomenMarquis Whos Who in American Law One of the Worlds Leading Patent Practitioners, IAM Patent 1000IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property​


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