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Juanita Brooks



Juanita R. Brooks is a nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyer who specializes in complex intellectual property litigation—a Fish practice group that was recently named the "IP Litigation Department of the Year" finalist by American Lawyer. She has handled more than 150 trials in her career and her average yearly caseload includes over twenty active patent cases. Her litigation experience includes numerous cases involving intellectual property, product liability, and qui tam litigation. While Ms. Brooks tries cases in venues across the nation, she is also very active in her local community and played an important role by assisting the Southern District of California in both the original drafting of and the subsequent amendments to their local patent rules.

Ms. Brooks has developed such a successful practice because she has a unique ability to explain complex technology to both judges and juries in a way that is both understandable and compelling.

Ms. Brooks’ well-known success is often selected for industry honors. Recently, she was one of only six lawyers who earned the honor of being named Litigator of the Year by American Lawyer. 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.

At the core of her practice, however, Ms. Brooks provides her clients with superb service. She was named to BTI’s Client Service All-Star list for her “exceptional understanding of client business issues, intense client focus, being an innovative thought leader, legal skills and expertise, outsized value, and outstanding results.”


  • California 1977
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • California Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Numerous federal courts

Memberships and Affiliations

Board Member and pro bono counsel, Western Center on Law & Poverty (2005-present). Founding member, Wallace Inn of Court (2005-present).

Member, Fish & Richardson Management Committee (2005-2008).

Other Distinctions

Ms. Brooks has also been the recipient of several 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 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" who "has been lead counsel in more than 13 patent trials" over the past two years.

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 Diego’s TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) Award and San Diego Business Journal’s Women Who Mean Business Award.

The Minority Corporate Counsel Association's 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 "Women's 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 lists 
Lawdragon 500 Leading Attorneys
Chambers USA Leading Attorneys
Top California Women Litigators, Daily Journal
Top 25 California IP Attorneys, Daily Journal
Top IP Litigators, San Diego Daily Transcript
Top 75 Intellectual Property Litigators, San Francisco/Los Angeles Daily Journal
Life Science Star, LMG Life Sciences
Top 250 Women in Litigation, Benchmark Litigation
Top 250 Women in IP - Top 10, Managing Intellectual Property
California’s Top 100 Lawyers, Daily Journal
Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law, AV Preeminent
Marquis Who’s Who of American Women
Marquis Who’s Who in American Law
One of the World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, IAM Patent 1000
IP Star, Managing Intellectual Property


  • BA, San Diego State University 1974
  • JD, Yale Law School 1977