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Kelly C. Hunsaker



Kelly Hunsaker is a Principal in the firm's Silicon Valley office with a national patent litigation and trial practice.  With 17 years’ experience litigating high stakes cases, she has been recognized as one of the Daily Journal’s Top Litigators in California, one of California’s Super Lawyers in each of the last seven years, and earlier in her career as one of the nation’s Top New Stars by LawDragon magazine.

Ms. Hunsaker leads patent litigation involving a wide range of technologies, especially in the fields of computer software and hardware, consumer electronics and Internet technologies.  Her experience in these fields include patent cases involving various operating system and application software, Internet applications and infrastructure, digital media players, digital rights management (DRM), computer graphics, network security and encryption technologies, financial services software, web site development tools, customer relationship management (CRM) tools, database technologies, LCDs and displays, microprocessors and mobile phones. Ms. Hunsaker has also litigated patent cases involving a variety of other technologies, including optical systems and laser technologies, mechanical devices, methods of manufacturing, material sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, and sporting goods. She has experience in other areas of commercial litigation, as well as trademark, trade secret, copyright, and technology licensing disputes.  Ms. Hunsaker’s practice includes client counseling on IP strategy and a variety of other matters, pre-suit investigations, due diligence, and opinion work, as well as re-examinations and patent interferences.  She handles all aspects of trial, pre-trial and appellate proceedings.

Ms. Hunsaker currently works with firm management on strategic initiatives to answer the industry’s call for increased value in legal services; and previously served as Head of Business Development for the firm’s global litigation practice group. Ms. Hunsaker was the firm’s first National Chair of Firmwide Diversity (2004-2006), during which time Fish & Richardson launched its 1L Diversity Fellowship program, became the first Platinum law firm sponsor of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF), and received recognition as on one of the Top 100 Law Firms for promoting diversity in the legal profession.


  • California 1993
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California

Memberships and Affiliations

Federal Circuit Bar Association
Board of Trustees, American Intellectual Properly Legal Education Foundation (AIPLEF) (2004-2006)
California Bar Association, Intellectual Property and Litigation Sections

Other Distinctions

Best Lawyers (2014, 2015)
California Daily Journal’s “Top 75 Women Litigators” (2007, 2009)
California “Super Lawyer” in IP Litigation (2005-2013)
LawDragon Inc.’s “Top 500 New Stars” (2005)

Presentations and Publications
Frequent speaker and author on topics of patent reform, patent damages, and patent litigation.

Judicial Externship
California Court of Appeal, First Appellate District, Hon. Carl West Anderson (1992)


  • BBA, University of Texas at Austin 1990
  • JD, University of California, Hastings College of the Law 1993