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Juanita R. Brooks, a Principal of the firm and an elected member of the firm’s Management Committee, is a nationally recognized trial and appellate lawyer who specializes in complex intellectual property, product liability, and mass tort litigation.  In 2014, she was named “Litigator of the Year” by The American Lawyer. Ms. 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.  In 2016, she led a team that successfully defended one of the largest mass tort/wrongful death cases in the United States, which included 12,000 cases (some of them class actions representing hundreds of individual plaintiffs).

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. In 2016, Law360 named her an “Icon of IP” for her “skill at trying complicated patent cases without getting bogged down in the technical weeds” and said she is a “jury whisperer.”

Ms. Brooks is highly skilled at cases that rest in large part on expert analysis, testing, and testimony.  Using the firm’s science and technology-intensive expertise, she crafts novel, outside the box legal strategies. Her ability to present and challenge expert testimony in court has been a decisive factor in courtroom victories.  For example, in one case the trial judge noted that the opposing expert’s “credibility was eviscerated on cross-examination” by Ms. Brooks.

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. Recently, Ms. Brooks was named an “Intellectual Property (IP) Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal (2016), a “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property (2016), and a “Trial Ace” by Law360 (2015). 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 Benchmark’s 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 Diego’s “TWIN (Tribute to Women in Industry) Award” and San Diego Business Journal‘s “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 Diego’s “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. In 2016, she was named one of the “Top IP Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal.


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 to the Daily Transcript’s list of “Influential Women,” 2017.

Named in the National Law Journal’s 2016 special report “Winning: High Stakes, Significant Victories.”

Named among the “Top 100 Lawyers” in California, 2016.

Named to the Daily Transcript’s list of “100 Influential Leaders in San Diego,” 2016.

Named one of the “Top IP Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal, 2016.

Named to The Best Lawyers in America© list for Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Patent Litigation, 2016.

Named “Intellectual Property (IP) Trailblazer” by The National Law Journal, 2016.

Named “Top 250 Women in IP” by Managing Intellectual Property, 2016.

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 one of Law360’s “20 Most Influential Women In IP Law” (2014)

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 Diego’s “Best Attorneys” by The San Diego Metro in 2014.

Named a “Top IP Litigator” and a “Top Woman Attorney” in the state by the Daily Journal (2014)

Named IP “Life Sciences Star” by LMG Life Sciences (2012-2014)

Named VIP Emeritus by the San Diego Daily Transcript for having “been nominated by peers consecutively for 4 or more years as the quintessential legal professionals.”

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 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

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