Daily Journal Names Fish & Richardson Principal Juanita Brooks Among the Top 100 Lawyers in California

Powerhouse litigator Juanita Brooks, a principal at Fish & Richardson's San Diego-based Southern California office, has once again been named to the Daily Journal's list of "Top 100 Lawyers in California" for her unrelenting success in defending groundbreaking ideas and products in the pharmaceutical and technology industries.

Brooks, a nationally renowned trial and appellate lawyer specializing in complex intellectual property, product liability and mass tort litigation, told the Daily Journal the key to her success is her ability "to take what is complicated technology and make it understandable to both a judge and a jury."

Her natural storytelling skill and ability to translate complex technical jargon into relatable terms has delivered victory after victory for startup and Fortune 500 clients two in the first half of the year alone.

In June, Brooks successfully led client GlaxoSmithKline LLC to win $235 million in damages in a patent infringement lawsuit involving the company's highly successful drug Coreg, which is used to treat hypertension and congestive heart failure. Utilizing a novel patent infringement theory, Brooks and her team proved Teva Pharmaceutical USA Inc. willfully induced infringement of GSK's patent.

After only a half day of deliberations, the jury delivered its verdict against Teva.

A month earlier, Brooks defended longtime client Microsoft Corp. in a case alleging the company infringed two patents that cover methods and apparatuses for creating and managing custom websites. The jury rejected Parallel Network Licensing LLC's claim in less than an hour.

"Those were two back-to-back victories, one for the defense and one for the plaintiff, which felt very good," Brooks said in the Daily Journal interview.

The Daily Journal also highlighted Brooks' work that saw a $200 million verdict against client Gilead Sciences Inc. nullified. The case, for which Brooks was profiled in a National Law Journal special report with colleague Jon Singer for winning one of the years most significant, high-stakes court cases, landed Brooks and Singer on the Daily Journal's 2017 list of "Top Intellectual Property Lawyers" in California.

Brooks was named to both the Daily Journal's Top IP and Top Lawyers lists in 2016 as well.

The special report was published on Sept. 20 in both the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal.