Heidi Keefe

Partner, Palo Alto at Cooley LLP

Heidi Keefe

Heidi Keefe

Partner, Palo Alto at Cooley LLP

Biography

Heidi Keefe is a member of Cooley's board of directors. She is a first chair trial lawyer with two decades of experience representing some of the hottest tech companies in the world in complex patent litigation. A former astrophysicist and registered patent attorney, Heidi easily understands a variety of technical disciplines, from software to medical devices.Heidi has 100+ patent cases under her belt and regularly leads Markman hearings and trials in district courts across the country, as well as briefings and oral hearings at the PTAB. She is recognized as one of the toplawyers at the PTAB by Docket Navigator. Heidi also represents clients before the Federal Circuit and the International Trade Commission. She has handled 20+ Federal Circuit patent appeals in recent years,majority as the appellee, and played a lead role in securing winning jury verdicts in each of Facebook’s twopatent trials to date. Her clients include Facebook, HTC, King.com, LinkedIn, ServiceNow, SpaceX andVarian Medical Systems.Heidi develops close, trusted relationships with her clients by offering honest, smart advice about which cases to take to trial and which ones to resolve early on. Her goal is to protect core revenue-generating technologies and products so her clients can get back to business. Such guidance has earned her the long-standing trust of industry leaders. Her passion in the courtroom has garnered praise from her peers, with opposing counsel in a recent Federal Circuit appeal stating “[Heidi] was terrific; she knew the case better than anyone in the room and she argued persuasively and with passion. From her argument, it was apparent that she was deeply invested in the case, her client and the outcome. Heidi is also actively involved in women’s initiatives. When named one of the most “Influential Women in IP Law” by Law360, She is a member of the Women Attorneys Advocacy Project, along with Judge Elizabeth Laporte, and is also heavily involved in Cooley’s Women’s Initiative.Heidi is a frequent lecturer on all aspects of IP protection. She has taught classes at Santa Clara University on IP litigation and has conducted lectures at Boalt School of Law and Stanford Law School. She speaks throughout the country for Law Seminars International, the ABA and the Practising Law Institute.

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Heidi Keefe
Partner, Palo Alto at Cooley LLP
Education
JD
Class of 1995

Santa Clara University School of Law will educate its students to meet the challenges of a legal profession and society that are increasingly global, technologically sophisticated, and diverse. In fulfilling this vision, the Law School will educate its students to become lawyers of competence, conscience, and compassion. The Law School will also advance knowledge and justice through scholarship and service.

BA
Class of 1992

Wellesley is known for the excellence of its education, the beauty of its setting, its gifted faculty, and the uniqueness of its campus culture. But most of all, Wellesley is known for the thousands of accomplished, thoughtful women it has sent out into the world for over 100 years—women who are committed to making a difference. A Transformative Educational Experience Every year, some 2,400 of the world’s top undergraduate women are challenged to exceed their own highest personal and intellectual expectations. The mastery Wellesley graduates demonstrate across the professional and vocational spectrum, and the influence they wield—whether in their own communities or on the world stage—is testament to a singularly empowering undergraduate experience. Wellesley’s lively academic community places a high value on rigorous, probing inquiry, and creative, cross-discipline thinking. Its collaborative approach to scholarship encourages students to question, debate, and refine their points of view, not only with each other, but with our world-class faculty—often by working directly with them on groundbreaking projects. A Wellesley education fosters the highest standard of readiness for the “real world” in its graduates, in terms of ability to think, act, and contribute meaningfully and effectively in their chosen areas of interest. The “Full-Engagement” Advantage Wellesley’s full-engagement academic philosophy extends to the running of the College itself. The student voice is central to decision-making here; students serve on major committees of the Board of Trustees, participate in faculty search, and contribute to strategic planning. Students participate in a wide range of extracurricular projects: The College and its surrounding community and the greater Boston area offer hundreds of internships, advocacy projects, and the rare advantages of being a vital member of the single largest academic “hotspot” in the country. Expected to be fully engaged while at Wellesley, students carry this sense of purposeful involvement and personal commitment throughout life. It is the signal mark of a Wellesley woman. A Widely Envied Campus Environment The sheer sense of scale of the breathtaking natural environment, in which buildings are thoughtfully sited, distinguish Wellesley’s physical setting in the classically New England town of Wellesley, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. Home to leading institutions such as the Albright Institute, the Knapp Social Science Center, the Davis Museum, The Newhouse Center for the Humanities, and the world-renowned Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley’s resources are a magnet not only for the surrounding community and metropolitan area; they attract attention—and scholars—from around the world. Commitment to Women Everything about Wellesley College bespeaks its commitment to women, and to providing them with an unexcelled educational experience that honors and cultivates not only what is best about each of them, and their own potential, but about what women offer our world.

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American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Career History
Partner, Palo Alto
2009 - Current

Cooley LLP is a provider of strategic litigation and business transaction services and is a representative of private and public companies, financial institutions, venture capital firms and nonprofit organizations. The company was founded in 1920 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

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Santa Clara University School of Law will educate its students to meet the challenges of a legal profession and society that are increasingly global, technologically sophisticated, and diverse. In fulfilling this vision, the Law School will educate its students to become lawyers of competence, conscience, and compassion. The Law School will also advance knowledge and justice through scholarship and service.

Awards & Honors
Daily Journal - Top Women Litigators in California
The Recorder - Women Leaders in Tech Law
Daily Journal - Top 100 Lawyers in California
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