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Valerie Wagner has been a partner with the firm since 2009. She represents and counsels clients on a wide range of issues, including intellectual property, with particular focus on copyright and trade secret issues; privacy and data security; commercial and business disputes; securities and corporate governance; and employment. She handles all aspects of civil litigation, including courtroom advocacy and alternative dispute resolution, as well as counseling on prospective disputes and avoiding litigation. She has first chair trial experience in both state and federal courts, as well as appellate experience before state and federal courts of appeal.

Ms. Wagner has been named a Northern California Super Lawyer each year from 2009 to the present. She has been a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association and the Women’s Intellectual Property Lawyers Association.

Before joining GCA Law Partners, Ms. Wagner was a partner at Dechert LLP and Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly LLP, and an associate at Graham & James. She earned her J.D. from the University of California College of the Law, San Francisco, and her B.A. from Pomona College.

Ms. Wagner is admitted to practice in California; all United States District Courts in California; the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Representative litigation matters include:

  • Oracle America, Inc. v. Terix Computer Co., Inc., N.D. California; and Oracle America, Inc. v. Service Key, Inc., N.D. California
    Representation of independent service providers in copyright and antitrust disputes.
  • Oracle America, Inc. v. Innovative Technology Devices LLC, N.D. California
    Representation of telecommunications hardware and software reseller in multi-million dollar commercial dispute.
  • Ferassa v. NoBug Consulting, Inc., Santa Clara Superior Court
    Representation of Special Litigation Committee in investigation arising from shareholder derivative action.
  • Koperwhats v. KEMA, Inc., N.D. California
    Representation of international energy consultancy company and subsidiary in copyright and trademark litigation relating to energy analysis software.
  • In re Bell Microproducts Inc. Shareholder Litigation, San Mateo & Santa Clara County Superior Courts
    Representation of electronics distributor in shareholder and derivative litigation relating to stock option backdating and subsequent merger.
  • Nequist v. Avant! Corp., Santa Clara Superior Court
    Representation of individual in defamation case relating to the long-running trade secret dispute between Cadence Design Systems and Avant!.
    Successful appeal regarding issue of first impression in California relating to stays of discovery pending a related criminal action.  Avant! Corp. v. Superior Court (Nequist), 79 Cal. App. 4th 876 (2000).
  • Desaigoudar v. Meyercord, N.D. California
    Desaigoudar v. Meyercord, Santa Clara Superior Court
    Successful defense of corporate officers and directors in parallel securities fraud and derivative litigations, including appeals.  Desaigoudar v. Meyercord, 223 F.3d 1020 (9th Cir. 2000); Desaigoudar v. Meyercord, 108 Cal. App. 4th 173 (2003).