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Silicon Valley
379 Lytton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
T: +1.650.815.2600
F: +1.650.815.2601

Office Managing Partner: James Chadwick
Office Administrator: Kira Hansen
Attorney Recruiting: Candace Sundine
Staff Recruiting: Human Resources

Sheppard Mullin’s Silicon Valley office opened in 2008 and has grown to 35 attorneys and a total of 70 employees (including paralegals, patent agents and staff) servicing a diverse range of clients and industries.   Founded in Los Angeles in 1927, Sheppard Mullin provides a full portfolio of legal services to clients through 15 offices with 750 attorneys worldwide.  We are the second largest law firm in California with offices in seven California cities. 

Our attorneys in the Silicon Valley office serve emerging and established private and public companies in technology, life sciences, retail, media, gaming, venture capital, financial services, transportation, and manufacturing sectors.

Our  Silicon Valley office offers a full range of legal services:

Corporate – we handle every aspect of our clients’ corporate needs including formation, venture capital financing, governance and securities, investment management, mergers and acquisitions, as well as public offerings. 

Intellectual Property – we advise and represent our clients in patent and trademark prosecution matters including patent portfolio development, management, post grant review, patent monetization, brand creation, clearance and global trademark filing programs, trademark policing, disputes, domain name disputes, trade secret protection, copyright and design patent registration, tech and patent licensing; we manage large and small portfolios including U.S. and foreign prosecution. 

Litigation – we provide comprehensive litigation coverage to our clients in patent litigation matters including arbitrations, International Trade Commission investigations, and administrative proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; we also offer experienced and nimble representation in copyright, trademark, and commercial litigation. 

Labor & Employment – we litigate every type of employment-related claim, including class actions, independent contractor classifications, protection of trade secrets, single plaintiff wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims and all types of wage and hour complaints. 

Executive Compensation – we support our clients efforts to attract and retain key executives and employees by advising and preparing compensation plans and agreements including founders agreements, executive employment agreements, stock incentive and bonus plans, using an interdisciplinary approach which takes into account prevailing custom and market trends.

Bankruptcy - we advise and represent debtors, creditors, committees, trustees and receivers in their Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings. 

As a preeminent California law firm with an 90+ year legacy of providing effective legal advice and representation, and with dedication to client service as one of our hallmarks, we look forward to serving you.

From the North (US-101)

  • Take US 101 South
  • Take exit #403 for University Avenue
  • Turn left onto University Avenue and proceed approximately one mile into downtown Palo Alto
  • Turn right at Waverley 
  • Turn left onto Lytton

From the North (I-280)

  • Take I-280 South
  • Take exit #24 for Sand Hill Rd
  • Turn right on Arboretum Rd
  • Turn left on Palm Drive which turns into University Avenue at El Camino
  • Continue on University Ave
  • Turn left on Emerson St
  • Turn right on Lytton Ave
  • The office will be on your left

From the South (US-101)

  • Take US-101 North toward San Francisco
  • Take exit 403 for University Ave (CA-109S)
  • Make left onto University Avenue going toward downtown Palo Alto
  • Turn right on Waverley St
  • Turn left at Lytton Ave
  • The office will be on your right

From the South (I-280)

  • Take I-280 North toward San Francisco
  • Take the Page Mill/Palo Alto exit onto Page Mill Rd (CR-G3 N) toward Palo Alto
  • Turn left on El Camino Real(CA-82 N)
  • Bear right onto University Ave - this is not an exact right turn
  • Turn left on Emerson St
  • Turn right on Lytton Ave
  • The office will be on your left