Kim Zapata

Kim has 25 years of law firm experience as a successful intellectual property and complex commercial litigator and trial lawyer in Silicon Valley. Kim has litigated many sophisticated commercial disputes including, patent, copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, breach of contract and licensing disputes. In addition to litigation, Kim advises clients on patent portfolio management and the role of litigation in asset protection and income generation. Over the years, her clients have included many of the Valley’s most successful technology companies.

Kim has litigated extensively in both state and federal courts nationwide, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the International Trade Commission. Since Kim’s litigation practice and client base focuses on Silicon Valley technology companies, she has worked on issues relating to numerous technologies, including medical diagnostic equipment, flash memory, CD-Rom controllers, color-matching software, internet caching, chip packaging, semi-conductor manufacturing, electronic gaming and telecommunications.

Kim earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Santa Clara University School of Law and her bachelor's degree from the University of California Santa Cruz. During law school she was a member of the Moot Court Honors Board and technical editor of the Santa Clara Law Review, and author of "In Pursuit of Academic Freedom: The Peer Evaluation Privilege," 441, 1988.

Among her achievements, Kim is the proud mother of two sons and has enjoyed watching them grow in her spare time.

Bar Admissions:

State Bar of California, District Courts of California, Ninth Circuit of California, and the Court of Appeals Federal Circuit.


University of California, Santa Cruz
(B.A. in Politics, 1985)

Santa Clara University School of Law
(J.D., magna cum laude, 1988)

Legal Experience:

Beck, Bismonte & Finley, LLP, San Jose, CA 2008 (Special Counsel)

McDermott Will & Emery, LLC, Palo Alto, CA 2006-2008 (Partner)

Wilson, Sonsini, et al., Palo Alto, CA 1999-2006 (Special Counsel)

Skjerven, Morrill, et al., San Jose, CA 1990-1998 (Associate/Partner)


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