Elizabeth Pipkin

Partner

epipkin@mcmanislaw.com
Telephone 408.279.8700
Facsimile 408.279.3244

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Focus - Litigation

Recognized as one of California’s top trial lawyers, Elizabeth principally handles cases involving trade secrets theft, business disputes, and civil rights.  She enjoys her work in the courtroom, but she also has negotiated many successful outcomes for her clients out of court.  Elizabeth has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, Wired Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, The Los Angeles Times, and Techdirt, and she has appeared on broadcast outlets such as KQED, NBC Bay Area, and Al Jazeera America.  She has spoken at Stanford Law School, the SMU Dedman School of Law, and the Practicing Law Institute. 

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Recognized as one of California’s top trial lawyers, Elizabeth principally handles cases involving trade secrets theft, business disputes, and civil rights.  She enjoys her work in the courtroom, but she also has negotiated many successful outcomes for her clients out of court.  Elizabeth has been quoted in publications such as The New York Times, Wired Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Jose Mercury News, The Los Angeles Times, and Techdirt, and she has appeared on broadcast outlets such as KQED, NBC Bay Area, and Al Jazeera America.  She has spoken at Stanford Law School, the SMU Dedman School of Law, and the Practicing Law Institute.

Representative Matters

  • Obtained the first-ever court order requiring the federal executive branch to remove a person wrongly included on a post-9/11 terrorist watchlist.  The client was a Malaysian former Stanford Ph.D. student who was erroneously watchlisted and barred from returning to the United States.  After eight years of litigation and a trial, our client’s name was fully cleared. 
  • Represented a major hard disk drive manufacturer in an action alleging trade secret misappropriation and defamation. The case settled on confidential terms, including a stipulated judgment in client’s favor.
  • Represented a medical research non-profit organization in a trade secrets action against a major pharmaceutical company.
  • Obtained dismissals of individuals in multiple actions for trade secrets theft. 
  • Successfully defended a major Silicon Valley networking company against contract claims arising from asset purchase transaction.
  • Obtained a sizable settlement from a security firm when its employee stole property from the client, a Silicon Valley computer hardware manufacturer.
  • Represented a partner in a real estate partnership in dissolution and partition proceedings.

Professional and Community Contributions

  • Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, Board of Directors
  • Santa Clara County Bar Association, Member
  • Asian Law Alliance, Jade Circle Supporter
  • Harvard Law School Alumni Association of Northern California, Member
  • Harvard Club of Silicon Valley, Member
  • Clerked for The Honorable Nancy F. Atlas, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2002-03

Awards and Honors

  • California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award (Civil Rights), 2015.
  • Top 100 Women Lawyers in California, Daily Journal, 2015.
  • Silicon Valley “Women of Influence 2015,” Silicon Valley Business Journal.
  • Top 100 Lawyers in California, Daily Journal, 2014.
  • Profiled in Winning: Successful Attorneys and Their Strategies, National Law Journal, 2014.
  • Honored by the naming of the “Elizabeth Pipkin Public Interest Law Fellowship” at the University of Texas School of Law, Sponsored by Bill and Stephanie Whitehurst, 2014.
  • Top “40 under 40” Silicon Valley executives, Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2013.
  • Tribute to Women Award, YWCA of Silicon Valley, 2011.

Reported Cases

  • Ibrahim v. Department of Homeland Security (N.D. Cal., Jan. 14, 2014, No. 06-00545 WHA) ___ F. Supp.3d ___, 2014 WL 6609111.
  • Ibrahim v. Department of Homeland Security (9th Cir. Feb. 8, 2012, No. 10-15873) 2012 WL 390126.

Articles and Blogs

Admissions

State Bar of California
State Bar of Texas
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. District Courts, Northern and Central Districts of California
U.S. District Courts, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas

Education

J.D., Harvard Law School, 2001
B.A., Brigham Young University, 1998