Elizabeth Pipkin

Partner

epipkin@mcmanislaw.com
Telephone 408.279.8700
Facsimile 408.279.3244

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Focus - Litigation

Elizabeth is an experienced trial attorney and tenacious problem solver.  She has represented a number of leading businesses and individuals in Silicon Valley.  Elizabeth’s areas of focus include trade secrets theft, contract disputes, and business torts.  She enjoys advocacy in court, but she has also negotiated many successful outcomes for her clients out of court.  Elizabeth is also a seasoned investigator to whom clients have trusted sensitive inquiries. Elizabeth serves on the firm’s Management Committee.

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Elizabeth is an experienced trial attorney and tenacious problem solver.  She has represented a number of leading businesses and individuals in Silicon Valley.  Elizabeth’s areas of focus include trade secrets theft, contract disputes, and business torts.  She enjoys advocacy in court, but she has also negotiated many successful outcomes for her clients out of court.  Elizabeth is also a seasoned investigator to whom clients have trusted sensitive inquiries. Elizabeth serves on the firm’s Management Committee.

Representative Matters

  • Prevailed against federal government in first trial ever to challenge the constitutionality of terrorist watchlists, including the No-Fly List.  The case involved a former Stanford PhD student from Malaysia who was erroneously watchlisted and barred from returning to the United States.  After eight years of litigation, including two dismissals by the district court, two reversals from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, and a week-long trial, our client’s name was finally cleared. 
  • Successfully defended a major Silicon Valley networking company against contractual 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 an individual in a trade secrets theft action that resulted in dismissal of the claims against him. 
  • Represented a hard disk drive manufacturer in an action against a guarantor of the manufacturer’s former largest distributor, which alleged cross-claims of trade secret misappropriation and defamation. The case settled on confidential terms, including a stipulated judgment in client’s favor.
  • Represented a partner in a real estate partnership in dissolution and partition proceedings.
  • Represented a medical research non-profit organization in a trade secrets action against a major pharmaceutical company.
  • Defeated motion to dismiss and obtained remand to state court of large, multi-plaintiff securities fraud case. As a result, clients settled claims on highly favorable terms.

Professional and Community Contributions

Elizabeth is a member of the Santa Clara County Bar Association and a board member of the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley.

Awards and Honors

  • Honored with the naming of a Public Interest Fellowship at University of Texas School of Law (the Elizabeth Pipkin Public Interest Law Fellowship 2014).
  • Honored as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal.
  • Named one of the region’s top 40 under 40 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, 2013.
  • Recipient of the YWCA of Silicon Valley’s Tribute to Women TWIN Award.
  • Served as law clerk for The Hon. Nancy F. Atlas, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2002-2003.

Reported Cases

  • Ibrahim v. Department of Homeland Security (9th Cir. Feb. 8, 2012, No. 10-15873) 2012 WL 390126.

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Admissions

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

Education

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