Top 250 Women - West


Dispute resolution
Top 250 Women in Litigation - West



Michelle Armond
of litigation boutique Armond Wilson has developed a national reputation in a wide range of intellectual property-related disputes. Her work on high-stakes IP disputes has led her to become a trusted authority since decamping from a competitor to start her own firm in 2019. Armond successfully led the team defending VideoShare regarding a video streaming patent asserted against Google in litigation from multiple challenges at the PTAB.  The PTAB found the patent was not a covered business method in the CBM challenge and rejected the challenge on the merits. This decision outright defeated Google’s multiple challenges, and VideoShare went on to obtain a $26 million jury verdict on the patent.

Perlette Jura of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher’s Los Angeles office co-chairs both the firm’s transnational litigation group, as well as its environmental social governance practice, representing clients from the aerospace, agricultural, automotive, emerging technology, energy, and food & beverage sectors in complex proceedings at both the trial and appellate levels. Jura is also frequently retained for counsel in class action and cross-border tort disputes.

Shannon Broome, who operates her practice out of Hunton Andrews & Kurth’s San Francisco and Washington DC offices, leads the firm’s California environmental practice group. Broome finds her legal acumen fortified by an extensive history as an oil & gas industry chemical engineer. Her practice centralizes matters of enforcement, environmental incident response, permitting, and regulatory advocacy, and she is a noted authority global climate change matters. Broome currently serves as defense counsel to Marathon Petroleum Corporation in environmental litigation that entails a myriad of claims by several plaintiffs, including numerous states, cities, and counties across the country, alleging that the client and dozens of other oil & gas firms are responsible for a large portion of emissions of greenhouse gas between the years of 1965 and 2015. The numerous matters, recalling previous mass tort claims against the tobacco industry, seek compensatory and punitive damages for numerous alleged violations and have the potential to impact legal approximations of culpability in climate change, as well as to impact the global energy supply.

Boasting over thirty years of experience, Melinda Haag of Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison’s San Francisco outfit has demonstrated the depth of her talent in white-collar criminal and complex commercial matters, as well as corporate investigation representation. Haag, who currently serves as co-chair of the firm’s white collar and regulatory defense group, is currently active in the role of lead counsel to RingCentral in a contract dispute with Zoom Video Communications.

Widely regarded as a patent thought leader, Sonal Mehta of Wilmer Hale’s Palo Alto office provides commercial and IP representation to titans of technology and life sciences at both trial and appellate levels. Mehta recently secured the dismissal of a patent proceeding brought against client Ionpath, a venture-backed start-up whose purpose is to commercialize a ground-breaking biological tissue analysis technology with the potential to present advancements to research and clinical procedure. Following litigation, it was found by the Northern District of California that Ionpath was not in violation of the showdown claims, and the plaintiff agreed to dismiss its claims for alleged interference with contract with prejudice.


 August 2022