Amelia Sargent

Willenken - California


707 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 3850
Los Angeles, CA, 90017

+1 213 955 9240

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A deep thinker and intuitive strategist, Amelia Sargent brings the best of academia’s rigor and curiosity to her complex business litigation practice, applying a bold but meticulous approach to her clients’ toughest problems. Amelia has been named a 2021 “Future Star” by Benchmark Litigation and has been recognized in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers’ “One to Watch” and among SuperLawyers’ “Southern California Rising Stars” in 2020 and 2021.

Amelia’s practice focuses on trial and appellate litigation for clients in a wide range of industries—from electric car start-ups, to established biopharmaceutical companies, to mobile game developers—with a particular focus on intellectual property and trade secret disputes. Clients turn to Amelia for her steady judgment and guidance, and her ability to weave the law and facts together into a compelling—and ultimately winning—narrative.

Amelia’s recent matters include:

  • On behalf of a Korean-based LED manufacturer, won simultaneous motions for summary judgment dismissing $16 million in cross-claims by its U.S.-distributor, and then won the appeal before the Ninth Circuit.
  • Represented as lead counsel nine executives and employees at an electric vehicle start-up against allegations of trade secret misappropriation and other claims brought in a confidential arbitration by their former employer—who was represented by a BigLaw giant.
  • Represents university professors as amici curiae before the United States Supreme Court in Republic of Hungary v. Simon (No. 18-1447) and Federal Republic of Germany v. Philipp (No. 19-351).
  • Represented the Kingdom of Spain as amicus curiae at both the trial and appellate level in the highly watched cultural property case Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation, No. 19-55616, — Fed.Appx. — (9th Cir. Aug. 17, 2020).

Amelia was also the driving force in forming Willenken’s art, cultural, and educational institutions industry group, which provides representation and counseling in a wide range of matters. Amelia teaches “Art and the Law” at the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Through regular contributions to the American Bar Association Section of International Law: Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee’s quarterly newsletter, publications in academic journals, and presentations at industry conferences such as ALI-CLE’s Legal Issues in Museum Administration, Amelia also shares her specialized knowledge of this area with the wider legal community.

Prior to joining Willenken, Amelia practiced at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP. She has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in Comparative Literature, and enjoys reading cookbooks and traveling.


Updated June 2021