Sonal Mehta is a dynamic trial lawyer and strategic counselor representing many of the world’s leading technology and life sciences companies in complex disputes spanning IP, antitrust, class action, and complex commercial issues. With 20 years of experience resolving high-stakes matters, she is regularly called upon by clients—ranging from Silicon Valley’s top technology companies to cutting-edge start-ups—to serve as lead counsel in the courtroom and as a trusted advisor in the boardroom.
Sonal’s advocacy across all aspects of trial and appellate practice—including federal jury trials, state court jury and bench trials, international arbitrations, and federal and state court appeals—has earned her numerous recognitions. Benchmark Litigation has recognized her as a California Intellectual Property Litigator of the Year, San Francisco Attorney of the Year, and National Practice Area Star, and to its elite Top 10 Women in Litigation and Top 250 Women in Litigation lists. Sonal is also highly ranked by Chambers and Partners in Chambers Global and Chambers USA, which report that her clients and others in the field have described Sonal as an “exceptionally talented”, “truly excellent”, “a very strong oral advocate, articulate and a great strategic thinker,” “incredibly quick on her feet, unflappable, and even-keeled,” and “an excellent advocate with strong judgement,” who has “repeatedly impressed [with] her instincts.” She has also been repeatedly recognized for delivering outstanding results for her clients by The American Lawyer, Litigation Daily, The Legal 500, Law360, and numerous other publications.
Outside of the courtroom, Sonal is a leader at her firm, where she sits on the firmwide Management Committee, and in the legal community more broadly. Sonal serves on the Board of Directors for the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, the Board of Directors of the Northern District of California’s Practice Program, on the Northern District of California’s Patent Local Rules Attorney Advisory Committee, as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, and recently concluded a years-long term as an Executive Committee and Board member—and past president—of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. She teaches Patent Litigation at UC Berkeley School of Law each year and is a frequent speaker on patent and technology litigation topics.
Updated July 2023