Peter Stern is a litigation partner in the firm’s San Francisco office. He has a general commercial practice with an emphasis on intellectual property litigation and counseling. His experience in patent matters includes adversarial licensing and all phases of litigation. He has litigated or arbitrated numerous commercial disputes in the fields of contract, licensing, and trade secret misappropriation. He also has experience in internal investigations involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, primarily in Asia.
Mr. Stern has also handled several high-profile engagements for corporate defendants and pro bono plaintiffs under the Alien Tort Statute, a federal statute that permits certain claims based on violations of international law. He has counseled clients in the emerging field of corporate social responsibility, and is a member of the Steering Committee of BASESwiki, a dispute resolution initiative of the U.N. Secretary General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights. He is Co-Chair of the CSR Committee of the International Bar Association.
Mr. Stern’s experience includes over 10 years in the litigation department of the firm’s Tokyo office. He has been ranked by Chambers Asia as a “Leading Individual” in the field of Intellectual Property and listed by “Best Lawyers” in the categories of both Intellectual Property and Litigation.
Mr. Stern received his B.A., Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude, from Amherst College in 1985, and his M.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1988. He received his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, in 1992, where he was Articles Editor of the California Law Review. Following graduation, Mr. Stern served as law clerk to Judge John T. Noonan, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco.
Mr. Stern joined Morrison & Foerster’s Litigation Department in 1994 and was elected to the partnership in Fall 2000. In 1992-93, he studied at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama, Japan. He is a member of Morrison & Foerster’s Pro Bono Committee.