Danielle Coleman is an associate in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Ms. Coleman focuses her practice on patent litigation in federal district courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission. She also has experience with copyright, trade dress, and trade secret litigation.
Ms. Coleman has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including Internet technologies, semiconductors, consumer electronics, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals. Her matters have concerned online configuration software, computer-aided drafting (“CAD”) software, email messaging systems, mobile device management, smartphones, graphical user interfaces, touch screen panels, optical character recognition software, automated call processing, flash memory devices, and baseband processor design.
Ms. Coleman was a law clerk for the Honorable William H. Alsup, U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of California, and she also served as an extern for the Honorable Denise Page Hood, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. During law school, Ms. Coleman worked at the D.C. Law Students in Court clinic, where she represented low-income clients in landlord and tenant disputes. Prior to law school, she worked at Pfizer Inc. and Pharmacia Corp. performing biochemical research. Ms. Coleman has also held positions as a research assistant at Tulane University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan. Ms. Coleman is a named inventor on four U.S. patents.
Ms. Coleman is active in the firm’s pro bono efforts, including regularly representing low-income tenants in unlawful detainer settlement negotiations. She also successfully helped a Nicaraguan pro bono client obtain asylum in the United States. In 2014 and 2015, she received an Outstanding Volunteer Award from The Justice & Diversity Center (JDC) of BASF for her extraordinary contributions to public service. She is also a recipient of the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manuel Award for public service.
Ms. Coleman was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers in 2013 – 2016. She also received the 2015 Diversity Award from the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF) Barristers for her efforts to increase awareness of diversity issues in the Bay Area legal community. In 2015, she was co-chair of BASF’s 31st Annual Judges Reception, which helped raise thousands of dollars to support the BASF Barristers and its programs.
Ms. Coleman received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry magna cum laude, with honors in chemistry and English, from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2001. In 2006, she received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a senior editor for the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review.
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