Yonatan E. Braude

Yonatan E. Braude

Of Counsel

San Francisco, (415) 268-6225


Harvard University (B.A., 1999)
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (J.D., 2007)

Bar Admissions



Hon. Stephen F. Williams, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit

Yonatan E. Braude is an attorney in the Litigation Department of Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office. Mr. Braude’s practice focuses on complex civil litigation, including antitrust, appellate, class action, commercial, securities, and intellectual property licensing matters. Mr. Braude has successfully represented companies and corporate officers and directors in industries including consumer products, electronics, financial services, information technology, life sciences, and social media.

Mr. Braude has also won significant pro bono victories. Mr. Braude successfully briefed and argued an appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit concerning student loan law, representing the appellant, a student loan debtor. In a precedent-setting opinion that clarified the standards for receiving a discharge of student loan debt in bankruptcy, the Ninth Circuit unanimously reversed the district court’s decision to deny the appellant an undue hardship discharge and granted appellant complete victory. Hedlund v. Educ. Res. Inst., Inc., 718 F.3d 848 (9th Cir. 2013).

Mr. Braude earned his J.D. in 2007 from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), where he received the Thelen Marrin Award for graduating first in his class.

At Berkeley, Mr. Braude was also elected to the Order of the Coif and served on the California Law Review and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal. He earned Jurisprudence Awards in Federal Courts, Evidence, Civil Procedure I, Civil Procedure II, Torts, and Introduction to Intellectual Property, as well as a Prosser Prize in Income Tax I and a Moot Court Advocacy Award for brief writing and oral argument. During law school, Mr. Braude served as a judicial extern for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. He also worked as a summer law intern at the Civil Division, Appellate Staff of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Braude earned his B.A., magna cum laude, from Harvard University.

Before joining Morrison & Foerster, Mr. Braude served as a law clerk to the Honorable Stephen F. Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

Mr. Braude’s representative matters include the following:

  • Represent defendant Seiko Epson Corporation and its affiliates in federal multi-district and state court antitrust litigation arising from an alleged TFT-LCD (flat panel display) price-fixing conspiracy—one of the largest price-fixing matters ever brought in the United States. Cumulative damages sought in the suits, which included direct and indirect purchaser class actions and numerous large opt-outs, were in the billions.
  • Represented the Clorox Company, defeating an expedited motion for a preliminary injunction seeking to block a shareholder vote.
  • Represented a large electronics manufacturer in a multi-stage intellectual property licensing arbitration concerning wireless telecommunications standards and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory licensing terms, resulting in a successful conclusion for the client.
  • Represented a developer and licensor of high-definition television technology in a breach of contract and trademark dispute and assisted in strategically resolving the matter.
  • Represent a life sciences company in an international patent licensing arbitration, handling complex issues of international choice-of-law and foreign contract law.
  • Represented McKesson Corporation in False Claims Act suits alleging pharmaceutical pricing fraud in federal and state healthcare programs.
  • Represented clients in connection with investigations by the Federal Trade Commission and the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Represented 11 former outside directors of a company, once the largest residential mortgage lender in the United States, in a securities class action and derivative and state court actions. All of these actions have settled with full releases for clients or have been dismissed, and in none of these cases did the firm’s clients pay any settlement.
  • Successfully defended Yahoo! and several of its officers in a securities class action in federal court in the Northern District of California, winning a dismissal with prejudice of all claims. In re Yahoo! Sec. Litig., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113036 (N.D. Cal. 2012). Also representing Yahoo! on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, seeking to preserve the district court victory.
  • Successfully defended a social gaming company and its officers and directors in a securities class action in federal court in the Northern District of California, obtaining a dismissal of all claims.

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