Alicia is a key member of executive team at Echelon Corporation. She currently oversees and manages all domestic and international Legal, HR and IR matters, including corporate and Board governance; SEC and other regulatory compliance; M&A and strategic transactions; IP asset creation and management; customer and channel strategies and agreements; recruiting, employment, organizational development, compensation and benefits, and international issues; litigation management; corporate processes, tools and trainings; and department budget definition and management.
Prior to Echelon she served as General Counsel and Strategic Consultant at Strategic Legal Solutions, as VP of Business Development and General Counsel at Extreme Networks, as well as VP and General Counsel at AristaSoft and Adaptec Inc. She has earned her AB in International Relations from Stanford University and her J.D. from University of California School of Law.
Saina Shamilov’s national practice focuses on patent and other intellectual property litigation and counseling. She has experience with all aspects of litigation including summary judgment, trial and appeal. She has successfully represented clients in various jurisdictions around the country including Northern District of California, Central District of California, District of Delaware, and Eastern District of Texas. She has also represented clients in Section 337 investigations instituted by the U.S. International Trade Commission and represented petitioners and patent owners in front of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Saina has been repeatedly recognized as a Rising Star by Northern California Super Lawyers. In 2015, Saina was honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as one of Silicon Valley’s most influential women. Saina was also recognized as an Outstanding Volunteer by the Bar Association of San Francisco's Justice & Diversity Center in 2016 for her pro bono work.
Prior to attending law school, Saina was a software engineer. Her technical background allows her to effectively understand her clients’ technologies and translate difficult technical issues into arguments that are understandable and compelling to the judge or jury. She has developed a record of establishing early defense strategies that drive early settlements or dismissals with non-practicing entities. Saina has successfully represented clients in various technological fields including networking and telecommunications, e-commerce and Internet-related technologies, software engineering, computer architecture, CRM systems and database management.
In 2014, Saina was a second-chair trial counsel for Zillow and Adchemy winning a defense verdict in the Western District of North Carolina against competitor LendingTree. After a five weeks trial, the jury found that Zillow and Adchemy did not infringe the asserted patents and the patents were invalid.
Saina was a trial counsel for Amazon.com winning a defense jury verdict in Delaware in Cordance v. Amazon.com in which two of the three asserted patents were found not infringed and the third invalid.
Tina Patel has served as Associate General Counsel at Lab126, an Amazon subsidiary located in Sunnyvale, California, since 2011. In her current role, she oversees a team of legal professionals responsible for supporting the design, development, manufacture, marketing, and distribution of Amazon’s consumer electronic devices, including the Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV and Echo.
Prior to joining Lab126, Tina was a technology transactions partner with Shearman & Sterling in their Silicon Valley office. Tina started her career as a patent litigator with Fish & Neave (now part of Ropes & Gray) and prior to joining Shearman & Sterling, Tina had a role as in-house legal counsel for a software startup in 2000-2001. Tina received her Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, from Vanderbilt University where she graduated with majors in computer science, mathematics and philosophy. Tina received her Juris Doctor degree with honors from Duke University School of Law.
On a personal note, Tina is originally from Florida, has lived in the Bay Area for over twenty years, is married (to another attorney) and has twin eleven year old boys.
Li Westerlund has about 15 years’ experience in the sector of intellectual property law, with particular focus on patent law. Li currently serves as Vice President, Global Intellectual Property (IP) at Bavarian Nordic Group. Before joining Bavarian Nordic in 2004, she served for more than three years as Senior Associate at the Swedish law firm, RydinCarlsten and as European Legal Specialist at the U.S. law firm, McKenna Long & Aldridge, L.L.P. Prior to these positions, she worked as a legal intern at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (CAFC) for its current chief judge. In 2004, Li was appointed Professor of Law at Linkoping University in Sweden. Preceding these positions, she worked as a legal research assistant and as a regular lecturer at Stockholm University and at the Karolinska Institute. From 2005 to 2007 she served on the Board of Directors for ZACCO A/S – Patents – Trademarks – Design (Denmark, Sweden, Norway). From 2005 and presently she serves on the Board of Directors for mNemoscience GmbH. Specialties:- Managing Intellectual Property Rights and Patent Departments. - Litigation in the intellectual property field. - Company strategies with respect to intellectual property. - Coordinating litigation, patent prosecution, and overall patent portfolio and freedom to operate in the patent field under European and U.S. law. - Life Sciences law, including licensing, regulatory matters, and dispute resolution solutions.
Brynly is General Counsel of Ripple. Before joining Ripple, Brynly advised fintech companies and held senior legal positions, including serving as General Counsel to the Small and Medium Business group at PayPal and as Senior Director of Litigation at eBay. In these roles, she led litigation teams and partnered on matters including commercial deals, M&A and IP protection. Brynly also brings extensive legal and financial experience from her previous roles at O’Melveny & Myers and Charles Schwab, as well as a clerkship under Judge Fern M. Smith (Ret.) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.
Jennifer Capabianco is a Partner in Selman Breitman’s San Francisco office and is a member of the firm’s General Liability, Commercial Litigation, and Products Liability practice groups. She represents insured and private businesses, individuals, and non-profit organizations in all forms of disputes, including litigation arising from claims of professional negligence, general negligence, rental vehicle disputes, breach of contract, statutory claims, landlord-tenant disputes, fraud, invasion of privacy, discrimination, ADA violations, and all other civil disputes.
Jennifer’s clients include massage therapists and aestheticians, private health clubs, entertainment venues, and rental car companies whose defense specifically involves evaluation of contractual waiver of liability, assumption-of-the-risk clauses, and statutory issues.
Her practice also includes representation of various premises owners in claims involving personal injury and wrongful eviction. Jennifer has defended product defect claims on behalf of product manufacturers, such as manufacturers of wine bottles. Jennifer also assists insurers directly on their recovery and subrogation claims. Finally, she serves as General Counsel for the Homeless Veteran's Emergency Housing facility, providing day-to-day legal advice to assist this non-profit organization provide services to veterans in need.
Familiar with every stage of litigation, Jennifer assists with pre-claim investigation, and helps resolve problems even before claims turn in to litigation. Once litigation is commenced, Jennifer is highly skilled in directing litigation to the most economic and efficient resolution, whether that be at the pleading stage, through summary judgment, through use of the Discovery Act procedures, or settlement. Where resolution short of trial is not available, Jennifer is a skilled trial attorney whose rapport with other counsel, the bench, and jurors has led to excellent results for her clients. She works closely with general counsel, claims representatives, businesses, and individuals to ensure that the course of action taken always comports with the client's overall economic, business, and personal goals. Jennifer is a true service provider, always available to respond to questions and provide advice as needed by her clients.