AREA OF PRACTICE

Intellectual Property Litigation

Biography

Sarah Hartman is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation & Arbitration and Intellectual Property Litigation Practice Groups. Sarah has a broad commercial litigation practice, with a focus on intellectual property litigation in federal district courts and appellate courts in the United States. Sarah advises and represents clients through all aspects of litigation, from inception through trial and appeal. Sarah has also represented clients in Section 337 investigations in the US International Trade Commission (ITC), and in appeals from decisions of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Sarah has successfully litigated patent cases involving a broad range of technologies, including computer networking, LED panels and LED lights, automotive audio technology, mobile systems and applications, map-based communication technology and internet services and systems. Sarah also has extensive experience representing clients in complex commercial disputes, including entertainment disputes, defamation, unfair competition, products liability, employment litigation, class action defense, false advertising, securities litigation and other complex financial disputes.

Sarah serves as co-chair of the Brown Rudnick Women’s Initiative, a collective of Brown Rudnick women attorneys focused on strengthening their internal community and external networks and assisting one another in the advancement of professional endeavors.

Sarah was recognized in the 2021 editions of The Best Lawyers in America© and Southern California's Best Lawyers© as “One to Watch” for Intellectual Property Litigation. Sarah graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California, and received her J.D. Order of the Coif from Vanderbilt University Law School, where she served as a managing editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review.

Awards

Representation

Representation of owner of a large portfolio of computer networking patents in multiple lawsuits in the Western District of Texas.

Representation of founder and CEO of nonprofit animal rights organization in her claim of trademark infringement against a well-funded competitor.

Representation of a company that develops and sells automotive interface products in its claim of infringement of patents concerning wireless connectivity for audio and multimedia integration systems against the world’s largest automotive manufacturers and suppliers.

Representation of domestic manufacturer and inventor of technologies relating to LED display panels and LED lights in a patent infringement campaign in the ITC and Eastern District of Texas against mostly foreign competitors.

Representation of a technology services company and its President in an action against the company’s former Vice President of Operations for misappropriation of trade secrets, conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, and breach of contract.

Representation of a software company in its claim of infringement of patents concerning software-enabled functionality of location services against some of the world’s largest consumer technology and electronics companies.

Representation of one of the nation’s largest television and radio audience measurement companies in a multimillion-dollar litigation against a famous radio personality and his company, involving claims of fraud, conspiracy, unfair business practices, and tortious interference, and counterclaims of conspiracy, tortious interference, and unfair business practices.

Representation of several major motion picture studios in the successful defense of putative national consumer class action litigations. The cases were won on motions to dismiss.

Representation of major country music star and televised shopping network in the successful defense of a litigation asserting Lanham Act claims (trademark infringement and dilution) and unfair competition. The case was won on a motion to dismiss. The case was covered by Law360.

Representation of a multinational media conglomerate in an arbitration involving a film financing dispute with a New York hedge fund, which resulted in a favorable settlement for the client.

Representation of the BVI Liquidator of the Fairfield Funds (the largest feeder funds into the Madoff Ponzi scheme) in the Funds’ Chapter 15 case in Bankruptcy Court in New York, including the prosecution of over 300 clawback actions commenced by the foreign liquidator and the Funds against certain of the Funds’ redeemers. The clawback actions seek the return to the Funds of over $6 billion in overpaid redemptions.

Representation of a global corporate apparel manufacturer in defense of a mass tort / products liability litigation, resulting in favorable settlements for the client.

Education

Vanderbilt University Law School – J.D., Order of the Coif, 2011
University of Southern California – B.A., magna cum laude, 2008

Bar Admissions

California
New York
District of Columbia
US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
US District Court for the Western District of Texas
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California
US District Court for the Southern District of California
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Publications
Quoted, “Slow and Steady,” The Daily Journal (September 9, 2016)
Recognized in “Frankfurt Kurnit Beats Back California Talent Scam Prevention Act Claim” (July 8, 2016)
Co-author, “Was Anyone Hurt? – New Supreme Court Test Raises the Bar for Class Action Plaintiffs” (May 24, 2016)
Speaking Engagements
Panelist, "Entertainment Law Panel," Vanderbilt University Law School’s Entertainment & Sports Law Society (March 25, 2021)
Professional Affiliations
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Orange County Bar Association
Awards and Honors
Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© and Southern California's Best Lawyers© as "Ones to Watch" for Litigation - Intellectual Property (2021)