Jeannine Yoo Sano
Class of 1994

Partner, White & Case

Silicon Valley, CA

Jeannine’s practice focuses on patent litigation in district courts across the country and before the United States International Trade Commission, in technology fields such as microprocessors, chipsets, memory, image sensors, displays and software. Her trial credentials include serving as lead trial counsel in cases in the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas, Middle District of Florida, and Central District of California, as well as in proceedings before the United States International Trade Commission, in addition to jury and bench trials in the Western District of Texas, Northern District of California, and the Northern District of Illinois.

Highlights include a complete defense jury verdict of non-infringement and invalidity of all asserted patent claims in Texas; a final determination of invalidity/non-infringement of all five asserted patents in the ITC on behalf of respondents (affirmed by the Federal Circuit); and a jury verdict of infringement and over 100 million in damages on behalf of the patentee in Northern California.

In addition to participating in appeals before the Federal Circuit, she has presented oral argument before the California Court of Appeal on an issue of first impression on the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, resulting in affirmance of summary judgment and an award of attorneys’ fees.

Jeannine has previously served as the Chair of the Patent Litigation Committee and the ITC Committee for the ABA IP Law Section, and has been selected to serve as an Early Neutral Evaluator for the Northern District of California. She has also been a guest instructor for Notre Dame Law School’s trial advocacy program and a judge for the mock trial and patent law programs at Stanford Law School.

She is a member of the Women Lawyers of the Eastern District of Texas Advisory Committee and the Stanford Alumni Association.