Vera M. Elson
Vera is a partner and trial lawyer based in Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Palo Alto office. Her practice is focused on intellectual property trials and strategic counseling for high technology clients. Vera primarily handles patent cases in federal district courts across the country and proceedings before the International Trade Commission. She has extensive trial experience in high-stakes cases, including both jury trials and bench trials. Vera has also successfully litigated cases related to trade secret misappropriation, common law, and copyright claims. Vera has argued and won before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and as a lead in contested proceedings. Prior to joining the firm, she was an IP litigation partner and trial lawyer in the Silicon Valley office of Sidley Austin LLP. She previously was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Earlier in her career, she was an intern for the late Chief Judge Helen W. Nies of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.