LAIPLA Officers & Board of Directors 2016-2017

LAIPLA President 2016-2017 Bita Rahebi

Bita Rahebi

Bita Rahebi, President
Morrison & Foerster LLP

Bita Rahebi is an intellectual property litigation partner in the Los Angeles office of Morrison & Foerster.   She has litigated a wide variety of high-technology matters, and provides strategic direction to global clients in U.S. District Courts and before the International Trade Commission.  Representing both plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of litigation, Bita has led clients through pre-filing investigations, Markman hearings, summary judgments, trials, and appeal with successful results. In addition to her litigation practice, she advises clients on strategic patent licensing issues. Bita has tried criminal jury matters with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office.

Bita received her B.A., magna cum laude, in 1996, from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her J.D. in 2000 from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was an editor of the UCLA Law Review.

Bita is the LAIPLA’s Board Liaison for the Diversity Fellowship, Spring Seminar, and Federal Circuit Visit committees. 

Mark Treitel LAIPLA Board Member

Mark A. Treitel

Mark A. Treitel, Vice President
Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP

Mark A. Treitel, a patent litigation attorney, has been licensed to practice law since 1995, and is a member of both the California and New York bars. He is a registered patent attorney, licensed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. A graduate from Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law, he also holds a Bachelor in Science degree in Biology from Tufts University. He has litigated at Quinn Emanuel since 2005, working on numerous patent matters in a variety of fields including pharmaceuticals, video encoding technologies, and the global Samsung-Apple litigation.
In January, 2014, he was recognized as an IP Hero.

As a LAIPLA board member and officer, he continues to improve the organization. He was behind the website redesign, initiating LAIPLA’s social media presence and creation of the LAIPLA Ambassador Program. As Treasurer, (2014-2015) he oversaw the organization’s financial growth, allowing the organization to increase its programming three-fold. He has ensured we have 30+ Member Firms and started to Sponsorship Member programs. He kick started the successful Small Firm and Solo Practitioner committee and continues to serve as their liaison. As Secretary, (2015-2016) he created TechTainment conference, now in it’s second year. This year, as Vice President,  he will continue to oversee our highly successful Members Welcome Back Mixer and Members-Only Holiday Party.

He and his wife Mindy, have three children, Dana, Jonah and Zachary, all under the age of ten. They all look forward to attending Spring Seminar every year. Mark also serves as a board member of his synagogue, B’nai David Judea and is involved in AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee).

Laura Burson

Laura Burson

Laura Burson, Secretary
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Laura Burson is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin where she specializes in intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on patent law. She is a registered patent attorney, admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Burson has experience in all phases of litigation, including trials, arbitrations, and appeals involving intellectual property and technology-related matters. She is also active in pro bono matters and has served as a volunteer prosecutor in criminal jury trials. Her clients come from a broad range of technology areas, including medical devices, chemicals and chemical processes, biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, computers, and other technologies.

Ms. Burson received her B.A. in Chemistry in 1991 from Hendrix College and her M.S. in Biological Chemistry in 1994 from the University of California, Irvine. She earned her J.D. in 1999 from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, where she was Managing Editor of the Loyola Law Review and National Champion of the Giles S. Rich Moot Court Competition.

Ms. Burson is LAIPLA’s Board Liaison for the Young Lawyers and Judges’ Night committees.

Sarah S. Brooks

Sarah S. Brooks, Treasurer

Sarah Sheldon Brooks is Shareholder in Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C. Intellectual Property Group in the Santa Monica office. Ms. Brooks is a registered patent attorney and specializes in intellectual property disputes, including patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright litigation. Ms. Brooks has experience in all aspects of litigation including trial. In 2013, Ms. Brooks served as lead trial counsel in a patent infringement action and secured a jury verdict of willful infringement against the defendant/competitor.

Ms. Brooks is a board liaison to the monthly meetings committee, courthouse lunch and Judge’s Night committee.

Ms. Brooks received a B.S. in Biology from Tufts University and her J.D. from Tulane University where she graduated magna cum laude and order of the coif was the executive editor of the Tulane Law Review.

Scott R. Hansen

Scott R. Hansen, Immediate Past President
Viking IP

Scott Hansen has served as a technology attorney at a Fortune 500 electronics company, and as a partner at an international law firm and at a top intellectual property boutique. Since leading an LAIPLA Spring Seminar, he chaired the Sponsorship Committee, giving LAIPLA sponsors special access to an elite audience, and the Monthly Meeting Committee.

Scott is past Editor-in-Chief of New Matter, the journal of the IP Section of the State Bar of California, and a former Chair of the State Bar’s IP Litigation Interest Group. Listed as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” in intellectual property law and intellectual property litigation several years, he earned his J.D. (cum laude) from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC Santa Barbara, and a B.S. with degrees in Political Science and Applied Mechanics from UC San Diego.

Early in his legal career, the Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law in Los Angeles accorded him its Volunteer of the Year accolade.Scott now makes educational policy recommendations as an appointee to the Finance Committee of the Irvine Unified School District. A popular public speaker, he is an Associate Member of The Recording Academy.

Ted Chandler

Theodore W. Chandler, Director, 2nd Term, 1st Year
Sidley Austin LLP

Ted Chandler is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Sidley Austin.  For over a decade his practice has focused on patent litigation.  Ted has experience in patent cases involving software, hardware, and medical devices.  Ted is also registered to practice before the Patent Office where he has participated in numerous reexaminations in parallel to litigation.

Ted received his B.S.E. in Computer Science from Princeton University in 1997, and his J.D. from the Harvard Law School in 2000.

Ted has served as LAIPLA’s Board Liaison for the Judges’ Night committee, which he chaired in 2014, and the Ambassador committee.


Philip Graves

Philip Graves, Director, 1st Term, 2nd Year
Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP

Philip Graves is Of Counsel to the plaintiff-focused law firm Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP. He represents companies involved in patent cases in a wide variety of technical fields, and has extensive experience with cases involving trademark infringement, copyright infringement, unfair competition and misappropriation of trade secrets. Phil is recognized by his peers as a preeminent intellectual property litigator, as demonstrated by his inclusion in Southern California Super Lawyers® every year since 2004, and by his inclusion in the Los Angeles Business Journal list of 40 Angelenos to Know in Intellectual Property Law.

Phil served as Chair of the Spring Seminar in 2011, and as Chair of the Judges’ Night event in 2015. He has spoken on panels and authored several published articles addressing issues of concern to the patent litigation community.

Phil received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law, where was a Harlon Fiske Stone Scholar, in 1990. He subsequently clerked for the Hon. Andrew J. Kleinfeld of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, prior to joining Irell & Manella LLP in 1992.

Marjorie W. Norman

Marjorie W. Norman, Director, 1st Term, 1st Year
Venable LLP

Marjorie W. Norman is a member of the Trademark, Copyright & Licensing group in Los Angeles.  Ms. Norman has experience with intellectual property matters in various fields, including consumer goods, semiconductors, secure systems design, internet technology, network monitoring systems, cryptography, fiber optic filters, as well as cosmeceuticals and other areas of biotechnology.

Ms. Norman graduated from the Emory University School of Law.  She holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a varsity member of their swim team.


Ashe Puri

Ashe Puri, Director, 1st Term, 1st  Year
Fox Rothschild LLP

Ashe Puri is a patent litigator with Fox Rothschild LLP and a registered patent attorney.  His practice focuses primarily on electronics, computers and medical device technologies.  Prior to joining Fox Rothschild, Ashe practiced in New York City and Palo Alto.

In addition to being a Board Member of the LAIPLA, Ashe is currently an Officer and Board Member of the South Asian Bar Association of Southern California.   He also served as the Chair of the Publications Committee of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, the Chair of the 2006 Annual Meeting and Website Redesign Special Committee for the American Bar Association/Intellectual Property Law Section, and most recently as the Chair of the LAIPLA’s Washington in the West Committee and Young Lawyers Committee.  Aside from his legal practice, Ashe enjoys hiking, running, biking, tennis and skiing – basically anything outdoors.


Dennis Smith

Dennis Smith, Director, 1st Term, 1st Year
Amgen’s Intellectual Property & Litigation Group

Dennis Smith is Senior Counsel in Amgen’s Intellectual Property & Litigation Group in Thousand Oaks, California.  Prior to joining Amgen, Dennis spent more than a decade as a patent litigator at Sheppard Mullin.  While at Sheppard Mullin, Dennis litigated over 15 patent infringement cases throughout the United States involving a wide range of technologies including biotech, medical devices, computer hardware and software, chip-enabled smartcards, e-commerce, and cryptography.  Dennis is also admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and served as back-up counsel during the firm’s very first Inter PartesReview proceeding.  Dennis also Co-Chaired Sheppard Mullin’s Associates’ Forum and served as a long-time member of the firm’s Recruiting Committee.  Dennis has been recognized four times by Super Lawyers magazine as a Southern California Rising Star.

Dennis received his J.D. from Boalt in 2004 and his B.S. in Biology from UCLA in 2000.

Dennis has previously served as the Chair of the LAIPLA Judges’ Night Committee (2012-2013), Membership Committee (2013-2014), and Washington in the West Committee (2014-2015).



Jason Tokoro

Jason Tokoro, Director, 1st Term, 1st Year
Miller Barondess LLP

Jason H. Tokoro, an experienced trial attorney, has been licensed to practice law since 2007, and is a member of the California state bar.  A graduate from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley, he also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.  He is currently an associate at Miller Barondess LLC, after spending his first seven years practicing at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.  He has prevailed in complex commercial disputes involving a wide variety of issues, including intellectual property, entertainment, real estate, class actions and general business disputes.

As a LAIPLA member, he co-chaired Washington in the West 2014 and Spring Seminar 2015.  Jason hopes to continue expanding LAIPLA’s membership and grow its reputation in the copyright and trademark fields, while continuing its tradition of patent excellence.

Jason is a member of the Young Professionals Committee of the Alzheimer’s Association Southern California Chapter, a cause near and dear to his heart since his grandmother has suffered from Alzheimer’s for more than a decade.  He also volunteers for Big Sunday and is a mentor through the O’Melveny & Meyers Scholarship Program.  Jason has three dogs:  Hoku, Mojo, and Hippo.

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