Judges’ Night with The Honorable Kara F. Stoll of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
The Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (LAIPLA), and the Orange County Intellectual Property Law Association (OCIPLA), and the Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court invite you to our annual Judges’ Night reception and dinner at the Cicada Restaurant in Downtown LA on February 23, 2023.
Judges’ Night honors those members of the judiciary who handle intellectual property matters and features an interactive discussion of current topics with a panel of prominent judges and scholars. We are extremely pleased to announce that this year’s guest of honor will be The Honorable Kara F. Stoll of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Judge Stoll will be participating in a panel discussion with The Honorable Chief Judge Philip S. Gutierrez, The Honorable John W. Holcomb and The Honorable Shashi H. Kewalramani, of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
**Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association (provider # 2083) will seek approval from the State Bar of California for MCLE credit in the amount of 1.0 hour.
Tables seat 10 total – 8 guests with an additional 2 seats reserved for a judge and guest or for in-house counsel (if available)
Member* Table: $2,000 (prices increase after February 10)
Non-Member Table: $2,500 (prices increase after February 10)
Judge (plus one guest, e.g., law clerk): FREE
Government: $150 (prices increase after February 10)
Member*: $200 (prices increase after February 10)
Non-Member: $250 (prices increase after February 10)
LAIPLA Student Members: $100 (prices increase after February 10)
Non-LAIPLA Student Members: $125 (prices increase after February 10)
* Members of LAIPLA are eligible for the discounted Member rate.
Limited tickets available. This event has sold out in previous years.
Pre-registration deadline is Friday, February 10. After Friday, February 10, the registration fee increases due to limited availability. Cancellations must be received by the pre-registration deadline of Friday, February 10.
The Honorable Kara F. Stoll, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
The Honorable Kara Farnandez Stoll was appointed by President Barack H. Obama in July 2015. Prior to her appointment, Judge Stoll practiced law for seventeen years with the firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett and Dunner, LLP, where she specialized in patent litigation. Judge Stoll served as an adjunct professor at The George Washington University Law School in 2019, at George Mason University School of Law from 2008 to 2015, and at Howard University School of Law from 2004 to 2008. From 1997 to 1998, she clerked for the Honorable Alvin A. Schall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Judge Stoll worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 1991 to 1997 as a patent examiner, at the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, and in the Solicitor’s Office. She received a J.D. from Georgetown University School of Law in 1997 and a B.S.E.E. from Michigan State University in 1991.
The Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
The Honorable Philip S. Gutierrez was appointed to the bench in 2007. Born in Los Angeles, Chief Judge Gutierrez received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame in 1981 and a Juris Doctor from UCLA School of Law in 1984. Chief Judge Gutierrez worked in private practice from 1986 to 1997, when he became a judge on the Los Angeles County Superior Court, California until his appointment to the District Court. Chief Judge Gutierrez became Chief Judge in June 2020.
The Honorable John W. Holcomb, Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
Judge John W. Holcomb was appointed as a United States District Judge in November 2019. Prior to his appointment, Judge Holcomb has spent his legal career in private practice, primarily focusing on intellectual property law. He has tried major, complex litigation matters involving patents, copyrights, and trade secrets in the Central and Southern Districts of California, San Diego County Superior Court, and the Delaware Chancery Court. He has also argued appeals before the Federal Circuit and the Delaware Supreme Court. Holcomb’s clients have included individuals and entities of all sizes, from large publicly traded corporations to small privately held companies.
Judge Holcomb has also dedicated time to pro bono matters involving family law, immigration, and civil rights issues. Additionally, Holcomb has been on the Pro Bono Civil Rights Panel for the Central District since 2009, and he has served as a panel mediator for the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program for the Central District since 2012. Throughout his career, Holcomb has been involved in several bar associations in various capacities.
Judge Holcomb has worked as a partner at Greenberg Gross since 2019 where he litigated intellectual property cases, for both plaintiffs and defendants, conducted mediations, and served as a Special Master. Before joining Greenberg Gross, Holcomb briefly worked as a solo practitioner, conducting mediations and providing advice and consulting services concerning intellectual property and bankruptcy issues.
From 1997 to 2018, Judge Holcomb worked at Knobbe Martens where he became partner in 2002. During this time, he litigated intellectual property cases, for both plaintiffs and defendants, and consulted on bankruptcy, secured transactions, and commercial law issues. From 1994 to 1997, Judge Holcomb worked as an associate at Irell & Manella, focusing on general civil litigation and bankruptcy matters.
Judge Holcomb received his Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, and his Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Judge Holcomb served on active duty as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy from 1984 to 1989. Following law school, Judge Holcomb clerked for the Honorable Ronald Barliant of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
The Honorable Shashi H. Kewalramani, Judge of the United States District Court for the Central District of California
Judge Shashi H. Kewalramani was appointed as a United States Magistrate Judge in 2017. Prior to his appointment, Judge Kewalramani maintained a private practice handling intellectual property and commercial litigation on the defense and plaintiff side for his clients, federal criminal defense, and state and federal investigation matters. He is a registered patent attorney, previously served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Central and Northern Districts of California, and was a law clerk to the Honorable Richard A. Schell, the then-Chief Judge in the Eastern District of Texas.
Judge Kewalramani received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was a member of several engineering honor societies, and his J.D. from Baylor Law School, graduating cum laude, where he was also an editor of the Law Review.
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