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Feldman, Robert P.

Robert P. Feldman

Senior Counsel
Direct Tel: +1 650-801-5069
Silicon Valley
Tel: +1 650 801 5000 Fax: +1 650 801 5100

Bob Feldman represents companies and individuals in their most important matters: criminal defense, internal investigations and civil litigation where the parties’ futures may be at stake.  Bob is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He was named by Best Lawyers in America as the “Bet the Company Litigator” in the Bay Area.  He has also been recognized by Best Lawyers for Commercial Litigation and White-Collar Criminal Defense and by Chambers USA.

Since law school graduation in 1975, Bob has been a law clerk to a federal judge, a federal prosecutor in San Francisco and a partner (and litigation department chair) at the largest Silicon Valley law firm. He joined Quinn Emanuel in 2007. He currently serves on the committee that advises a United States Senator regarding judicial selections. He formerly served on the committee that advised a Governor of California regarding judicial selections. Bob has twice chaired the committee that advises the Northern District of California regarding the selection and retention of Magistrate Judges. He served as a Member of the Chief Justice’s Commission on the Future of California’s Court System, 2014-2017.

  • Represented a Fortune 200 company indicted for alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.  The case was tried in federal court in San Francisco. The company was acquitted. 
  • Represented an individual in trial of federal income tax evasion charges arising from the construction of the San Jose Transit Mall.  The individual was acquitted.
  • Represented audit committees of public companies charged with investigating conduct of company officers and employees.
  • Represented medical device company in trial against former director for breach of fiduciary duty; verdict of $23+ million in favor of company. 
  • Represented real estate developer against municipality, invalidating local ordinance after trial in federal court.
  • Represented the largest independent supplier of voicemail systems in patent infringement trial. Each asserted patent was invalidated by jury verdict.
  • Represented major software company in trial of license dispute that threatened 80 percent of the company's revenue.  The jury’s verdict entirely rejected plaintiff’s claims.
  • Represented plaintiff real estate developer in trial against municipality for breach of contract. The jury returned a $30 million verdict for plaintiff.
  • Represented, in ITC trial, the first smart phone manufacturer to reach a global resolution of patent cases during the highly publicized "smartphone wars" of 2010-2013.
  • Represented world’s largest IT research and advisory firm in suit challenging its well-known rating system.  The court dismissed the entire case on first amendment grounds.
  • Led a team of lawyers in litigating and then resolving 17 patent lawsuits pending around the world between two large semiconductor companies; led a team of lawyers in litigating a series of cases on behalf of an individual whose patents claim the basic technology for the 56k modem; and litigated private and class antitrust actions for public medical device company relating to patent pool.
  • Represented companies and individuals in securities and antitrust class actions, intra-corporate disputes and a range of other business litigation.  In these cases, clients have ranged from technology companies and their boards of directors, to a NYSE-listed consumer products company, to a hedge fund and, on a number of occasions, law firms.
  • Investigations, Government Enforcement & White Collar Criminal Defense Practice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Securities Enforcement Defense Practice
  • Columbia Law School 
    (J.D., 1975)
    • Columbia Law Review:
      • Managing Editor
    • Kent Scholar
  • SUNY at Buffalo
    (B.A., magna cum laude, 1972)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
  • The State Bar of California
  • United States Court of Appeals:
    • Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court:
    • District of Arizona
    • Central District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • Southern District of California
    • District of Colorado
  • Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati:
    • Partner, 1984-2007
    • Chair, Litigation Department, 2000-2004
  • Northern District of California:
    • Assistant United States Attorney, 1979-1984
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Samuel P. King:
    • United States District Court for the District of Hawaii
  • Named in "Bet the Company Litigation" in Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar, Litigation - Bankruptcy 2001
  • Recognized in Chambers USA
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Delegate, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Chair, Northern District of California
    • Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Committee
  • Member, Judicial Advisory Committee for Northern California