Simona Agnolucci specializes in high-stakes complex litigation, including intellectual property matters, securities cases, white collar criminal defense and commercial disputes. Her clients have included medical device manufacturers, brokerage companies, investment advisors, smartphone manufacturers, and leading law firms. Ms. Agnolucci has been an active member of trial teams in both state and federal courts. She second-chaired the two-month federal criminal jury trial in United States v. Liew, during which she examined over a dozen witnesses.
Ms. Agnolucci has an active pro bono practice, in which she primarily represents women fleeing gender-based persecution. Her groundbreaking pro bono work has been recognized by national media, including the New York Times.
Ms. Agnolucci speaks Italian, French and Spanish.
Cases of Note
Cotter, et al. v. Lyft, Inc.: We represent technology company Lyft, which connects individuals in need of a ride to drivers willing to transport them. This putative class action addresses an issue critical to the new economy: whether Lyft drivers have been misclassified as independent contractors rather than employees. The court is set to address class certification at the end of 2015.
United States v. Walter Liew: We defended Silicon Valley engineer Walter Liew, who was indicted for attempted economic espionage and conspiracy to sell DuPont’s manufacturing trade secrets to the company’s Chinese competitors. The case was part of the government's effort to combat what it deemed as China's "persistent" industrial spying.
Edwards Lifesciences v. Corevalve Inc. et al.: We defended Medtronic, Inc. and its subsidiary, CoreValve, in a multi-patent case brought by Edwards Lifesciences in the District of Delaware. The patents at stake concerned CoreValve’s lifesaving transcatheter artificial heart valve. Although an injunction was initially ordered, we convinced the court to stay that injunction, and then later resolved all of the pending patent litigation with a successful settlement.
Apple, Inc. v. HTC Corp.: We defended smartphone manufacturer HTC Corp. from Apple’s assertion of six patents relating to user interface features. HTC originally was added to an action between Apple and Motorola that had been pending in the Southern District of Florida for almost two years. We successfully moved to sever Apple’s claims against HTC and HTC’s counterclaims from the litigation between Motorola and Apple, and to transfer the case to Delaware. HTC thereafter obtained a settlement to become the first Android handset maker licensed by Apple.
Awards and Honors
- Lawyer on the Fast Track, The Recorder, 2013
- UC Hastings Rising Alumna of the Year, 2013
- Northern California Rising Star in 2010 - 2015
- Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Father Cuchulain Moriarty Award, 2011. The award honors lawyers who have made an extraordinary pro bono contribution to the Lawyers' Committee's Asylum Project.
- Hastings College of the Law
- Articles editor, Hastings Law Journal
- Thurston Honors Society
- Order of the Coif
- International Legal Fellowship
- 8 Witkin Awards
Presentations and Publications
- "The Criminalization of Trade Secret Theft Under the Economic Espionage Act, 18 U.S.C. 1831 and 1832," Bar Association of San Francisco's Hot Topics in Trade Secret Law, 2014
- "Cross-Examination; Trial Objections," PLI's California Trial Advocacy, 2014
- “Hope Without Borders,” Daily Journal, 2009
- “Expedited Removal: Suggestions for Reform in Light of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom Report,” Hastings Law Journal, 2006
- “Deportation of Human Rights Abusers: Towards Achieving Accountability, Not Fostering Impunity,” Hastings International and Comparative Law Journal, 2007
- Board of Governors, UC Hastings
- Chair, Queen’s Bench amicus briefs committee
- Advisory Board, Center for Gender and Refugee Studies
- Associates Advisory Board, OneJustice
- Board of Directors, Girls on the Run