Sophie Hood handles complex litigation, regularly arguing in both federal and state court. She has represented clients in civil and criminal cases involving intellectual property, fraud, breach of contract, antitrust, and securities disputes. Ms. Hood also devotes her time to pro bono matters, including high-impact appellate cases.
Prior to joining Keker & Van Nest, Ms. Hood was a fellow at the Information Law Institute of New York University, where she focused on privacy and technology. Before attending law school, Ms. Hood worked as an analyst in Morgan Stanley’s Institutional Securities division and as a research associate at Harvard Business School. Ms. Hood speaks Spanish and grew up in San Francisco.
Cases of Note
Plaintiff v. Venture Capital Firm and Firm Partner: On behalf of a venture capital firm and its general partners, we defeated aggressive litigation filed by one of the firm’s portfolio companies. Our client had invested in the plaintiff company more than 25 years prior to the litigation, and was the plaintiff’s largest minority shareholder. The case began when our client exercised its contractual right to compel the plaintiff’s IPO so it could finally liquidate its investment. The plaintiff retaliated by accusing a firm partner who had exercised his stock options of breach of contract, conversion, and fraud. After successfully getting the case moved from Orange County to San Mateo, we battled with the plaintiff over the sufficiency of its pleadings and defeated a succession of attempts by the plaintiff to uncover in discovery our clients’ confidential and irrelevant business strategies concerning its investment. Ultimately, despite repeated efforts by the plaintiff to expand and delay the litigation, we convinced the San Mateo Superior Court to grant our clients’ motion for summary judgment in its entirety.
Prolifiq Software Inc. v. Veeva Systems: We defended Veeva Systems from patent infringement allegations brought by its competitor in the Northern District of California. The patents relate to the creation of email messages using multiple layers and/or content available on servers. We successfully narrowed the scope of the case from five patents to two, and further narrowed the case when the court agreed one of the claims was invalid. After that, we secured a very successful settlement for a fraction of the original demand.
Honors and Awards
Yale Law School
- Editor, Yale Law Journal
- Development Editor, Yale Journal of International Law
- Lillian Goldman Scholar
- Coker Fellow, Legal Writing Instruction