Jennifer Huber handles civil and criminal litigation matters, such as enforcement matters brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, white-collar criminal defense, legal malpractice, and intellectual property. Her clients have included executives of publicly-traded companies, large corporations, and San Francisco law firms. Ms. Huber has been an active member of multiple trial teams and has represented clients in both federal and state courts.
Ms. Huber also has an active pro bono practice. She second-chaired a Section 1983 civil rights suit in federal court, and has experience in parole proceedings, asylum proceedings, and habeas corpus petitions.
Cases of Note
Google Inc. v. Beneficial Innovations Inc.: On behalf of Google, we successfully sued a patent troll in Marshall, Texas. A federal jury determined that a patent infringement lawsuit filed by Beneficial Innovations Inc. against a number of Google's customer companies violated a licensing agreement it had with the technology giant.
Securities and Exchange Commission v. Executive: The Securities and Exchange Commission launched a securities fraud suit in California federal court against our client, a former vice president of sales. The SEC claimed he grossly inflated his company's revenue in order to raise additional capital from investors. We also defended him in a parallel criminal investigation. We were able to prevent any criminal charges from being filed, and resolved the SEC case for a small penalty.
United States v. Michael Shanahan Jr.: In a criminal options backdating case, we secured a dismissal before trial for Michael Shanahan Jr., who served on Engineered Support Systems Inc.'s board of directors and was a member of the company's compensation committee. We also represented him in a parallel options backdating action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. After eight days of trial testimony, a federal judge in Missouri granted our motion for judgment as a matter of law.
Apple Inc. v. HTC Corp: We served as lead counsel for HTC, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of handheld devices, in its battle with Apple over smartphone technology. Apple first sued HTC in district court and before the International Trade Commission (ITC), claiming our client had infringed on 20 patents related to various computer-related technologies, including user interfaces, operating systems, power management, and digital signal processing. The ITC hearing that went to decision resulted in a favorable ruling, and HTC obtained a settlement to become the first Android handset maker licensed by Apple.
Deasy v. State of California: We represented Annika Deasy, a Swedish national convicted of accessory to murder, in her quest for parole. Ms. Deasy was involved in a crime spree in which her boyfriend shot and killed two men. After pleading guilty she was sentenced to prison at the California Institution for Women. While in prison, Ms. Deasy completed a remarkable rehabilitation. She conquered her heroin addiction, established a prison Narcotics Anonymous chapter, religious ministry and a guide dog training program for her fellow inmates. Despite her commitment to reform and admission of guilt, Ms. Deasy was twice denied parole. Once we began representing Ms. Deasy pro bono in her parole-board hearings and related proceedings, we were able to arrange for her transfer to a Swedish prison in 2009 and her eventual release in 2011.
Prisoner v. Police Officer: We represented a California state prisoner in a civil rights suit against a police officer for misconduct in connection with our client’s arrest. After the plaintiff’s case survived summary judgment, the federal court asked us to step in and represent the plaintiff at trial, thus allowing our client to have his day in court.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
- Member, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Member, Bar Association of San Francisco