Reid Mullen represents clients in a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters. Mr. Mullen graduated from UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2008, where he was a director of Appellate Competitions for the Boalt Hall Board of Advocates and a member of the Ecology Law Quarterly.
Cases of Note
Oracle America, Inc. v. Google Inc.: We represented Google in a high-stakes patent and copyright war brought by Oracle with billions of dollars at stake. Oracle, which bought the Java programming language by acquiring Sun Microsystems in January 2010, alleged that Google’s Android mobile technology infringed Oracle's Java patents and copyrights. An expert for Oracle estimated Google owed Oracle up to $6 billion in damages for infringement. Our team defended Google against all the patent and copyright claims, and also argued that the damage estimates were wildly inflated. Following repeated rounds of motions and briefing, the judge dismissed the bulk of Oracle’s copyright claims, and at trial the jury rendered a unanimous verdict rejecting all claims of patent infringement. Although the jury decided that Google infringed an Oracle copyright on nine out of millions of lines of source code, the case is considered a sweeping victory for Google, with zero damages.
Suffolk Technologies LLC v. AOL Inc. and Google Inc.: A Virginia federal judge granted our motion for summary judgment on all but one of Suffolk’s patent infringement claims, and issued a Daubert ruling striking the plaintiff’s expert damages opinion in its entirety. Soon after, Suffolk stipulated to invalidity on the last remaining claim. Suffolk had claimed that Google’s Adsense advertising placement technology, which selectively places paid advertisements for a company’s product or service on the Web page of another, used a similar protocol to the one under patent with Suffolk.
Company Founders v. Investment Banking and Securities Firm: The founders of a Silicon Valley-based semiconductor company allege a major investment banking and securities firm manipulated the 2008 financial crisis to defraud them of more than $100 million. On behalf of the founders, we filed suit asserting the firm and two account executives committed fraud and breached their fiduciary duties by forcing the founders to sell millions of shares of stock at an extraordinary loss during the crisis of 2008.
In re Ronald W. Ross: In this pro bono habeas corpus case we won freedom for Ronald Ross, an innocent man who had been wrongfully convicted of attempted murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2006. Over the course of a four-year investigation, we, along with our co-counsel at the Northern California Innocence Project, uncovered trial-witness recantations and other newly discovered evidence that conclusively established Mr. Ross’s innocence. We presented this evidence at a three-day evidentiary hearing in Alameda County Superior Court, and we eventually convinced the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office to join in our request that Mr. Ross’s conviction be vacated. The Court granted Mr. Ross’s habeas petition and the District Attorney dismissed the underlying charges. After spending almost seven years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Mr. Ross was freed. We now represent Mr. Ross in post-habeas proceedings seeking compensation from the State of California for his wrongful conviction and incarceration.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Best Brief, Written and Oral Advocacy Course
Best Oralist, Pace Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, Round Two
"Statutory Complexity Disguises Agency Capture in Citizens Coal Council v. EPA," 34 Ecology Law Quarterly 927 (2007).
Member, American Bar Association
Member, New York State Bar Association