Jon B. Streeter
Partner

jstreeter@kvn.com
Tel. (415) 676-2249

Education

UC Berkeley School of Law , J.D., 1981

Stanford University, A.B., with honors, 1978

Prior Experience

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP (1983-1997)

Clerkships

Hon. Harry T. Edwards
U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 1982-1983

Bar Admissions

California

United States Supreme Court

Jon B. Streeter

Jon Streeter has been litigating complex business cases for almost three decades. During that time he has handled cases all over the country in trial and appellate courts, both state and federal. His expertise covers many specialized fields, including intellectual property, antitrust, securities, real estate, mortgage banking, executive compensation, energy regulation, and insurance coverage.

Mr. Streeter represents a broad variety of corporations, individual corporate officers and directors, public utilities, and public entities. He spends a significant amount of his time advising clients who wish to resolve disputes through negotiation prior to litigation. Although much of his litigation involves the defense of claims, more than half of his work in recent years has involved plaintiff-side cases for corporate and public sector clients that have generated recoveries, in the aggregate, of nearly a billion dollars.

Another notable feature of Mr. Streeter’s resume is his pro bono work and his distinguished record of bar leadership and public service activities.

Cases of Note

AUL Corporation v. Executives: We represented three individuals in a breach of contract and California corporations code action relating to terms of an investment contract. We settled favorably on the eve of trial.

Commercial Property v. Mortgage Corporation: We represented the owners of a Silicon Valley commercial office building in a dispute over unlawful mortgage servicing practices. We won a complete victory at the jury trial, collecting a verdict of $7.5 million in actual damages plus $30 million in punitive damages. The case was favorably settled prior to appeal.

Golden State Warriors v. Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum: We represented the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority in a series of disputes with the coliseum's professional basketball team. These disputes, involving tens of millions of dollars, arose over more than ten years and involved miscellaneous claims and cross-claims. Over the course of four arbitrations, we collected $32.25 million for our client.

Plaintiff v. Semiconductor Company: We represented a semiconductor company in a landmark trade secret misappropriation case. Our client sought more than $100 million in damages and an injunction. We won an interlocutory appeal at an early stage of the case, making this the first appellate case in California to address the circumstances in which a trade secret plaintiff may obtain pretrial discovery. We settled the case for a confidential amount while a jury trial was underway. This case remains one of the leading California precedents on this issue.

Plaintiffs v. Real Estate Investors: We defended certain real estate investors against alter ego claims, in both state and federal court. These alter ego claims were brought in an effort to hold our clients personally liable for a $7.5 million judgment against their company and to pierce the corporate veil protecting our client's real estate investment firm. Following a multi-week bench trial, the court entered judgment for our clients and awarded them attorneys' fees.

Awards and Honors

  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, Patent Litigation, Patent Law, 2007-2014
  • Anti-Defamation League’s Distinguished Jurisprudence Award, 2013
  • Top 100 Lawyers in California, Daily Journal, 2012
  • Recognition for Stanford Volunteer Activities -- Stanford Associates 2012-2015; STARS Volunteer Leadership Assembly, 2012
  • Alliance for Justice, Champions of Justice Award, 2009
  • Boalt Hall African-American Students, Distinguished Alumni Award, 2007
  • Robert G. Sproul Jr. Award for Commitment to Civil Rights and Pro Bono Services, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, 2005
  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2002-2012

Professional Affiliations

  • Chair, Task Force on Admissions Regulation Reform for the State Bar of California
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • American Inns of Court, Edward McFetridge Chapter: President, 2007-2008; Executive Committee, 2002-present
  • Advisory Board, American Constitution Society, San Francisco Chapter
  • Board of Directors, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
  • National Finance Committee, Obama for America
  • Member, American Law Institute
  • Stanford University Alumni Association Board of Directors, 2010-present
  • President, State Bar of California, 2011-2012
  • Board of Trustees, State Bar of California, 2008-2011
  • Application Evaluation and Nomination Committee for the State Bar Disciplinary Court, California Supreme Court, 2010
  • Vice Chairman, Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, California State Senate, 2005-2008
  • Vice Chairman, California State Senate Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice, 2005-2008
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers of Northern California: President, 2006 -2007; Board of Directors, 2003-2007
  • Bar Association of San Francisco: President, 2004; Board of Directors, 1996-1998, 2000-2004
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals: Chair, Lawyer Delegation for the Northern District of California Delegation, 1999; Lawyer Delegate, 1997-1999; Member, Task Force on Self-Represented Litigants, 2001-2003
  • Alumni Board of Trustees, Boalt Hall School of Law, 2001-2004
  • Board of Directors, American Civil Liberties Union, Northern California Chapter, 1998-2002

Semiconductor Equipment Co. v. Semiconductor Equipment Co.: We pursued a $100 million trade secret claim for our client against a former employee, a startup company whose business was founded upon the stolen trade secrets, and a major competitor that conspired in the theft. We settled on very favorable terms for our client while a jury trial was underway. The case generated a published opinion on an interlocutory appeal that remains one of the leading trade secret precedents in California law.

Computer Memory Co. v. Computer Memory Co. et al: We represented the distributor of flash memory products in patent infringement cases and related contractual indemnity matters. We settled the patent litigation on confidential terms. In separate contractual indemnity litigation against a co-defendant, we won at trial, obtaining damages and a judicial declaration establishing full indemnity rights.

Semiconductor Equipment Co. v. Semiconductor Equipment Co.: We represented the manufacturer of electron microscope technology in a trade secret case brought by our client’s competitor, with claimed damages in excess of $100 million. The case settled on confidential terms late in the discovery process.

Computer Memory Co. v. Fabrication Facility: We represented a leading seller of flash memory products in a breach of license and trade secret misappropriation case against the fabrication facility that manufactured the flash memory devices. After winning key partial summary judgment ruling, we reached a settlement which resulted in the recovery of $30 million of past due royalties and defendant’s agreement to pay increased royalties going forward.

Semiconductor Equipment Co. v. Semiconductor Equipment Co.: We represented a leading manufacturer of etching equipment in a patent infringement lawsuit against a competitor. We won judgment in favor of our client, an injunction, and subsequently, a contempt finding for violation of the injunction. The case eventually settled on confidential terms following a partially successful appeal.

DRAM Patent Infringement Cases: We represented a leading telecommunications technology company in a series of patent infringement cases seeking to enforce a portfolio of patents covering various fundamental features of Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM). The settlements generated combined recoveries exceeding $450 million.

Computer Chip Co. v. Computer Chip Co.: We represented a leading manufacturer of programmable logic devices in a patent infringement case brought by a competitor. Following trial on a license defense, the case settled on confidential terms following a successful appeal to the Federal Circuit.

Hedge Fund v. Investment Management Company Executive et. al.: We represented the investment manager of a London-based hedge fund in securities fraud litigation. The litigation followed a crash in the worldwide corporate high-yield bond market that eventually resulted in liquidation of the hedge fund. The case settled on confidential terms favorable to our client.

Natural Gas Antitrust Cases: We represented a major utility in a series of antitrust cases brought by natural gas consumers, industrial users, and utility distributors against interstate pipeline company to recover damages for price manipulation during the 2001 energy crisis. The cases settled during pretrial proceedings. Our client’s share of the recovery was approximately $330 million.

Paper Company v. Gas Pipeline: We represented a leading paper manufacturer in antitrust litigation against an interstate natural gas pipeline. The case settled on confidential terms midway through discovery, following a key ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), which found that the pipeline had a “bottleneck monopoly” over the supply of natural gas to industrial users in our client’s region.

Investor Class v. Tax Shelter Promoter: We represented a promoter oil & gas drilling partnership in class action securities fraud litigation. The case settled confidentially after successful negotiation with directors and officers insurance carrier.

Shareholder Class v. Restaurant Chain: We represented the founder of a popular chain of restaurants in class action securities litigation. The case settled confidentially after successful negotiation with directors and officers insurance carrier.

Hedge Fund Investor v. Executives: We represented three majority shareholders of a privately held company who became embroiled in a corporate control dispute with dissident minority shareholders. We settled the matter on the eve of trial, allowing our clients to retain majority control and buy out the dissidents on favorable terms.

Real Estate Development Co. v. Mortgage Bank: We represented the owners of a commercial office building in a dispute over unlawful mortgage servicing practices. We won a spectacular victory at trial. A San Francisco jury awarded $11 million in breach of contract damages and $33 million in punitive damages on a conversion claim. The case was settled very favorably to our client while on appeal.

Professional Sports Teams v. Playing Facility: In a series of cases, we represented public entities that own the playing facility for professional sports teams. In one set of disputes, we handled various claims and cross-claims arising under an NBA team’s lease. Over the course of four arbitrations, we collected $35 million for our client. In another set of disputes, we successfully defended an effort by an NFL team to pierce the corporate veil of a public benefit corporation and collect a $31 million judgment directly against the public entities.

Technology Investor v. Real Estate Developers: We defended individual members of a Texas-based LLC against an effort by a judgment holder to pierce the corporate veil and hold the individual members of the LLC personally liable for a $7.5 million judgment. We won the case outright at trial. The plaintiff recovered nothing.

Hedge Fund v. Investment Management Company Executive et. al.: We represented the investment manager of a London-based hedge fund in securities fraud litigation. The litigation followed a crash in the worldwide corporate high-yield bond markets that eventually resulted in liquidation of the hedge fund. The case settled on confidential terms favorable to our client.

Busing Challengers v. School District: We represented a school district pro bono in two cases where opponents of a voluntary school desegregation program brought lawsuits challenging the program under Proposition 209, and the bar on racial preferences in the California constitution. We won both cases. The second of these two cases resulted in a ground-breaking opinion in American Civil Rights Foundation v. Berkeley Unified School District, 172 Cal. App. 4th 207 (2009), the first appellate opinion in California to address whether diversity may be taken into account in pupil assignment in public high schools, middle schools and elementary schools.

Widow v. Bank: We represented the widow of a deceased senior bank executive in a breach of contract and business tort case against the bank that had employed the late executive. Following his death, the bank refused to pay stock options and other equity compensation that were due to his estate. We won a resounding jury verdict for the widow in the first phase of the trial. The case settled quickly thereafter on terms very favorable to our client.

Computer Memory Co. v. Fabrication Facility: We represented a leading seller of flash memory products in a breach of license and trade secret misappropriation case against the fabrication facility that manufactured the flash memory devices. We settled the case after winning key partial summary judgment ruling. The settlement resulted in the recovery of $30 million of past due royalties and defendant’s agreement to pay increased royalties going forward.

Natural Gas Antitrust Cases: We represented a major utility in a series of antitrust cases brought by natural gas consumers, industrial users, and utility distributors against an interstate pipeline company to recover damages for price manipulation during the 2001 energy crisis. The cases settled during pretrial proceedings. Our client’s share of the recovery was approximately $330 million.

Grocery Retailer v. Insurance Company: We represented a leading grocery retailer in an insurance coverage case. Our client sought recovery under a directors and officers insurance policy for attorney’s fees and indemnity costs arising from the successful defense of corporate takeover litigation. The case settled on confidential terms on the eve of trial.

Computer Disk Drive Company v. Investor: We represented a disk drive manufacturer in arbitration against an investment partnership that funded certain research and developments projects and later sought restitution and made claims of conversion. The case settled confidentially after our successful negotiation with the directors and officers insurance carrier.

Investor Class v. Tax Shelter Promoter: We represented a promoter oil & gas drilling partnership in class action securities fraud litigation. The case settled confidentially after successful negotiation with directors and officers insurance carrier.

Shareholder Class v. Restaurant Chain: We represented the founder of a popular chain of restaurants in class action securities litigation. The case settled confidentially after successful negotiation with directors and officers insurance carrier.

Hedge Fund v. Investment Management Company Executive et. al.: We represented the investment manager of a London-based hedge fund in securities fraud litigation. The litigation followed a crash in the worldwide corporate high-yield bond markets that eventually resulted in liquidation of the hedge fund. The case settled on confidential terms favorable to our client.

Computer Memory Co. v. Fabrication Facility: We represented a leading seller of flash memory products in a breach of license and trade secret misappropriation case against the fabrication facility that manufactured the flash memory devices. We settled the case after winning key partial summary judgment ruling. The settlement resulted in the recovery of $30 million of past due royalties and defendant’s agreement to pay increased royalties going forward.

Grocery Retailer v. Insurance Company: We represented a leading grocery retailer in an insurance coverage case. Our client sought recovery under a directors and officers insurance policy for attorney’s fees and indemnity costs arising from the successful defense of corporate takeover litigation. The case settled on confidential terms on the eve of trial.

Environmental Insurance Coverage Cases: We represented a group of insurance companies in direct handling and coordination of insurance coverage litigation under environmental insurance liability (EIL) policies in connection with liabilities arising out of various Superfund sites. We successfully supervised and implemented a coordinated nationwide trial strategy designed to resolve at minimum cost dozens of EIL coverage cases, while simultaneously handling liaison relationships with European reinsurers.

Computer Disk Drive Company v. Investor: We represented a disk drive manufacturer in arbitration against an investment partnership that funded certain research and developments projects and later sought restitution and made claims of conversion. The case settled confidentially after our successful negotiation with the directors and officers insurance carrier.

Investor Class v. Tax Shelter Promoter: We represented a promoter oil & gas drilling partnership in class action securities fraud litigation. The case settled confidentially after successful negotiation with directors and officers insurance carrier.

Shareholder Class v. Restaurant Chain: We represented the founder of a popular chain of restaurants in class action securities litigation. The case settled confidentially after successful negotiation with directors and officers insurance carrier.

Busing Challengers v. School District: We represented a school district pro bono in two cases where opponents of a voluntary school desegregation program brought lawsuits challenging the program under Proposition 209, and the bar on racial preferences in the California constitution. We won both cases. The second of these two cases resulted in a ground-breaking opinion in American Civil Rights Foundation v. Berkeley Unified School District, 172 Cal. App. 4th 207 (2009), the first appellate opinion in California to address whether diversity may be taken into account in pupil assignment in public high schools, middle schools and elementary schools.

Plaintiff Class v. Highway Patrol: We provided pro bono representation of plaintiff class, victims of alleged racial profiling, in roadside stops and searches. In a pioneering settlement, the highway patrol agreed to a new program of officer training, data collection, and internal auditing program designed to track the data collected as a means of monitoring whether motorists of color were being stopped and searched disproportionately compared to other citizens.

Condemned Inmate v. Warden: We represented a death row inmate in the state court direct appeal of his convictions and sentences, and then in follow-on federal habeas corpus proceedings. We won a reversal of our client’s two first-degree murder convictions and death sentence in an en banc opinion by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A new trial was ordered. The case subsequently settled for a plea to reduced charges. The client is serving a life sentence, but has avoided the death penalty.

Media Organization v. California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation: We are representing a media organization in its lawsuit challenging California's use of unnecessary paralytic agent in its lethal injection protocol as a violation of the public's First Amendment right to meaningfully witness executions.

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