Matthew M. Werdegar

Top rated business litigation attorney in San Francisco, California

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP
Matthew M. Werdegar
Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

Practice Areas: Business litigation, Intellectual property litigation, Antitrust litigation; view more

Licensed in California since: 1999

Education: Stanford Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015, 2018 - 2023

Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP

633 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111 Visit website


As a partner at Keker, Van Nest & Peters LLP, Matthew M. Werdegar has developed a strong reputation for helping clients find solutions to high-stakes disputes. To this end, he primarily tackles antitrust law, contract and commercial law, consumer and class actions, and intellectual property cases in San Francisco, California. His clients rely on him to find effective solutions to complex problems.

Mr. Werdegar completed his bachelor's degree at Stanford University. He then had the privilege of completing his M.A. overseas at the University of London via the Marshall Scholarship program. After this, he returned to America to complete his J.D. at Stanford Law School. He was first admitted to practice in California in 1999. While in law school, he worked as the notes editor for Stanford Law Review.

Several organizations and publications have named Mr. Werdegar among the best lawyers in the country and in California. For example, from 2012 to the present, he was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation. Some of the top clients he has represented include Zscaler, Pure Storage, Inc. and New Relic, Inc.

Mr. Werdegar invests a great deal of time in grooming the next generation of attorneys. He teaches the trial advocacy program at Stanford Law School. His philanthropic work includes serving on the board of OneJustice, a statewide California nonprofit that provides legal services to at-risk and low-income groups.

Practice areas

Business litigation, Intellectual property litigation, Antitrust litigation, Class action/mass torts: plaintiff, Consumer law, Government contracts

Focus areas

Trade secret, Antitrust & trade litigation

  • 40% Business litigation
  • 20% Intellectual property litigation
  • 10% Antitrust litigation
  • 10% Class action/mass torts: plaintiff
  • 10% Consumer law
  • 10% Government contracts

First Admitted: 1999, California

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Why Trade Wars Won’t Safeguard Trade Secrets, Managing Intellectual Property, 2019
  • "Grow Your Business, Not Your Legal Bills: Avoid Litigation While Hiring New Talent, Managing Customer Data, and Protecting IP," 2011
  • "3 E-discovery Trends You Can't Afford to Ignore," Corporate Counsel, 2014, co-authored with Ben Hur
  • "Planning for E-Discovery: Federal courts in California Have Developed New Rules and Guidelines," California Lawyer, 2014, co-authored with Ben Hur
  • "2016 Rulings Shed Light on Software Patent Eligibility Standards," BNA's Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal, 2017, co-authored with Matthias Kamber
  • "One year on: the federal Defend Trade Secrets Act," Daily Journal, 2017, co-authored with Warren Braunig
  • "Jury's Still Out on the Impact of the Defend Trade Secrets Act," Inside Counsel, 2017, co-authored with Warren Braunig
  • Symantec v. Zscaler
  • Commercial Property v. Mortgage Corporation
  • Maritime Association v. Miniace
  • Rembrandt Technologies, Inc. v. Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
  • Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company v. Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation
  • Plaintiff v. Cepia, LLC
  • American Medical Response Inc. et al. v. Paramedics Plus, et al.
  • CA, Inc. d/b/a CA Technologies v. New Relic, Inc.
  • EMC Corporation v. Pure Storage Inc.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • California
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Bar Association of San Francisco
  • American Bar Association
Educational Background:
  • University of London, M.A., 1993
  • Stanford University, B.A., 1991
  • Marshall Scholarship, University of London, 1992-1994
  • Order of the Coif, Stanford Law School, 1998
  • Notes editor, Stanford Law Review, Stanford Law School, 1998
  • Northern California Super Lawyer for Business Litigation, 2014 - present
  • The Best Lawyers in America for Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation, 2012 - present
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • California Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Volunteer faculty, Stanford Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, 2014 - present
Industry Groups:
  • Data Storage
  • Internet
  • Network Security
  • SaaS
  • Semiconductors
  • Software
  • Wireless Communications

Office location for Matthew M. Werdegar

633 Battery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Phone: 415-676-2248


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2015, 2018 - 2023

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