Partners Committee


The Partners Committee has been established to foster:

  • Mentorship between Law Firm Partners and Associates/Attorneys

  • An Open Environment for Partners to network

  • Opportunities to collaborate with the APABA Silicon Valley In-House Committee

If you are interested in joining the APABA Silicon Valley Partners Committee, please register here.

For more information, please contact one of our co-chairs.


Co-Chairs

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Hogene practices patent prosecution, patent litigation, and patent counseling at Baker Botts LLP. Prior to her legal career, Hogene worked in Silicon Valley as a software engineer and as a technical project manager. Her current practice encompasses technologies in the areas of software, semiconductors, networking, and electronics. Hogene is a Bay Area native and holds two degrees from the University of California: a J.D. from Hastings and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Berkeley.

 
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Chris Kao | ckao@velaw.com

Chris Kao is a Partner in Vinson & Elkins’ San Francisco office and is also the Managing Partner of V&E’s Palo Alto office. Chris focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent, copyright, trademark and trade secrets disputes, and other high-stakes commercial litigation.  He has represented clients in the computer hardware and software, semiconductor, telecommunications, biotechnology, and consumer products industries in federal district courts throughout the country, the U.S. International Trade Commission, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Chris graduated from Harvard Law School with honors and magna cum laude from Dartmouth College.

 
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Mark Punzalan | mark@chanpunzalan.com

Mark Punzalan is a Partner at Chan + Punzalan, and his practice focuses on trade secret disputes, trademark matters, complex business litigation, and intellectual property and technology litigation.  Mark has represented U.S. and International clients from a wide variety of industries, and he has successfully prosecuted and defended his clients in complex litigation matters across the country.  Mark has been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation numerous times (2015, 2016, and 2017).