Brett M. Schuman


Brett M. Schuman is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Intellectual Property and Litigation Practices and leader of the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Litigation Groups. Mr. Schuman focuses his practice on patent and other IP litigation in all of the federal and state courts in California, the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the District of Delaware. He handles patent cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants across the technology industry.

In 2013, Mr. Schuman served as first-chair trial counsel for the defense of firm client Cisco Systems, Inc. in a patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation and fraud case in the District of Delaware.  Following a two-week jury trial and post-trial motions on claims seeking in excess of $500 million in damages, the judgment awarded the plaintiff just $33,000 in damages.

Throughout his career, Mr. Schuman's significant IP representations include serving as lead partner in patent infringement litigation involving multiple patents relating to wireless internet access and functionality. He has been lead partner on cases involving multiple semiconductor patents. In addition, Mr. Schuman has handled patent infringement and other IP cases involving key technologies in other industries, such as pharmaceuticals. He also has been lead counsel in several litigations involving patent license agreements.

Prior to joining private practice, Mr. Schuman served as a law clerk to Justice Alan B. Handler of the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey.

Mr. Schuman is admitted to practice in California and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Central, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California; the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Ninth, and Federal Circuits; and the U.S. Supreme Court.