Washington, District Of Columbia 90013
Hector Gallegos is a partner in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Mr. Gallegos represents companies in intellectual property litigation and other high technology disputes. Mr. Gallegos has represented foreign and domestic companies in patent litigation in U.S. District Courts and the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and before the International Trade Commission. He also counsels clients in support of licensing of intellectual property rights worldwide.
Mr. Gallegos was formerly head of the firm’s Los Angeles litigation department. His substantial experience includes a broad range of complex business litigation involving copyright infringement, software development disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, and unfair competition. Mr. Gallegos also has considerable experience with government contracts in the defense procurement area, and has represented clients in connection with government investigations under the federal False Claims Act.
Active in several professional organizations, Mr. Gallegos served on the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association’s Committee on Local Patent Rules for the Central District of California. He is a frequent speaker on intellectual property issues both in the U.S. and internationally. He has also served on the UCLA Law Alumni Board, and is a Trustee of the Mexican American Bar Foundation. From 2009 to 2012 Mr. Gallegos served on the Board of Commissioners for the Los Angeles Convention Center. Mr. Gallegos also maintains an active pro bono practice and, in 2000, was awarded the Pro Bono Civil Liberties Award by the ACLU Foundation of Southern California.
Mr. Gallegos holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and a J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he devoted seven years to an engineering career with Hughes Aircraft Company, where he developed specific expertise in the areas of computer hardware and software architecture, communication systems, digital and analog electronics, and digital signal processing.
|Areas of Practice||1) Litigation, 2) Patent Litigation, 3) Intellectual Property Litigation and 4) Trials|
|Law School||University of California, Los Angeles, School of Law (J.D., 1994)|
|Education||Loyola Marymount University (BSEE, 1984), Loyola Marymount University (M.S.E.E., 1988)|
|Bar Member / Association||State Bar Of California|
|Most recent firm||Morrison & Foerster LLP|
Benjamin P. Smith is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Litigation Practice. He is a trial lawyer with a particular focus on high-stakes disputes in the biotechnology, medical device, and internet industries.