Alison L. Maddeford

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First she studied organic chemistry in graduate school. Then Alison pursued the law. She calls on these skills in every case for medical device, pharma, biotech, and software companies. In complex federal court litigation, she wins with the compelling legal argument and the elegant explanation of the science behind it.

Alison’s success as a litigator comes from her being hard-wired for tireless research and technical curiosity. Understanding that many complex cases hinge on subtle and complicated distinctions, she always arrives prepared. She can size up a witness within minutes, and cross-examine with an insight to character that is as disarming as her scientific know-how.

Alison has litigated and tried intellectual property, patent litigation, patent office post-grant proceedings, trade secrets and pharmaceutical cases. She counsels clients frequently, but lives for the strategic calls made during trial.


  • Education

      • Lewis and Clark Law School, J.D., 2006, cum laude, Member, Lewis and Clark Law Review, Dean's Fellowship Recipient, Intellectual Property Moot Court
      • Saint Louis University, B.S, Biology, B.A., Chemistry and Psychology, 2002, cum laude

    Bar Admissions

      • California
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
      • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
      • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • Professional Memberships

    • The Commonwealth Club of California: San Francisco

    • The San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court