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Lael D. Andara

Lael Andara, a Member in Dickinson Wright’s Silicon Valley office, focuses his practice on technology and intellectual property litigation. He has experience counseling both domestic and international clients on a wide variety of intellectual property matters, including intellectual property acquisition, portfolio management, litigation, licensing, and dispute resolution.

As a registered Patent Attorney (USPTO Reg. 50,019), Lael’s practice has a particular emphasis on patent litigation. He has worked with clients to develop and initiate strategies involving high-stakes intellectual property disputes, including patent, copyright, trademark, false advertising, licensing, and trade secret matters.

With a reputation for managing complex disputes efficiently and creatively, Lael prides himself on identifying and discovering the critical and concealed facts and communicating them to the involved parties or, where required, the jury in a form that is easily understood and appreciated to make or motivate an informed decision. He has successfully navigated issues in which a client is both asserting its patent rights and defending against simultaneous charges of infringement.

Like many of his clients, Lael keeps a watchful eye on emerging technologies. He has adapted technology-related advancements in eDiscovery to enhance his practice by reducing costs while increasing efficiency and security of his client’s information. Additionally, Lael has earned his IAPP CIPP/US certification.

Prior to joining Dickinson Wright, Lael was head of the eDiscovery practice group at a large, international law firm based in Menlo Park, California.

Education & Credentials


University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

J.D., Intellectual Property and Technology, 2001

University of California, Santa Cruz

B.S., Psychology and Biology, 1999

Bar Admission

  • California
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Montana

Prominent Assignments

  • Prevailed on Summary Judgment against a $20 Million patent infringement claim relating to consumer products brought against one of his clients.

  • $14.5m VERDICT. Lead counsel in 2021 federal trademark case was heard by an eight-member jury from November 1 - 17 in Judge Chen's court in San Francisco. After three days of deliberation, the jury unanimously found in favor of SinCo Technologies (SINCO), a Singapore-based supplier to tier-one OEM consumer electronic tech companies.  The Jury awarded a total of $14.5 million of damages to SINCO Technologies. $11 million was awarded against defendant XINGKE for SINCO losses, and statutory damages of $2 million against defendant Tjoa, and $750K each against defendants Liew and Ng for willful trademark infringement of SINCO's U.S. trademarks.

Professional Involvement

  • The San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, Member
  • Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, Member


  • Moderator, Best Practices for eDiscovery in Patent Litigation, NorCal eDiscovery & IG Retreat, July 2016
  • Author, Security Considerations When Protecting Your Clients’ Data, LexisNexis Litigation Solutions, November 2015
  • Speaker, Clear and Present Danger - Understanding Cyber Risks and the Benefits and Limitations of Cyber Insurance, Association of California Insurance Companies - General Counsel Seminar, July 2015
  • Speaker, "Preserve or Perish" vs. "Destroy or Drown": Managing Electronically Stored Information (ESI), LegalTech San Francisco, July 2015
  • Speaker, Where Have We Been – Where Are We Going?, ARMA International: Executive Conference on Information Governance, March 2015
  • Speaker, Partners in Crime? Securing Data Trusted to Outside Counsel and Vendors, ARMA International: Executive Conference on Information Governance, March 2015
  • Speaker, Laying the Foundation for Strategic Information Governance, ARMA International: Executive Conference on Information Governance, March 2015
  • Speaker, Proving Your Trade Secrets Case: A Mock Preliminary Injunction Hearing, American Bar Association: National Symposium on Technology in Labor and Employment Law, March 2015 with NDCA Magistrate Laurel Beeler.
  • Speaker, In-House eDiscovery – Is It Right For You?, ILTA/ARMA, October 2014
  • Speaker, ESI Essentials: Honing Technical Skills to Become a Key E-Discovery Player, ACEDS/BarBri, October 2014
  • Speaker, Exploiting E-Discovery Rules to Protect Your Firm and Gain the Upper Hand, ACEDS/BarBri, October 2014
  • Speaker, Going Through the Motions: Staging a Thorough Rule 26 ‘Meet-and-Confer’, ACEDS/BarBri, April 2014
  • Speaker, Protecting Sensitive Data from Prying Eyes and Imperfect Processes, ACEDS/BarBri, April 2014
  • Speaker, Mock Hearing: The Great E-Discovery Cost-Shifting, ACEDS/BarBri, October 2013
  • Speaker, Ignorance Is Risk: Impact of NSA Monitoring Technologies On Attorney-Client Communications, LexisNexis, August 2013
  • Speaker, eDiscovery Goals: Considering Why Before How, Laguna Beach eDiscovery Retreat, July 2013
  • Speaker, Traversing ‘The Triangle’ – Best Practices for Managing and Improving Law Firm-Client-Service Provider Relationships, ACEDS/BarBri, April 2013
  • Speaker, Protecting vs Projecting - Best Practices for the Open Innovation Era, Presentation at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley, December 2012
  • Author, eDiscovery Driving Litigation Costs, Daily Journal, October 2012
  • Speaker, Penny Wise, Litigation Foolish: Understanding the Big Picture of Self Collection, Intermountain eDiscovery 2012, September 2012
  • Speaker, A New Discovery: How Leveraging eDiscovery Tools Can Reduce the Time & Money Spent on a Lawsuit, Smart Business Northern California, July 2012
  • Speaker, Real Life Analytics: Search Optimization for Collection/Preservation, Carmel Valley eDiscovery Retreat, July 2012
  • Speaker, A Complete Guide to PMQ (a.k.a. PMK) Depositions, Continuing Education of the Bar, June 2012
  • Speaker, eDiscovery: Leveraging I.T. in Litigation, Presentation at the Harvard Club in New York, May 2012
  • Speaker, Can't We All Just Get Along: Reaching Consensus with Opposing Parties, Carmel Valley eDiscovery Retreat
  • Speaker, The Mental Virtues of the eDiscovery Professional, ACEDS/BarBri
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