Leah Buratti

Education

  • Southern Methodist University (J.D., Cum Laude; Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief; SMU Law Review, Dean’s List)
  • University of Oklahoma (B.B.A. and B.A., Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; National Merit Scholar)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Professional Activities

  • American Gateways, Board of Directors President
  • The Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMAs)
  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association

Honors & Recognitions

  • Named a Texas “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, 2018
  • American Gateways Access to Justice Award, 2012

Publications/Presentations

  • The Biggest Verdicts: An Analysis of the Federal Circuit’s Treatment of High-Dollar Jury Awards in Patent Cases, 20th Annual UT Intellectual Property Law Journal Symposium: Financing and Damages in IP Litigation, March 5, 2021
  • Keep E-Discovery Costs Down in Patent Litigation, The Legal Intelligencer, January 14, 2013 (co-authored with Victoria Wicken)
  • The Tenth Circuit Determines that Speaking Spanish is Not an Issue of Public Concern and Misapplies the Mount Healthy Test to a Prior Restraint Claim, 60 SMU L. Rev. 275 (2007)

Clerkship

  • Hon. Carl E. Stewart, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Hon. Jorge A. Solis, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Leah Bhimani Buratti

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Leah’s practice focuses on complex IP and commercial litigation. She has extensive experience representing technology companies, including in cases involving mobile device hardware and software, internet software, business enterprise software, automotive sales platforms, and interactive media guides. She has also represented clients in the oil and gas industry and conducted investigations for international banks.

Leah has handled all phases of litigation, from pre-filing investigation to post-trial briefing to appeal. She has also tried cases before the International Trade Commission. She has significant courtroom experience, including conducting the direct examination of witnesses, presenting closing argument, arguing dispositive motions, and arguing discovery and evidentiary issues.

Leah is a member of the Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property Inn of Court and the Travis County Women Lawyers Association. Since 2014, Leah has served on the Board of Directors of American Gateways, a non-profit providing legal services to asylum seekers. Providing pro bono legal services to asylum seekers is a longstanding and meaningful aspect of Leah’s practice. She is proficient in Spanish.

Before joining the firm, Leah practiced with McKool Smith for a decade, focusing on high stakes patent infringement cases and other technology-related litigation.
Leah previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Honorable Jorge A. Solis, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. While attending law school, Leah was the Editor-in-Chief of the SMU Law Review and served as the president and treasurer of the Association of Public Interest Law.

  • Doughty v. Durstcrew. Assisted a former CEO residing in the UK with quashing a subpoena directing him to appear in Florida for a deposition in the midst of the Covid pandemic. The subpoena was quashed by the District Court for the Western District of Texas, which found that any form of deposition (including a videotaped deposition) would present an undue burden on the former executive.

  • Unwired Planet v. Apple. Represented Unwired Planet in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Northern District of California regarding speech recognition, app downloading, location services, and push messaging technologies.

  • DFS Monitorship. As part of an appointment by the New York State Department of Financial Services to act as the monitor of an international financial institution, conducted a review of the bank’s implementation of compliance policies and procedures, entailing comprehensive analysis of account files, interpretation of transactional data, and interviews with current and former bank employees.

  • Rovi v. Comcast. Represented Rovi Corp., TiVo Corp., and Xperi Corp. at the International Trade Commission in investigations involving numerous patents related to interactive search, interactive television program guides, and DVR technology. Secured an exclusion order as to infringing products.

  • Parallel Networks v. IBM and Parallel Networks v. Microsoft. Represented Parallel Networks in patent infringement lawsuits in the District of Delaware involving dynamic web page generation technology.

  • Versata v. SAP. Represented Versata in a jury trial on damages against SAP involving Versata’s pricing patent and obtained a substantial verdict for Versata.

  • Versata v. Autodata. Represented Versata as both plaintiff and defendant in several actions spanning multiple courts, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Western District of Texas, and Michigan state court. Claims in these litigations ranged from breach of contract to trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement.

  • ParkerVision v. Qualcomm. Represented ParkerVision in patent infringement lawsuits in the Middle District of Florida involving several patents related to direct conversion receiver and transmitter technology for use in high-performance wireless telecommunications devices.

Education

  • Southern Methodist University (J.D., Cum Laude; Order of the Coif; Editor-in-Chief; SMU Law Review, Dean’s List)
  • University of Oklahoma (B.B.A. and B.A., Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; National Merit Scholar)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Professional Activities

  • American Gateways, Board of Directors President
  • The Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property Inn of Court
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMAs)
  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association

Honors & Recognitions

  • Named a Texas “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers, 2018
  • American Gateways Access to Justice Award, 2012

Publications/Recognitions

  • The Biggest Verdicts: An Analysis of the Federal Circuit’s Treatment of High-Dollar Jury Awards in Patent Cases, 20th Annual UT Intellectual Property Law Journal Symposium: Financing and Damages in IP Litigation, March 5, 2021
  • Keep E-Discovery Costs Down in Patent Litigation, The Legal Intelligencer, January 14, 2013 (co-authored with Victoria Wicken)
  • The Tenth Circuit Determines that Speaking Spanish is Not an Issue of Public Concern and Misapplies the Mount Healthy Test to a Prior Restraint Claim, 60 SMU L. Rev. 275 (2007)

Clerkship

  • Hon. Carl E. Stewart, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Hon. Jorge A. Solis, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas