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Christy Lea

Christy Lea resolves high-stakes patent and trade secret disputes at both the trial and appellate levels. She has represented clients in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries for nearly two decades. Christy is also an accomplished PTAB trial litigator having served as lead counsel in numerous IPRs.

Notably, Christy co-led the firm’s trial team that won a $70 million jury verdict with $21 million in enhanced damages for CardiAQ in a trade secrets misappropriation case against its former vendor, Neovasc Inc. The National Law Journal ranked this verdict as #6 for IP and #21 overall for verdicts that year. The court also granted CardiAQ co-founders Arshad Quadri, M.D. and Brent Ratz co-inventorship of the Neovasc transcatheter mitral valve patent. The decision made Edwards Lifesciences, which acquired CardiAQ for $400 million, co-owner of the Neovasc patent. Christy continues to represent Edwards Lifesciences in district court and before the PTAB. In addition, Christy represented and currently represents Smith & Nephew in numerous litigations and PTAB trials, including in the “negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) wars” against KCI/Wake Forest, as well as various orthopedics cases.

A formidable advocate both in and out of court, Christy is able to explain even the most sophisticated technologies to judges and juries alike, converting complex information into easily-understood straight-talk. She offers particular skill in working with, positioning, and maximizing fact and expert witnesses in critical patent litigation with hundreds of millions of dollars on the line. Hard-working, ingratiating, persuasive, and always prepared, Christy takes a personal interest in the individuals with whom she works and represents.

Named a “Life Science Star” by Legal Media Group (LMG) Life Sciences, a “Woman to Watch” by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), a “Top 10 Life Sciences Litigator” by Managing IP magazine, and a Super Lawyers magazine Southern California “Rising Star” in intellectual property law, Christy believes in service beyond the office. An avid fundraiser for various charities, Christy is also President of the Board of Directors for the Orange County Public Law Center and the Advisory Board for the Ole Miss School of Engineering, as well as a founding member of the firm’s Pro Bono and Diversity Committees.

Clerk Experience

Honorable Jan Patterson, Justice of the Texas Third Court of Appeals, Intern Fall 1999

University of Texas School of Law, J.D., Raul F. Escandon Scholarship, Dean’s Achievement Award
University of Mississippi, B.S., Chemical Engineering, Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, NASA Space Grant Scholar, Co-op Environmental Engineer for Vista Chemical Company
State Bar of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court – Central District of California
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Medical Devices & Procedures


Stents, Valves, & Delivery Systems

Structural Heart

Transcatheter & Surgical Aortic, Mitral & Tricuspid Valve Replacement


Women’s Health & OB/GYN

Wound Care


Transportation & Vehicles

Automotive Transportation & Powersports

Transportation Equipment

Appellate Litigation
Covered Business Method (CBM)
False Advertising Litigation
False Advertising Litigation
HatchWaxman Litigation
Inter Partes Review (IPR)
ITC Litigation
Patent Litigation
Patent Trial & Appeal Board (PTAB) Litigation
PostGrant Review (PGR)
PTAB Overview
Trade Secret
Trade Secret & Employee Mobility Litigation
Trade Secret & Employee Mobility Litigation
Trademark and Brand Protection Litigation
Unfair Competition Litigation
Unfair Competition Litigation

Christy has received multiple awards for her legal accomplishments:

  • Recognized in the Orange County Business Journal Women in Business Awards (2023)
  • Named as an “Inspirational Woman” by the Los Angeles Times in 2023
  • Named a “Leading Litigator – IP Litigation” in the 2022 edition of Lawdragon’s “500 Leading Litigators in America” guide
  • Recognized as a Patent Star in Managing IP’s “IP STARS” guide for her outstanding intellectual property legal work (2018-2023)
  • Named the 2021 “Attorney of the Year” by the Orange County Women Lawyers Association (OCWLA) for her outstanding role in the legal community and proven commitment to advancing women in the legal profession, as well as women’s issues generally.
  • Named a “Future Star” and “Local Litigation Star” in the Benchmark Litigation 2021-2020 and 2023 California Guide
  • Named a “Top IP Lawyer” in 2020 and 2019 by the Daily Journal
  • Recognized by The PTAB Bar Association as one of the “Top 50 Women in PTAB Trials” in 2019
  • Named by The Legal 500 for Patent Litigation in 2019
  • Named a “Life Science Star” by Legal Media Group (LMG) Life Sciences for Patent Litigation and Hatch-Waxman Litigation (2012-2018 and 2022)
  • Recognized as a “Woman to Watch” by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Women in IP Committee for her professional accomplishments, leadership in diversity, and the empowerment of women (2017)
  • Named as one of the Top 10 Life Sciences Litigators in the United States by Managing IP magazine (2012)
  • Named as one of Southern California’s “Rising Stars” in intellectual property law in a survey of her peers, published in Los Angeles magazine and Super Lawyers magazine (2006)
  • Featured in the Los Angeles Daily Journal (2005)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
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