Genevieve Wallace
Partner
Seattle Office Phone: (206) 516-3836 Email Download vCard Print Bio to PDF
Education
  • Amherst College (B.A, magna cum laude, English/Women and Gender Studies, 2000)
  • University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2005)
Judicial Clerkship

Law Clerk to The Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, 2005-2006
Law Clerk to The Honorable John C. Coughenour, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2006-2007

Ms. Wallace is a partner in the Seattle office of Susman Godfrey, where she has practiced since 2007. She has a diverse commercial practice – representing both plaintiffs and defendants, individuals and Fortune 500 companies, and advocating for her clients in federal and state court as well as in arbitration.

Ms. Wallace is known for her devotion to her clients and her ability to lead through inspiration. Ms. Wallace gets results using strategic problem-solving and outside-the- box thinking. This is nowhere more apparent than in her bringing the firm’s successful patent litigation practice to the International Trade Commission, where Ms. Wallace has now been involved in several intellectual property investigations.

Ms. Wallace received her B.A. from Amherst College, magna cum laude, with a double major. She received her J.D. from the University of Michigan, cum laude, where she served as an Articles Editor on the Editorial Board of the Michigan Law Review. Ms. Wallace moved to Seattle to clerk first for the Honorable Betty Binns Fletcher, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and then for the Honorable John C. Coughenour, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington.

In 2014, inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s best-seller Lean In, Ms. Wallace worked with the King County chapter of Washington Women Lawyers (“KCWWL”) and Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (“MAMAS”) to start Lean In Circles for women attorneys throughout Seattle. Ms. Wallace’s own Lean In Circle continues to meet monthly.

Honors and Distinctions

Included by The IAM Patent 1000 as a "Leading Patent Professional" for Patent Litigation in 2017

Named a “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics Magazine (Thomson Reuters) (2013-present)

Nominated by client Fractus, S.A. to the “Fractus Hall of Fame”

Articles Editor, University of Michigan Law Review

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Notable Representation

Intellectual Property and International Trade Experience

Certain Television Sets, Television Receivers, Television Tuners, and Components Thereof, Inv. No. 337-TA-910 (2014-present) – Ms. Wallace was co-lead counsel representing complainant Cresta Technology Corporation in an investigation instituted by the International Trade Commission into patent infringement by Samsung, LG, Sharp, VIZIO, Silicon Labs and MaxLinear. Ms. Wallace ran the day-to-day of the case for the duration, and examined key witnesses on direct and cross when the case was heard by an Administrative Law Judge in December of 2014. A decision is expected in February 2015.

Eagle Harbor Holdings, LLC and MediusTech LLC v. Ford Motor Company (2011-present) – Ms. Wallace represents Bainbridge Island-based plaintiffs Eagle Harbor and MediusTech in a patent infringement case against Ford pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, in Tacoma. The case will be tried in March of 2015.

Fractus v. Samsung et al. (2009-2011) – Ms. Wallace represented plaintiff Fractus in a patent case involving antennas for mobile phones. Before trial, Fractus reached licenses with all the original Defendants except for Samsung. These licenses resulted in agreements worth up to nearly $70 million in total. The trial resulted in a $23 million verdict for his client Fractus against Samsung on May 23, 2011, and the Court awarded an additional $15 million in enhanced damages. The case settled for a confidential sum.

Silicon Laboratories, Inc. v. Cresta Technology Corporation (2014-present) – Ms. Wallace is lead counsel defending her client Cresta Technology Corporation against allegations of patent infringement in the Northern District of California.

WizKids, Inc. v. Wizards of the Coast, Inc. (2007-2008) – Ms. Wallace represented patent-holder Wizards of the Coast in a patent infringement case the Western District of Washington. After successfully opposing two early summary judgment motions, the case settled just before Markman proceedings.

General Commercial Litigation

Petro Star Inc. v. BP Oil Supply Co. (2011-present) – Ms. Wallace represents plaintiff Petro Star in federal court in Anchorage in a breach of contract case against BP. After obtaining reversal of an unfavorable summary judgment result at the Ninth Circuit, the case is scheduled to be tried in September 2015.

In 2012 and 2013, Ms. Wallace represented a world-renowned surgeon in cases pending in federal court and arbitration against a medical device manufacturer. The lawsuits resulted in a confidential settlement after a patent inventorship trial in federal court and all arbitration proceedings completed.

T-Mobile USA, Inc. v. IDT Domestic Telecom (2009-2012) – Ms. Wallace represented T‑Mobile in a breach of contract suit pending in King County Superior Court in Washington and defended the company against unfair competition counter-claims. The case settled days before trial was to begin.

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Professional Associations and Memberships

State Bar of Washington, 2007

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