- Yale University (B.S., Computer Science and Economics, 2001)
- Yale University (M.S., Computer Science, 2002)
- University of Pennsylvania Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2009)
Law Clerk to the Honorable Anthony J. Scirica, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (2009-2010)
Oleg Elkhunovich, a partner in the Los Angeles office, has a broad practice in high-stakes commercial litigation, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of legal practice areas including intellectual property, antitrust, and class actions. With a strong background in Computer Science and Engineering, Elkhunovich often litigates cases involving complex technology issues, including in the areas of patent, trade secrets, and consumer protection.
Elkhunovich is a trusted trial lawyer with significant courtroom experience. He has tried two cases in two consecutive years at the International Trade Commission, which hears only a limited amount of complex intellectual property matters on extremely expedited schedule. In these matters, involving television silicon tuner chips and wearable activity trackers, Elkhunovich handled the cross examination of technical and economic experts and fact witnesses, as well as presentation of key company witnesses.
Elkhunovich has also argued case dispositive motions in state and federal courts. On behalf of former owner of an NHL hockey team, Jerry Moyes, Elkhunovich argued a series of motions for summary judgment and subsequent appeals, which resulted in slashing by over 90 percent the damages of over $145 million sought by the NHL (Jerry Moyes wins legal fight with NHL over Coyotes losses, NHL Loses Arizona Coyotes Bankruptcy Decision). On behalf of national online real estate marketplace, Zillow, Elkhunovich argued a motion to dismiss, which resulted in dismissal of most of plaintiff’s claims (Zillow Hobbles Real Estate Rival’s Trade Secrets Suit).
In addition to trial work, Elkhunovich has also handled a number of appeals in both federal and state courts, and argued before the California Court of Appeals.
In 2014, Elkhunovich was one of the lawyers nominated for Public Justice’s Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for his work on behalf of the economic loss class action plaintiffs in multi-district litigation against Toyota, which culminated in a $1.6 billion settlement benefiting approximately 22 million class members—the largest settlement involving defective automobiles at that time.
Elkhunovich is an active member of a number of bar groups and associations, including the Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, for which he has served as team captain in three terms. Elkhunovich also serves on the Planning Committee for the USC Intellectual Property Institute.
Elkhunovich earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Economics and a Masters of Science in Computer Science degrees from Yale University, and graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Before joining Susman Godfrey, Elkhunovich clerked for then-Chief Judge Anthony J. Scirica on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.