Kalpana Srinivasan
Managing Partner
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  • Yale University, B.A. (cum laude), Comparative Literature/Ethics, Politics & Economics
  • Stanford University, J.D. (with distinction)
    • Winner Marion Rice Kirkwood Moot Court Competition
    • Editor, Stanford Law Review
Judicial Clerkship

Judge Raymond C. Fisher, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Kalpana Srinivasan
Managing Partner

Kalpana Srinivasan

tries high-stakes cases for plaintiffs and defendants in courtrooms across the country. Susman Godfrey’s co-managing partner and a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, she has secured significant victories for her clients in trade secret, antitrust, patent, copyright, class action and other complex disputes.

Ms. Srinivasan’s recent representations include serving as lead trial counsel in an entertainment insurance coverage dispute; acting as Court-appointed co-lead counsel for a certified class of hundreds of millions of consumers impacted by anticompetitive conduct in mobile chipset sales; securing a court approved class action settlement for music copyright holders valued at over $100 million with music streaming service Spotify; and prosecuting telecommunications patents against the three major wireless carriers.

In a groundbreaking misappropriation of trade secret, fraud and breach of contract case, Ms. Srinivasan won a $706.2 million jury verdict for real estate analytics company, HouseCanary. Ms. Srinivasan also argued the appeal of the jury verdict in 2020. Read more on the HouseCanary trial – deemed by Benchmark Litigation to be an Impact Case of the Year – here,  as featured in Lawdragon’s, “Revenge of the Hatchlings: How Susman Godfrey Won Almost a Billion Dollars for HouseCanary,” or in Law360‘s “How They Won It” series. Hear Ms. Srinivasan discuss this landmark case on The Great Trials Podcast.

“She is a superstar lawyer. She is very smart and effective.”
Client quote from Chambers USA

Ms. Srinivasan has been described as an “engaging, exceptionally smart and approachable lawyer” with the ability to “handle and manage large cases” by Chambers USA; deemed a Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar by Law360; and recognized by Benchmark Litigation as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America, its California Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney of the Year, Plaintiff Attorney of the Year, Trial Lawyer of the Year in California and one of the Top 10 Women Litigators.  The Legal 500, in its Tier 1 rankings, described her work at “the intersection of intellectual property and unfair competition, all while displaying strong know-how of the technology industry.” She was also featured in Lawdragon’s Plaintiff Issue.

“She’s incredibly brilliant, but also down to earth, relatable and personable…. [S]he has great courtroom presence,” says IAM Patent 1000, in its 2020 ranking of Ms. Srinivasan. Ms. Srinivasan has also been deemed one of the leading 500 lawyers in America by Lawdragon and a Winning Litigator by the National Law Journal (ALM).  Law360 has called Ms. Srinivasan an Intellectual Property MVP  and the National Law Journal (ALM) recognized her as an Intellectual Property Trailblazer. Ms. Srinivasan has also been named a Power Lawyer by The Hollywood Reporter.

Ms. Srinivasan and her co-counsel received a California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) award for their work in Flo & Eddie Inc. v. Sirius XM Radio Inc., a copyright class action involving pre-1972 sound recordings. Ms. Srinivasan argued the appeal of the underlying issue to the 9th Circuit in 2021.

In California, Ms. Srinivasan also has been recognized as one of the state’s Top 100 Lawyers and repeatedly as one of its Top IP Lawyers  and Top Women Lawyers by the Daily Journal.  The Recorder has included her among the Women Leaders in Tech Law.  She also been named a California Trailblazer by The Recorder (ALM).

Ms. Srinivasan is also a leader in her passionate support for diversity in the profession. She has received the Cornerstone Award from the South Asian Bar Association of North America and been recognized as a Trailblazer by The South Asian Bar Association of Southern California for her dedication to furthering the professional development of the South Asian legal community. The National Law Journal (ALM) has named Ms. Srinivasan an Elite Woman of the Plaintiff’s Bar and called Ms. Srinivasan one of the nation’s 75 Outstanding Women Lawyers.

Ms. Srinivasan’s many significant class action and intellectual property achievements helped secure Susman Godfrey’s recognition as Law360’s Class Action Group of the Year in 2018 and Intellectual Property Group of the Year in 2019.

Ms. Srinivasan previously served on the Judicial Nominees Evaluation Commission of the California State Bar, which vets the governor’s potential judicial candidates. She has taught a course on Class Actions at UCLA Law School.  Ms. Srinivasan serves as vice-president for the Western Justice Center and has previously served on the executive committee of the South Asian Bar Association of North America.   Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Srinivasan reported for The Associated Press in Washington D.C., covering national media and telecommunications policy.  Read about her prior career in Super Lawyers’ 2017 profile, “From AP to IP” (Thomson Reuters).

Notable Representations
Intellectual Property
  • Title Source Inc v. HouseCanary. Serving as co-lead counsel, secured a landmark jury verdict of $706.2 million for real estate analytics company HouseCanary in a misappropriation of trade secret, fraud and breach of contract case against Title Source Inc.  At the conclusion of the seven-week trial, a 12-person jury found unanimously in favor of HouseCanary. This case was covered by Law360the Wall Street JournalBloomberg and Texas Lawyer. Read more about it here. Argued appeal of verdict to 4th District Court of Appeal in San Antonio. The jury verdict is currently on appeal to the Texas Supreme Court.
  • Preservation Technology v. MindGeek. Lead counsel pursuing a portfolio of patents developed at the USC Shoah Foundation to catalog videos of Holocaust survivors against MindGeek and its affiliated porn sites for infringement. Case settled in February 2021.
  • California Institute of Technology v. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. Represents California Institute of Technology in pursuing its Wifi patents infringement claims against Samsung’s mobile and other devices.
  • HD Silicon Solutions (HDSS) v. Microchip and Cisco. Represents HDSS asserted patents related to chip circuitry in cases filed in the Western District of Texas.
  • Pascal Metrics v. Health Catalyst. Represents Pascal Metrics, an industry-leading developer of data analytics that reliably identify patients currently experiencing adverse health events associated with hospital stays. Pascal Metrics brought trade secret misappropriation claims after discovering competitor, Health Catalyst Inc., had hired away a senior Pascal employee, who had gathered analytics before his departure, and began offering a similar patient safety analytics product. The case is currently pending in the Delaware Court of Chancery.
  • WSOU/Brazos V. Arista. Represents WSOU/Brazos in asserting its networking patents against Arista. The case is pending in the Western District of Texas.
  • Arendi SARL v. Apple, Google. Represents Arendi in patent cases against Apple, Google, LG and others pending in the District of Delaware alleging infringement of its Arendi’s linking technology.
  • Sol IP v. AT&T, Sprint, & Verizon. Served as co-lead counsel to Sol IP in an action asserting key LTE and Wifi patents against the “Big Three” telecommunications carriers, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon, in the Eastern District of Texas.  The case resolved against all defendants the month before trial.
  • Finjan v. Bitdefender. Defended cyber-security provider Bitdefender against claims of patent infringement by Finjan in the Northern District of California.  The case resolved shortly before trial.
  • Jawbone v. Fitbit. Served as co-lead counsel for Jawbone in various patent infringement and trade secret cases involving wearable devices against competitor Fitbit in the International Trade Commission and the Northern District of California.
  • GPNE vApple. Represented telecommunications company GPNE in its patent infringement case against Apple’s iPhones and iPads.  A jury found GPNE’s patents valid but not infringed.  Ms. Srinivasan delivered opening arguments as described here.
  • MicroUnity v. Apple. Represented MicroUnity Systems Engineering, Inc., one of the leading innovators in the microprocessor industry, in its patent infringement lawsuit against Apple, Samsung and major players in the smartphone and tablet industry.  The claims arose from infringement of patents covering “mediaprocessor” technology.  The case settled with the last of the defendants taking licenses just shortly before trial.
Entertainment, Media, & Gaming
  • Universal Cable Productions LLC et al. v. Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co. Served as lead trial counsel for NBC Universal subsidiary, UCP, in its dispute with insurance carrier, Atlantic, over the cost to relocate filming the TV miniseries “Dig” out of Jerusalem due to bombing by Hamas. UCP received a full win on liability. The case settled the day before Ms. Srinivasan was set to give opening arguments on a trial for bad faith and damages.
  • Intellectual Pixels Limited v. Sony Interactive Entertainment. Serves as lead counsel representing Intellectual Pixels Limited (IPL) in a patent infringement action against Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) related to IPL’s video game streaming patents.
  • ZiiLabs v. Samsung. Represented ZiiLabs, a subsidiary of the Singapore-based media company Creative Technologies Ltd.  Ziilabs brought claims for patent infringement of its patents related to graphics processing technology developed originally by 3DLabs.  The case settled on the eve of trial after Apple had taken a license.
  • PalTalk v. Sony and Activision. Represented PalTalk Holdings, Inc., the nation’s premiere Internet video chat community, in its patent infringement lawsuit against Sony’s World of Warcraft, Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty and other video game offerings.  The case settled before trial after PalTalk received a favorable Markman ruling.
  • PalTalk v. Microsoft. Prosecuted PalTalk’s patent claims against Microsoft Corporation for its Xbox video game offerings, culminating in a 2009 jury trial in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. The parties settled on the fourth day of trial – following Ms. Srinivasan’s cross-examination of Microsoft’s first witness. For more about the case, click here.
  • In re Telescopes. Serves as interim co-lead counsel representing a putative class of indirect purchasers of amateur telescopes impacted by a conspiracy to fix prices and allocate markets for telescopes sold to consumers in the United States.
  • In re Qualcomm. Personally appointed by the Court as co-lead counsel in this multi-district litigation on behalf of purchasers impacted by Qualcomm’s anti-competitive conduct.  The Court granted class certification in a 66-page order finding “substantial,” “strong” and “compelling” evidence to support the certification.  The certification order currently is subject to an interlocutory appeal at the Ninth Circuit.
  • In re Lithium Batteries. Serves on the executive committee representing consumers impacted by price-fixing conduct in the market for lithium ion batteries.
Class Actions
  • Melissa Ferrick et al v. Spotify USA Inc. et al. Secured a deal worth over $100 million to settle a class-action lawsuit with music streaming service, Spotify, brought on behalf of music copyright owners. Click here for more. The court granted final approval in 2018 and distribution to class members was made in 2020.
  • Bernstein et al  v. Cengage. Serves as lead counsel representing authors of higher education textbooks for failure to pay royalties owed on their contracts when those texts were offered on the company’s online platforms.
  • Flo & Eddie v. Sirius XM/Pandora. Serves as co-lead counsel representing Flo & Eddie (the founding members of 60’s music group, The Turtles) along with a class of owners of pre-1972 sound recordings for copyright violations by music provider Sirius XM. Flo & Eddie settled with Sirius XM in a deal worth up to $73 million and approved by the Court in 2017, Ms. Srinivasan and her co-leads were named “California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year” by The Daily Journal for their legal work on this case.  Flo & Eddie have a similar putative class action pending against Pandora.  Ms. Srinivasan argued the appeal of the underlying issue in the Sirius XM cases – the existence of a right to perform sound recordings under California law – before the Ninth Circuit in February 2021.
  • Johnston v. Rawlings. Won a defense-side jury verdict on behalf of The Rawlings Company in a certified class action challenging the company’s classification of its employees.  During the three-week jury trial in Kentucky state court, Ms. Srinivasan conducted the examination of company executives and expert witnesses and cross-examined a class representative.  The jury verdict was featured in the American Lawyer.
  • Wage and Hour Class Action Trial. Tried to verdict a three-month wage and hour class action representing the nation’s largest retailers in Minnesota state court.  At trial, Ms. Srinivasan conducted the direct and cross examinations of more than a dozen witnesses.
Professional Associations and Memberships
Current Positions
Previous Positions
Honors and Distinctions
Benchmark Litigation (Euromoney)
Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White Inc.)
  • Recommended Lawyer, Commercial Litigation (2021, 2022)
Corporate Counsel
Daily Journal
  • Top Intellectual Property Lawyer in California (2017, 201920202021, 2022)
  • Top Woman Lawyer in California (20172018)
  • Top 100 Lawyers in California (2017)
  • California Lawyer of the Year (2017)Click here for a photo of Ms. Srinivasan, along with co-counsel, receiving the award.
  • California’s Top 20 Lawyers Under the Age of 40 (2014)
Legal500 (Legalease Ltd.)
  • Recommended Lawyer, Antitrust: Civil Litigation and Class Actions by The Legal 500 (20192020) and Dispute Resolution: General Commercial Disputes (2020)
Los Angeles Business Journal
Managing Intellectual Property – IP Stars (Euromoney)
National Law Journal (ALM)
  • Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Trailblazers (2020)
  • Elite Woman of the Plaintiffs Bar (20182019, 2020)
  • Winning Litigator (2019)
  • Intellectual Property Trailblazer (2018)
  • Outstanding Women Lawyers (2015)
The Recorder (ALM)
  • California Trailblazer (2019)
  • Women Leaders in Tech Law (2018, 2017, 2016). Click here for a picture of Ms. Srinivasan at the 2018 honoree event.
Super Lawyers – California Law & Politics  (Thomson Reuters)
  • Super Lawyer – an honor awarded to the top 5% of lawyers in the Southern California area. (2016-2022)
  •  Southern California’s Women Super Lawyers (2017)
  • Recipient of the Cornerstone Award, South Asian Bar Association of North America (2018)
  • Power Lawyer, The Hollywood Reporter (2017)
  • Trailblazer, South Asian Bar Association of Southern California (2017). Click here for a photo of Ms. Srinivasan accepting her award.
  • Best Lawyers Under 40, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (2014)
  • Woman of Achievement, the Century City Chamber of Commerce (2019)
Articles and Speeches
Prior Speaking Engagements