Clement S. Roberts

A.B., Harvard College, Social Studies, 1997

J.D, Harvard Law School, 2000

Clement Roberts' practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and on complex commercial cases with a high-technology component. He has successfully tried a wide variety of civil and criminal cases to verdict in state and federal court and in arbitration, including more than a half-dozen jury trials as first chair.

Clem has litigated many highly technical cases in district courts throughout the United States. He has litigated patents involving computer architecture, software, operating systems, semiconductor manufacturing, networking, electronic commerce and protein formation, among others.

Clem's approach to litigation is focused on efficiency and customer service. He believes that the best litigation strategies reflect the client's specific business problems, and that winning requires a relentless focus on the facts and arguments most likely to persuade the decision maker.  Clients such as John Marlow, general counsel at RingCentral, regularly call upon Clem for his ability to “see the forest through the trees” and provide “good and clear business advice.”

Prior to founding Durie Tangri, Clem was a partner at San Francisco's Keker & Van Nest, which he joined in 2001 after working as an associate at Morrison & Foerster. Clem graduated with honors from both Harvard Law School and from Harvard College. Clem has been recognized in a variety of publications, including Intellectual Asset Management (a “commercially savvy first-chair trial lawyer”); Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars (a “highly respected litigator in the California IP market and beyond”); The Best Lawyers in America (2014); and Superlawyers (as a “rising star” in 2009-2011 and a “superlawyer” in 2012-2013); IAM Patent 1000 2014 (a “tenacious, pragmatic litigator who excels at finding innovative solutions”); and 2014 IP Stars (recommending Clem in its Patent Contentious, California category, highlighting his technical specialties).

Clem lives in Oakland, and spends his free time cycling in the East Bay hills. 

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Clement S. Roberts