Gene has litigated a wide range of high-stakes cases for technology, biotechnology, and pharmaceutical companies of all sizes, with a focus on patent, trade secret, and consumer class action matters. His cases have entailed deep dives into organic chemistry, genetic sequencing, video games, computer security, mobile device hardware, data compression, and materials science, among others. Recently, Gene helped secure a $178 million patent infringement verdict for a Bay Area drug development company against a major pharmaceutical multinational, and a defense verdict for a major telecom company in a trade secret matter. He was also instrumental to a complete summary judgment victory for two video game giants in a patent case, and an “exceptional case” fees award against a patent assertion entity following another summary judgment win. Gene believes you don’t really understand something until you can explain it.
Gene has been recognized by a number of regional and national publications. In 2021, Gene has been recognized as a Litigator of the Week by The American Lawyer. He has also been named to Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List, the Daily Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 list, and recognized by IAM Patent 1000 as an “up-and-coming star.”
Prior to joining Durie Tangri, Gene was an associate at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart and Sullivan, where he helped obtain two jury verdicts of both non-infringement and invalidity for patent defendants in the Eastern District of Texas. Gene graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2008, where he served as Articles Editor on the Law Review, externed for Judge Joseph J. Farnan of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, and taught constitutional law to undergraduates.
In 2013, Gene took a break from practice to do two overseas tours as a diplomat with the U.S. State Department, serving in Nigeria and Pakistan. He returned to the firm in 2016. Nowadays, in his spare time, he enjoys travel, scuba diving, going to film festivals, and seeking a precise definition of “too much coffee.”