Sonal N. Mehta

B.A., University of California, Berkeley, Political Science, 1998

J.D., Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley, 2002

Sonal has litigated high-stakes patent and technology disputes on behalf of clients ranging from startups to the Fortune 50, across a wide-range of industries, from semiconductor to cellular to video game technologies. Her experience spans all aspects of trial and appellate practice, including federal jury trials, state court jury and bench trials, International Trade Commission investigations, and commercial arbitrations.

Sonal has been recognized as a leader in both legal and technology circles.  She was profiled by The American Lawyer’s AmLaw Litigation Daily for her role as co-lead counsel in a successful ten-day patent infringement jury trial in 2014. In 2016, Sonal has been named to Managing IP's IP Stars, Managing IP's Top 250 Women in IP globally, Chambers USA's Up and Coming in Patent Litigation, Benchmark Litigation's Under 40 Hot List, the Daily Journal's Top 40 Under 40, and The Recorder's Top Women in Tech Law.  In 2015, Sonal was named a Law360 2015 “Rising Star” for Intellectual Property, a “Recommended” lawyer for Patent Litigation: Full Coverage by Legal 500 US 2015, a member of the San Francisco Business Times’ 2015 “40 Under 40,” and one of The Recorder's Women Leaders in Tech Law.  In years past, she has been named one of the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s “40 under 40,” and one of fifty “Fast Track” lawyers in California by The Recorder.  Sonal has also been recognized for patent litigation in California by IAM Patent 1000 since 2013. 

Outside of the courtroom, Sonal teaches Patent Litigation at her alma mater UC Berkeley School of Law and has presented programs on patent litigation at Federal Judicial Center workshops for federal district and magistrate judges. She is a frequent speaker on patent litigation topics, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association and of the Northern District of California's Practice Program.

Prior to joining Durie Tangri in 2015, Sonal was a partner in Weil, Gotshal & Manges’ patent litigation practice and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Paul R. Michel of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She graduated from the Boalt Hall School of Law, UC Berkeley, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and received a Certificate in Law & Technology.  She was also a national finalist in the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition in patent litigation.  She received a BA with honors from UC Berkeley, after graduating from the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science.

In her spare time, Sonal is a pop culture aficionado, avid world traveler, and unskilled but ardent ocean sports enthusiast.

Sonal N. Mehta