Over her career, Sandra’s practice has focused on intellectual property litigation, predominantly patent litigation on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, and intellectual property counseling. Her cases have involved a range of technologies, including pharmaceuticals, monoclonal antibodies, stem cells, computer hardware and software, and smartphone technology. She also has worked on copyright and trademark litigation matters and patent and trademark prosecution matters. She has also counseled clients on pre-litigation, due diligence, and licensing matters.
She was one of four partners who opened Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Los Angeles office in 2013. Prior to that, she was a partner at Sidley Austin LLP in Los Angeles. She started her career in intellectual property in 2000 at Lyon & Lyon LLP. Before that, she worked at Monteleone & McCrory, a commercial and business litigation firm with a national reputation in the construction industry.
While in LA, Sandra was also involved in a number of organizations, including serving on the boards of the California Bar Foundation, the Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation, and the Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance. She also served as a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference.
Sandra graduated, with honors, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in three years with a B.S. in Biochemistry. Upon graduation, she also received the Ethel Terry McCoy Award recognizing women for Excellence in Biochemistry. She received her JD from the UCLA School of Law.
Awards and Recognition
- 2013 "Best Lawyer under 40" Award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
- Ethel Terry McCoy Award Recipient, recognizing Women for Excellence in Biochemistry
- Intellectual Property
US Patent & Trademark Office
US Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit US District Court, District
US District Court, Central District of California US District Court, Northern District of
California US District Court, Southern District of California
Hawaii State Bar Association
The State Bar of California
Lawyer Representative, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Central District of California
California Bar Foundation, Board Member (2012-2014)
California State Bar, Justice Gap Fund, Member of Outreach Group (2011-2014)
Asian Pacific American Women Lawyers Alliance, President (2014)
Japanese American Bar Association Educational Foundation, Board Member (2012-2014)
Japanese American Bar Association, Board Member (2014)
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
University of California School of Law at Los Angeles J.D
University of California at Los Angeles B.S. ,Biochemistry,
Summa Cum Laude
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, PC
Sidley Austin LLP
Lyon & Lyon LLP
Monteleone & McCrory, LLP