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Nader Mousavi
Lecturer in Law


Recognized as one of the “Top 100 Lawyers in California” by the Daily Journal (2012) and one of the top “40 under 40” business professionals by Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal (2007), Nader A. Mousavi is a partner and co-head of the Firm’s Intellectual Property Group. He joined the Firm in May 2010.

Mr. Mousavi’s practice includes advising clients on intellectual property and technology issues in a wide range of corporate and transactional matters. These transactions include:

  • mergers and acquisitions
  • joint ventures
  • collaborations
  • financings
  • licensing
  • outsourcing
  • monetization
  • manufacturing
  • commercialization
  • research and development
  • settlements

Mr. Mousavi has extensive experience representing companies and investors in a variety of intellectual property-intensive industries, including software, semiconductors, communications, Internet, media, services, consumer products, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, clean technologies and financial institutions. Mr. Mousavi was lead IP counsel to Eastman Kodak Company in its successful global reorganization and led the related to the sale of its portfolio of 1,100 digital imaging patents and a series of associated patent licensing transactions. He also was counsel to Silver Lake Partners and Skype in connection with the $8.5 billion sale of Skype to Microsoft.

After graduating from Stanford Law School, he joined TCS, an early-stage telecommunications software (SaaS) company, where he led strategy and legal affairs as TCS pioneered the “softswitch” and ultimately was acquired by a leading broadband equipment company. Following the acquisition, Mr. Mousavi served as senior counsel for the acquirer until joining Hale and Dorr (now part of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr) in 2001. Mr. Mousavi later also served on secondment to Cisco Systems as lead technology counsel to Cisco’s IP communications business unit. He became a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr in 2008 and co-founded the firm’s Palo Alto office before joining Sullivan & Cromwell.