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I am a law firm partner at an IP boutique that is over a century old called Merchant & Gould, and a founding partner of its Silicon Valley office.  As one of few women lawyers with a computer science background – I enjoy creatively representing my clients in complex litigation and IP strategy.  My clients range from startups to large technology companies.  Because of my passion, I’ve achieved numerous victories, where victories are defined by the client and not always a trial verdict.

Aside from my daily law practice, I am an advocate for women and minorities in both the legal and technology communities.  I fiercely believe that giving back is a part of being in the legal profession and enjoy mentoring lawyers, technologists, engineers, and students (in law and otherwise).  I also led the South Asian Bar Association of North America as its President in 2014-15, and hold leadership roles in local women’s organizations in Silicon Valley.  After the 2016 election, I’ve become heavily engaged with several organizations who are concentrating on ensuring an America for everyone.

Personally, I have a three year old son who is the light of my life, and a fully supportive spouse who is a GC at a startup technology company.  I’m a sports fan– my teams include: LA Lakers and the Chicago Blackhawks.  I also enjoy baseball and soccer, but haven’t yet picked a team – you’re welcome to pitch yours to me.  I look forward to meeting other LCLD fellows, alumni, and leadership, and Pathfinders who will no doubt be fellows someday. 

Merchant & Gould P.C.
55 South Market St. , Suite 1500
San Jose, CA 95113

Fellow Year


Areas of Practice

Intellectual Property
Science & Technology


I serve clients in a wide variety of industries.

Leadership Positions

Diversity Co-Chair; Founding Partner - Silicon Valley Office

Law School

The George Washington University Law School

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