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William F. Abrams Strengthens Schwabe’s Technology Industry Group

September 16, 2019


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is excited to announce that William F. Abrams is joining the firm’s Seattle office. He adds considerable trial and appellate experience to Schwabe’s deep bench in the technology industry.

“Bill is a tremendous addition to our Technology industry group. His impressive portfolio speaks for itself and exemplifies his ample understanding of our clients’ work and how to best protect their intellectual property,” said Graciela Gomez Cowger, CEO of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.

Bill is a trial and appellate lawyer and serves as an advisor to clients in the technology industry. He has over 30 years of experience as lead counsel in over 100 federal and state trade secret, patent, competition, and other intellectual property cases. Bill represents an array of companies, including public and private, start-ups and emerging, and individuals across the technology industry, bringing extensive experience to Schwabe’s clients. “Bill adds both depth and breadth in IP litigation to Schwabe’s significant Intellectual Property practice, and provides strong connections in Seattle and the Bay Area,” said Steven Prewitt, Intellectual Property Department Head. “We are excited to have him join us.” 

“I am excited to join Schwabe’s Technology industry group, which has enormous depth of technical and business expertise,” said Bill. “My past work and current client interests align with Schwabe’s vision and industry focus. Schwabe’s diversity, inclusion and innovation are very important to me and to my clients.”

Bill has been recognized in the leading legal directories for many years, including Chambers USA, Best Lawyers, Legal 500, IP Stars, and Daily Journal Top Intellectual Property Lawyers, and received a California Lawyer of the Year Award for his pro bono work from California Lawyer magazine. He leads an active pro bono portfolio, including cases involving representation of death row inmates, wrongful convictions, special education, foster care, First Amendment issues, privacy, prison conditions, affirmative action, asylum, adoption, immigration, and civil rights.

Bill graduated from Santa Clara School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from Stanford University, where he graduated with honors. He is a member of the Stanford faculty, where he has taught courses since 1996, and will be spending significant time in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.

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