David Almeling


David Almeling is a partner at O’Melveny & Myers LLP in the firm’s San Francisco office. He is one of the country’s leading attorneys in trade secret law.  Legal 500 describes him as one of the “key figures in the trade secrets space,” IAM Patent 1000 calls him a “trade secret authority,” and he has testified before Congress on safeguarding trade secrets. Mr. Almeling was profiled for his trade secret work in The National Law Journal’s “Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers” as one of the top 50 intellectual property lawyers and in Law360’s “Rising Stars” as one of the top attorneys under age 40. He has represented clients in countless matters that span the full range of trade secret and employee mobility issues, from advising on protection programs to investigating alleged thefts to litigating trade secret cases in state and federal court.

The third edition of Mr. Almeling’s book, Trade Secret Law and Corporate Strategy, was published by LexisNexis in 2018. He has served in leadership positions at several trade secret organizations, including with the Sedona Conference, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and California Bar Association. He has presented on trade secret law at dozens of conferences and CLE events. And he has dozens of publications on trade secret law, including the largest-ever statistical analysis of trade secret litigation.

Mr. Almeling is also an accomplished and successful patent litigator. IAM Patent 1000 describes him as an “up-and-coming star” who “gets great results.” He advises clients on patent strategy and litigates patent cases. He also represents clients at the US Patent & Trademark Office, including serving as first chair at several Inter Partes Review hearings.

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J.D., Duke University School of Law (2004)