Colin Kemp is a trial attorney in the law firm’s Litigation group and is located in the San Francisco office. Both in and out of the courtroom, he brings pragmatism, charisma, dedication and focus to his clients and their legal matters. In the courtroom, he understands how to articulate the law and the facts to create winning arguments in an economic manner on behalf of his clients. Outside the courtroom, he advises on a wide array of business and legal affairs, including counseling on pre-litigation strategies and positioning tactics, developing legal arguments with attention to the client’s business objectives, as well as coordinating with various stakeholders in complex multi-district litigation.
Most recently, Colin first-chaired a five-week bench trial in an insurance coverage matter for a pipe fitting manufacturer against one of the world’s largest insurance companies. In litigating this matter, he obtained substantial sanctions against the insurers on behalf of his client.
In addition, a substantial portion of his practice involves representing companies in the life sciences, biotechnology and medical device fields in all types and phases of intellectual property disputes, whether with pre-litigation counseling and analysis, or prosecuting or defending against patent infringement and/or breach of license agreement actions. Colin was one of Pillsbury’s authors of the Practicing Law Institute’s treatise, "A Practical Guide to Life Sciences Companies, Commercializing and Protecting Innovation," and was a primary author of the treatise’s 12 chapters on patent litigation.
Colin’s practice extends beyond the life sciences sector—he handles all types of patent, trademark, trade dress, and unfair competition cases, as well as general business, real estate and securities litigation matters; and he has also conducted internal corporate and pre-litigation investigations. Although a tireless trial attorney who has tried cases to juries in both federal and state courts, Colin is also adept at mediating cases to early resolution.
Colin believes strongly in giving back to the community. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Justice & Diversity Center of The Bar Association of San Francisco – the JDC is devoted to advancing fairness and equality by providing pro bono legal services to low-income people and educational programs that foster diversity in the legal profession. He also maintains a strong pro bono litigation practice. For example, in 2011-2013, he prosecuted a civil rights action for an inmate in California’s Centinela State Prison against prison guards for a beating that occurred during routine cell sweeps.
When not in the office or chasing his kids, Colin most likely can be found in Tahoe, reliving his competitive snowboarding (Giant Slalom and Slalom) days.
- Super Lawyers, Rising Stars—Northern California (2010-2014)
Board Member, Justice & Diversity Center, The Bar Association of San Francisco