Brett M. Schuman

Brett M. Schuman

Partner San Francisco Office Chair
Brett M. Schuman

Brett Schuman is the chair of the firm’s San Francisco office and the former head of the Litigation Department for Goodwin's California offices. He is a partner in the firm’s IP Litigation group, focusing his practice on patent and other IP litigation in all of the federal and state courts in California, the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, the District of Delaware, and in the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Schuman’s patent litigation practice comprises patent cases on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants across the technology industry. He serves as lead partner and lead trial counsel in patent infringement litigation matters involving mobile phone technology, broadband communications technology, semiconductor fabrication and circuitry, wearables and pharmaceuticals. He has also served as lead counsel in several litigations involving patent license agreements. He also is admitted pro hac vice with respect to numerous post-grant review proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”), and he has argued in final hearings there.

Mr. Schuman’s practice also comprises copyright and trade secret litigation, including trade secret litigation relating to employee mobility and trade secret litigation between competitors. Mr. Schuman also counsels clients regarding trade secret and related matters where there is no litigation pending.

Mr. Schuman also is co-chair of the firm’s Cannabis practice.





Mr. Schuman’s recent work includes representing:

  • Cisco Systems, as first-chair trial counsel, in defense of a patent infringement, trade secret misappropriation and fraud case in the District of Delaware. Following a two-week jury trial and post-trial motions on claims seeking in excess of $500 million in damages, the judgment awarded the plaintiff was just $33,000 in damages*
  • Atmel Corporation, as lead counsel, in several cases asserting patent infringement pending in the Eastern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Virginia, and the Central and Northern Districts of California.*
  • Jawbone, as lead counsel, in several patent infringement cases involving wearable devices pending in the Eastern District of Texas, and Eastern District of Virginia.
  • Unwired Planet (fka Openwave Systems), as lead counsel, in patent infringement and other litigation in the Northern District of California, District of Nevada, and at the PTAB.*
  • ActiveVideo Networks, as a member of the team that obtained a $130 million judgment in favor of ActiveVideo against Verizon, and obtained affirmance of judgment on appeal, in a patent infringement case tried in the Eastern District of Virginia.*
  • An accused infringer, as lead appellate counsel, in an appeal to the Federal Circuit; obtained affirmation of a judgment of noninfringement in a patent case involving a method for selecting the color of artificial teeth.*
  • An international pharmaceutical company, as appellate counsel, in an appeal to the Federal Circuit; obtained affirmance of a judgment of patent infringement.*

*Denotes experience prior to joining Goodwin.

Professional Experience

Prior to joining Goodwin in 2014, Mr. Schuman was a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in San Francisco, where he led that firm’s litigation practice in its San Francisco and Palo Alto offices and was deputy leader of its IP practice. Before beginning his private practice, Mr. Schuman served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alan B. Handler of the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey.


Mr. Schuman was named by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals 2017 as one of the world’s leading patent litigators.

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J.D., 1996
Harvard Law School

(cum laude)

B.A., 1993
University of Michigan

(Phi Beta Kappa)





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