Christy Von der Ahe Rayburn litigates high-profile, high-stakes technology disputes on behalf of Fortune 500 companies. She has a depth of experience in patent, copyright, and trade secret litigation, including the recent Oracle v. Google trial in the Northern District of California. Before joining Hueston Hennigan, Ms. Rayburn was a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where she represented clients such as Oracle, Foxconn, Facebook, and NVDIA.
In June 2017, Ms. Rayburn argued before the California Supreme Court, challenging California’s 2016 death penalty initiative measure (Proposition 66). Her work on that matter and others earned her the American Inns of Court 2017 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service, presented at the United States Supreme Court.
Ms. Rayburn began her legal career as a patent litigation associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. During law school, Ms. Rayburn served as an extern for the Hon. A. Howard Matz of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Ms. Rayburn is a founding member of the Howard T. Markey Intellectual Property Inn of Court in Orange County, and has served that organization as Secretary, Membership Chair, Programs Chair, and member of the Board. She publishes frequently on intellectual property matters.
Won a motion for preliminary injunction for ClearOne Inc. in a patent infringement suit, enjoining a large, multinational competitor’s manufacture, marketing, and sale of a competing, infringing product.
Representing Monster Energy Company in connection with patent and trademark matters against Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Representing Peloton in a patent infringement action against Flywheel relating to Peloton’s category-creating bike.
Achieved favorable settlement for Oracle in its highly publicized litigation against the State of Oregon over development of the state’s online health insurance marketplace.
Represented Oracle in its ongoing high-profile copyright litigation against Google regarding the Android operating system.
Obtained summary judgment and an attorney’s fees award for Nvidia on claims of patent infringement related to graphics processor chips.
Won summary judgment on behalf of Oracle in a patent infringement case related to pharmacovigilance software.
Defended Foxconn and Hon Hai in patent infringement matter relating to electrical connectors.
Defended Bosch, Foxconn, and Hon Hai before the U.S. International Trade Commission in patent infringement matter relating to automotive Body Control Modules.
Represented Brocade Communications Systems at trial in patent infringement and trade secret misappropriation suit against A10 Networks.
Consulted portfolio analytics company on patent infringement matters during successful acquisition.
Defended several joint defendants across multiple jurisdictions in e-commerce-related patent infringement matter.
Defended several joint defendants across multiple jurisdiction in a second e-commerce-related patent infringement matter.
Represented plaintiff in obtaining favorable settlement of patent infringement matter relating to sporting goods equipment.
Obtained favorable settlement for defendant in patent infringement matter related to flooring technology.
Argued before the California Supreme Court in a challenge to California’s Proposition 66 that achieved a favorable reinterpretation of that initiative statute.
Achieved favorable settlement for technology company in contract dispute matter.
- Named to the Southern California Rising Stars list (2018, 2020)
Steering Committee, ABA Death Penalty Representation Project