Hueston Hennigan announced today that Christy Von der Ahe Rayburn has joined the firm’s Intellectual Property practice as Of Counsel in the Newport Beach office.
“We are excited to have Christy join our firm,” said John Hueston. “She brings an incredible depth of experience and our clients will certainly value her guidance.”
Ms. Rayburn was previously a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, where she litigated high-stakes disputes for well-known companies, including Oracle, NVIDIA, and Foxconn. She has been involved in several high-profile patent, copyright, and trade secret litigations, including the recent Oracle v. Google trial in the Northern District of California. She also argued the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 66 to the California Supreme Court.
Ms. Rayburn earned her J.D. in 2007 from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and Political Science from Stanford University in 2004. She began her legal career at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, after serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Andrew J. Guilford of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.
“I look forward to incorporating my practice into Hueston Hennigan’s, as well as to collaborating with their impressive group of attorneys,” Rayburn said. “I am honored to join the Hueston Hennigan team and excited to work with my new colleagues.”
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. She has spoken and published regarding the importance of pro bono work, and received the 2017 American Inns of Court Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service (presented at the United States Supreme Court) for her pro bono service.