Munger Tolles Attorneys Participate in Trade Secret Conference

On December 9, Munger, Tolles & Olson attorneys Carolyn Hoecker Luedtke, Malcolm A. Heinicke and Mark B. Helm will participate in Bridgeport Continuing Education’s trade secret conference in San Francisco. Ms. Luedtke, Mr. Heinicke and Mr. Helm all have broad experience counseling clients on trade secret issues and litigating trade secret cases in federal and state court.

The conference, entitled “Litigating a Trade Secret Case,” will provide participants with advice on how to protect company trade secrets, guard against employee raids, recruit from competitors without getting sued and deal with the important issues that arise when employees leave to compete with their former employers. Attorneys will provide perspective from both the plaintiff and defense sides. 

Mr. Heinicke will both speak and moderate during the conference. He will participate on two panels, one regarding temporary restraining orders and the other on specific settlement and client control strategies, which includes a discussion on the key language required for settlement agreements.

Ms. Luedtke will also participate in two presentations. In the morning she will present for the defense on a presentation entitled, “Forensic Investigation/Strategies for Lawfully On-Boarding A Competitor’s Employees.” This will cover topics employers need to consider when hiring employees from competitors in order to avoid trade secret disputes.  Later in the day, she will discuss discovery and fact development strategies for trade secret cases from the defense perspective.

Mr. Helm, who recently completed the closely watched trial in Los Angeles Superior Court brought by TCW against DoubleLine, will be part of a presentation on trade secret trials and trial themes.  

Bridgeport is the largest provider of professional continuing education programs. It focuses on emerging legal issues of vital import to attorneys, real estate professionals, accountants, consultants and government enforcement agencies.

Mr. Heinicke is a partner in the firm’s San Francisco office of Munger Tolles. His practice focuses on labor and employment litigation and counseling as well as complex commercial litigation. 

Ms. Luedtke is also a partner in the San Francisco office. Her practice focuses on complex business litigation with a particular expertise in intellectual property, breach of contract, trade secret and employee mobility disputes. 

Mr. Helm is a partner in the Los Angeles office and a former managing partner of the firm. Mr. Helm’s practice has an emphasis on media law and intellectual property matters, disputes involving investment firms or their portfolio companies and claims against law firms.