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Harrison J. (Buzz) Frahn
Partner
 
2475 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304 
 
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Phone: +1-650-251-5065
Fax: +1-650-251-5002
Buzz Frahn is a Partner in the Litigation Department. Buzz focuses on high-stakes trial work, particularly in intellectual property and antitrust. He has first-chaired multiple jury trials and tried numerous complex technology cases. Buzz has also spearheaded worldwide strategy for complex cartel cases with both criminal and civil exposure. He was a founding member of the Palo Alto office in 1999, and serves on the Board of the Legal Aid Society of San Francisco, which has partnered with the Firm to bring high-impact class action litigation to help low-income middle-school girls get fair access to sports. Buzz has been recognized for his pro bono work by Legal Services for Children.

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Work Highlights
  • Cisco, Qualcomm, SAP, Spotify and many other leading high-tech companies in patent litigation throughout the United States
  • Daiichi Sankyo, Human Genome Sciences and other leading life sciences companies in complex patent litigation
  • Innolux, HannStar and Elpida in criminal and multi district civil litigation relating to alleged cartels in the LCD and computer memory industries
  • Daiichi Pharmaceuticals in a multibillion-dollar patent litigation
Accolades
  • Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation, "Litigation Star"
  • Super Lawyers, “Top IP Trial Lawyer for Northern California”
  • Legal Services for Children’s 2010 Pro Bono Advocate Award
Education
  • Vanderbilt University Law School, 1996 J.D.
    Order of the Coif; Vanderbilt Law Review, Articles Editor (1995–96)
  • University of Virginia, 1989 B.A.
    Echols Scholar
Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit 
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit 
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California 
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California 
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California 
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California 
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York 
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York 
  • California 
  • New York 

Buzz Frahn is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department. His areas of practice are intellectual property and antitrust.

Buzz has first-chaired multiple jury trials. He has tried numerous complex, high technology cases, including trial wins for Cisco and other clients in patent cases tried to verdict. Buzz regularly represents Cisco, Intel, Qualcomm, SAP, Xilinx, Daiichi Pharmaceutical, Elpida and Human Genome Sciences in patent and other litigation. His antitrust experience includes a number of cases for technology clients, including achieving favorable results for Elpida in criminal and multi district civil litigation relating to the alleged price-fixing conspiracy in the Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) industry. He currently represents Chimei Innolux and Elpida in connection with ongoing investigations and litigation in two of the largest criminal price-fixing investigations in history. Buzz also represents leading investment banks and private equity funds.

For his pro bono work, Buzz received the 2010 Pro Bono Advocate award from Legal Services for Children. He has been recognized by Super Lawyers as a top IP trial lawyer for Northern California in 2011 and 2012. Buzz was also recognized as a “Litigation Star” in the 2014 edition of Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation for Intellectual Property.

Buzz began practicing law in Simpson Thacher’s New York office and was one of the founding members of the Palo Alto office in 1999. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1989 and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of California and New York, in the 2nd, 9th and Federal Circuits, and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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