- The University of Texas School of Law
J.D., 2013, with highest honors; Vice Chancellor; Order of the Coif; Associate Editor, Texas Law Review; Dean’s Achievement Awards in Secured Credit and Economic Analysis of Law
- University of California at Berkeley
B.A., Political Science, 2008, with honors in Political Science; with Distinction in General Scholarship
Nat Lipanovich is a member of the firm’s Litigation Group, where he focuses on all types of commercial litigation. He is currently working on cases involving unfair competition, false advertising, trade secrets, breach of contract, and employment law, and he has significant experience with complex litigation. Nat has also represented clients in cases involving patent litigation, class action defense, and securities litigation. His practice has spanned a variety of industries, including tech companies, real estate appraisal companies, medical device manufacturers, clothing manufacturers, video game companies, ridesharing companies, and university patent licensing.
Nat joined Thoits Law from an Am Law 100 law firm in Southern California. He has been named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers each year from 2018 to 2020.
Relevant experience includes:
- Litrinium v. MACOM Technology Solutions. Obtained a complete, early victory for MACOM against claims alleging false advertising, unfair competition, and interference with prospective economic advantage. The plaintiff sought over $250 million in damages. MACOM filed a motion to strike the complaint under California’s anti-SLAPP law. The court’s tentative order gave plaintiff leave to amend, but after oral argument the court dismissed the complaint with prejudice and later awarded over $50,000 in attorneys’ fees. The case settled while an appeal was pending before the Ninth Circuit.
- Altela v. Skysong Innovations. Member of trial team that secured a complete victory for Skysong Innovations, which manages the intellectual property of Arizona State University (“ASU”). In this arbitration, claimant Altela alleged that Skysong wrongfully terminated Altela’s license agreement covering groundbreaking water reclamation technology from ASU, resulting in the complete loss of Altela’s business and over $40 million in damages. A three-person arbitration panel unanimously rejected all of Altela’s claims, finding that Skysong properly terminated the license agreement for non-payment of royalties and failure to provide quarterly royalty reports. The panel awarded Skysong its unpaid royalties from Altela, along with all of Skysong’s attorneys’ fees.
- Koninklijke Philips N.V. et al. v. ZOLL Medical Corp. Member of trial team that defeated a $217 million damages claim for ZOLL’s infringement of defibrillator technology patents and secured jury verdict of no willful infringement. Firm was retained for the damages phase of the litigation after ZOLL was found to infringe in an earlier liability trial handled by another law firm. At damages trial Philips sought $217 million on its infringement claims against ZOLL, and ZOLL sought $3.3 million on its infringement counterclaims against Philips. The jury awarded $10.4 million to Philips and $3.3 million to ZOLL, resulting in a net verdict of $7.1 million to Philips.
- Rideshare Company. Represented Rideshare Company in defense of multiple cases, including consumer class actions, a securities fraud class action, and a mass action brought by taxi companies throughout California alleging unfair competition and false advertising.
Nat earned his J.D., with highest honors, from The University of Texas at Austin (UT) School of Law, where he was an associate editor of the Texas Law Review, elected to the Order of the Coif and admitted to Chancellors (UT’s most prestigious honor society) as vice-chancellor. While in law school, Nat interned at the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. for the Hon. Susan G. Braden.