Legal Ethics Double Play: Managing Privilege in Patent Litigation and How to Behave Ethically in Front of Your Judge

Cameron W. WestinGary D. Roberts
February 23, 2023
Legal Ethics


In this installment of our Double Play series, our two, thirty-minute programs cover managing privilege in patent litigation and behaving ethically in front of your judge. As the recipient of a letter that a patent you've never heard of "may be of interest to your company," what steps do you as in-house counsel need to take to ensure a proper response? This program gives you the guidance and specific strategies you'll need to decide when to act, what to do in response, and how to conduct your internal and external investigation. A judge who spent most of his career as an in-house lawyer shares the key insights he wished he had when he was practicing to ensure that you always behave ethically and establish and maintain the litigation brand that will best serve your company when appearing before the court.


Cameron W. Westin, Of Counsel, O’Melveny & Myers LLP, Newport Beach, CA

Gary D. Roberts, Judge, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Los Angeles, CA

Cameron is an experienced and dedicated litigator who specializes in intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patent and technology-related matters. He has particular experience litigating matters related to electrical, computer, and semiconductor fields. His recent litigation experiences include defending the industry leaders in consumer electronics field against claims of patent infringement ranging from wireless standards and 3D graphics technology to power adapters. In addition, Cameron has significant experience obtaining patents on behalf of his clients. Cameron also works diligently to protect his clients’ intellectual property, including their proprietary research and development, products, technologies, and ideas.

Gary serves as a Judge of the Superior Court, assigned to the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. He was appointed to the position by Governor Jerry Brown in June of 2018. Prior to the appointment, Judge Roberts served as Executive Vice President and head of the Fox Group Legal Department. In that capacity, he oversaw intellectual property, content protection and security, labor relations and employment, state and local government affairs, privacy, investigations, and litigation for the Fox companies. Prior to joining Fox, Judge Roberts practiced at the Los Angeles law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson, where he was a litigator. He also clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. Judge Roberts is a past Board Chair of Bet Tzedek, an organization that provides pro bono legal services, and is a past president of the Los Angeles Lawyers for Human Rights. He is an active member at the All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Beverly Hills, where he serves on the Vestry. For many years, Judge Roberts has been doing medical mission work in Honduras, where he serves as a translator. Judge Roberts received a BA in International Affairs from Texas Christian University and is a graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. He has lived in Los Angeles since 1984, but spends as much time as possible with family and friends in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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