William F. Abrams Member

William F. Abrams

Bill is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer and advisor to technology and other businesses. He has been lead counsel in nearly 100 federal and state patent, trade secret and other intellectual property cases since 2000, including trials, arbitrations and appeals involving trade secrets, interference, unfair competition, false advertising, licensing, patent infringement, defamation, privacy and trademarks. He represents public and private companies, start-ups and emerging companies, and individuals in industries including software, hardware, internet and media, artificial intelligence, higher education and research, artificial intelligence, satellite and space, life sciences, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, cryptocurrencies and blockchain, financial institutions and telecommunications.

Bill also maintains an active pro bono practice. His cases have involved representation of death row inmates, wrongful convictions, special education, foster care, First Amendment issues, Second Amendment and firearm regulation, privacy, prison conditions, affirmative action, asylum, adoption, immigration and civil rights.

Bill is recognized by the highly regarded Chambers USA legal directory and described as “frankly brilliant at what he does; he finds the fight his client can fight, and performs very well.”

Bill is member of the Stanford faculty, where he has taught courses on Science, Innovation and the Law; Justice, Science and Policy Making; The Death Penalty; Children, Youth and the Law; Courage; and Sex and the Law since 1996. 


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  • Charles Houston Bar Association, Member, 2019-Present
  • Southern Center for Human Rights, Board of Directors
  • Youth Law Center, Board of Directors, Chair of Audit Committee
  • Stanford Law School Center for the Legal Profession, Advisory Board


Patent Litigation Means Teaching Hypertechnical Topics

Author, Daily Journal, January 2017

Breaking Down the New Defend Trade Secrets Act

Steptoe & Johnson Client Newsletter, May 2016


Patent Trial Best Practices: What Do Judges Really Want?

Co-Chair and Moderator, Daily Journal's 2018 Patent Dispute Forum, April 2018

Patent disputes forum south

Speaker, Daily Journal, December 2017

Trade secret adjudication

Speaker, Federal Circuit Bar Association’s Annual Bench & Bar Conference, June 2017

Patent disputes forum north

Co-Chair and Speaker, California Lawyer April 2017

Patent trial best practices: judge and bar perspectives

Speaker, Patent Disputes Forum South, October 2016

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Tel: 206.447.6274Fax: 206.749.1971


Chambers USA

  • Intellectual Property (Washington), 2018-Present
  • Intellectual Property: Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets (California), 2011-2013; 2015-2017
  • Intellectual Property: Patent (California), 2006-2007

The Best Lawyers in America©

  • Best Lawyers® 2019 Technology Law "Lawyer of the Year" in Seattle
  • Technology, 2014-2019
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property, 2019
  • Litigation - Patent, 2019

Washington Super Lawyers list, 2018

The Legal 500 US, Litigation: Commercial Litigation; Intellectual Property: Patent Litigation - Full Coverage; Intellectual Property: Trade Secrets, 2016-2017

IP Stars USA, IP Star for Washington, 2019

Daily Journal's "Top Intellectual Property Attorneys in California," 2009-2014, 2016-2017

IAM Patent 1000

  • Litigation: Washington, 2018-2019
  • Litigation: California, 2014-2017

Managing Intellectual Property's "Stars" in California, 2013-2017

Northern California Super Lawyers list, 2004-2017

“Silicon Valley’s Top 300 Lawyers” and “Silicon Valley’s Top Legal Eagles,” San Jose Magazine, 2001-2013

“Top 100 Lawyers in California,” Daily Journal, 2010

California Lawyer of the Year Award (CLAY), California Lawyer Magazine, 2010

John J. Curtin Jr. Public Service Award, 2009


J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law

A.B. with Honors, Stanford University

Bar Admissions



U.S. District Court

  • Central District of California
  • Eastern District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California
  • Eastern District of Michigan
  • Eastern District of Texas
  • Western District of Washington

9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

United States Supreme Court


Foster Pepper PLLC, Member, 2018-Present

Stanford University, various positions including Consulting Professor, Adjunct Professor, Instructor, 1996-Present

Steptoe & Johnson LLP, Managing Partner Palo Alto and San Francisco Offices, 2014-2018

Bingham McCutchen

  • Managing Partner, 2007-2011 Silicon Valley Office, Co-Chair Intellectual Property Practice Group, 2007-2011


SAP Files Brief in InvestPic’s SCOTUS Appeal of ‘Physical Realm’ Test for Patent Eligibility

IPWatchdog.com, June 2019

Washington: Motel 6 settlement shows "AG is vigorously enforcing rights of state's residents"

DataGuidance.com, April 2019

Court: Los Angeles County Sheriff to Face New Civil Trial Over Shackling Female Inmate 

NBC 4, July 2018

New Uber GC Needs Board Cooperation and Support, Experts Say 

Daily Journal, November 2017

U.S. Appellate Court Says Patent Infringement Can Repeat Venue Change Request

Daily Journal, November 2017

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