Victoria A. Cundiff is a partner at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s New York office. Ms. Cundiff is a leader of the Litigation department’s global Trade Secrets practice, which is ranked in “Tier 1” by Legal 500 and is regularly named a “Leading Lawyer” nationally in the field by Legal 500. See http://www.legal500.com for criteria. She helps clients acquire, protect, and maximize value from intellectual property. Ms. Cundiff’s clients include emerging companies, joint ventures, and Fortune 50 companies in a variety of industries, including software, media, financial services, insurance, medical devices, pharmaceutical, chemical, marketing, and sales and distribution organizations. Much of her work focuses on issues arising at the intersection of intellectual property and employment law, including avoiding the loss or receipt of trade secrets and other valuable assets when key employees move between competitors, analyzing and litigating restrictive covenant and intellectual property ownership disputes, and designing confidential investigation procedures and verification protocols for resolving intellectual property use and ownership disputes outside of court.
Ms. Cundiff has tried intellectual property and related commercial disputes throughout the United States and before a variety of arbitration and mediation tribunals, and has coordinated on such disputes internationally. As important is her work to help organizations avoid litigation. Ms. Cundiff writes extensively on intellectual property law issues, including “Preventing The Inevitable: How Thinking About What Might Happen Can Help Ensure That it Won’t,” “Reasonable Measures to Protect Trade Secrets in a Digital Environment,” and “How to Place Your Intellectual Property at Risk,” and has contributed to the ICC Trade Secrets Task Force Report on Trade Secrets Legislation. She is a frequent speaker on the implications of recent IP developments. Ms. Cundiff serves as an instructor in programs sponsored by the USPTO on trade secrets law for, among others, representatives of governments of a variety of U.S. trading partners. She has contributed to amicus curiae briefs filed in the United States Supreme Court on copyright and intellectual property licensing issues. She has also completed a certificate in Chinese IP Law from the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.
Ms. Cundiff is a Member of the American Law Institute, serving as an Adviser on the Restatement, Third, Conflict of Laws. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section and is the past Chair of that section. Ms. Cundiff serves as Vice Chair of the Sedona Conference Working Group on Trade Secrets Law and co-chair of the group’s Equitable Relief Drafting Team and has served as the Vice Chair of the IPO’s trade secrets committee. She was an invited civilian guest at the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America; Chambers; Legal 500; and New York Super Lawyers, among other lawyer directories and guides.
Ms. Cundiff is a Visiting Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School, where she teaches intellectual property law, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches trade secrets law.
Ms. Cundiff received her B.A. degree from the University of Denver, where she was a Boettcher Foundation Scholar, and received her J.D. degree from Yale Law School. She is on the advisory board of the Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law. Ms. Cundiff was a founding member of the Print Club of the City of New York. She serves on the boards of the United States Senate Youth Program Alumni Association and the York Theatre Company in New York, and has served as the Chair of the Yale Law School Executive Committee.
Paul Hastings Recognized for Legal Excellence in Legal 500 US 2020
July 24, 2020
Paul Hastings’ IP Litigation Practice Recognized as an IP Powerhouse with 25 Rankings by IAM Patent 1000 and Legal 500 US
June 12, 2020
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2020
May 01, 2020
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2019
May 01, 2019
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2018
May 11, 2018
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2017
June 05, 2017
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2016
June 08, 2016
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2015
May 20, 2015
Paul Hastings Practices and Lawyers Score Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2014
May 27, 2014
Paul Hastings Extensive Practice Strength Highlighted in The Legal 500 United States 2013
June 05, 2013
Paul Hastings Employment Practice Honored with Chambers ''Award for Excellence'' and Firms Leading Practices and Lawyers Ranked in Chambers USA 2013
May 27, 2013
Paul Hastings Soars in 2012 Edition of Legal 500 US
June 14, 2012
Paul Hastings Excels in Chambers USA 2012 Guide
June 07, 2012
Paul Hastings Excels in Chambers USA 2011 Guide
June 10, 2011
Paul Hastings Soars in 2011 Edition of Legal 500 US
June 01, 2011
Best Lawyers Names 91 Lawyers to 2011 Edition of Rankings
August 16, 2010
Paul Hastings Garners Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2010 Guide
June 14, 2010
Paul Hastings Excels in 2010 Edition of Legal 500 US
June 07, 2010
Paul Hastings Obtains Preliminary Injunction in a Patent Infringement Case on Behalf of Eisai
March 28, 2008
Paul Hastings Earns Top Marks in the Latest Volume of The Legal 500 US
June 19, 2007
Paul Hastings Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers in Southern California, Connecticut, Georgia, New York, San Diego and Washington, D.C.
May 20, 2007
Paul Hastings Practice Areas and Attorneys Earn Top Honors in Latest Edition of Chambers USA
June 05, 2006
A Quick Guide Comparing the Defend Trade Secrets Act and the EU Trade Secrets Directive
June 01, 2016
There’s a New Federal Trade Secrets Statute—Now What?
May 20, 2016
The Administration is Focused on Preventing Trade Secrets Misappropriation. Your Business Should Be, Too.
May 21, 2013
Recognized by Chambers USA 2020
Chambers USA 2020: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 37 research areas and named 104 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
May 01, 2020
Ranked by Chambers USA 2019
Chambers USA 2019: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 44 practice areas and named 107 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
April 26, 2019
Recognized by Chambers USA 2018
Chambers USA 2018: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business listed the firm in 45 research areas and named 112 firm lawyers to its rankings of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
May 15, 2018
Recognized by Chambers USA 2017
Chambers USA 2017: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 46 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 05, 2017
Recognized by Chambers USA 2016
Chambers USA 2016: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business named 47 of the firm’s practice areas and 112 individuals to its ranking of leading lawyers and law firms in the United States.
June 08, 2016
Practical Law Company
The Paul Hastings Intellectual Property team has been recommended and broadly recognized in the United States, and more specifically, in Washington, D.C. and New York, by Practical Law Company Which Lawyer?. The following individuals have been recognized by PLC: Victoria Cundiff and Larry Gotts.
May 23, 2010