Christopher B. Yeh

San Francisco,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone213 689 7416

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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
Contact InfoTelephone: 213 689 7416
Fax: 213 403 5453
University University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Law SchoolUniversity of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, J.D., 2008 - Law & Technology Certificate, Berkeley Center for Law/Technology
Admitted2009, California; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Professional Activities

•Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Los Angeles
•Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area
•Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association
•Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Northern California Chapter


Christopher B. Yeh is a trial lawyer focusing on complex business and intellectual property disputes in state and federal court. Utilizing his broad experience in intellectual property, contract, business tort and insurance law, Mr. Yeh has litigated business disputes at the trial and appellate level on a wide array of matters such as breach of contract, patent, trade secret, unfair competition, insurance bad faith and cyberlaw for several Fortune 500 companies. Mr. Yeh also advises small businesses and start-ups on contract, corporate and intellectual property matters.

Mr. Yeh is a 2008 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was an editor for the California Law Review, articles editor and publishing editor for the Berkeley Technology Law Journal and a member of the Asian American Law Journal. He also served as co-chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. Mr. Yeh is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Mr. Yeh is currently a member of the Leadership Development Committee of the Northern California chapter of the Association of Business Trial Lawyers (ABTL), and is also active in the Diversity & Inclusion Committee in Duane Morris' San Francisco office.

Mr. Yeh is active in pro bono activities. He is co-chair of the San Francisco Pro Bono Committee, and was the recipient of the firm's prestigious 2014 Duane Morris Pro Bono Award.


•Duane Morris LLP
- Associate, 2010-present
•Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
- Associate, 2008-2010

Selected Speaking Engagements

•Presenter, A Primer on Computer Trespass Law, MCLE presentation on the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and California Penal Code 502, Duane Morris IP Practice Group Meeting, February 21, 2014
•Panelist, Duane Morris Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 2013
•Panelist, Duane Morris Annual Meeting, Boca Raton, Florida, October 2012

Selected Publications

• Co-Founder and Author, The Legal Dish Blog
Wall Data Inc. v. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department: License vs. Sale at the Crossroads of Contract and Copyright, 22 Berkeley Tech. L.J. 355, 2007 (Also at Los Angeles Office)

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Commercial Litigation Obtained jury verdict for foreign investor after a three-week trial, with significant compensatory and punitive damages awards and prejudgment interest, on fraudulent concealment and related claims relating to commercial real estate in Southern California. Obtained decision and award for small business owners after a bench trial in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, on claims of fraud and defalcation. Mr. Yeh represented the clients pro bono and served as lead trial counsel. Counsel for medical implant device manufacturer in complex state and national litigation involving products liability claims. Intellectual Property Successfully represented international manufacturer of bicycles against claims for patent infringement and breach of contract. Represented a foreign governmental entity against claims of trade secret misappropriation, fraud and breach of contract. This case involved complex international law and sovereign immunity issues. Obtained settlement on behalf of a leading computer device manufacturer against claims of patent infringement concerning remote control interfaces. Assisted major U.S. internet security company with cybercrime investigation and enforcement under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act against entities engaged in illegal online file sharing. Insurance Coverage Part of team that obtained summary judgment in the Central District of California on behalf of an insurer client, in an insurance coverage case involving allegations of breach of contract and bad faith. The case involved novel issues of California law relating to tender, notice, and an insurer's obligations to investigate after being tendered a Potentially Responsible Party notice letter. Obtained decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirming a district court's decision to remand client excess liability insurer's declaratory judgment action to state court, and to dismiss the insured's federal action against the insurer, pursuant to the Colorado River doctrine. R.R. Street & Co. Inc. v. Transport Ins. Co., 656 F.3d. 966 (9th Cir. 2011). Counsel for insurers at the trial and appellate level in multimillion-dollar complex coverage claims arising from underlying environmental contamination and bodily injury actions. Corporate, Start-Up and Small Business Counseling Advises and represents start-ups and small businesses on intellectual property, corporate and contract matters.
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Christopher B. Yeh

One Market Plaza, Suite 2200
San FranciscoCA 94105-1127


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