Kurt A. Kappes

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Sacramento Co-Managing Shareholder
Sacramento,  CA  U.S.A.
Phone916.442.1111

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Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation: Insurance, Business Torts, Contract Disputes
  • Commercial Class Action Defense
  • Education
  • Labor & Employment Litigation: Trade Secrets and Employee Mobility, Computer Fraud & Non-Compete
  • Appellate
 
Contact InfoTelephone: 916.442.1111
Fax: 916.448.1709
http://www.gtlaw.com/People/Kurt-A-Kappes
 
University Butler University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1983
 
Law SchoolNorthwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1986
 
Admitted1986, Texas (inactive); 1990, California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. District Court for the Central District of California; U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
 
Born1961
 
Biography

Mr. Kappes is a Managing Shareholder of Greenberg Traurig's Sacramento office. He is also the Co-Chair of the National Labor & Employment practice's Non-Compete/Trade Secret and Employment Contract Litigation team.

Mr. Kappes has extensive trial and pretrial experience. He has represented clients in many complex litigation cases involving class actions, commercial claims, trade secrets and employee mobility, computer fraud, non-compete, products liability, professional malpractice, insurance bad faith, qui tam actions, unfair competition, Business and Professions Code Section 17200 actions, and SOX proceedings. He also represents clients in labor and employment issues, including advisory matters, trade secret audits, contracts, discrimination claims, whistleblower cases, and wrongful termination litigation.

Mr. Kappes has argued cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court, and the Third District Court of Appeals. Mr. Kappes has also represented clients in administrative hearings, arbitrations (single and panel), writ proceedings, jury trials, and bench trials.

Mr. Kappes has been a Visiting Professor at the University of California, Davis School of Law since 2010, and currently teaches a course in trade secrets and employee mobility.

Mr. Kappes is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a member of the American Bar Association. He is also a team member of GT's employment and appellate practice groups, which were recognized by Law360 for Employment Practice Group of the Year in 2011 and Appellate Practice Group of the Year in 2010. Mr. Kappes is rated AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 on Martindale Hubbell .

Areas of Concentration
•Commercial litigation
•Insurance litigation
•Business torts
•Products liability
•Contract disputes
•Trade secrets/unfair competition/employee mobility
•Labor and employment

Awards & Recognition
•Listed, Super Lawyers magazine, Northern California Super Lawyers
•Listed, The Legal 500 United States, Trade Secrets
•Selected, Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar
•Team Member, a Law360 Employment Practice Group of the Year
•Team Member, a Law360 Appellate Practice Group of the Year
•Rated, AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 AV , BV , AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used under in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Articles, Publications, & Lectures

Publications
•Quoted, How to Bypass Legal Fallout from Employee Poaching, Investor's Business Daily
•Co-Author, California Court Broadly Defines What Information Can Qualify as a Trade Secret , GT Alert
•Co-Author, Massachusetts Courts Tie the Very Existence of 'Trade Secrets' to Your Business Practices , GT Alert
•Co-Author, Join the Party. Another California-based Former Employee Challenges Out-of-State Company's Non-Compete Provisions as Unfair Business Practice , GT Alert
•Co-Author, Recent California Case Highlights Standards for Trade Secret Misappropriation Cases , GT Alert
•Co-Author, Case Study: Pyro Spectaculars V. Souza , Law360
•Co-Author, Case Study: Richmond V. Aumtech , Law360
•Co-Author, President Signs Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011 into Law , GT Alert and Lexology
•Co-Author, Are Restrictive Covenants Enforceable in California? It Depends . GT Alert , The National Law Review and Lexology
•Co-Author, Navigating the New Risks in Mobile Technology, Social Media, Electronic Records and Privacy: Using Social Media in Litigation, PLI Information Technology Law Institute
•Co-Author, Restrictive Covenants - the UK and U.S. (California) Positions Compared, Complinet Ltd
•Contributor, Trade Secret Audits and Protection Plans, Continuing Education of the Bar Treatise: Trade Secrets Practice in California
•Co-Author, Noncompetition Agreements Invalidated, California Employment Law Special Report, published by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
•Author, Lawyers Discover New Challenges With E-Data, Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal
•Co-Author, Trade Secrets: A Legal Update, IEEE Engineering Management Review , Volume 36, No. 3, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
•Author, Your Company Cannot Afford Not to Adequately Protect Its Trade Secrets and Other Confidential Information, Bloomberg Law Reports , Vol. 2, No. 47
•Author, Recent California Appellate Decision Highlights Additional Arrow in the Trade Secret Litigator's Quiver: Attacking the Independent Economic Value Element of a Trade Secret Misappropriation Claim, New Matter , Vol. 33, No. 3
•Author, California Court of Appeal Strikes Down the State's Latest Attempt to Divert Public Pension Funds to Address Fiscal Problems, The NAPPA Report
•Author, Trade Secrets: A Legal Update, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals
•Author, California's SB 20-The Latest Attempt to Divert Public Pension Funds to Address Fiscal Problems, The NAPPA Report
•Author, Trade Secrets Can Bite You Coming and Going, Executive Counsel
•Author, Protecting Your Company's Trade Secrets, Sacramento Area Human Resource Association Newsletter
•Author, Border Dispute, The Recorder
•Co-Author, Contract Negotiations and Considerations for the Winegrape Grower, California Association of Winegrape Growers

Speeches
•Panelist, Trade Secret Theft in the Workplace: Mitigating Misappropriation Risks in the Cloud Computing Era, Webcast, Strafford Publications
•Panelist, Navigating the Risks: Privacy Issues for Mobile Technology, Social Media & Electronic Records, Association of Workplace Investigators Annual Conference
•Moderator, Trade Secret Misappropriation: Prevention and Litigation Cutting Edge Strategies, GT Webinar
•Presenter, California and Restrictive Covenants - Down but Not Out? Practising Law Institute Webinar
•Presenter, New Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act, Strafford Publications Webinar
•Speaker, New Removal and Venue Rules for Federal Courts: What Litigators Need to Know , Law Seminars International
•Panelist, Trade Secrets, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Mid-Winter Institute, Las Vegas, NV
•Co-Presenter, Using Social Media in Litigation, Information Technology Law Institute 2011: Navigating the New Risks in Mobile Technology, Social Media, Electronic Records and Privacy, Practicing Law Institute, Chapter VII
•Co-Presenter, Latest Changes in CA Trade Secret Laws: What Employers Should Know to Protect Their Information and Questions to Ask Before They Hire an Employee From a Competitor, GT Webinar, Helping Companies Move Forward in Uncertain Times, California Labor & Employment Strategies and Updates - Part II
•Co-Presenter, Trading Secrets: How to Adequately Protect Trade Secrets and Balance Employee Rights in California, State Bar of California Cyber Institute
•Presenter, Trade Secret Misappropriation: Prevention and Litigation Cutting Edge Strategies, GT Webinar
•Presenter, Monitoring the Revolving Door: Protecting Your Trade Secrets in Today's Economy, Webinar
•Presenter, Protecting Trade Secrets in Times of Increased Staff Mobility, National Resources Institute, National Live Teleconference with International Audience
•Presenter, Protecting Trade Secrets and Intellectual Capital, Computer Associates, Islandia, NY
•Co-Presenter, Expert Forum on Employment Trade Secret Protection & Litigation, American Conference Institute, Chicago, IL
•Presenter, Commercial Contracting/Outsourcing Update II, International Technology Las Association Annual Meeting & World Conference, Seattle, WA
•Presenter, Misappropriation of Trade Secrets and a Comprehensive Audit, 3M Worldwide, Minneapolis, MN
•Presenter, The Impact of Edwards v. Arthur Anderson, How it Will Affect Lawyers and Their Clients, Reedlogic Video Seminars
•Panelist, Trade Secrets, Advanced Labor and Employment Law Conference, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Los Angeles, CA
•Presenter, Managing Trade Secrets to Achieve Competitive Advantage in a Global Economy, 3M Worldwide, Minneapolis, MN
•Presenter, Effective Strategies for Managing Trade Secrets, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, Minneapolis, MN
•Panelist, Trade Secrets, Advanced Labor and Employment Law Conference, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, San Francisco, CA
•Presenter, Trade Secrets, A Legal Update, Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals, New York, NY
•Presenter, Protecting Trade Secrets, Sacramento Area Human Resource Association, Sacramento, CA
•Presenter, Protecting Trade Secrets, Davis Area Technology Association, Davis, CA

Associated News & Events
09.08.14 Greenberg Traurig Labor & Employment Practice Receives Multiple Recognitions
07.30.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide
07.15.14 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2014 Legal 500 United States Guide
07.08.14 15 Greenberg Traurig Attorneys Included in 2014 Edition of Northern California Super Lawyers & Rising Stars
09.10.13 Greenberg Traurig's Kurt A. Kappes Selected for Sacramento Business Journal's “Best of the Bar” List
06.21.13 Greenberg Traurig Ranked in 2013 Legal 500 United States Guide; Recommended as 'Top Tier' Firm in Real Estate
10.16.12 Greenberg Traurig's Kurt Kappes to Speak at Association of Workplace Investigators' Conference
04.27.12 Greenberg Traurig's Kurt Kappes Invited to Join Litigation Counsel of America
04.20.12 Greenberg Traurig Attorney Kurt Kappes to Speak at PLI Webinar Titled 'California and Restrictive Covenants, Down but Not Out?'
02.08.12 Greenberg Traurig Signs 10-Year Lease for Additional Space at 1201 K Street

Published Articles
03.29.12 Case Study: Pyro Spectaculars V. Souza (subscription)

Alerts
06.26.14 The GT M&A Report, Vol. 6 Ed. 1
05.19.14 California Court Broadly Defines What Information Can Qualify as a Trade Secret
05.08.14 Massachusetts Courts Tie the Very Existence of 'Trade Secrets' to Your Business Practices
03.19.14 Join the Party. Another California-based Former Employee Challenges Out-of-State Company's Non-Compete Provisions as Unfair Business Practice
08.03.12 Recent California Case Highlights Standards for Trade Secret Misappropriation Cases
12.14.11 President Signs Federal Courts Jurisdiction and Venue Clarification Act of 2011 into Law
11.16.11 Are Restrictive Covenants Enforceable in California? It Depends. Fellow: of the Litigation Counsel of America and a member of the American Bar Association, the International Technology Law Association, and The Milton L. Schwartz/David F. Levi American Inn of Court. He is also a team member of GT's employment and appellate practice groups, which were recognized by Law360 for "Employment Practice Group of the Year" in 2011 and "Appellate Practice Group of the Year" in 2010. Mr. Kappes is rated AV® Preeminentš 5.0 out of 5 on Martindale Hubbell®.

Areas of Concentration

• Commercial litigation

• Insurance litigation

• Business torts

• Products liability

• Contract disputes

• Trade secrets/unfair competition/employee mobility

• Labor and employment

Professional & Community Involvement

• (Also at San Francisco Office)

 
ISLN906026944
 

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California Court Broadly Defines What Information Can Qualify as a Trade Secret
Koray Bulut,Kurt A. Kappes, July 14, 2014
A California appeals court recently explored some of the outer contours of trade secret law, and held that designs and ideas are protectable as trade secrets. In doing so, it affirmed a $5 million judgment awarded to a small Silicon Valley technology company. See Altavion, Inc. v. Konica Minolta...

Massachusetts Courts Tie the Very Existence of 'Trade Secrets' to Your Business Practices
Kurt A. Kappes,James P. Ponsetto,David G. Thomas, May 19, 2014
Companies value their trade secrets but must also take “reasonable measures” to keep that information secret in the event the company needs to protect it through the Massachusetts Court System. Failing to do so may render even the most valuable trade secrets unprotectable. Therefore, it...

Join the Party. Another California-based Former Employee Challenges Out-of-State Company's Non-Compete Provisions as Unfair Business Practice
Kurt A. Kappes,Daniel T. McCloskey, March 26, 2014
A complaint recently filed in the Northern District of California illustrates the issues that can arise when out-of-state companies require California-based employees to agree to their standard non-compete, no-hire and non-solicitation provisions. A former employee of a medical device company is...


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1201 K Street, Suite 1100
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