Joel R. Leeman is a partner at
Sunstein, and devotes his practice to the litigation of patent and trademark
disputes. He has extensive experience in handling technology-licensing disputes,
as well as trade secret and general commercial litigation. He has represented
clients--and lectured and written--in the areas of employee non-competition
disputes, trade secret law, and international arbitration. Joel focuses on
helping our clients resolve disputes efficiently-whether through arbitration,
litigation or other methods-and in a manner that promotes their business
objectives. He routinely advises clients regarding strategies for minimizing
future litigation risks.
Successfully represented a California
company in a dispute, alleging misappropriation of proprietary software, that
established a Massachusetts standard for a plaintiff's duty to disclose his
trade secrets at the outset of pretrial discovery.
Successfully defended a Massachusetts
company in patent litigation involving food-processing technology.
Litigated novel issues on behalf of a
web-hosting company, including the extent of long-arm jurisdiction over an
out-of-state operator and remedies available for unfair business practices
arising from conduct on the Internet.
Member of the trial team that conducted
an infringement trial involving a patent for pharmaceutical diagnostic
Possesses special expertise in the
economic analysis of patent infringement cases.
Handles trademark infringement/dilution
litigation on behalf of a major university.
Has represented clients in international
contract disputes, trade secret suits, and professional negligence.
Has handled recent patent litigations
involving telecommunications, fluorescent lamps, variable-data printing, and
Professional and Community Involvement
Active participant in early-education
literacy programs in Boston public schools.
Has played in a softball double-header
every Sunday of the spring, summer and fall for over 30 years.
Formerly an Instructor of advanced Hebrew
language at Brandeis while pursuing his graduate studies.
In each of the years from 2004-2009, Joel
was named by the publishers of Law & Politics and Boston magazines as a
"Super Lawyer" in the field of intellectual property in
Massachusetts, which is limited to the top 5 percent of attorneys in each
state, as chosen by their peers and through independent research.
Can I Say? Leeway and Legal Limits in Commercial Speech: A Primer on
Defamation, Commercial Disparagement and False Advertising," American Bar Association (Spring 2009).
Show Exhibit Subjects Foreign Businessman to Federal Jurisdiction," Intellectual Property Update, May
Preemption Has its Limits: State Law Governs Theft of Trade Secrets Even When a
Patent is Involved," Intellectual Property Update,
Bar and Court Admissions
Admitted to the Massachusetts bar, as
well as the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court, the First Circuit Court of Appeal,
the Federal Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the District of
R. Leeman's Martindale-Hubbell profile on www.martindale.com