Knobbe Martens Partners and Practices Recognized in 2023 Edition of Chambers USA

IRVINE, CALIF., June 2, 2023 – Knobbe Martens is pleased to announce the firm and four of its partners have been recognized for their impressive intellectual property work by Chambers & Partners in the prestigious 2023 Chambers USA guide.  

The firm once again ranked Band 1 – the highest possible tier – for Patent Prosecution in California for the sixth consecutive year. The firm also received rankings in California for Patent Litigation, Life Sciences, and Trademark, Copyright & Trade Secrets, and again ranked in Intellectual Property in Washington State. The firm was noted by Chambers for its extensive experience handling PTAB proceedings and was also recommended for patent and trade secrets litigation. In its profile, the firm was praised for being “very strategic” and having “a very strong culture of excellence and client support.” In the guide, clients and peers praised Knobbe Martens attorneys for providing “top-notch client service” and being “a focused and dedicated group of attorneys [who] understand the products and technical aspects” very well.

In addition to firmwide rankings, Chambers has also ranked four of the firm’s partners as distinguished leaders in their respective fields:

  • Maria Anderson, consistently recognized as a leading IP lawyer by numerous legal and industry outlets, was ranked for Intellectual Property in Washington State. Well-known for successfully counseling clients in all aspects of patent and trademark issues, Ms. Anderson has been praised by Chambers as “a fantastic lawyer.” With nearly three decades of experience, she has been very active in the procurement of patent assets in the computer science and ecommerce fields, and is a recognized thought leader in IP with respect to patent subject matter eligibility.
  • Salima Merani, Ph.D., is co-chair of the firm’s medical device practice.  Consistently recognized in Chambers and multiple other publications for her legal acumen, Dr. Merani was lauded as an "extremely client-focused, tireless, and honest” lawyer who “sets strategies…and executes them perfectly.”  She was also praised as a solution-focused, strategic thinker who approaches issues from the client's perspective to provide both business and legal advice.  Dr. Merani was described as “smart and pragmatic in her approach” and as someone who “understands IP inside and out”.  She was honored in both the Patent Prosecution and Life Sciences: IP/Patent Litigation categories in California for her “sophisticated representation of life sciences companies” and her frequent representation of both emerging companies and investors in patent strategy, licensing and transactions.
  • Joseph Re, a nationally recognized trial and appellate attorney, has long been one of the firm’s leading first-chair litigators.  A partner at the firm since 1990 and a former President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, Mr. Re has once again been ranked in California for Patent Litigation.  Mr. Re has been ranked by Chambers for 17 years and has been consistently ranked in numerous other publications.  This year, Chambers described him as “very knowledgeable and responsive,” giving him an ability to quickly gain his client’s trust.  Over his thirty-five-year career, all at Knobbe Martens, Mr. Re has been leading the firm’s numerous trial teams, successfully trying numerous high-stakes technology cases, the majority of those before juries in federal courts throughout the country.
  • Lynda Zadra-Symes, co-chair of the firm’s trademark and copyright litigation practice, was ranked in California for IP trademark, copyright & trade secrets. Ms. Zadra-Symes, described by Chambers as “skilled and [an] extremely capable trademark litigator,” has experience in many areas including social media, domain names, anti-counterfeiting and advertising. In her Chambers profile she was described as a “very versatile attorney with both depth of knowledge and experience” and as being very measured, presenting well and instilling confidence.

Published annually, the guide recognizes and ranks the country’s top lawyers and law firms through in-depth market analysis and comprehensive independent research conducted over the course of several months by a team of experienced analysts. The research team conducts thousands of interviews with peers, clients and industry experts, to assess the experience and reputations of lawyers and law firms across the country.

You can view the firm’s 2023 Chambers rankings here.

About Knobbe Martens

Knobbe Martens is a highly respected intellectual property law firm, offering legal services in all aspects of intellectual property and technology law.  The firm’s litigation group handles cases throughout the U.S. and coordinates strategy for disputes worldwide. Founded in California in 1962, the firm has about 300 lawyers and scientists based in offices located in Orange County, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.  Knobbe Martens serves a diverse international client base, from multinational corporations to emerging businesses of all stages. More information about the firm can be found at