Eric W. Hagen counsels and represents Fortune 500 clients and emerging growth companies in complex commercial cases involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition claims and related matters. He serves as leader of the Firm's Trade Secrets Practice and has successfully represented clients in the life sciences, smartphone, disk drive, semiconductor, advertising, financial services, apparel, sports and entertainment industries. Eric also manages the intellectual property (IP) portfolios of several start-up companies, and he serves on the board of Advisors for JibJab Media, Inc.
Eric has been repeatedly recognized by The Legal 500 United States as a leading lawyer in the fields of patent litigation and trade secret litigation in the United States. The Legal 500 describes him as "a creative thinker" who "practices with the utmost integrity" and as a "partner with a proven track record in trade secrets."
Eric has served as first- and second-chair attorney in jury trials and bench trials, as well as in arbitration and at the Markman stage of patent litigation. He also has successfully guided cases through appeals before federal and state courts. In a closely watched student free speech case before the US Supreme Court, Morse v. Frederick, 127 S. Ct. 2618 (2007), commonly known as the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case, Eric represented petitioners in obtaining a unanimous reversal of the Ninth Circuit's qualified immunity decision and a 5-3 victory on the First Amendment issue.
Eric is co-chair of the Los Angeles office's Pro Bono Committee and has been actively engaged in pro bono representations through numerous organizations, including The Alliance for Children's Rights, Bet Tzedek's Holocaust Survivors Justice Network, and the Daniel Pearl Foundation. In 2011 and 2014, Eric traveled to Uganda to work with a team of US and Ugandan volunteer lawyers to handle juvenile and adult prisoner cases that had languished in an overwhelmed and backlogged criminal justice system.
Eric is an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School where he teaches patent litigation. He also has written and lectured extensively on a variety of intellectual property issues.
Eric earned his bachelor's degree in biology, and an interdisciplinary master's degree. In law school, he served as the note and comment editor for the Pepperdine Law Review. After law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert D. Potter, Chief Judge Emeritus of the US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina.