Tala Jayadevan - McDermott Will & Emery


Tala Jayadevan focuses her practice on complex civil litigation and white-collar criminal defense. Tala has represented clients through all stages of litigation, including a number of jury trials and arbitrations. Her trial experience includes complex federal patent infringement, trade secret and antitrust jury trials. She has also defended clients in various complex civil litigation matters (including many healthcare litigation matters) that have been resolved through arbitrations and mediations. Tala has also represented clients in a number of criminal healthcare fraud matters, including cases with allegations of violations of the Stark law and Anti-Kickback Statute.

Tala currently serves as the Hiring Partner for the Los Angeles Office, and also participates in McDermott’s Diversity & Inclusion, and Pro Bono & Community Service committees.

Prior to joining McDermott, Tala was an extern at the US Court of International Trade, and a law clerk for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Major Crimes Division.


  • Defended the co-founders of a luxury candy company against claims of federal trademark infringement and four related causes of action; just weeks before trial, the court entered summary judgment for the co-founders on all five causes of action (2023)
  • Defended Plantronics, Inc. (Poly) in connection with a trade secret misappropriation action file by a multinational corporation; shortly before trial, the court entered summary judgment in favor of defendant  (Cisco v. Plantronics, Inc. et al., US District Court for the Northern District of California, 2023)
  • Defended hospital in a contractual dispute with a physician group, serving as lead counsel during an arbitration that resulted in a finding of no breach of contract (2019)

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  • The Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America, Commercial Litigation, 2022 to 2024
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2019 to 2022


  • Western Center on Law and Poverty, Advisory Board (2015-2018)
  • American Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • SCS Noonan Scholars Mentor


University of Southern California – Gould School of Law, JD, Order of the Coif, 2012
Brown University, BA, 2009


Courts / Agencies
US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
US District Court for the Central District of California
US District Court for the Northern District of California

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