• Stanford Law School, J.D., 2011
  • University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D., 2011
  • University of Toronto, M.A., 2003
  • Georgetown University, B.A., 2002
  • Admitted to the State Bar of California
  • Federal:
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of California
    State:
  • California (all state courts)
  • American Bar Association Section of International Law: Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law: Museums and the Arts Law Committee, Member
  • California Lawyers for the Arts, Board Member & Treasurer
  • Law School Honors include:
  • - John Hart Ely Book Prize for Outstanding Performance in Legal History
  • - Gerald Gunther Book Prize for Outstanding Performance in Civil Procedure
  • - Phi Beta Kappa

Panelist, "'Keep Sign-Stealing Out of Your Game!': Protecting Trade Secrets and The New Defend Trade Secret Act," ACC South Florida Eighth Annual CLE Conference "Play Ball!" (October 6, 2017)

Panelist, "Strategies for Better Contract Drafting: Mitigating Risks in Contracts with U.S. Parties," ACC Ontario Chapter CLE Presentation (September 14, 2017)

Presenter, "Trade Secret and Employee Mobility: An Overview," In-House CLE For Forbes "Top 100 Brands" Company (June 22, 2017)

Presenter, "Think Before You Send: Maintaining Privilege in Email Communications With Boards," MTO Symposium for Private Charitable Institutions in Arts, Culture, and Education (November 2, 2016)

Moderator, "When the Wall Street Journal Calls:  Guiding Your Organization Through a Crisis," MTO Symposium for Private Charitable Institutions in Arts, Culture, and Education (November 2, 2016).

Author, "Cranachs Remain at Norton Simon under Act of State Doctrine" (p. 4), American Bar Association Section of International Law: Art & Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter (Summer 2018)

Author, "Five Points on 5Pointz" (p. 2), American Bar Association Section of International Law: Art & Cultural Heritage Law Newsletter (Spring 2018)

Co-Author, "Why Bristol-Myers Applies to Class Actions," Law360 (March 30, 2018)

Co-Author, "The Getty Bronze and the Limits of Restitution,"  Chapman Law Review, Volume 20, Issue 1 (2017)

Author, "Gerald of Wales’sTopographia Hibernica: Dates, Versions, Readers" (p. 241), Viator Volume 43, Issue 1 (Spring 2012)

Author, "New Jurisdictional Tools for Displaced Cultural Property in Russia: From 'Twice Saved' to 'Twice Taken'," Yearbook of Cultural Property Law (2010) (First Place Winner of Lawyers Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation National Student Writing Competition)

Amelia L. B. Sargent

Senior Associate/t 213-955-9240/f 213-955-9250

Profile

A deep thinker and intuitive strategist, Amelia Sargent brings the best of academia’s rigor and curiosity to her litigation practice, applying a bold but meticulous approach to her clients’ toughest problems.  With expertise in trade secret and copyright cases, Amelia litigates a wide range of complex business disputes for clients in both cutting-edge and established industries, including utilities, oil and gas, consumer goods, automotive (electric), technology, and museums and cultural institutions.  She has litigated cases involving business torts, fraud, mass environmental torts, product liability, cultural property, contract, and employment matters at both the trial and appellate levels.

Amelia’s trade secret experience includes both protecting and defending the rights and intellectual property of organizations and individuals, most recently as lead counsel for nine executives and employees of an electric vehicle start-up.  She frequently speaks on trade secret issues, including in-house at a "Forbes Top 100 Brands" company and the Association of Corporate Counsel South Florida Chapter, and she has advised top companies on protecting trade secrets and trade secret litigation.

Amelia also cultivates expertise in art and museum law as chair of the firm’s Art, Cultural, and Educational Institutions Practice Group.  With her specialized knowledge of this area, she provides trusted and thoughtful counsel and insight to her clients and the legal community.  Amelia teaches the Art and the Law course as an adjunct professor at the University of California, Hastings College of Law, regularly contributes to the newsletter for the American Bar Association Section of International Law Art & Cultural Heritage Law Committee, and has been published in academic journals.

Prior to joining Willenken, Amelia practiced at Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP.  She has a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in medieval literature, and enjoys travel and reading cookbooks.

Practice Areas

Representative Matters

Representative Matters

  • Confidential Matter.  Represents as lead counsel nine executives and employees of an electric vehicle start-up facing allegations of misappropriation of trade secrets, violation of non-solicitation and confidentiality obligations, and breach of fiduciary duties in arbitration.
  • Cassirer v. Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection Foundation.  In the highly-watched Holocaust art case, submitted an amicus brief on behalf of the Solicitor General of the Kingdom of Spain regarding the application of Spanish principles of adverse possession.
  • Lumens Co., Ltd. v. GoEco LED LLC, et al.  Argued and won summary judgment on behalf of Lumens Co. Ltd., a Korean LED manufacturer, against $16 million in cross-claims brought by a reseller.
  • Monster Energy Company v. The Nature’s Bounty Company, FKA NBTY, Inc. and MET-RX Substrate Technology, Inc.  Represented The Nature’s Bounty Company and its sports nutrition subsidiary, MET-RX, in a trademark dispute with Monster Energy Company with respect to a marketing campaign encouraging athletes to embrace their inner “monster,” which was resolved on favorable terms prior to summary judgment.
  • Frey v. Southern California Gas Company and Sempra Energy.  Enabled favorable resolution of case on behalf of the major California utility after filing the opening summary judgment motion on subject matter jurisdiction and preemption.

Full Bio +