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Lawrence (Larry) Hadley is a principal in McKool Smith’s Los Angeles office. Larry has more than 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer in high-stakes intellectual property and commercial litigation, including patents, copyrights, and trade secrets. Larry’s background as a commercial ship and naval officer, and as a licensed pilot, give him a unique perspective in developing persuasive case themes involving complex technology and presenting them in a clear and compelling manner to courts and juries. Larry has litigated cases involving a wide variety of technology, including computer software and hardware, integrated circuit and processor design, wireless communications, medical devices, internet communications, compression, and storage. He also has tried cases involving material sciences and plant patents.

Larry is admitted to practice in all California state and federal courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He has appeared in courts across the country and has practiced before administrative bodies, including the International Trade Commission. Larry has served as lead litigation counsel in more than a dozen trial and appellate matters and his extensive appellate experience includes more than 8 federal appellate arguments.

Larry is a frequent commentator on legal matters involving technology. He also served as a settlement officer in the Los Angeles Superior Court Voluntary Settlement Program and is ranked in the Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer in Patent Litigation.


Representative Matters

  • Good Technology Corporation v. MobileIron Inc. Represented Good Technology Corporation in against MobileIron, Inc., in which the parties—competitors in the mobile device management software field—asserted patent infringement claims against either other. Following a two week jury trial, the parties reached a confidential settlement.
  • PersonalWeb Technologies v. EMC, et alRepresents a web technology company in 12 cases involving distributed computing patents in the Eastern District of Texas and Northern District of California. The cases assert the patents against back-up, archiving, and cloud storage products and services. As part of representation, Larry assists in defense of separate Inter Partes Review proceedings and appeals. Larry has reached settlements in a number of the cases.
  • Optis Wireless Technology LLC. v. ZTE Corporation. Currently represents Optis Wireless Technology and PanOptis Management LLC (owners of certain Ericsson and Panasonic wireless technology patents) in a patent infringement against ZTE Corporation. 
  • UUSI LLC d/b/a/ Nartron v. Samsung Electronics Co. Larry is lead trial counsel for Nartron, an early pioneer in touchscreen technology, in a pending patent infringement action against Samsung involving tablet touchscreens.
  • Uniloc v. CompuLink Business Systems, et al. Represented Uniloc in 12 consolidated patent infringement actions involving electronic patient health care records. Most cases were settled for confidential amounts after receiving favorable claim construction rulings.
  • Ride & Show v. Universal Studios. Represented engineering firm in case asserting infringement of a computerized theme park ride technology against several rides located at Universal Studios Florida. Larry received favorable Markman rulings, defeated multiple summary judgment motions, and successfully settled the case on eve of trial. 
  • DealerTrack v. Finance Express. Larry was engaged for trial to defend patent infringement matter after district court denied summary judgment motions. He persuaded the court to allow an additional motion challenging patent eligibility under 35 U.S.C. § 101. After receiving permission, Larry prevailed on the motion and successfully upheld the decision before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Ultramercial v. WildTangent.  Represents owner of internet advertising and content distribution patent against patent-eligibility challenges under 35 U.S.C. § 101 in multiple appeals to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. Supreme Court. Successfully settled infringement claims against several defendants and negotiated license agreements. 
  • California Table Grape Commission v. Sandrini Farms. Larry was retained as lead trial counsel to defend a Central Valley farming company against allegations of infringement over a table grape patent. During trial, he achieved an amicable settlement.
  • Delano v. California Table Grape Commission:. Represented a group of California table grape farmers challenging the validity of three table grapevine patents owned by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Larry prevailed before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in establishing, in a case of first impression, that sovereign immunity does not bar lawsuits against the United States seeking to invalidate federally-owned patents that have been exclusively licensed to private entities for sub-licensing.
  • Ronald A. Katz Technology v. General Motors, et. al. Represented Ronald A. Katz Technology in actions against General Motors and others involving the Katz interactive call processing patents. Mr. Katz is recognized as one of the most successful inventors in U.S. history and holds more than 50 call processing patents. Larry assisted in reaching confidential settlements.
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. v. Grokster, Ltd., et al. Represented Sharman Networks, distributor of the Kazaa Media Desktop, in multiple copyright infringement matters in both the United States and Australia over alleged liability for the distribution of “peer-to-peer” software. After extensive discovery in the U.S., Australia, and Europe, and a four-week trial in Australia, the cases reached a global settlement. 
  • Golden Bridge Technologies v. Apple, et al. Larry was lead trial counsel for Golden Bridge in patent litigation involving standard essential 3G patents asserted against wireless smart phones.
  • Joltid Limited v. Skype Technologies S.A. Represented Joltid Limited in major litigation involving the copyright to software underlying the Skype Internet telephony application and service. After filing an extensive complaint, the parties reached a business resolution of both the copyright litigation and a parallel U.K. arbitration. 
  • Rodime PLC v. Seagate Technology Inc. After reversal and remand from the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, engaged by Seagate to defend against infringement claims on Rodime’s patents covering three-inch “form factor” disk drives. Rodime sought hundreds of millions of dollars in reasonable royalty damages. Matter was resolved prior to trial. 
  • StarSight Telecast Inc. v. General Instrument. In a three-judge arbitration in San Francisco, Larry represented StarSight Telecast in successfully securing an arbitration award against General Instrument in connection with a substantial trade-secret dispute involving electronic program guide technology.
  • Storage v. Xiotech and Seagate Technology LLC. Successfully represented Seagate Technology and its subsidiary, Xiotech Corporation, after Storage Computer Corporation filed suit for alleged infringement of a portfolio of RAID (Random Array of Independent Disks) patents. After asserting patent infringement counterclaims against Storage Computer, Larry assisted in resolving the matters in mediation.


Rankings & Honors

  • Ranked in Best Lawyers in America as a leading lawyer in Patent Litigation, 2015-2019
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Peer Review Rated
  • Order of the Coif
  • Recognized as a leading patent litigator in Legal 500, 2012
  • Member, George Washington Journal of International Law and Economics


Community & Professional Activities

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Association
  • Los Angeles Intellectual Property Association (board of directors, 2010-2012)
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers

Media & Events



  • Note, "The Fifty Percent Ad Valorem Duty on Foreign Ship Repairs:  Scope of Application and Proposals for Elimination," 24 Geo. Wash. J. Int’l L. & Econ. (1991)
  • Philip S. Corwin and Lawrence M. Hadley, "P2P: The Path to Prosperity," 24 Loy. L.A. Ent. L. Rev. 649 (2004)


J.D., George Washington University School of Law, 1991

  • Order of the Coif

B.S., High Honors, Marine Transportation and Nautical Sciences, United States Merchant Marine Academy, 1984

Court Admissions

  • State of California (all courts)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit and Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Central, Southern, Northern, and Eastern Districts of California, the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Minnesota, the District of Colorado, and the Eastern District of Michigan.

Bar Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Federal Circuit Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Association
  • Los Angeles Intellectual Property Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
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