Leah Bhimani Buratti is a principal in the Austin office of McKool Smith. Leah is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on complex, high-stakes patent infringement and commercial litigation. She has extensive experience representing technology companies, including in cases involving mobile device hardware and software, internet software, business enterprise software, automotive sales platforms, and interactive media guides. Leah is particularly adept at translating highly complex technology into comprehensible and compelling narratives for judges and juries. She has also represented clients in the oil and gas industry and conducted investigations for international banks. She has developed a unique litigation perspective as a result of advocating for both plaintiffs and defendants.
Leah has managed and tried all phases of litigation in federal courts, from pre-filing investigation to post-trial briefing to appeal. She also tries cases before the International Trade Commission. She has significant courtroom experience, including arguing discovery and evidentiary issues, arguing dispositive motions, conducting the direct examination of witnesses, and presenting closing argument.
Leah is a member of the Honorable Lee Yeakel Intellectual Property Inn of Court and the Travis County Women Lawyers Association. Since 2014, Leah has served on the Board of Directors of American Gateways, a non-profit providing legal services to asylum seekers. Providing pro bono legal services to asylum seekers is a longstanding and meaningful aspect of Leah’s practice. She is proficient in Spanish.
Before joining the firm, Leah served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carl E. Stewart, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Honorable Jorge A. Solis, United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
While attending law school, Leah was the Editor-in-Chief of the SMU Law Review and was the president and treasurer of the Association of Public Interest Law.
Unwired Planet v. Apple. Represented Unwired Planet in a patent infringement lawsuit in the Northern District of California regarding speech recognition, app downloading, location services, and push messaging technologies.
DFS Monitorship. As part of McKool Smith’s appointment by the New York State Department of Financial Services to act as the monitor of an international financial institution, conducted a review of the bank’s implementation of compliance policies and procedures, entailing comprehensive analysis of account files, interpretation of transactional data, and interviews with current and former bank employees.
Rovi v. Comcast. Represents Rovi at the International Trade Commission in an investigation involving numerous patents related to interactive search, interactive television program guides, and DVR technology.
- Parallel Networks v. IBM and Parallel Networks v. Microsoft. Represents Parallel Networks in patent infringement lawsuits in the District of Delaware involving dynamic web page generation technology.
- Versata v. SAP. Member of trial team that represented Versata in a jury trial on damages against SAP involving Versata's pricing patent and obtained a substantial verdict for Versata.
- Versata v. Autodata. Represented Versata as both plaintiff and defendant in several actions spanning multiple courts, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Western District of Texas, and Michigan state court. Claims in these litigations ranged from breach of contract to trade secret misappropriation and patent infringement.
- ParkerVision v. Qualcomm. Represented ParkerVision in a patent infringement lawsuit involving numerous patents related to direct conversion receiver technology for use in high-performance wireless telecommunications devices. The jury awarded ParkerVision a significant verdict.
Rankings & Honors
- Named a Texas "Rising Star" by Super Lawyers, 2018
- American Gateways Access to Justice Award, 2012
Media & Events
- The Legal Intelligencer, 01.14.2013
J.D., cum laude, Southern Methodist University, 2008
- Order of the Coif
- Editor-in-chief, SMU Law Review
- Dean's List
B.B.A. and B.A., magna cum laude, University of Oklahoma, 2003
- Phi Beta Kappa
- National Merit Scholar
- United States District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- State Bar of Texas
- Federal Bar Association