Leah Bhimani Buratti is a principal in the Austin office of McKool Smith. Her practice focuses on patent litigation and complex commercial disputes.
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 for the SMU Law Review and was the president and treasurer of the Association of Public Interest Law. She is proficient in Spanish.
- 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