David W. Hansen - Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

David W. Hansen

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2013
Phone: 650-470-4560

David W. Hansen has represented a broad range of clients in all aspects of intellectual property and other complex commercial litigation and arbitration during his more than 25 years with the firm. He regularly writes and speaks on intellectual property issues, including as a lecturer for the past eight years in the computer science department of Stanford University. He is a registered patent attorney with experience in various matters before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Mr. Hansen annually is ranked as a “leading lawyer” in intellectual property litigation by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. The Daily Journal has recognized him as one of California’s top intellectual property lawyers, and he is listed as a top patent litigator in The Best Lawyers in America. He is a member of the group recognized by The National Law Journal as one of the country’s leading IP practices in its 2013 “IP Hot List.”

Mr. Hansen served as the special intellectual property counsel to the Aspen Institute’s International Digital Economy Accords (IDEA) Project, which involved key government officials, business executives, nonprofit sector experts and other thought leaders. The project resulted in a report titled “Toward a Single Global Digital Economy: The First Report of the Aspen Institute IDEA Project,” which addresses the challenges and critical steps forward for establishing a fair, effective and empowering multistakeholder system for governing the flow and use of data in a single global digital economy.

He was the recipient of the State Bar of California’s Wiley W. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services, given by Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto.

University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignBS Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of LawJ.D.

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Client Comments

"David Hansen is outstanding."

-James Brelsford
SanDisk Corporation

Office Location

525 University Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94301
United States


Practice Areas

Litigation - Patent