Ragesh K. Tangri of Durie Tangri was named 2018 "Lawyer of the Year" for Trade Secrets Law.

How did you get into your practice area?

I got into intellectual property because, as a lawyer in the Bay Area in the 1990s, that was where the most exciting cases were. I got into representing law firms because it is especially rewarding to help fellow lawyers resolve issues facing them.

Who are your typical clients?

Startup companies, large, well-established tech companies, and law firms.

Describe one of your most interesting or memorable cases.

We recently completed arbitration for a major law firm accused of malpractice in an IP matter. Trying the case involved both malpractice issues and trying a full patent case—infringement, invalidity, damages. It was a fascinating intersection of subject matter in one trial.

What other passions/interests do you have?

I love theater. I see a fair number of plays, and I serve on the board of a local non-profit theater company. Seeing the commitment and dedication of the artists is inspiring.