Latham & Watkins lawyers Patricia Young, Heather Deixler, and Dr. Rebecca “Reba” Rabenstein have been named to Profiles in Diversity Journal's 2021 Women Worth Watching in STEM list. The award honors the achievements of high-performing women leaders in science, technology, engineering, and other STEM fields who demonstrate a commitment to advancing gender diversity in their profession.
Young, a partner in Latham’s Intellectual Property Litigation Practice in the Latham Silicon Valley and San Francisco offices, has made her name litigating and managing high-stakes patent and trade secret cases that are changing the trajectory of Silicon Valley. She regularly tries cases in both US state and federal courts and before the International Trade Commission. A dedicated pro bono all-star, Young directly improves the lives of Bay Area citizens, and served as leader of Latham’s Pro Bono Committee in Silicon Valley for several years. Young also serves as a mentor to the next generation of legal talent, and regularly guest lectures for classes on Depositions at Berkeley Law School. She is also a collaborator on the Patent Case Management Judicial Guide, the Federal Judicial Center’s patent litigation guide for federal judges, now in its third edition.
Deixler, corporate counsel in the Healthcare & Life Sciences Practice in Latham’s San Francisco office, advises clients on how to navigate regulations, leverage data, and develop cutting-edge approaches to providing healthcare services. She counsels public and private companies operating in the healthcare and life sciences industries on transactional and regulatory matters. She is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US and CIPP/E) with a particular focus on health information privacy and security, including compliance with HIPAA and other data privacy and security laws. Deixler serves as Chair of the ABA Health Law Section eHealth, Privacy & Security Interest Group, as well as Vice-Chair of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) Health Information & Technology (HIT) Practice Group’s Educational Programs of the HIT – Tech Licensing and Intellectual Property Affinity Group.
Rabenstein, an associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice, focuses on patent litigation and arbitration, particularly for clients in the life sciences industry. She applies her scientific training in neuroscience and limitless curiosity about how things work to her practice protecting the creations of the human mind. Rabenstein has experience in all stages of patent litigation, including pre-suit investigation, fact and expert discovery, claim construction, pre-trial, trial, and appeal. As a trial lawyer, she deftly translates complex technical and scientific concepts for attorneys, judges, juries, and others who may lack the scientific context for why certain innovations and advances matter. Prior to joining Latham, Rabenstein served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Kimberly A. Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.