Buzz Frahn is a Partner in the Firm’s Litigation Department. His practice focus is on complex trials, particularly in intellectual property, antitrust, and commercial litigation. With over 20 years representing technology, telecommunications, financial services and life sciences companies, clients look to Buzz for his unique ability to synthesize complicated, challenging and difficult-to-understand information into a compelling narrative that persuades judges and juries.
Buzz has first-chaired multiple jury trials. He has tried numerous complex, high technology cases, including trial wins for Cisco and other clients in patent cases tried to verdict. Buzz regularly represents Cisco, Intel, Qualcomm, SAP, Spotify, Xilinx, and other leading companies in patent, trademark and other litigation.
His antitrust experience includes a number of cases for technology clients, including achieving favorable results for Elpida, Chimei, and HannStar in criminal and multi-district civil litigation relating to alleged price-fixing conspiracies. Buzz also represents leading investment banks and private equity funds.
Buzz is consistently recognized as a national “Litigation Star” for Intellectual Property by Euromoney’s Benchmark Litigation and The Legal 500, and as a top IP trial lawyer for Northern California by Super Lawyers .
Representative experience includes:
- Innolux, HannStar and Elpida in criminal and multi-district civil litigation relating to alleged cartels in the LCD and computer memory industries.
- Cisco, Qualcomm, SAP, Spotify, Xilinx and many other leading high-tech companies in patent and trademark litigation throughout the United States.
- Daiichi Sankyo, Human Genome Sciences and other leading life sciences companiesin complex patent litigation.
Buzz is passionate about social justice issues and has been one of the Simpson Thacher partners leading the Firm’s efforts to ensure access to justice for those impacted by the Administration’s executive orders on immigration. He is President-elect of the Board of Legal Aid at Work, the oldest legal aid organization in the West. He has been recognized with the Pro Bono Advocate award from Legal Services for Children.
Buzz is a frequent speaker on patent litigation, intellectual property, legal ethics and complex commercial litigation topics, and has addressed the Silicon Valley Association of General Counsel All Hands Meeting, PLI’s Open Source Software Conference, and the Forum on Patent Litigation Reform, in conjunction with the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology.
Buzz was one of the founding members of the Simpson Thacher Palo Alto office, when the firm launched its Silicon Valley practice in 1999. He began practicing law in Simpson Thacher’s New York office. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1989 and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he is a member of the Law School Board of Directors.
Last updated October 2018