Andrea L. D'Ambra

Counsel

Philadelphia

(215) 988-2636 phone
(215) 988-2757 fax

Andrea L. D'Ambra is counsel in Drinker Biddle's Commercial Litigation Practice Group and a member of the firm’s IP Litigation and Electronic Discovery & Data Management Teams.  Andrea joined the firm following a one-year clerkship with the Hon. Ronald L. Buckwalter of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  She specializes in representing corporate clients in complex civil litigation with an emphasis on protecting intellectual property rights.

Intellectual Property Litigation. Andrea has a wealth of experience both prosecuting and defending patent infringement suits.  Recent engagements include representing the manufacturer and owner of a patent for a highly specialized heat sink and defending a software developer accused of infringement.  Andrea also works with clients to protect their copyrights through registration and enforcement actions. 

She currently represents a world famous photographer whose iconic images are frequently targets for infringement and misappropriation.  Andrea also has prosecuted and defended cases involving copyrighted software and training materials; design patents and trademarks for footwear, lighting fixtures and eyewear; and utility patents for CAD software and structural laminates.  She has practiced before the International Trade Commission and argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

E-Discovery. Throughout her legal career, Andrea developed and implemented cutting-edge technological solutions for addressing her client’s electronic discovery challenges. She recently assisted a client in a multi-billion dollar litigation migrate nearly 1 Terabyte of data to a more robust review platform with a less expensive vendor.  Andrea has helped clients overcome the challenges of reviewing and producing structured data from electronic databases, computer software from legacy operating systems, and mixed media from obsolete video and sound recording systems.  Leveraging her skills and experience with data-mining, Andrea recently helped a client negotiate a very favorable settlement after demonstrating the opposing party destroyed potentially relevant information well after it reasonably anticipated litigation.

Andrea counsels clients on preservation and data management issues, and has drafted e-discovery manuals for a number of multi-national companies.  In addition to counseling, she has assisted clients in navigating foreign data privacy laws while complying with U.S. discovery obligations.  Andrea also has presented and moderated for various Continuing Legal Education programs on patent, copyright and e-discovery issues, and has written on various e-discovery topics.

Andrea graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1993, and served for over seven years as an officer in the U.S. Navy.  Her diverse Naval experience includes serving as an action officer for high profile investigations within the Bureau of Naval Personnel and managing the administrative and legal issues of the Navy's computer network defense command.  In 2000, she left the Navy to attend William & Mary School of Law where she served as a member of both the William & Mary Law Review and the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal.  At graduation, her classmates and faculty awarded her the 2003 George Wythe Prize for dedicated and exemplary service to the law school community.

Publications

5/1/2014
Client Alert
SDNY Significantly Broadens Reach of Warrants under the Stored Communications Act: Forces Microsoft to Produce Customer Email on an Extraterritorial Server
1/31/2011
Commercial Litigation Alert
Delaware Court of Chancery Adopts ESI Preservation Guidelines
5/25/2010
Once is Not Enough: The Case for Using an Iterative Approach to Choosing and Applying Selection Criteria in Discovery

Speaking Engagements

10/15/2013
eDiscovery Journal
Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
10/9/2013
The Masters Conference for Legal Professionals
Litigation Readiness Issues
9/19/2013
Masters Conference
ESI and Data Privacy in the World of Mobile Computing, Litigation Readiness in the Digital Age
9/16/2013
Today’s General Counsel Institute, E-Discovery for the Corporate Marketplace
Recognize and Reconcile the Ethical and Contractual Tensions that can arise between Inside Counsel, Outside Counsel and Providers, Counsel’s Duties of Cooperation and Collaboration
8/15/2013
Electronic Discovery Journal Peer Group Presentation
Update on Proposed Amendments to the FRCP
7/18/2013
Today’s General Counsel Institute, E-Discovery for the Corporate Marketplace
Counsel’s Duties of Cooperation and Collaboration
10/9/2012
Masters Conference
Cyber Security Seminar
9/19/2012
Executive Counsel Institute’s E-Discovery for the Corporate Marketplace
The Importance of Project and Process Management Skills; Resources and Tools for E-Discovery and Staying Current on E-Discovery Issues
6/5/2012
Executive Counsel Institute’s E-Discovery for the Corporate Marketplace
Effective and Efficient Project Management; Recognize and Reconcile the Ethical and Contractual Tensions that can arise between Inside Counsel, Outside Counsel and Providers
5/24/2012
Masters Conference Series
Perspectives on E-Discovery Procurement Trends
9/22/2011
Executive Counsel Institute’s E-Discovery for the Corporate Marketplace
Recognize and Reconcile the Ethical Tensions that can arise between Inside Counsel, Outside Counsel and Providers; Create a Routine and Repeatable E-Discovery Business Process, Effective Documentation of E-Discovery Efforts
3/2/2010
American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, Intellectual Property Committee
IP Fundamentals for Antitrust Specialists Program Series: Basics of Copyright, Trade Secrets and Trademarks
4/30/2009
25th Annual Joint Patent Practice Seminar
Ethical Issues in Patent Law
7/23/2007
Women in Business Summit
Success Strategies