Patrick Hammon focuses his litigation practice on complex commercial disputes as well as intellectual property, white collar crime and antitrust, among other areas.


Mr. Hammon has served on seven trial teams and has participated in several mediations. He has extensive experience serving as the client interface in managing discovery and preparing witnesses for deposition and trial.

Select representative matters include:

  • FedEx in connection with a federal criminal indictment alleging that the company conspired with certain online pharmacies to unlawfully distribute controlled substances and misbranded drugs. Mr. Hammon and the Skadden team received a 2017 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award from the Daily Journal for their role in defending FedEx in this high-profile case;
  • The National Football League in connection with securing dismissal on summary judgment of a class action filed by retired players alleging that the players suffer from injuries resulting from the alleged improper administration of prescription drugs and painkillers during their playing days;
  • SanDisk Corporation in dispute concerning breach of a license agreement regarding flash memory products;
  • ConAgra Grocery Products in a public nuisance action;
  • former Major League Baseball star Barry Bonds in his trial for alleged false statements to a grand jury;
  • William J. Ruehle, the former CFO of Broadcom, in the largest stock options backdating case brought by the federal government; and
  • MGA Entertainment in connection with the Bratz doll litigation.

Mr. Hammon was appointed by the Board of Trustees of the State Bar of California to serve as a member of the 2018 Commission on Judicial Nominees Evaluation. The commission assists California’s governor in the judicial selection process by providing independent evaluations of candidates for judicial appointment and nomination.

He is active in several Bay Area nonprofits, including Christmas in the Park and the Silicon Valley Urban Debate League. He also serves on the Palo Alto Hiring and Summer Associate Committees and mentors junior associates as part of the Firm’s Mentor Program.



  • J.D., UCLA School of Law, 2007
  • B.A., University of California, Berkeley, 2004


  • California

Patrick Hammon