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Charles Tait Graves

Adjunct Professor of Law


Adjunct Professor Charles Tait Graves has taught a course on trade secret law since 2009. A partner at Wilson Sonsini in San Francisco, he has more than twenty years of experience handling countless trade secret matters in Silicon Valley and around the country.

Tait is also one of the nation’s most widely-cited writers on trade secret law.  His ideas have generated influential precedents and changed California law protecting mobile employees and the companies hiring them.  He has published widely on the theory, history, and practice of trade secret law, with recent and forthcoming articles in the Georgetown Law Journal (co-authored), the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, and the Yale Journal of Law and Technology (co-authored).


  • UC College of the Law, San Francisco
    J.D., Cum Laude

  • UC Berkeley
    B.S., with Honors


  • IP State Law: Trade Secrets