November 2019

Sideman & Bancroft Adds Experienced Associates to Brand Integrity and Innovation, Family Law Groups


Sideman & Bancroft is pleased to announce the addition of associates Angela He and Gina Cortese to the firm’s the Brand Integrity and Innovation Group (BIIG) and Family Law group, respectively.

Ms. He brings to the firm broad litigation experience involving trade secrets, trademarks, unfair competition, patents, and general business disputes. Prior to joining Sideman & Bancroft, she worked for a boutique firm representing technology companies in high-stakes litigation and licensing disputes. In addition to working with Sideman & Bancroft’s Brand Integrity and Innovation Group, Ms. He will collaborate closely with attorneys in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Litigation groups.

Ms. Cortese will focus her family law practice on the financial aspects of dissolution actions, including complicated valuation and financial matters, complex community property and support issues, and international issues. Ms. Cortese previously worked as an associate at Sideman & Bancroft from 2014 to 2016, departing to take a position at the City Attorney’s Office of San Jose. She rejoins the firm from a premier Bay Area family law boutique.

“We’re very excited to have both Gina and Angela on board,” said Sideman & Bancroft’s Managing Partner Jeffrey Hallam. “We’re confident the breadth of each of their practices will be of great value to our clients and we’re looking forward to seeing them grow within the firm.”

Ms. He earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School, where she concentrated on developments in transnational intellectual property law and helped organize the first U.S.-China entertainment law conference co-hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). During law school, Ms. He also served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Otis. D. Wright II in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and worked remotely for Dorsey & Whitney’s Shanghai office, leveraging her Mandarin Chinese language skills to advise Chinese companies on cross-border litigation and transactional matters.

Ms. Cortese earned her J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law, graduating with an International Law Certificate with honors and receiving a CALI Award for Excellence in Mediation Theory and Practice. During law school, Ms. Cortese also served as a legal clerk at Wolfe & Wyman, a fellow at the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, and a summer associate at a non‐governmental organization in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.