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Teena-Ann V. Sankoorikal

Partner, Litigation

Teena‑Ann V. Sankoorikal is a partner in Cravath’s Litigation Department.

Ms. Sankoorikal has a broad litigation practice, with particular experience in intellectual property‑related disputes, including patent, copyright, trade secrets and breach of contract, as well as antitrust matters. Ms. Sankoorikal has represented both plaintiffs and defendants including (patent litigation), IBM (copyright, trade secrets and antitrust), Qualcomm (patent), Warner Brothers Records (copyright) and Frank Reginald Brown (dispute relating to ownership interest in Snapchat), among others.

Ms. Sankoorikal co‑authored the Intellectual Property Law Answer Book, published by the Practising Law Institute, which is currently in its sixth edition.

Ms. Sankoorikal received the National Diversity Council’s 2016 Multicultural Leadership Award of the Tri‑State Area. In 2015, she was recommended for her patent litigation work by The Legal 500 United States and was selected as one of the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business” by the Asian American Business Development Center. Ms. Sankoorikal was recognized for her work in intellectual property litigation in the Leaders League Innovation ‑ Technology & Intellectual Property Report in 2014 and 2015. In 2013, Ms. Sankoorikal was named a “Rising Star” by both New York Law Journal and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA). In 2012, she received the “Best Lawyers Under 40” award from the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association for her outstanding professional achievements and dedication to the Asian Pacific American community.

Ms. Sankoorikal was named to the Regional Board (New York) of CollegeSpring in 2015. In 2014, she was named to the Board of Directors of NYC Outward Bound Schools. In 2014, Ms. Sankoorikal was selected for the Scholarship Committee of the Don H. Liu Scholars Program of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and previously served on the organization’s Board of Directors. Ms. Sankoorikal was named a 2015 Fellow of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). She is a Fellow of the Yale Science & Engineering Association. Ms. Sankoorikal is a member of the International Bar Association.

Ms. Sankoorikal received a B.S. cum laude (double major in Chemistry and Sociology) from Yale University in 1996 and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1999, where she was the Research Editor for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. She joined Cravath in 1999 and became a partner in 2007.

Ms. Sankoorikal may be reached by phone at +1‑212‑474‑1784 or by email at

+1 (212) 474-1784
+1 (212) 474-3700