Kehl advises on technology-based commercial transactions, including intellectual property acquisitions and licensing, patent portfolio development, and intellectual property due diligence for clients in the life sciences, semiconductor, and high technology industries. He also advises clients on IP matters associated with corporate transactions and strategic alliances. Kehl combines a broad scientific and technical background with thorough legal analysis to counsel clients in IP matters. Kehl’s representative transactions include development, collaboration, license, and service agreements.

Prior to entering the legal profession, Kehl worked for multiple Fenwick clients, providing functional services as a patent agent and legal project manager. He held management and VP level positions at several Silicon Valley medical device and pharmaceutical companies. Kehl’s career in technology started as an engineer in the semiconductor and optical engineering fields where his experience included design, process development, and testing of III-V lasers, fiber-optic components, and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). Kehl has co-authored numerous scientific publications and made patentable contributions in multiple fields.

While attending law school, Kehl served as an editor of the Santa Clara Law Review and spent a summer as a student intern at JunHe LLP in Shanghai, China. He also received the CALI Excellence Awards in his IP Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Criminal Law courses and Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in his Patents and Professional Responsibility courses.

Education & Admissions

J.D., magna cum laude, Santa Clara University School of Law

Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara

B.S./B.A. Swarthmore College

Admitted to practice in California

Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


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