Law School: Vanderbilt University, Order of the Coif
College: Iowa State University
Scherling is a partner in the San Diego office of Sughrue Mion, an intellectual property law firm headquartered in Washington, D.C., with additional offices in San Diego and Tokyo. Prior to joining Sughrue and opening its San Diego office, Scherling was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for 15 years in the Southern District of California. During that time, Scherling tried a wide variety of criminal and civil cases to successful conclusions, and received numerous awards for his litigation and trial skills. Scherling served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Judith N. Keep in the Southern District of California and was an associate with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was selected as a Daily Transcript Top Attorney in 2011 and 2014, a San Diego Super Lawyer in 2012 and 2013, and as Southern California Super Lawyer in 2014.
Scherling’s practice focuses on litigation and resolution of intellectual property disputes, primarily relating to patents, trademarks and trade secrets, from the inception of the case through trial and appeal for Sughrue’s domestic and foreign clients.
Representative past cases include: Graftech Int'l Holdings Inc. v. G&CS Co., Ltd., 2:12-cv-00720-JRG (E.D. Tex. 2012) (patent infringement); Thrane & Thrane AS v. IEI Technology USA Corp., 2:11-cv-09863 (C.D. Cal. 2011) (trademark infringement); AstraZeneca AB et al. v. Hanmi USA, Inc. et al., 3:11-cv-00760-JAP-TJB (D. N.J. 2011) (patent infringement); KV Pharmaceutical Co. v. J. Uriach & CIA SA, 4:09cv01700 (E.D. Mo. 2009) (trade secret); Mars, Inc. v. Natraceutical, S.A. et al., 2:07-cv-01574 (D. N. J. 2007) (patent infringement); Contois Music Technology , LLC v. Apple Computer, Inc., No. 2:05-CV-163 (D. VT 2005) (patent infringement).
Scherling is a board member of the World Trade Center San Diego. He served as co- chair, SDCA Attorney Representative Committee and as a member of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee, 2008 to 2010. He has spoken on litigation-related topics for various industry groups and bar associations.
Scherling is married to Sandy Scherling, whose work with the San Diego Unified School District focuses on assisting children with learning disabilities. They have two sons, one pursuing a career in teaching and the other in economics. Scherling enjoys surfing, biking and swimming.