Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

Donahue Fitzgerald LLP

Donahue Fitzgerald LLP is a full-service, business-focused law firm leveraging the talents of more than 50 attorneys in three Bay Area offices located in Oakland, Walnut Creek, and Marin.

Firm Overview

Donahue Fitzgerald LLP is a full-service, business-focused law firm leveraging the talents of more than 50 attorneys in three Bay Area offices located in Oakland, Walnut Creek, and Marin. The firm provides civil legal services including advice, transactional matters, and litigation across a broad spectrum of practices, including intellectual property, business and corporate transactions, trusts and estates, employment and real estate, as well as other complementary business areas.

Our transactional, real property, franchise, and intellectual property attorneys have the in-depth experience and knowledge to assist with all your business needs, including matters related to start-ups, securities, employees, real property, commercial leases, copyrights, trademarks, licenses, nonprofits, and land use. On a daily basis, our litigators tackle and successfully resolve complex disputes involving business contracts, copyright and trademark infringement, software piracy, wrongful termination claims, employment discrimination, insurance coverage, construction disputes, and administrative law matters. We also provide a full range of trust and estates services, including designing individually crafted estate planning strategies, advising estate administrators such as trustees and executors, and resolving contested wills and estates litigation.

Our clients range from individuals, sole proprietorships, family-owned businesses to multi-national Fortune 500 corporations. They include some of the country's most prominent technology companies and retailers. The breadth of this experience, coupled with a cooperative culture among our attorneys, enables us to offer our clients the sophistication and expertise of a large firm with the responsiveness and efficiency of a small firm.
Main Office
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor
Oakland  CA  94612
  • (510) 451-3300
  • (510) 451-1527

Other Offices

Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
80 E. Sir Francis Drake Boulevard
Suite 2M
Larkspur,  CA  94939
Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
1646 North California Blvd.
Suite 250
Walnut Creek,  CA  94596
Intellectual Property
We understand that for an increasing number of businesses IP is your single most valuable asset, and we treat it that way. We provide expert counsel to our clients on the proper protection, use, licensing, and enforcement of their proprietary rights.
Donahue Fitzgerald combines expertise and passion to provide the best service to our clients in all areas of intellectual property (IP), including trademark, copyright, and patent protection. We specialize in licensing and legal services unique to the entertainment industry. Our clients include cutting edge technology companies, retail manufacturers, publishers, programmers, designers, photographers, graphic artists and illustrators, musicians, and authors. Our IP group is fully integrated into our firm's other practice areas. As a result, we are highly effective at recognizing and protecting our clients' complex business interests as well as their legal interests.

A core component of Donahue Fitzgerald's work is helping our clients identify and fully realize the value of their intellectual property. We have extensive experience drafting and negotiating license arrangements of all kinds in connection with software, video games, music, merchandise, technology and cloud-based services, visual works, rights of publicity, and other intellectual property assets. We also understand the different interests within the chain of distribution, and have experience viewing licensing through the eyes of creators and inventors, manufacturers, distributors, resellers, independent contractors, and end-users. We prepare and negotiate agreements involving the purchase and sale of intellectual property assets and counsel our clients concerning the risks associated with acquiring third-party intellectual property assets and clearing title to those assets.

Donahue Fitzgerald attorneys assist clients with the selection, registration, use, licensing and enforcement of their trademarks, service marks, and copyrights. We conduct domestic and international trademark searches and maintain programs on behalf of many clients, including overseeing the protection of some of the most famous trademarks in the world, and maintain registrations in over 60 countries. We have extensive experience in registering copyrights through the U.S. Copyright Office, prosecuting trademark applications filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, representing clients in disputes before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and working with foreign trademark counsel to secure trademark registrations overseas.

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Donahue Fitzgerald was an early pioneer in the enforcement of software copyrights and now has 25 years of experience in the field. We have handled more than 15,000 license compliance investigations and recovered over $225 million in direct sales and penalties for our clients. As software licensing models evolve, so do we. Our practice now includes active search and removal of infringing content on the internet, including through DMCA takedown procedures. For patents, copyrights, trademarks, and rights of publicity, we provide active in-house monitoring services to locate infringing products and expediently and cost-effectively remove them from the market.

Donahue Fitzgerald's Domain Name Enforcement Program monitors existing and new domain name registrations for domains that infringe our clients' trademarks. We use all tools available to us in the most cost-efficient way, including the Trademark Clearinghouse for gTLDs, Uniform Rapid Suspension ("URS"), and Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy ("UDRP"). When necessary, we bring lawsuits and injunctive relief to protect our clients against software piracy, cybersquatting, trademark infringement and counterfeiting, patent infringement, unfair competition, and other civil wrongs.

Donahue Fitzgerald is a recognized leader in intellectual property litigation. Prelitigation settlement is the most common and usually the best solution for our clients. When that fails, we litigate vigorously and cost-effectively, whether in copyright, trademark, trade dress, trade secret, patent or unfair competition matters.

Representative IP Litigation Cases:
- PhoneDog v. Kravitz, N.D. Cal. Case No. 11-03474 (lead counsel, oft-cited trade secret case regarding Twitter accounts)
- Symantec Corp. v. CD Micro, Inc., 286 F.Supp.2d 1265 and 286 F. Supp. 2d 1278 (D. Or. 2003) (lead counsel, $10 million treble damage award for trademark counterfeiting and copyright infringement, with officer's personal liability)
- Good Morning to You Productions Corp. et al. v. Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., C.D. Cal. Case No. CV 13-04460 (co-counsel, "Happy Birthday" class action lawsuit described by the New York Times as "a lawsuit for the ages")
- Vernor v. Autodesk, Inc., 621 F.3d 1102 (9th Cir. 2010) (co-counsel, software copyright and first sale doctrine case)
- Adobe Systems, Inc. v. Kornrumpf, Case No. 12-16616 (9th Cir. 2014) (oral argument assistance, software copyright and the first sale doctrine case)
We provide pragmatic, results-oriented legal advice to help you maintain your competitive edge. We work closely with you to understand your industry and business objectives, and provide solutions to reach agreements and successfully close deals.
Business and Corporate Transactions

Donahue Fitzgerald's corporate attorneys provide pragmatic, results-oriented legal representation in a fast-paced, competitive business environment.

Donahue Fitzgerald specializes in advising public and private companies, from high-tech start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, regarding corporate transactions, institutional and venture financings, and commercial matters. Our attorneys represent clients in the formation, financing, operation, and dissolution of corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies, and regularly advise these entities on corporate governance matters. We represent clients with respect to financing transactions and acquisitions and mergers, including tax structuring and securities compliance issues. We also negotiate and document a wide range of commercial and contractual matters, including transportation, utilities, employment, non-competition, consulting, distributorship, software and technology licensing, non-disclosure, collaboration, development and other agreements and arrangements. We also specialize in representing corporations and shareholders in the contested admission and departure of shareholders and executives, as well as shareholder disputes. Our clients are engaged in diverse industries including technology, life sciences, venture capital, investment management, community banking, real estate, industrial manufacturing, consumer goods, international trade, professional and consulting services, and nonprofit foundations.

Donahue Fitzgerald acts as local counsel for national corporations and financial institutions and as general outside counsel for many local and regional companies.

As part of a full service commercial law firm, the Business and Corporate Transactions practice group regularly works with attorneys in other firm practice areas including Litigation, Intellectual Property, Tax, Employment, and Real Estate as warranted by our clients' needs. Working closely with these other groups, our attorneys are able to craft integrated business and legal solutions for our clients.
Our Litigation Department has achieved outstanding results in both federal and state courts for our clients, who range from individuals and start-ups to Fortune 500 companies.
For more than a century, our litigators have provided excellent representation, marked by sensitivity and responsiveness to our clients' goals. Our experience and depth enable us to take cases through trial and appeal, but we also recognize the value to our clients of resolving cases quickly through settlement and alternative dispute resolution.

Our litigation expertise covers all areas of the business world. We have represented clients in a broad array of commercial disputes, from disagreements involving interpretation of contracts, stock ownership, and mergers, to claims of fraud and unfair competition. Our intellectual property cases involve trademark, trade dress, copyright, trade secret, and patent rights. We regularly bring expeditious administrative actions and lawsuits to recover domain names for our clients. Our clients' employment cases involve discrimination and wage and hour claims in court and before administrative bodies. Other cases include trust and estate disputes and real estate matters, such as leasing, sale, and construction defect claims.

Whatever business dispute you face, let us help you resolve it.
Estate Planning
The Estates and Trusts practice group assists multigenerational families, blended, and LGBT families with all aspects of estate planning.
The planning process may involve preparation of living trusts and wills, financial powers of attorney, advance healthcare directives, charitable trusts, special needs trusts and irrevocable life insurance trusts. Here are some of the ways our attorneys can help you protect your estate.

We design business succession plans and offer innovative solutions to help clients plan for the death, retirement or incapacity of senior family members. By utilizing estate planning and business planning tools, we can help to minimize a client's taxes and other expenses and provide a mechanism for the continued operation of the business for the next generation.

We counsel individual, professional and corporate fiduciaries, including bank trust departments, regarding the administration of trusts and decedents' estates, elder law, end of life decisions and preparation of estate and gift tax returns.

For clients with taxable estates, we develop plans to transfer wealth in a tax-efficient manner through leveraged transfer techniques such as sales to intentionally defective grantor trusts, grantor retained annuity trusts, qualified personal residence trusts and irrevocable life insurance trusts. For clients who are charitably inclined, we establish and structure split interest trusts such as charitable remainder trusts and charitable lead trusts.

Specialized Estate and Trust Practice Group Services
- Sophisticated estate planning and estate and trust administration
- Minimization of potential estate and gift tax consequences
- Family limited partnerships and LLCs
- Charitable planned giving for individuals and families
- Post-death administration
- All aspects of trust and estate litigation
- Mediation and family facilitation
Immigration Law
Our immigration practice includes advising and representing domestic and international companies that are hiring aliens to work in the United States, transferring U.S. personnel abroad, or employing foreign nationals to work outside of the U.S.
Donahue Fitzgerald's Immigration practice includes advising and representing domestic and international companies that are hiring aliens to work in the United States, transferring U.S. personnel abroad, or employing foreign nationals to work outside of the U.S. We also assist individuals and families in immigration matters. Depending upon client requirements, our immigration attorneys coordinate efforts with the firm's corporate, employment, intellectual property, and international law practitioners.

Planning personnel transfers allows employers and workers to reduce or avoid processing delays and expenses. Our attorneys have in-depth experience evaluating employer/worker circumstances and then designing visa and immigration strategies that meet short- and long-term goals. We represent U.S. high technology companies seeking to hire foreign software engineers, technical specialists, scientists, and marketing and operations personnel, as well as companies in other business sectors from architecture to zoological science.

In appropriate cases, we secure approvals for workers who live in the U.S. and abroad through international agreements such as Treaties of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation (FCNs), Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs), and NAFTA. A thorough analysis of the worker's nationality, citizenship, and resident status can also reveal options that facilitate international employment.

Certain positions offered by U.S. employers to high-level foreign executives and managers or to foreign workers of exceptional ability may qualify for exemptions from complex visa processing. We assist employers in structuring employment situations that allow aliens to take advantage of these exemptions. Where foreign nationals require training within the U.S. to work for a company's international operation, our employment and immigration attorneys help employers design worker training programs that meet government specifications.

In response to the government's increasing focus upon prevailing wage issues related to foreign workers, our attorneys help employers to design job descriptions and structure credential and experience requirements to ensure that aliens qualify for work visas within the employer's wage budget. When employment involves access to trade secrets and other proprietary information, our intellectual property and immigration attorneys work together, assisting employers in evaluating the alien's background and structuring appropriate agreements to protect client assets.

For companies planning international personnel transfers, our attorneys work with foreign lawyers to ensure transfer strategies that take into account how a foreign nation's laws will affect employment, taxation, family member transfers, and restrictions on exit and re-entry. In addition, we work with U.S. and foreign consulate staff to coordinate all aspects of visa procedures.

We also provide guidance and support for individual (self-sponsored) aliens seeking to enter the U.S. through business operations, investment, or extraordinary scientific achievement, evaluating alternatives that reflect current developments in immigration policies. We are experienced in handling government-to-government exchanges and visas for business observers as well as more traditional temporary work visas and green card applications.

Donahue Fitzgerald also represents individuals and their families wishing to bring relatives into the United States. In these cases, we evaluate the alien's status, goals, and job skills to help shape immigration/visa strategies. In some instances, U.S. resident aliens (green card holders) are helped to become citizens through naturalization so that they can confer benefits on relatives abroad.

Once a strategy is defined, our attorneys assist clients in completing the necessary paperwork and supporting materials (e.g., evidence of a worker's credentials; proof of an employer's efforts to recruit U.S. workers). We prepare clients for interviews with key agencies and, when appropriate, represent them before the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Labor, and state and local government departments.

The firm's immigration attorneys also represent U.S. citizen parents in international adoptions, working with state and local social service agencies and foreign counsel to process the adoption abroad and secure clearance to bring home a foreign-born child before visa processing is complete.


Jonathan's area of expertise is intellectual property law. His practice extends internationally and he is often engaged in cutting edge legal issues that involve copyrights, high technology (including computer, Internet, and new media law), trademarks, domain name disputes, patent enforcement and licensing, unfair competition, rights of publicity, and general civil matters.

Mr. Osder counsels diverse clients, including prominent software companies, manufacturers, musicians, universities, computer programmers, authors, Internet and application service providers, artists, animators, professors, producers, professional athletes, restaurateurs, photographers, and other entrepreneurs on how to secure, protect, license, transfer, and enforce their proprietary rights. This includes helping clients identify their valuable intellectual property assets, preparing proper documentation to memorialize their ownership rights, and facilitating recordation and registration of those rights with the appropriate government agencies. In the copyright context alone, he has worked on over 1,000 copyright registration applications for registration with the U.S. Copyright Office.

As a professional negotiator, Mr. Osder has substantial experience and has demonstrated his expertise through his handling of many multi-million dollar negotiations for which he also drafted complex agreements. He is an experienced and talented negotiator and drafter of various agreement types, including license, intellectual property transfer, software and website development, consultation, distribution, settlement, non-disclosure, advertising, book publishing, Internet, and computer-related agreements.

Mr. Osder helps supervise the firm's IP enforcement programs, including its software license compliance, domain name enforcement, and patent enforcement programs conducted on behalf of clients such as Autodesk, Inc., the Software & Information Industry Association, Dyson, Symantec Corporation, and Monster, Inc. he has negotiated the recovery of several million dollars prosecuting civil claims of software copyright infringement on behalf of clients such as Autodesk, Intuit, and trade organizations whose members include Adobe Systems, Apple Computer, Autodesk, Microsoft Corporation, Network Associates, Novell, and Symantec.

As part of our firm's entertainment law practice, Jonathan creates and negotiates agreements unique to the entertainment industry, such as distribution, merchandise, synchronization, public performance, music publishing, musician tour, character licensing, recording, endorsement and sponsorship, and right of publicity agreements. He provides such legal services to clients such as Carlos Santana, Journey, Phish, Ice Nine Publishing, and Monster, Inc. He also negotiates clearances from rights holders, including record labels, performance rights societies, motion picture studios, the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild, and the Writers Guild.
  • Bar Number: 169538
  • University of San Francisco


Steven K. Lee is a partner in Donahue Fitzgerald, where he specializes in business and corporate law and intellectual property law. He represents domestic and international clients in a variety of industries, including tech companies, online social media companies, nonprofits, manufacturers, retailers, importers, food and beverage companies, wineries, construction and general contracting companies, real estate investors, authors, publishers, musicians, and other entrepreneurs and emerging companies. He handles a broad range of matters, such as formation of business and nonprofit entities, private securities offerings, business mergers and acquisitions, license and distribution agreements, software development agreements, copyright and trademark enforcement, trade secret protection, and protecting rights of publicity.

With his diverse experience, including in-house experience as Associate General Counsel at ABM Industries in San Francisco, Mr. Lee serves as outside general counsel to many of his clients. Mr. Lee has negotiated settlements of copyright infringement claims on behalf of numerous software companies, recovering millions of dollars from infringers for his clients. He assists clients in selecting trademarks and in obtaining and maintaining registration of their marks, and he represents clients in trademark disputes. Mr. Lee has handled intellectual property matters and corporate transactions for entertainment industry clients such as Carlos Santana, Journey, Phish, Grateful Dead, The String Cheese Incident, The J. Geils Band, and Amon Tobin.


Andrew S. MacKay specializes in intellectual property, employment law, and commercial litigation. His clients range from start-up businesses to corporations such as Autodesk, Inc., Dyson Ltd., and Nomota, LLC (which holds rights for the musical group Journey). His work has resulted in favorable judgments, preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, and settlements for his clients.

His intellectual property practice includes both pre-litigation enforcement work and litigation in the areas of copyright, trademark, trade dress, domain name, trade secret, and patent. His copyright cases have involved infringement of his client's rights in business software, music, architectural drawings, videogames, books and eBooks, and artwork. These matters often involve removal of online infringing content under the provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (known as the DMCA) and claims related to the circumvention of technological measures designed to control access to a work (known as anti-circumvention claims).

Mr. MacKay's trademark practice has claims of trademark counterfeiting and infringement of marks for business names and products, such as software, musical recordings, and household products like bladeless fans. His trademark practice includes both litigation in federal and state court and trademark prosecution before the Patent and Trademark Office (known as the PTO).

His trade dress cases have involved product design, for products such as chairs and other furniture, and product packaging, for products such as nutritional supplements. His trade dress practice also includes cases involving franchise design and layout.

Mr. MacKay enforces his clients' rights in domain names both through lawsuits involving claims such as cybersquatting and Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution Procedures (known as UDRPs). His work involves monitoring and enforcement efforts for both existing and new domain name registrations that are substantially similar to his clients' trademarks or that involve intentional misspelling of his clients' trademark, known as typosquatting.

Mr. MacKay's trade secret practice involves counseling to ensure protection of his clients' trade secrets. His trade secret cases involve customer lists, production manufacturing and design, and online and physical distribution of products.

His patent practice involves prelitigation enforcement and litigation of both design and utility patents. Mr. MacKay's practice frequently includes other related areas of computer and Internet law, such as branding or claims of online defamation.

His employment practice involves representation of clients in claims of discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, sex, and disability, as well as claims of unpaid wages. He represents clients in administrative proceedings, as well as state and federal litigation, including class actions. He also counsels clients regarding compliance with employment laws.

His commercial litigation experience covers disputes involving a wide variety of business agreements ranging from software licenses and product warranties to distribution and reseller agreements. These cases often focus on complex issues of contract interpretation. Mr. MacKay's commercial litigation practice has also included shareholder, indemnity, and insurance disputes. He has represented clients in trust and estate disputes and real estate litigation.


Eric A. Handler is a partner at Donahue Fitzgerald, specializing in commercial litigation, intellectual property law, and bankruptcy. He has a wide range of experience handling business law matters involving contract disputes, construction litigation, employment matters, unlawful detainer actions, mechanics liens, complex asbestos litigation, judgment enforcement and collection, and representation of creditors and debtors in and outside of bankruptcy. Mr. Handler's intellectual property practice is diverse and includes litigation and resolution through negotiation of all aspects of disputes concerning rights in trademarks and copyrights (including infringement actions and filing and opposing registration applications), Internet domain names (including UDRP proceedings and anticypersquatting claims under federal law), personality rights, and trade secrets, as well as transactional licensing of intellectual property rights. In connection with his work for the Alameda County Bar Association and his position on the board of directors of that organization's Volunteer Legal Services Corporation, Mr. Handler regularly leads a bankruptcy clinic for low income Alameda County residents.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Handler was an associate with Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, P.C. in Tucson, Arizona, where he focused on representation of municipalities, personal injury litigation, and writing appeals. He subsequently moved to California and practiced asbestos-related complex civil litigation at Paul, Hanley & Harley LLP in Berkeley. During law school, Mr. Handler interned at the United States Department of Justice and obtained a grant from the State of Arizona through which he analyzed the legal ramifications of proposed water supply augmentation projects under consideration for Southern Arizona.

Prior to law school, Mr. Handler worked extensively in the computer software industry as a software developer and management consultant. In this capacity he worked for Microsoft Corporation assisting developers using the Microsoft Visual Basic programming language with database connectivity issues. Mr. Handler continues to utilize his software programming background both as part of his intellectual property practice and in designing, implementing, and maintaining for the firm various databases and Internet-based tools for managing those databases.


Jonathan McNeil Wong heads the firm's immigration and nationality law practice, advising and representing domestic and international companies that are hiring foreign nationals to work in the United States. He recommends immigration strategies to employers and represents them before the Departments of State and Homeland Security. He has handled the immigration process for U.S. companies seeking the services of foreign engineers, scientists, technical specialists, and marketing and operations personnel in diverse business sectors ranging from architecture to zoological science. He is also experienced in the transfer of foreign executives, managers, and other key personnel to American branches of foreign companies. In employment circumstances involving access to trade secrets and other proprietary information, he assists employers in evaluating the foreign worker's background and structuring a relationship that protects his clients' interests.

An experienced litigator, Mr. Wong counsels employers and defends them against claims of wrongful termination, discrimination and sexual harassment, and other employment-related issues. He has also represented plaintiffs in employment-related individual and class litigation. He has served as trial counsel in multiple trials, has represented clients in numerous mediations and arbitrations, and has successfully argued his clients' cases before California and federal appeals courts. He was lead counsel for instatement procedures and was responsible for negotiating the settlement of all claims made by 1,200 employees in a class action lawsuit settled by a consent decree. His litigation practice also includes advising clients, in-house counsel, and partner law firms on electronic discovery best practices, technology assisted review, and compliance with new federal and state electronic discovery rules.

Mr. Wong advises employers on personnel disputes, employee discipline, demotions, and terminations. He drafts and reviews employee policy manuals, checking for compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations. He also counsels employers on workplace safety and OSHA compliance and on the implications of the Americans With Disabilities Act. He assists employers in complying with federal, state, and local requirements governing wages, hours, and other conditions of employment and defends them in administrative proceedings brought by government agencies. As part of his employment and labor law practice, Mr. Wong negotiates and drafts employment agreements for key employees, executives, and officers. His labor relations practice concentrates on advising employers regarding union elections, employee grievances, contract interpretation and collective bargaining strategies and techniques.

Mr. Wong is the recipient of multiple awards for his provision of pro bono legal services to the indigent. His languages include French, German, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.

David Stein

David A. Stein's practice emphasizes litigation in the areas of construction, real estate and general business disputes. Before joining the firm, Mr. Stein was a founding partner of Stein, Rudser, Cohen & Magid LLP. Previously he practiced with major civil litigation firms in Oakland and San Francisco, California. He has had full responsibility over cases with claims exceeding one million dollars. Representative clients include architects, engineers, public entities, owners, general contractors and sub-contractors.

Mr. Stein teaches Legal Aspects of Construction at Diablo Valley College. Previously, Mr. Stein was a panelist for Lorman Educational Services program entitled "Tricks, Traps And Ploys Used In Construction Scheduling." He also served as a panelist for the Continuing Education of the Bar program: "Construction Law Contracts and Disputes," and co-authored the article "Construction Claims From the Architect/Engineer Viewpoint." Mr. Stein lectured for Golden Gate University Center for Professional Development on construction contracts and claims in residential real estate development. Mr. Stein was a consultant to the Continuing Education of the Bar in developing a "Mentor Access Pack" for handling mechanic's lien claims.

During law school, Mr. Stein was a participant on the Hastings International and Comparative Law Review and a teaching assistant in contract and real property law. After graduation, Mr. Stein served as a law clerk for the Superior Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Mr. Stein serves as a mediator for the Alameda County Bar Association, and provides private mediation services. He is a lifelong Oakland resident.
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    J.D. , 1981

Dawn Newton

Dawn Newton focuses her practice on intellectual property and franchise matters. She is certified as a legal specialist in franchise and distribution law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. She co-chairs the firm's Intellectual Property Practice Group.

As a franchise law expert, Dawn represents a broad spectrum of franchised businesses, particularly restaurants and retail concepts, and she serves as outside general counsel for several. Her experience includes:
- Managing the regulatory and compliance work of mature franchise systems
- Structuring new franchise systems for start-up franchisors
- Assisting businesses with resolving complex franchise law violation situations

In addition to her franchise practice, Dawn helps clients safeguard and preserve their intellectual property, such as:
- Trademark and copyright prosecution and licensing
- Creating and registering new marks and expanding marks internationally
- Developing strategies to protect and enhance intellectual property
- Policing and responding to allegations of infringement
- Advising on issues raised by new forms of media

Dawn has extensive experience litigating business disputes in both federal and state court, including matters involving franchise relationships, trademarks, trade secrets, and confidential business information.
  • Bar Number: 209002
    California , 2000
  • Bar Number: Certified Legal Spec
  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law
    J.D. , 2000

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