Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP

Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP has a group of over 30 attorneys spanning three offices in the Bay Area; Oakland (headquarters), Mill Valley and Walnut Creek.

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Firm Overview

Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP conducts a highly diversified civil practice, providing a full range of litigation, business counseling, transactional, and alternative dispute resolution services in the areas of business, corporate, real estate, intellectual property, employment, immigration, creditor's rights, and insurance, as well as services in the areas of trusts and estate planning. Our clients range from individuals, sole proprietorships, and small, family-owned businesses to multi-national Fortune 500 corporations, including some of the country's most prominent technology companies and retailers. Fortune Magazine rated Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP a top law firm in the United States, and Donahue Gallagher Woods has been recognized as a 2012 Go To Law Firm in American Lawyer Media's In House Legal Departments at the Top 500 Companies.

The firm was founded in 1918 and has offices in Oakland, Mill Valley, and Walnut Creek. Each of our attorneys brings several areas of expertise to the practice of law, allowing us to maintain a dynamic, flexible firm structure. The breadth of our experience and our cooperative culture enable us to offer our clients the sophistication and expertise of a larger firm, while retaining the responsiveness and efficiency of a smaller firm. Throughout nearly nine decades of providing legal services, our goal always has been to provide our clients with the highest quality of service in the most cost-effective manner. To achieve this end, we carefully staff all projects, matching client objectives with the professional skills and experience of our practitioners. Whenever possible, one attorney assumes full responsibility for handling a matter. For more complex transactions or litigation, we assemble a team suited to the special demands of the matter. Whether we are retained to provide representation for a single matter or to handle a client
Main Office

Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP
1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor
Oakland  CA  94612

  • (510)451-0544
  • (510)832-1486

Other Offices

  • Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP Mill Valley Office
    591 Redwood Highway
    Suite 1200
    Mill Valley,  CA  94941
  • Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP Walnut Creek Office
    1646 North California Blvd.
    Suite 310
    Walnut Creek,  CA  94596

Jonathan Osder

Jonathan N. Osder is a partner in Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP, where he specializes in intellectual property law. Mr. Osder's 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 corporate and 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, Mr. Osder 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. Indeed, Mr. Osder 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. Mr. Osder has negotiated the successful 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, Bentley Systems, Lotus Development, Microsoft Corporation, Network Associates, Novell, and Symantec.

As part of our firm's entertainment law practice, Mr. Osder 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 these 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.

In the international context, Mr. Osder works closely with attorneys located worldwide, both to provide them with local legal support in the U.S. and to engage them to assist clients with legal issues in their respective jurisdictions. A couple noteworthy matters for which Mr. Osder was engaged include negotiating a sponsorship deal with then Formula One racing world champion Jenson Button and, in connection with the 120th anniversary of the Eiffel Tower, being retained by The Socit d'Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel to clear rights to Hollywood blockbuster films so famous scenes featuring the Eiffel Tower could be publicly displayed there.

Mr. Osder earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of California, at Berkeley (B.A., 1989) and was awarded his law degree from the University of San Francisco (J.D., 1993), where he served as Comments Editor of the University of San Francisco Law Review. While awaiting his California Bar results, Mr. Osder worked in Melbourne, Australia for Phillips Fox Solicitors, one of Australia's largest law firms which has since merged with DLA Piper. Mr. Osder then associated with Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP in 1994. He was made Partner in 2000 and served as the firm's Chief Operations Officer from 2005-2014. Mr. Osder is a member of the State Bar of California (Intellectual Property Section) and the Alameda County Bar Association.
  • Bar Number: 169538
  • University of San Francisco


Steven K. Lee is a partner in Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP, 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.

Mr. Lee graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1990, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a Minor in Business Administration. He received his J.D. degree from Boston University School of Law in 1994, where he graduated cum laude and served as Editor to the Boston University International Law Journal.

Mr. Lee is a member of the State Bar of California and the Bar Association of San Francisco. He has been actively involved with local business incubators and has given presentations on intellectual property and corporate issues at the Venture Greenhouse in San Rafael, the Oakland Communications Technology Cluster and Contra Costa County Software Business Incubator. Mr. Lee sat on the Board of Directors and served as President for Rebuilding Together Oakland (formerly known as Christmas in April), a non-profit affiliate of a national organization that repairs the homes of elderly and disabled low-income residents as well as non-profit community facilities. He received an AT&T Community Spotlight Award in recognition of his work with Rebuilding Together Oakland. Mr. Lee currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of EBAYC (with OASES), a non-profit that offers after-school, leadership and other enrichment programs to at-risk youth. Mr. Lee is also a member of the Board of Directors for the Oakland Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, and he serves on the Asian Advisory Committee on Crime, a non-profit that works closely with the Oakland Police Department on a broad range of issues pertaining to crime prevention. Mr. Lee teaches Business Law as an adjunct professor from time to time.


Partner 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


Eric A. Handler is a partner at Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP, specializing in intellectual property law, commercial litigation, and bankruptcy. Mr. Handler's intellectual property practice is diverse and includes litigation of all aspects of copyright and trademark matters, Internet domain name disputes, management and litigation of personality rights, filing and opposing registration applications, and transactional licensing. He has experience in a wide range of business law matters involving employment law, contract disputes, construction litigation, mechanics liens, unlawful detainer actions, complex asbestos litigation, judgment enforcement and collection, and representation of creditors and debtors.

Mr. Handler earned his law degree summa cum laude, Order of the Coif, from the University of Arizona College of Law in 2001. During law school, he interned at the United States Department of Justice. He also obtained a grant from the State of Arizona to analyze the legal ramifications of proposed water supply augmentation projects under consideration for Southern Arizona. Mr. Handler received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from Brown University in 1995.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Handler was an associate with Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, P.C. in Tucson, Arizona, where he focused on personal injury litigation, representation of municipalities, and writing appeals. He subsequently moved to California and practiced asbestos-related complex civil litigation at Paul, Hanley & Harley LLP in Berkeley.

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 the Microsoft Corporation assisting developers using the Microsoft


Jonathan McNeil Wong is a partner of the firm specializing in immigration and nationality law, labor relations, personnel matters, and employment practices.

Mr. 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 1200 employees in a class action lawsuit settled by a consent decree.

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. He has authored a comprehensive employee policy manual, which is available to clients of the firm. 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 received his law degree in 1982 from King Hall, University of California at Davis, where he was an editor of the U.C. Davis Law Review. He received his B.A. degree in 1979 from Pomona College, where he was a National Merit Scholar and Public Service Director of the campus radio station.

He is a member of the State Bar of California and the American Immigration Lawyers Association and a Past President of the Alameda County Bar Association and of the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation of Alameda County. Mr. Wong is the recipient of multiple awards from the State Bar of California for his provision of pro bono legal services to the poor. His languages include French, German, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese.

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