Steve Lee - Donahue

Donahue Gallagher Woods LLP conducts a highly diversified civil practice, including a full range of business counseling, corporate, intellectual property, employment, estate planning, litigation and dispute resolution services.

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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


1999 Harrison Street, 25th Floor
Oakland  CA  94612

Phone
  • 5104510544

Other Offices

  • Mill Valley office
    591 Redwood Highway, Suite 1200
    Mill Valley,  CA  94941
  • Walnut Creek Office
    1646 North California Boulevard, Suite 310
    Walnut Creek,  CA  94596

Steve Lee

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 software 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, buy-sell agreements, 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. He structures and negotiates complex commercial transactions, including equity and debt financing transactions, technology licensing and transfers, and secured transactions involving copyrights and other intellectual property assets. 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, and The String Cheese Incident.

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 at the Oakland Communications Technology Cluster and Contra Costa County Software Business Incubator on intellectual property and corporate issues. 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 rehabilitates 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 on the President of the Board of Directors of OASES, a non-profit organization that offers after-school and leadership programs to children of low-income families. Mr. Lee serves as an adjunct professor of Business Law from time to time.
Education
  • U.C. Berkeley
    B.A. , 1990
    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.
  • Boston University School of Law
    J.D., Cum Laude , 1994
    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.

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