Wood Robbins LLP

Firm Overview

Main Office
One Post Street
Suite 800
San Francisco  CA  94104
  • (415) 247-7900 ext 204
Wood Robbins LLP practices a wide variety of complex commercial litigation in Northern California. We practice in the areas of media law, speech, business torts, contract, real property, professional liability, and trade secret.
Wood Robbins LLP practices a wide variety of complex commercial litigation in Northern California. The firm's specialties include:

Labor and Employment Law, including discrimination suits, employee/independent contractor misclassification disputes, employee breach of loyalty, trade secret misappropriation, and related actions.

Intellectual Property, Speech, and Media, including defamation, false advertising, copyright, and trademark disputes as often occurs in the context of creating, using, or licensing media, film, or art.

Real Estate and Land Use, including the defense of real estate brokers and agents, representation of buyers and sellers of real estate, commercial leasing, land use litigation, and contractor licensing disputes.

Professional Liability, such as liability relating to real estate professionals, accountants, health care professionals, and attorneys.

Douglas Robbins

Douglas Robbins specializes in litigating professional liability, real estate, employment law, and complex business disputes. He also provides counsel on the laws regulating media, art, advertising, and speech.

One of Mr. Robbins' strengths is in appellate practice. In the last few years, Mr. Robbins has prevailed in six out of seven matters before the California Court of Appeals--including the recent matter of Cal.-Nev. Annual Conference of United Methodist Church v. San Francisco, 173 Cal. App. 4th 1559 (2009).

Mr. Robbins has been named to the list of Super Lawyers Magazine's 2011 and 2012 Rising Stars.

Mr. Robbins is the Chair of the the firm's Media Law Group, serving clients involved in producing, acquiring, licensing, and managing audio-visual media. Robbins helps content-creators and distributors through the intellectual-property landmines involved in protecting their art, producing films, developing games, and making music.

Mr. Robbins' clients include: Business managers for rock bands Green Day, Third-Eye Blind, Train, Death Cab for Cutie, and The Killers; Internet social-network for hot-rod enthusiasts, My Ride Is Me; and Independent film producer, Wonderbar Productions.


The Fifth Element: The Unspoken Element in the Fair Use Four-Part Test, 14 Intell. Prop. L. Bull. 95 (2010);

Why Fair Use Matters, New Matter, vol. 35, no. 2, 2010, at 24;

Comment, Resurrection from a Death Sentence, 149 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1115 (2001);

Aside, Challenging Law Review Dominance, 149 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1601 (2001).

Speaking Engagements

Lecturer, California Lawyers for the Arts, "Great Artists Steal: How to Lawfully Copy Third-Party Media Into Your Work, May 2012, San Francisco (Fort Mason), California;

Lecturer, California Lawyers for the Arts, "Copyright Basics," August 2011, San Francisco (Fort Mason), California;

Lecturer, California Lawyers for the Arts, "Fair Use in Film and Television," July 2010, San Francisco (Fort Mason), California.

Pro Bono Work

Mr. Robbins is a member of the Board of Directors for Baykids, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping hospitalized children in the Bay Area through movie-making as-therapy. Mr. Robbins received the State Bar of California

  • Bar Number: 219413
    California , 2002

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