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Joshua G.

Joshua Garber

282 reviews
Representing notable clients like Tesla and the City of Los Angeles, Josh Garber excels at helping clients with employment and labor laws. Many of his past clients have had great success using Josh for employment agreements and Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) hearings. With his practical advice, he has even helped clients avoid going to court.
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Ross Brandborg

249 reviews
Ross Brandborg is an attorney at law with more than 13 years of experience. He has been licensed to practice law in Minnesota and North Dakota. Ross is also a member of the North Dakota Patent Bar. He has a Juris Doctor degree in law, which he obtained after his graduation from the University of North Dakota. He specializes in trademark and copyright law, as well as in patents. Ross founded his own law firm, Brandborg Law, in 2017.
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Richard G.

Richard Gora

200 reviews
Looking for an attorney with experience? Richard Gora is the exact attorney you want. Having defended over 100 cases both in state and federal courts and working with clients from around the globe, Richard has an array of different experiences. His services are wide-ranging and include business litigation, securities litigations, employment litigation, and business counsel. Prior to founding Gora LLC, he worked for Finn, Dixon & Herling LLP for eight years.
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Mark P.

Mark Pearson

10 reviews
Mark Pearson, Partner at ARC Law Group, believes in vibrant, creative work atmospheres – and attorneys who aren’t stuffy. Representing creatives, techs, startups, and sports clients, Mark has an insider’s view to what his clients face. In his previous role as a TV journalist and producer, he covered the Iditarod and appeared in a client’s indie horror movie. He podcasts too!
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Tali B.

Tali Buchman

11 reviews
Tali is a dedicated attorney who established her own firm in 2008 and represents diverse clients from startups to publicly traded corporations. She has a range of expertise including negotiating commercial agreements, protection of intellectual property, and real estate transactions. Before starting her own firm, she was an in-house counsel for a software company and a financial services company.
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Ned M.

Ned Menoyo

2 reviews
Ned Menoyo is an attorney at law with over two decades’ worth of experience. He is licensed to practice law in multiple states, including California and Massachusetts. Ned obtained his Juris Doctorate in law from the Northeastern University School of Law. He primarily specializes in legal research and writing. Ned is also skilled in dealing with real estate law, trademark and copyright law, as well as commercial contracts. He is currently serving as the president of EEM Law.
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Sophia H.

Sophia Hamilton

Sophia Hamilton is a Transactional Law specialist in Riverside, CA. Her emphasis on labor and employment law, business and contract matters makes her a true partner for any business or non-profit looking to protect itself from exposure to litigation, negotiate a new deal, manage its day-to-day operations, or establish itself as a legitimate start-up.
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Ben E.

Ben Eilenberg

Using his experience as a banker, Ben Eilenberg approaches every case from a business perspective as well as a legal one. He has represented a variety of companies, ranging from Fortune 100 corporations to startups, on business litigation, lawsuit prevention, business formation, and intellectual property matters. At his firm, Mr. Eilenberg manages all matters and supervises contract attorneys.
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Colin M.

Colin Murray

Collin Murray is a corporate attorney that focuses on legal matters related to finance, debt, acquisitions and mergers. He also has experience with business formation related cases and other aspects related to business law. Collin has been practicing law in California for seven years. He obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Cornell Law School. Collin was a senior associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati between 2014 and 2016, but left the position to start his own law firm.
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William E.

William Edwin

William has served as an in-house counsel for both public and private companies. His main areas of focus include reviewing, drafting, and negotiating various agreements such as licensing agreements, vendor, and Saas agreements. He has also provided guidance on international matters. William enjoys working effectively to find legal and ethical solutions to challenging problems.
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Our San Francisco intellectual property attorneys & lawyers can help you secure and protect your company-s intellectual property. Whether you are an entrepreneur, artist, author, engineer, manager, or individual - the IP attorneys on UpCounsel have you covered.

There are four common areas of intellectual property, which all protect different things such as: copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. Additionally, licensing is a popular enough specialization of IP that warrants mentioning.

Our San Francisco IP attorneys that specialize in licensing can help you draft contracts that grant permission to another party to do something with an otherwise protected work or product. A license can grant the right to reproduce the work by: distributed copy of the work to others by rental, sale, or lease, or preparing derivative works using protected expression from the original work, and/or displaying the work.

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