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Richard G.

Richard Gora

180 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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Joshua Garber

235 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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Seth W.

Seth Wiener

799 reviews
As an experienced trial lawyer and litigator, Seth Wiener has resolved numerous federal and state litigations. His cases have included everything from family law to bankruptcy to fraud and more. Before Seth formed his own firm, the Law Office of Seth W. Wiener, he worked for several prominent law offices where he gained a great deal of experience.
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Jack J.

Jack Jmaev

5 reviews
Jack Jmaev is a professional patent attorney that specializes in patent applications, contracts and agreements, as well as patent infringement. He graduated from Abraham Lincoln University and obtained his degree in law in 2001. He also attended the California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo and obtained a B.S. in Engineering Science in 1982. Jack has an extensive technical background and has several years of entrepreneurial experience.
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Omar N.

Omar Nassar

Sometimes real estate transactions need an expert touch, and that is where Omar Nassar comes in. Mr. Nassar has been involved in the real estate market as an investor, real estate agent, broker, landlord, developer, and an attorney. He has participated in hundreds of real estate transactions and his wide variety of experience is invaluable to many real estate clients.
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Chris H.

Chris Harvey

2 reviews
Chris Harvey is an Attorney for Entrepreneurs working for the people of Santa Monica, California. He is also on the Counsel for Randazza Legal Group. This is after gaining experience practicing law with practices such as Point Loma Law and Asaro Keagy Freeland & McKinley. His areas of focus include business formation, venture capital and angel financing, commercial contracts, equity crowdfunding and more. Chris attained his J.D. form the San Diego School of Law in 2008.
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Liz O.

Liz Oliner

825 reviews
If you want someone who has gone through the trademark process over and over again, look no further than Liz Oliner. She has filed over 300 trademarks in the last year alone and has practically got the process down to a science. Small businesses and entrepreneurs frequently come to Ms. Oliner for their trademark and brand protection needs.
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Mei T.

Mei Tsang

2 reviews
Mei has an international intellectual property practice focused on helping clients formulate their IP strategy, and shepherding their IP through various business cycles to ... read more
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Eric S.

Eric Spiegelman

Eric Spiegelman mainly focuses on providing legal services to companies in the entertainment industry. He has experience in assisting with the distribution, production and development process of internet entertainment and motion pictures. Eric has represented Alcon Entertainment, Yahoo and EarwolfMedia. He is currently the principal attorney at his own company, Spiegelman Media Law. Eric is also a chairman at Materials and Applications (M&A).
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Josh T.

Josh Traub

2 reviews
Understanding that creative individuals have unique needs, Josh Traub offers guidance to game designers, artists, makers, and entrepreneurs. With a background in computer science, he is well-versed in all aspects of IP law and has even educated engineers on the subject. Mr. Traub has also provided significant pro bono services to the Atlanta arts community.
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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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