Startup and IP lawyer
California at Davis King Hall
School of Law
As a former startup software engineer, I have an easy time understanding my clients' businesses and issues. I still build software and make open source contributions.
Kronenberger Rosenfeld LLP
Apr 2015 - Present
Sep 2014 - Apr 2015
ComputerLaw Group LLP
Jun 2012 - Aug 2014
Litigation in patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, securities fraud, and other cases in federal and state courts, as well as appeals and arbitration. Hearings, motion drafting, discovery, taking and defending depositions, legal research, settlement negotiations and closing, selecting and working with technical and damages experts, etc. Second-chair lawyer in trademark jury trial and business fraud bench trial.
Transactional work for startups, including client counseling, licensing, contract drafting and reviews, incorporation, financing, data privacy, and IP protection (patent strategy, trademark registration, copyright registration, trade secret protection).
ComputerLaw Group LLP
Apr 2011 - May 2012
Legal research, drafting, and discovery in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, securities, and corporate litigation.
UC Davis Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic
Certified Law Student
Aug 2010 - May 2011
Represented clients in civil and family law cases arising from domestic violence and sexual assault. Litigated to position of strength and obtained highly favorable settlement.
UC Davis InnovationAccess
Jun 2010 - Aug 2010
Summer externship at UC Davis’ in-house patent-law and technology-transfer office. Patentability and marketability analyses; patent and materials licensing in biotechnology, nanotechnology, software, medical devices, mechanical engineering, and agriculture. Delivered staff presentation on Supreme Court’s Bilski v. Kappos decision. Legal research on international patent prosecution, Bayh-Dole Act, and licensee bankruptcies.
UC Davis School of Law
May 2010 - Aug 2010
Assisted Professor Madhavi Sunder with updating intellectual-property course and with work on faculty-appointments committee.
Stanford IP Litigation Clearinghouse
Oct 2006 - Jul 2008
Second employee in entrepreneurial/academic organization tasked with providing data and analysis on all U.S. intellectual property litigation. Built software systems for acquisition and machine-assisted case analysis, including a rules engine and a distributed multi-threaded PACER crawler. Spent a week in Wisconsin in the dead of winter with local volunteers and a scanner to collect court documents only available on paper.
The Clearinghouse was later spun out from the law school as Lex Machina, Inc., which is now a successful private company.
Russo & Hale LLP
Aug 2004 - Feb 2007
Supported IP and business litigation—mainly trade secret and copyright cases for software companies. Handled cases in state and federal court, as well as domestic and international arbitration. Researched and drafted motions, attended hearings and a two-week bench trial, coordinated expert witnesses, and ran a mock trial. Performed initial assessment of source code copying and lent technical assistance for e-discovery. Trained new legal assistants and handled vendor relationships.
Sep 2003 - May 2004
Web application back-end and tool development. Integrated third-party e-commerce platform. Used open-source software development stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Python, bash, BIND). Handled network and application security and reliability (Nagios, Snort IDS, security audits).
Web, IT, and Database Consultant
May 2002 - Sep 2003
Web and database development, Linux system administration, training, troubleshooting, and network security. Clients spanned the software, manufacturing, legal services outsourcing, and life sciences industries.
May 2000 - Apr 2001
Co-developer of a 3D information search and browsing environment from prototype to public demo. Helped staff company's booth at COMDEX Fall 2000 just before the bubble burst.