As a trial lawyer, Tony Schoenberg focuses his practice on defending companies and individuals in cases involving complex commercial disputes, alleged trade secret theft and intellectual property infringement, fraud claims, real property disputes, and alleged wrongdoing by corporate directors and officers.
In representing some of the most prominent Internet companies, software developers and computer manufacturers, Mr. Schoenberg has developed an approach to litigation that is responsive to each client’s unique needs and goals. He has tried numerous cases to successful verdicts before juries and judges, and has achieved favorable settlements for his clients.
Mr. Schoenberg’s recent experience includes:
- Obtaining summary judgment in defense of technology company’s co-founder accused of misappropriation of trade secrets.
- Prevailing in Ninth Circuit appeal that affirmed lower court’s denial of preliminary injunction in defense of the City of Sunnyvale in Second Amendment case.
- Successfully defending high profile Internet services company against fraud claims made by a software developer and reaching successful settlement of the remaining breach of contract claims in a complex commercial dispute.
- Achieving dismissal of majority of fraud claims against clients that stemmed from real property purchase and arriving at favorable settlement for remaining claims.
- Defending an Internet file hosting company against five major movie studios in a copyright infringement case involving cutting-edge issues of copyright law and digital file sharing rights.
- Reaching a favorable outcome in defending a software company’s CEO against securities fraud charges.
Mr. Schoenberg is a co-founder of the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Team and helps clients mitigate the significant risks presented by cyber-threats. He also works with clients to investigate suspected data breaches and navigate clients through the thicket of legal obligations that accompany such breaches. When litigation results from a data breach, Mr. Schoenberg draws on his skills as a trial lawyer to provide his clients with a vigorous defense.
While maintaining his own active pro bono practice, Mr. Schoenberg also oversees all of Farella’s pro bono work, including the firm’s participation in the City of San Francisco’s groundbreaking Right to Civil Counsel pilot program. He has counseled nonprofit groups in IP matters, as well as represented individuals in cases involving requests for asylum, civil rights violations and landlord-tenant disputes.
Mr. Schoenberg received a 2016 California Lawyer Attorneys of the Year (CLAY) Award for his court victory representing the City of Sunnyvale in its successful opposition to a Second Amendment challenge.